Yesterday was the best albums of 2010, today is the best singles. You can guess that a few artists spill over into both categories. Arcade Fire takes the prize again, I think The Suburbs is an impeccable record. There were a number of amazing releases this year, I limited my list down to 20 (out of 100’s and 100’s of songs) and of course based this on the music I listened to most this year. There was lots of exciting new talent that emerged this year (can you say Die Antwoord?) – I especially gotta show love to new comer Willow Smith…now if only I could do my hair like her…
1. Ready to Start – Arcade Fire
2. Dancing On My Own – Robyn This song is so lovely in a despairing way. It’s the kind of scenario everyone has experienced at some point in their lives – unrequited love – in a setting everyone can relate to – a grimy club.
3. F**K You – Cee Lo Green
The song, the lyrics, the delivery, the whole thing is brilliant. It’s amazing how Cee Lo can make such a vengeful song sound so cheerful.
4. Janelle Monae – Cold War
This girl is something. Check out Janelle’s amazing energy in this video for “Cold War,” filmed in a single shot:
5. Afraid of Everyone – The National
These guys know how to create songs that sound emotional and personal yet still remain something that the listener feels they can identify with. Afraid of Everyone really captures this.
6. The High Road – Broken Bells
An amazing collaboration. This song gets in your head, and refuses to get out. The High Road is sung with so much weight and earnest, there’s a bit of anxious excitement entwined with each listen.
7. Tighten Up – Black Keys
The guitar. The gritty vocals. This song is delicious. Replay.
8. Industructible (A-Trak Remix) – Robyn
I recently blogged about this track. I love the wind instruments and the quicker pace. This is an addictive dance track
9. Moonlight (Leno Lovecraft Remix) – Ruby Frost
10. Get Some – Lykke Li
This girl is back with a vengeance. Get Some is a taste of Lykke Li’s new album and it’s a fiery, girl power number. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of the record.
11. XXXO – MIA
MIA had a bit of a rocky release, with reviews all across the board, though this song stood out as a fun dance number. What can I say, it gets me into the groove. xxxo
12. Son of a Gun – Oh Land
If you follow this blog you’ll know I’m only slightly obsessed with this girl and her music.
13. Go Outside – Cults
I don’t know why, perhaps it’s the season, but every time I hear this song it makes me think of snow. It’s a beautiful, hazy tune that puts you at ease.
Cults – Go Outside by flavatadpole
14. Away FRM U – Oberhofer
I love the upbeat tempo to this song and the “ooh, ooh’s” periodically thrown in the mix. Oberhofer’s rich and husky voice, unique sound and of course raw talent is earning him fans left and right
16. My Gold Mask – Violet Eyes
I love the build up to this song. Singer Gretta Rochelle has a cool vibe that’s a bit Karen O and a bit Ladyhawke, complete with a textured warbling voice.
My Gold Mask – Violet Eyes by OhMyRock
17. Boyfriend – Best Coast
Unlike Cults, every time I hear this song I think of summer. Probably because of the hazy, laid back vibe the song has. It has a very nostalgic bittersweet tone to it.
18. Regenerate – Booka Shade
There are so many sound effects in this song, you feel like you’re on a scavenger hunt trying to identify everything you’re hearing. In other words it’s delightfully mysterious.
19. Enter the Ninja – Die Antwoord
These two took the states and the interweb by storm this year! This song is pretty shocking upon first listen, but after a brief adjustment period, you are likely to be a quick convert to this South African duo’s distinct sound and style.
20. Whip My Hair – Willow Smith
Last but not least I give you the one, the only, the fierce…Willow Smith
What are you favorite songs from this past year? I know there are many I missed, would love to know what tops your list!