The Year in Music 2010

There’s no getting around it.  2010 was a parade of disasters, natural and otherwise.  Oil spills, earthquakes, and Republicans all conspired to up the suck  quotient on the new decade.  But musically, the year was an embarrassment of riches and narrowing this list down to fifty was an exercise in frustration.  Outside of the top ten, there’s no real meaning to the order, so take it the listings with a grain of salt.

A zip file of all 50 tracks can be found here, and my lists from 2009 and 2008 are here and here.

THE TOP FIFTY SONGS OF TWENTY TEN

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50 | Gil Scott-Heron / New York is Killing Me

from || I’m New Here

49 | Surfer Blood / Swim

from || Astro Coast

48 | How To Dress Well / Ready for the World

from || Love Remains

47 | Record Club / I Need You Tonight

from || Kick

46 | Sharon Van Etten / Love More
from || Epic

45 | Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith / Not in Love

from || Crystal Castles

44 | Mountain Man / Soft Skin

from || Made the Harbor

43 | Prince Rama / Lightening Fossil
from || Shadow Temple
42 | The Black Keys / Howlin’ For You
from || Brothers

41 | Gold Panda / Quitter’s Raga

from || Quitter’s Raga

40 | Tennis / Marathon

from || Cape Dory

39 | Spoon / Written in Reverse

from || Transference

38 | A Trak / Whatever You Shoot

from || Dirty South Dance 2

37 | MNDR / I Go Away

from || E.P.E.

36 | Dominique Young Unique / Blaster

from || Domination Mixtape

35 | Matthew Dear / Honey

from || Black City

34 | The Roots feat. Joanna Newsom / Right On

from || How I Got Over

33 | Wavves / When Will You Come?

from || King of the Beach

32 | Gucci Mane / Excuse Me (Diplo Remix)

from || Diplo Presents: Free Gucci (Best of the Cold War Mixtapes)

31 | Caribou / Odessa

from || Swim

30 | She and Him / Gonna Get Along Without You Now

from || Volume Two

29 | Deer Hunter / Helicopter

from || Halcyon Digest

28 | Flying Lotus / Dance of the Pseudo Nymph

from || Cosmogramma

27 | Dr. Dog / Stranger

from || Shame, Shame

26 | Ratatat/ Neckbrace

from || LP4

25 | LCD Soundsystem / Pow Pow

from || This is Happening

24 | Kid Cudi / Please Don’t Play This Song

from || Man on the Moon II: Mr Rager

23 | Jónsi / Go Do

from || Go

22 | Major Lazer and La Roux ft. Gucci Mane / I’m Not Your Lemonade + Heroes n’ Villains Remix

from || Major Lazer and La Roux Present Lazerproof

21 | Big Boi / Back Up Plan

from || Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

20 | Gorillaz / Stylo

from || Plastic Beach

19 | Janelle Monae / Tight Rope

from || Archandroid

18 | Vampire Weekend / Contramelt A

17 | Das Racist / You Oughta Know

from || Shut Up, Dude

16 | The Books / A Cold Freezing Night

from || The Way Out

15 | Karen Elson / The Ghost Who Walks

from || The Ghost Who Walks

14 | Aloe Blacc / I Need a Dollar

from || Good Things

13 | Local Natives / Wide Eyes

from || Gorilla Manor

12 | Pogo/ Wishery

11 | Arcade Fire / Sprawl II

from || The Suburbs

10  | Cults / Go Outside

from || Cults 7”

9 | Best Coast / Boyfriend

from || Crazy For You

8 | Perfume Genius / Learning

from || Learning

7 | Cee-Lo Green / Fuck You

from || Lady Killer

6 | Robyn / Criminal Intent

from || Body Talk Pt. 2

5| Frightened Rabbit / Swim Until You Can’t See Land

from || The Winter of Mixed Drinks

4 | Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti / Revolution’s a Lie

from || Before Today

3 | Sleigh Bells / Rill Rill

from || Treats

2 | Free Energy / Free Energy

from || Stuck on Nothing

1 | Kanye West / Power

from || My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


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