******UPDATE****** Check out this top 20 and others from my friends at Seizure Chicken (w/zip.s of all) here—–> SC BEST OF 2010
2010 was an insanely good year for songs. While it was hard to keep mainstream fodder from meat dress wearing princesses out, I somehow managed to nail down 50 songs that entered but never really exited my ear canals.
From looking over and immersing myself in the top twenty for the past couple of weeks, I discovered that I’m drawn to two types of songs: Those that spark nostalgia and end up wreaking havoc on both my nervous and cardiovascular systems. And others that would act as a perfect soundtrack for my own dream sequences. Here goes—->
1.Taos- Menemonea// ‘Taos’ is a layered masterpiece that is as cinematic as it sonic. Songs this explosive shatter earth(s) and blow minds. Earlier in the year, I called ‘Taos’ a “fucking onion” and also knew it would be my favorite track of the year before I heard the second change.
2.Home- LCD Soundsystem// Sitting still renders impossible as you ponder purposes, contemplate if you truly are afraid of what you need, and wonder what might make you feel better. James Murphy, weekend warrior-psychiatrist, has an incredible knack of refracting your image and pointing out all that is wrong with you through song. It’s ok though. The beats and synths that lace his tracks numb your emotional capacity and make it nearly impossible to get depressed or contemplative for too long.
3. Rill Rill- Sleigh Bells// Undeniable and sugary sweet. Fistfights, braces, and snapping fingers. It was possibly this track that possessed inebriated underage gals to try and kick in the doors at Mad Planet.
4. A More Perfect Union- Titus Andronicus// I lose my voice every time this song comes on. I think lead singer Patrick Sitckles does too. After they played this in Madison in April, he put out the flames in his throat by dousing it with Cepacol
5. Round and Round- Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti// Clearly a dream sequence track. I like to think that this song is featured somewhere in the middle of every night’s program. Accompanied by thick smoke, leaping people in spandex, and a disco ball.
6. The Suburbs- Arcade Fire// A consistent piano accompanied by Win Butler’s voice and words tear holes into my entire being. In a good way. My clear favorite track from The Suburbs that will be a rotational standard. Forever. Most nostalgia tracks stick around like chewed gum under church pews.
7.Boyfriend- Best Coast// Not much to say except that this is possibly one of the most infectious songs I have ever heard. And also one of the most impossible to sing along to.
8. Zebra- Beach House// This tracks the Narnia portion of the dream that I’m sure everyone experiences nightly. Sighs, large snowflakes, and talking lions galore.
9. Blessa- Toro Y Moi// Remember what I said about the Best Coast song? Yeah, this might be more infectious. Dream sequence where you’re riding in a convertible with the friendliest group of talking animals. And lots of pineapple. Mind/blown.
10. Desire Lines- Deerhunter// Layered with multiple changes and swayable harmonies, this song is near perfect. I strongly believe that if this would’ve come out last year or if I lived in a state where it wasn’t frigid right now, it would’ve been my number one.
11. Johnny Utah- Futurebirds
12. Texico Bitches- Broken Social Scene
13. Sterling- Strand of Oaks
14. Go Outside- Cults
15. Ambling Amp- Yeasayer
16. Runaway- The National
17. Good Friday- Kanye West (feat. Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean & Charlie Wilson)
18. Wasting Time- Reading Rainbow
19. California English- Vampire Weekend
20. On Melancholy Hill- Gorillaz
21. Daddy Fat Sax- Big Boi
22. Angel Echoes- Four Tet
23. All I Want- LCD Soundsystem
24. Age of Adz- Sufjan Stevens
25. Liv Tyler- Roadside Graves
26. Heaven’s on Fire- The Radio Dept.
27. Sole Brother- Born Ruffians
28. Love More- Sharon Van Etten
29. The Mermaid Parade- Phosphorescent
30. Crash Years- The New Pornographers
31. Song For Dan Treacy- MGMT
32. Blood Dries Darker- Woods
33. Baseball Cards- Wavves
34. I Don’t Believe You- The Thermals
35. Cameras- Matt & Kim
36. Hey Boy- Magic Kids
37. I Get Nervous- Lower Dens
38. Pizza My Coat- Knight School
39. Thistled Spring- Horse Feathers
40. Harlem River Blues- Justin Townes Earle
41. The Gaudy Side of Town- GAYNGS
42. Superfast Jellyfish- Gorillaz
43. Shadow People- Dr. Dog
44.Laredo- Band of Horses
45. Vacation- Beach Fossils
46. Dance Yrself Clean- LCD Soundsystem
47. Bloodbuzz, Ohio- The National
48. Fuck You- Cee Lo Green
49. Sail of Silver Morning- Cotton Jones
50. Arkansas- Damien Jurado