So a little late on my top ten songs of 2010, but here they are.
Suburban War- Arcade Fire
this song instantly became one of my favorite songs of all time. Throughout the album, reiterations of lyrics from previous songs show up, often having to do with living in the suburbs, but also trying to escape standing in the shadows of another’s song. This track is able to hold it’s own and proves Arcade Fire’s truly exceptional talent. Listen.
Animal- Neon Trees
The opening lyrics: “here we go again, i kind of want to be more than friends.. so take it easy on me I’m afraid you’re never satisfied..” is an excellent way to get listeners drawn in. But it gets even better, with a catchy and distinct chorus consisting of “oh oh I want some more.” While I definitely would agree that there is better out there, this song has been a relevant and fun song for the year of 2010 and I loved it. What are you waiting for?
Witchcraft- Matt Costa
Seeing Matt Costa live in 2010 made for a much better chance of making it on my top 10 list, and with his album “Mobile Chateau,” he succeeded. The track- Witchcraft is a dark and captivating story of the mysteries of a woman. And I, as a mysterious woman, loved it. :)
The High Road- Broken Bells
Broken Bells is a great band consisting of, James Mercer, the lead singer of The Shins and Brian Burton, of Danger Mouse. So of course, I was in love with their album this year. Their song “The High Road,”shows of the very talented voice of James Mercer and the excellent artistry displayed by Brian Burton. So good.
Girltalk is this cool guy who mashes songs like Jay Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulders”, and “I Melt With You- Modern English. Except each song consists of like thirty clips of classic rock songs mashed with contemporary and old school hip hop songs. The real reason this particular song is my favorite is because it contains quite a big part of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and it’s amazing.
Blue Beard- Band of Horses
Band of Horses is always good, anywhere, anytime of the day. This track accurately binds great guitar playing with the sweet voice of Ben Bridwell, generating a raw sound. The Album “Infinite Arms,” has a little bit of a country sound, but has concise and relevant lyrics. Enjoy.
Okay, so I know MGMT’s album “Congratulations” wasn’t nearly as impressive and loveable as their previous album ” Oracular Spectacular,” but this song is excellent. It’s slow, which is unusual for MGMT, but I think it’s appropriate for this band. I’ve heard that their band started off as a joke, and exploded into something neither man was ever dreaming of. So this song is congruent with their career, and I’m sure with many young bands and singers of our day. Plus the video is cool, seeing them preform live was cool, and I just want to be friends with these two..they seem fun.
Into the Mirror- Minus the Bear
Minus the Bear is a great band with a great sound. Their former albums have been amazing and their latest from 2010 was equally as entertaining. I saw them live in 2010 preforming this song and it was probably one of the better shows I’ve been to, they really know how to put on a great show.
On the Ocean- Guster
I fell in love with Guster all over again with their album this year. There are some really catchy tunes, including “On the Ocean.” The keyboard in this song is a perfect correlation with the voices of Adam Gardner and Ryan Miller. The last verse of this song is amazing.. ending with “This isn’t what I thought, so can i just go home,” followed again by the mesmerizing piano keys.
Erase Me- Kid Cudi
This song was definitely one of my most played. I wouldn’t consider myself a very big hip hop fan, but Kid Cudi captivates me with his two biggest hits, “Pursuit of Happiness”, and now “Erase Me.” The chorus abides a very expressive message that most people can relate to. Being “I keep on running keep on running and nothing works, i can’t get away from you, now i keep on ducking keep on ducking you nothing helps, i can’t stop missing you.”