DISCLAIMER: This post reflects the views of the author alone, and is by no means scientific (and possibly not complete, because I'm sure there are songs I forgot about). Nor do I claim to be a music expert - however there's no Bieber on here, and I won my high school's award for Best Jazz Musician [waits patiently for applause] so I like to think I at least know something about good music. I also haven't seen most of these videos, so I can't vouch for any of the visual content within. I just chose the songs.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, feel free to use this as your open thread to discuss your favorite music of the past year. No making fun of people who like stuff like Katy Perry, because some people like that (not me*) and that's their opinion.
*except sometimes, and she's also pretty hot
Some things might be NSFW due to bad words. Fair warning. Onto the list.
20. OK Go - This Too Shall Pass
Video of the year. I seem to be one of the few that actually enjoy the song.
19. B.o.B. (feat. Bruno Mars) - Nothin' on You
"Baby you the whole package / Plus you pay your taxes".
I always liked you girl, but when I saw you fill out section 17 on Form 19A Addendum XII.. damn.
18. Vampire Weekend - Holiday
I really hate Honda for trying to ruin this song. And this comes from a Civic owner.
Vampire Weekend - 'Holiday' (official video) (via XLRecordings)
17. Passion Pit - Sleepyhead
This is probably a hate it or love it affair. I'm with the latter.
Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (via orchardmusicusa)
16. Arcade Fire - Half Light II (No Celebration)
One of the benefits of being an Arcade Fire fan is the self-satisfaction you get from name-dropping songs with really obscure titles. I'm really kicking myself for missing them in Seattle, but c'mon, who plays a big show on a weeknight?
Arcade Fire - Half Light II (No Celebration) (via Nomenclat12)
15. Anberlin - Impossible
One of the feel good songs of the year; although I really wish I could have put the Crash Kings' "Mountain Man" on here. But alas, it was a 2009 joint. Same with Silversun Pickups' "Panic Switch" which is absolutely amazing stuff, especially during and after the bridge.
Anberlin - Impossible (via AnberlinVEVO)
14. Taio Cruz - Dynamite
This is just a great pop song. I can always respect that.
He's wearin' all his favorite brands brands brands brands.
Taio Cruz - Dynamite (Int'l Version) (via TaioCruzVEVO)
13. Cold War Kids - Audience
The contract I have with my ears stipulates that I have to plug a CWK song every time I recommend music to people. Audience was their best this year. They have a whole album coming out in January. It's the first time I'll buy a record on the day it comes out in quite some time.
Cold War Kids - Audience (via ColdWarKidsVEVO)
12. Cage the Elephant - Shake Me Down
My song of the moment. I'd rank it higher, but I want to be cautious. I kind of want to see how it holds up to repeat listenings. So far, so good. Great rock song.
Cage The Elephant - Shake Me Down (Unofficial Video) (via cagetheelephant)
11. B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams - Airplanes
It's a tough call between this and 'Dynamite' for best Pop song of the year. I give this the edge because the contrast of the vocalists is just inspired. Stay away from the remix with Eminem - for some reason it doesn't work as well.
B.o.B - Airplanes (Feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore) (via AtlanticVideos)
10. MGMT - Flash Delirium
This year's MGMT album wasn't as good as "Oracular Spectacular". Which would have been an impossible feat, anyway.
Still, "Congratulations" is supposed to be a good album, but I have a feeling you have to be high to really enjoy it. State laws regarding my profession mean I won't be able to find out until I'm retired. I'm not linking to the official video, because Dear God in Heaven it is creepy.
MGMT - Flash Delirium (via octozomb)
9. Arcade Fire - Ready to Start
Arcade Fire is one of two government-rationed perks you get as a Canadian. The other, of course, is cheap Cialis.
Arcade Fire - Ready to Start (via ArcadeFireVEVO)
8. Oberhofer - Away From You
It irks me that I never hear this song on the radio. Oberhofer is from Tacoma originally, so bonus points are applied for being a local artist. However, this list isn't based on points, so the song goes here because it's awesome.
Probably a 2009 song, technically, but since I still haven't heard it on the radio it gets an exemption.
Oberhofer - Away From You (via blueriverinc)
7. Neon Trees - Animal
Does this qualify as a pop song? It's catchy enough.
Neon Trees - Animal (via NeonTreesVEVO)
6. Cee Lo Green - F*** You
The title is also what I said to Fox when Glee (with Gwyneth Paltrow!) covered this song as 'Forget You'. Ugh. The fact it went to #1 on iTunes is the first surefire sign America, as an empire, is in decline.
2010 was the year of upbeat songs with bitter and/or contradicting lyrics. This is what's known in the music business as "pulling a Maroon 5".
But Cee Lo... well, this is just a brilliant song. Maybe I should've ranked it higher. The bridge isn't that great, though.
5. Vampire Weekend - Run
Vampire Weekend has a band member named Rostam Batmanglij.
Vampire Weekend - Run (via xRuSHv3)
4. Broken Bells - The Ghost Inside
We saw Cee Lo. Now here's the other half of Gnarls Barkley, along with the lead singer of The Shins, a band that for some reason remains underrated.
Broken Bells - The Ghost Inside (via brokenbellsVEVO)
3. Kings of Leon - Radioactive
One of the first things I do when I become a Rogue Billionaire will be to buy and refurbish the Olympia Brewery. I will use it to make actual beer again, but not some crap Miller offshoot... we're talking high quality beer in multiple varieties.
Anyway, this is the song I will use in the commercials. See, cause, it's in the water. Am I right, fellas? Anyone?
Kings Of Leon - Radioactive (via kingsofleonVEVO)
2. The Black Keys - Tighten Up
This song is just too good. That, of course, is why some suit decided it would be great for a Subaru commerical.
I hate society.
The Black Keys - Tighten Up [OFFICIAL VIDEO] (via theblackkeys)
1. Fitz and the Tantrums - MoneyGrabber
Noelle Scaggs' duet/backup vocals make this song. It's a phenomenal performance. You can't not be happy listening to this song.
If you listen closely, I believe the lyrics were inspired by Tony Bennett's departure.
Fitz and the Tantrums - MoneyGrabber (via dangerbirdrecords)