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Waior'10: Top 15 Songs/moments

These are the best songs/moments I heard in 2010. I may have heard better things but I forgot about them already. Until I remember, this is what you get!
1My Epic

"LOWER STILL": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCnlpZfVD4c ---- My favourite moment of 2010 came as a surprise and it came from My Epic's album 'Yet', a collection of songs that impressed me with creativity and found me a new favourite vocalist. Aaron Stone's heavy guitar riffing and entertaining vocal range really give the song its great dynamic and the weird signatures and structure of the song really emphasise its storytelling nature. BEST MOMENT: After a foreboding first two thirds, the last third of the song lifts its head upwards for a crazy vocal melody (where Stone hits a D5, what?!) and a rousing finish.
2Local Natives
Gorilla Manor

"WHO KNOWS, WHO CARES": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hujyBO-6o-k ---- Whether or not this is a 2010 song is not up for debate, because I don't want to hear it. All I want to hear is the absolutely huge harmonies the band churned out for this song. The fast-pace, ridiculous percussion, monstrous melodies and general atmosphere makes this the most riling, fun song the year had to offer me. BEST MOMENT: (2:42 - 3:46) Again, the huge harmonies are all that anyone needs - don't even get me started on the climactic "oh-whoa- ohhhhh!"s that decorate the song's string part.
3Young the Giant
Young the Giant

"I GOT": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rJTHtoEDMA ---- The most easy-going, summer-y song of the year is 'I Got'; led groovily by ghost-noted drums, reverb-soaked guitar lines and Gandhia's absolutely incredible and soulful voice, the song is one of many excellent songs on Young the Giant's debut. BEST MOMENT: (3:07 - 4:27) A pretty uninventive instrumental saves itself by being so damn cute and the final chorus is swept away by the powerful and creative vocal lines.
Dark is the Way, Light is a Place

"PRAY TELL": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJZztvlrBGs ---- After 'New Surrender', Anberlin finally stepped out of their comfort zones and 'Pray Tell' is probably the most successful product of it. It's percussive and epic nature is entirely new for the band, who've never dedicated themselves to anything so rhythmic before. BEST MOMENT: After Christian's soaring vocals bring the bridge to an impeding climax, the guitars break out their simple two-note rhythmic riff and a collection of muted triplets to prepare the way for the song's chorus' last hurrah.
The Five Ghosts

"DEAD HEARTS": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfYK8wvvU90 ---- Stars' latest release may have been top-heavy and a little less than substantial, but if you open your album with a song as great as 'Dead Hearts', you're bound to run into that sort of criticism. The band's famous vocal interplay is at its best on this song, complimented by endearingly cryptic lyrics. BEST MOMENT: (0:51 - 1:16) Amy's one-note harmony somehow manages to compliment Torque's less monotonous chorus hook in the chorus.
6Ellie Goulding
Bright Lights

"YOUR SONG": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9AFMVMl9qE ---- The sole performer at Prince William and Kate's wedding, darling of England, Ellie Goulding's cover of Elton John's classic song is as stunning as 2010 gets. A subtle, beautiful rendition that really accentuates the woman's young voice, 'Your Song' is proof that Ellie is probably best without all the electronic gimmicks. BEST MOMENT: (2:04 - 2:26) A choir of Ellies belt out a wordless chorus!
7Circa Survive
Blue Sky Noise

"GLASS ARROWS": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_-Hf1oj3jI ---- Circa Survive's Blue Sky Noise was another surprise for me and no song on it was stronger than 'Glass Arrows', an aggressive 5/4 romp through dynamic verses and slick production values. BEST MOMENT: (1:46 - 2:18) after a rousing pre- chorus build-up, the song drops out to feature a stereo guitar-part that carefully reconstructs the song before an inconsiderate and grimy bass slide rips the song back into its chorus. Snag!
8Yukon Blonde
Yukon Blonde

"WIND BLOWS": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbgliL3eceE ---- My "Canadiana" home-town boys make me proud with their Fleet Foxes rip-off tune 'Wind Blows', a song that's incredibly catchy chorus changes in means of percussion every time you hear it. BEST MOMENT: (3:06 - 4:11) Although the entire song is a brilliant composition, as simple as it is, the best moment comes after a cliche acapella chorus, when soaring falsettos, clean-cut guitar licks and skilful drumming lead the song through its one minute outro.
9Ra Ra Riot
The Orchard

"BOY": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBzjkwPBDdE ---- 2010's catchiest surprise brings to the table a high-strung, earthy bass line, smooth strings and an incredibly catchy chorus. BEST MOMENT: (2:11 - 2:39) The song breaks down into a bass solo, accompanied shortly thereafter by a twangy guitar part that preludes a short-lived, powerful but simple drum fill - all of it leading us back to the final chorus, more lively than ever after its build-up.
Split the Atom

"MACHINE GUN": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAO-lzl3vVQ ---- The best of music I'd call 'aggressive' in 2010, Noisia hit the nail on the head for me with 'Machine Gun' - a song, like its namesake, explodes and detonates at every which artifice it can. BEST MOMENT: (2:45 - 3:15) The grimy baseline slips in and out of the slippery percussion, making me wish the song (or my life) only consisted of this one part.
11Submotion Orchestra
Submotion Orchestra

"SUNSHINE": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piFAgTkWdzs ---- The gentle, enveloping dustup bubble that Submotion Orchestra created last year with 'Sunshine' came at a welcome time when I was worried that the genre had been maimed by the likes of Skrillex. The silky vocals and subtle bass make such an instrumentally diverse and jazzy experience. BEST MOMENT: (0:35 - 0:55) A fake-build up zeroes out into silence before the vocals slide back into another segment of snare rolls and muted-trumpet.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

"METRIC - BLACK SHEEP": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obV-OL3TwXo -- -- Metric's contribution to Scott Pilgrim's golden soundtrack is one of the best songs they've ever released. A confident and energetic swagger follows Emily Haine's voice around, reminding you what 'Fantasies' could have sounded like with a little more effort. BEST MOMENT: (0:35 - 0:55) The cheeky thump of the bass line provides foundation for Haines' distinctive voice to harmonise with the fuzzed out guitar line.
13Minus the Bear

"SECRET COUNTRY": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4-JlFFc514 ---- Despite being from Minus the Bear's biggest crapfest of an album ever, 'Secret Country' remains one of their best songs. The weird offbeat percussion, time signature changes, heavy riffing and actually decent vocals send the song to an entirely different territory than the rest of the album. BEST MOMENT: (2:50 - 3:10) Snider's vocals reach new heights in the song's out-of-the-blue key change bridge, belting out 'we forget where we are!' over ambient, but heavy instrumentation.
14Ellie Goulding

"THIS LOVE (WILL BE YOUR DOWNFALL)": http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Bj7REof7KjE ---- Ellie's second appearance is quite a bit more produced - what starts with a reverb'd acoustic guitar is accompanied by an arsenal of weird instruments and harmonies while the song casually plods along at medium pace with a catchy, understated chorus. BEST MOMENT: (0:43 - 1:01) Ellie's frail voice is suddenly and effectively flung in front of an electronic, bassy backing band that accentuates her creative melodies with sixteenth hi-hat notes and bleepy synth lines.
15Brooke Fraser

"SOMETHING IN THE WATER": http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=_HF3GtU8VWs ---- Kiwi songwriter Brooke Fraser hit nothing more than the 'pop-perfection' button in the hearts in New Zealanders (and me) by bumping Bruno Mars out of his #1 spot in the charts last October. It's no wonder though: the song's irresistible wordless chorus refrain and the carefree country-pop stomp of the song is too catchy to ignore. BEST MOMENT: (2:19 - 2:34) Fraser does a cliche last chorus with potent instrumental shots to back up the main hook but it's, like I said, too catchy to refute.
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