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|DaveyBoy's Top 50 Songs Of 2010|
I really have to stop extending my lists to include greater numbers, especially when they are such a b!tch to order like this one... Oh well, at least my descriptions will be less formal than my Top Albums list. The rules here are that only songs (not necessarily singles) which first appeared on 2010 releases are eligible (except in the case of #12... just because I felt like it). Also, I have gone with the "one song from each artist" rule, which probably ruled out Parades' entire album, The Graduates' 'Pull Me In', LostProphets' 'Where We Belong', and - strangely - a couple of songs ('Fall Asleep' & 'Bullet') from the band occupying the spot way down at #36 on this list! And it's me, so you know there are going to be some seriously guilty pop pleasures amongst this list...
Coming up with the final order of this list was indeed a b!tch... The only easy part was #1, because ladies & gentlemen; 'Spanish Sahara' is our song of the year. Simply breathtaking, this 7 minute epic behemoth is initially patient & methodical, before elements are gradually added to make for a thoroughly satisfying build-up. It is the track which also highlights just how much Foals' lead vocalist Yannis Philippakis has improved, since his performance is emotional & genuinely spine-tingling. F*ck, this is an awesome song! "Forget the horror here, leave it all down here, It's future rust and it's future dust. I'm the fury in your head, I'm the fury in your bed, I'm the ghost in the back of your head".
|2||Motion City Soundtrack|
Fun, catchy & crunchy, most of Motion City Soundtrack's 4th LP really is worthy of the label "pop-punk". And no song got me singing out loud this year more than 'Disappear'. In fact, when the music drops out just after the halfway mark & the chorus comes in, I want everyone to look at me while I am singing goddamn it. "I can disappear any time I want to, time I feel you shuffle through my skin... I am with you 'til the end".
|3||Marina & The Diamonds|
Marina Diamandis merges her unorthodox eccentricities with irresistibly catchy pop hooks on fantastic single 'Hollywood'. Utilizing a theatrical kitchen-sink approach which is difficult to resist, she actually displays a strangely endearing charisma... Much of that is to do with the fact that there is also a savvy depth evident throughout this song. Quite simply, this is the pop song of 2010. "He said oh my god you look just like Shakira. No no, you're Catherine Zeta. Actually, my name's Marina".
Ready To Start
At the 9 second mark of 'Ready To Start', the bass comes in & I am instantly hooked. Displaying that trademark deft balance of personal intimacy & grand accessibility, it is a song that proves how the Montreal septet keep you captivated from start to finish with their ability to pluck effortless melodies from seemingly out of nowhere. "If I was scared, I would. And if I was pure, you know I would. And if I was yours, but I'm not... Now I'm ready to start".
When Weezer get it wrong, they can be putrid. But when they get it right, it feels like they can rule the music world. And who knew they would get it right on a song that is predominantly acoustic & features a flute! The build up to the ear-shattering climax here is orgasmic. And what a perceptively endearing little chorus it is too. "And if you take this away from me, I'll never forgive you, can't you see. Our life will... be broken, our hate will be unspoken".
I think most of you know that I pretty much could have picked any track from what eventually turned out to be my album of 2010, but Marigold is the longest at almost 7 minutes, so it wins... It also has horns... and everyone knows horns rule. Oh, and then there is the smooth as silk male/female vocal combination. And don't forget the wicked drumming following the breakdown. I could go on & on & on. "Happiness is a new idea, don't forget the rest of us, it's an exodus".
The Art of War
Yet another splendid song from quite simply one of the best rock bands going around. While densely layered & subtle musical touches abound, it is Stephen Christian's majestic vocals which take center stage. When he sings that memorable & catchy chorus, I swear it is the definition of pitch-perfect. "There are songs I'll never write, because of you walking out of my life. There are words that don't belong, because of you I'll never write another love song".
Don't Die Digging
I distinctly remember the moment I casually first listened to The Graduate's 2nd LP & I was immediately hooked as soon as this amazingly catchy opener hit my ears. Fun, catchy and without a wasted moment, it is instantaneously infectious, with it's perfectly executed gang vocals being the highlight. "Out of control, I'm getting closer. End of the road, I know that I'm going where I'm not supposed to go... I don't care what they say anymore".
|9||Cee Lo Green|
What more can be said about this terrific song which is likely to top a lot of people's best tracks of 2010? Even forgetting that it's super catchy & has an attractive gimmick, Cee Lo effectivelys classic R&B with a mainstream accessible combination of retro-soul & pop. And that is no easy feat folks.
What the Friar Tuck... How did this song sneak its way into the top 10 songs of 2010? Another debut LP from a practically unheard of Sydney band & another revelation. Falling somewhere in between a less ambitious Yeah Yeah Yeahs & a nowhere near as annoying version of The Ting Tings, the Cassette Kids hit a home run with 'Spin'. Give it a listen if you have not yet done so. "Let me spin another record for you baby... Pump it out, make it loud, bring the house down".
I Felt Free
To put things into perspective, I disliked Circa Survive's first 2 LPs. Yet, on 'Blue Sky Noise', they incorporate their progressive nature into more conventional song structures & it actually results in greater dynamics through greater variety! Distinctive vocalist Anthony Green has never sounded better than on 'I Felt Free' & with the guitarists utilizing all kinds of styles, it makes for one helluva song.
Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)
The singles from their debut LP were pretty good, but the album itself was inconsistent. Will that happen again, or will 'Tokyo' be the forerunner for one of the albums of 2011? Seriously, if you have not heard this song yet, do it now. It is probably the most infectious pop song on this entire list!
It's Not the End of the World But I Can see It from Here
The masters of infectiously catchy rock returned with a bang in 2010 with this lead single from their excellent 4th LP. Beginning & ending with "woh woh's", including a guitar solo & culminating with a scream-along chorus, the Welsh lads were well & truly back. They may not be for everybody, but LostProphets float my boat & this song proves why.
On A Mission
Lord knows what made Cilmi head in a disco direction & her 2nd LP was predominantly panned because of it. But this lead single which borrows the bass-line from Joe Jackson's 80's hit 'Steppin Out', and includes an infectious chorus that is part Donna Summer and part Van Halen hits a bullseye. Just a tip to guys though; try not to get caught singing "I am a woman... On a mission" out loud.
|15||Dead Letter Circus|
On a fantastic debut LP where the soaring melodies of Kim Benzie's vocals & Rob Maric's guitar somehow combine exquisitely with a thumping rhythm section, 'Big' is the track that truly stands out in terms of crossover appeal. A real fist-pumper that is catchy to boot.
Don't Tell Me That It's Over
Seriously, with her enchanting Scottish accent, only the most content man will rebuff Amy MacDonald when she pleads "Don't Tell Me That It's Over". So much talent & still only 23 years old.
Fixed At Zero
It seems that poppifying their sound rubbed a lot of versaEmerge's original fans the wrong way & blinded them to what an excellent album their debut LP is. The title track & lead single is its best song, using an array of intricately layered instruments to enhance an eerie, cinematic sound. "There's a vulture on my shoulder & he's telling me to give in. Always hissing right in my ear, like it's coming from my own head".
|18||Secret And Whisper|
Warrior (Southern Arrowwood)
Part of the impressively exciting one-two punch which kick-started Secret & Whisper's 2nd LP, 'Warrior' displays the outstanding guitar-work of the Canadian band. They may be easy to hate on, but if they can consistently churn out songs like this, then they will eventually earn the respect they deserve.
(featuring Big Boi) Strangely, this track didn't immediately hit me like it did most. But then I broke all of its components down & realized how many genres Monae has ambitiously twisted into the one song. Yet, the end result is still a catchy & mainstream-accessible pop song. Genius. And the remix featuring B.o.B & Lupe Fiasco isn't half bad either.
|20||Two Door Cinema Club|
I Can Talk
From probably the year's most under-rated album, it is bl00dy difficult to sit still during 'I can Talk'. Immediate, enthusiastic, likeable & catchy, this expertly merges together jangly guitars, buzzing synths & propulsive beats, and is certain to have toes tapping from the pubs to the clubs. "I-O-I-I-O'
|21||The Gaslight Anthem|
Exquisite song-writing, superb guitar lines, thumping drums & more of that spacious Americana/Classic Rock feel that The Gaslight Anthem have perfected. It's on many tracks off 'American Slang', but Old Haunts has that memorable chorus. "Don't sing me your songs about the good times, those days are gone & you should just let them go. And God help the man who says if you'd have known me when. Old haunts are for forgotten ghosts".
You Bring Fire
One of 2010's most pleasant surprises, the closer from Ivoryline's 2nd LP reminds me of the type of track that made Anberlin's 'Cities' such a superb album. It's only 4 minutes long, but it comes off as epic with fantastic vocals, an ambitious song structure & a soaring guitar melody.
|23||Ou Est Le Swimming Pool|
Dance The Way I Feel
What a surreal year for this band I had never heard of prior to 2010. When I first heard this song, I knew it was going to be my guilty pleasure of the year. It actually surprised me how much it took off & was liked by such a wide range of listeners. Could they have gone anywhere near repeating this success in the future? I doubt we will ever know.
The title track from Senses Fail's 4th LP is right up with their very best because it is a near-perfect combination of all they have done in the past. Refining the band's sound & style so effectively, tortured screaming meets an anthemic sing-along, while soaring dual guitar-work wraps around galloping rhythms. "It's ok to feel lost, it just means you're alive".
|25||Birds Of Tokyo|
When Ian Kenny lays bare "I don't know which way I'm supposed to spin in this circle" on this track, the vulnerability conveyed in just this one sentence is something singers all around the world can only fake replicating. A gorgeous, goose-bump inducing moment!
Looking to poppify their unique & eclectic sound, no song summarized Yeasayer's 2nd LP more than 'O.N.E'. It's extremely catchy & that sing-along section towards the end is super infectious. "It feels like being tranquilized, I know the separation kills us so. But I won't stop falling like raindrops, because I like it when you lose control".
|27||Funeral For A Friend|
Serpents In Solitude
A welcome back to vocals for drummer Ryan Richards... And a welcome back to some old fans for Funeral For A Friend. And yet, this song is still accessible, immediate & catchy. I can't wait for their 5th LP 'Welcome Home Armageddon' now. "I have blood on the brain, I see red like a snake".
(featuring Bruno Mars) I can't believe I have a song on my year-end list that comes from a guy who calls himself Travie... He even refers to himself as Travie Claus in this song! Oh well, we're all entitled to a guilty pleasure or two, and 'Billionaire' is clearly one for me.
Guns and Horses
As seamless a combination of nu-folk and electro-pop as practically possible. Ellie's voice takes a while getting used to, but once you do, you will wish that her producers left it front and center of all songs on what was a very ambitious debut LP. Thankfully, that happens on this track.
Count Me Out
One of the sing-along songs of the year... The soaring anthemic chorus from Queen, I mean Foxy Shazam, is just so fun, extravagant & energetic, that it is difficult to dislike. "If this is what love is all about, you can count me out, baby count me out, just count me out".
I have to admit that I didn't really like this song on 1st listen... I just thought it too dated. Then it got flogged to death by Australian radio & tv, and I realized that it may just be the most infectiously catchy song of the year... So much so that it would not surprise me if it was the upset #1 on Triple J's Top 100 list in 3 weeks time!
(featuring Hayley Williams) Since it is now illegal to talk music without mentioning Hayley Williams' name, this song makes my list. Just kidding... B.o.B does ok, but Hayley steals the show with that chorus. This year's 'Empire State of Mind' I guess.
|33||Jimmy Eat World|
'Stop' is the song that best represents Jimmy Eat World's new LP... It initially seems underwhelming, too mid-tempo & a little unmemorable. But it grows on you big time, ultimately rewarding with an abundance of emotional depth, superior song-writing, subtle musical touches & effortless melodies.
The album was ultimately a little disappointing from a rock band capable of better, but some of the choruses were gold. None moreso than that of 'Fix Me'. "I'm fine in the fire, I feed on the friction. I'm right where I should be, don't try and fix me".
I have no f'n clue what they're all chanting, but I don't give a $hit because it makes me all happy & stuff. Add a three-way guitar attack and it all makes for one helluva song. High five!
You and I Undercover
As I said on the intro to this list, 'Fall Asleep' & 'Bullet' could easily have been on this list. I end up slightly preferring 'You and I Undercover' as it is a better representation of the unpredictable nature & varied instrumentation evident on the fantastic self-titled LP. "So if you're gonna leave, cut the chord to those you know will love you back".
Dancing On My Own
I couldn't rate 'Body Talk' higher than a 3.5 because the intentionally icy production often resulted in an undeserving emotional disconnect on some tracks. Where-as on 'Dancing On My own', it works in the song's favor to make for one of the smartest pop songs of the year. "I'm in the corner watching you kiss her. I'm right over here, why can't you see me?".
Single may have been released at the end of 2009, but the album came out in 2010, so this song qualifies for this year. Great video, but that's a given with OK Go... & it sort of masked the funky Prince'ly goodness of this track.
The High Road
A likeable enough debut album from Mercer & Mouse... 'The High Road' is the best song & indicator of said album. "It's too late to change your mind, you let loss be your guide".
My Heart, Your Hands
Kristofer & his black-clad buddies are all so goth that they're just begging to be hated... But this song is pretty darn cool if you're looking for rock music with something a little bit different.
Giving Up The Gun
I don't get the excessive hate for Vampire Weekend... Nor do I get the excessive love! Their 2nd LP 'Contra' was good, but 'Giving Up The Gun' was the only song that really hit a bullseye. The star-studded video helped too.
|42||The Felix Culpa|
The sprawling 67 minute album from which it came may have been a little too much, but the 7 minute monster known as 'Mutiny' definitely was not. A great indication of the passionate vocals & ambitiously complex musical dynamics that this band has to offer. "Everyone is a home unto themselves, but you'll never be home until you become a home to someone else".
|43||My Chemical Romance|
Na Na Na
So dumb, but oh so fun. Turn it up, don't think too hard and you will enjoy it.
In a year when an unknown band from Sydney (Parades) ruled my roost, another unknown band from Sydney released a fantastic album of percussion-heavy indie-pop that would give Vampire Weekend a run for their money. 'Golden Sky' is the most feel-good, vibrant song from said album.
|45||Calling All Cars|
Not Like Anybody
I could have picked a number of songs from what was a consistent, solid-as-a-rock straight-ahead rock album with pleasing punk leanings. Man, there were some great debut LPs from Aussie bands in 2010.
|46||New Young Pony Club|
Lost A Girl
From the moment I heard NYPC's new album, I knew it would get lost in amongst the multitude of bands heading in the opposite direction sound-wise. For this reason, the opener to 'The Optimist' was always going to be an under-rated & forgotten song come the end of 2010.
It's just a tad difficult to stay still during all of those synthy stabs which the Bloc Party front-man showcases on his debut solo single. I still haven't listened to his album in full strangely enough.
|48||Ra Ra Riot|
Off an album ultimately lacking in hooks, 'Too Dramatic' was a major reason why Ra Ra Riot's 'The Orchard' was still a very good record.
|49||The Tallest Man on Earth|
King Of Spain
I think the best way to put it is: I don't even like folk & I placed The Tallest Man on Earth's 2nd LP in my top 20 of 2010. 'King of Spain' is just the best song from that even LP.
I'm in the minority in thinking that 'Mines' is not Menomena's best LP, but it's songs like the captivating 'Tithe' which make this creative trio always interesting to listen to.
|Phew... Talk about List-O-Rama of late!
So, I just found out that if you edit a list, there goes having it in reverse order!|
|I'm not really surprised about #1, but I'm very pleased.|
|When you consider that I've got a lot of poppy, catchy stuff near the top of this list, it should say a lot about the song that I have the non-poppy, non-catchy 'Spanish Sahara' as my #1.|
|i don't know, feels like you picked the weaker songs from these bands in my opinion.|
|I thought that would be the 1st comment from someone... Oh well, 2nd is close.|
|Another awful list 5/5|
|You love every one of these songs DavID. |
Hey, didja end up hearing Marina sing my #3 song live & in the flesh?
|No fucker, couldn't afford plane/accom/etc|
Bitch better be back for Splendour.
|A shame she xxld the Sydney gig. Stalking isn't cheap.|
|Cancelled. Didn't she have one initially planned & then cancelled it? Or was there never going to be one?|
|Lots of indie/hipster stuff I don't listen to, but 9 is definitely the song of the year. 19 and 30 are also great tracks. |
|agree with DLC (but 5 other tracks on par), birds of tokyo + 10 years songs, Amy/Ellie/Calling all Cars/Robyn still on backlog list but I know I will like|
anberlin (closer, all we have + 4 others), janelle (cold war), a few to check out from list
|"Cancelled. Didn't she have one initially planned & then cancelled it? Or was there never going to be one?"|
Uhh, no? First of all, why the fuck didn't you just say cancelled? It doesn't cost more to fully type out a word.
Secondly, she played in Sydney two days after Melbourne, but by that time I was at the Peats Ridge festival.
|Great list. Of the ones I've heard, I agree entirely.|
|Ok Greg, I may be a lot of things, but I am NOT an indie-hipster.|
kangaroopoo, it seems like your list "could" be longer than mine.
And you never abbreviate DavID. Pot... Kettle... Black. Ahhh, you previously gave me the impression there was no Sydney gig for her.
|A number of albums I need to check yet so still haven't done a 2010 album list let alone a song list, several artists I'd have a hard time picking 1 song. Might have a list by Australia Day, lol.|
|Alright. Either way the list is not really my thing.|
|Nice list, Good Sir.|
Agree with a lot of the tracks
|"And you never abbreviate DavID."|
Using commonly accepted abbreviations (lol, ftw, etc) is one thing. Making up your own is fucktarded.
|Why so grumpy lately, David?|
|It's good to see a band like Calling All Cars getting mentioned on this site|
|I thoroughly enjoy DaveyBoy lists from time to time. Big, Circles, and Fix Me are awesome.|
|Some good stuff on here. Haven't heard a lot of this stuff. Not sure how I keep getting so far behind. |
|Nice list Davey, the top 4 are amazing as are others here, 28 is awful though..|
|Ta Billy... But Atavan is always grumpy.|
It's not a made-up abbrev. DavID... More specific to a certain industry.
They deserve it SCRAMorphine. Hopefully they can kick on.
PayneTiger, everybody should enjoy my lists. Hehe.
We're all behind Phideaux. You've probably heard more than me in 2010.
Ali, please forgive me for including Travie Claus.
|"It's not a made-up abbrev. DavID... More specific to a certain industry."|
You are not in the gay porn industry anymore. You are on Pandora.
|You wish buddy.|
|Why would I wish that you'd left the gay porn industry? You were a valuable asset.|
|So... moving right along. Look at all these great songs.|
|YEAH HOW GOOD IS GABRIELLA CILMI|
|Moar like how hot is Gabriella Cilmi.|
|great list but i cant stand Fuck You. havent heard his new album though|
|Tithe. Nice call|
|Gabriella's really cool.|
Jeff, I think it's fair to state you are well & truly in the minority when it concerns 'F**k You'.
|too dramatic over boy watwatwat|
|Yes Rudy... & I knew you would be the only one who would comment on that album.|
|yeah spanish sahara is a great song|
some other great choices here too
|Muchos Gracias Mike.|
|immesne list! really nice job daveyboy.|
I'm glad you snuck Menomena in there. Incidentally, I agree that Mines is not their best. Friend and Foe is better
|Thanks Adrian. Probably too immense for my own good!|
And I think I like Menomena's debut LP the best, but let's say we agree anyway.
|hmm I've only heard their two most recent. I'll have to check that one out. On the ever-growing list it goes.|
|Nice to see such a diverse list, really enjoyed the MCS and 10 Years love. |
|i know i noticed how everyone went apeshit over Fuck You but when i heard it i wasnt amazed or amused by it. i did hear his song What Part of Forever which i thought was really good. even though it is from the Eclipse soundtrack, i may get his new album|
|cool prof pic broski|
|My list is better than your list CK|
|Yeah, do so Aids. And see if you can work out what the album title means without anyone telling you.|
Thanks Acanthus. I am Sputnik's DIVERSE staff member.
Jeff, I actually haven't heard that Eclipse song.
Wrong again DavID. Mine has nothing to do with who I've met & who is or isn't nice. ;-)
|Davey, your challenge intrigued the shit out of me. "I Am The Fun Blame Monster!" (......alright)
just jumped to the top of my mediafire list.
i mean, my legal purchase list...|
|do I need to listen to the album to figure out what the title means?|
stupid question kind of. still.
|"Wrong again DavID. Mine has nothing to do with who I've met & who is or isn't nice. ;-)"|
...what the fuck? Santa jokes are wayyyyyy overdue, and fat jokes are just lame. Grow up.
|fight fight fight|
|#1 is spot on, the rest is good except for cilmi, that song sucks.|
|2, 7, and 21 are the best tracks on their respective albums, great choices|
|HBFS, I don't know where you came from, but first Parades & now Foals. I reckon you're a Def Leppard fan too. LOL.|
Thanks curseworship. I'm hoping there may be a few more out of 50, but I'll take 3 for now.
And no Aids, you do not have to listen to the album to figure it out, although you should anyway.
|Haha I've been lurking for awhile. I have never heard much Def Leppard, all I know is the drummer has one arm, maybe I'll listen soon.|
|Fuck, yes, Davey.|
Love your choices, as always.
|lots of amazing choices...mine were different but both of our lists are in the same vein|
|I'll save you some time HBFS... Just go & 5 all their albums from the 80s. ;-)|
Thanks PB. You seem to have been on here less of late.
Agreed SS. Same direction, different destination, if that makes sense.
|Sooooo where the fuck is Gotye and Miami Horror?|
|Miami Horror are touring around Australia & Gotye is probably locked up in his bedroom devising more sounds.|
|Gotye made a good song, it wouldn't be on this list.|
Miami Horror, on the other hand, are awful, so should be on this list somewhere.
|Idiot. Although, they were close. Technically, 'Sometimes' was last year, so I started getting confused with my own rules. Then I got hungry & forgot about it.|
I'll probably include 'Tokyo' next year as well. D'ya like that song DavID?
|By the Wombats? Not really.|
|Yeah. U suck. It's sooo catchy.|
|"IF IT'S BOG-AVERAGE, I'LL FUCKING LOVE IT! THAT'S THE DAVEYBOY GUARANTEE!"|
|But I know you want more, so I'm gonna throw in some Parades & Foals as an added bonus.|
|BUT ONLY IF YOU CALL NOW|
|Call me... Call me now.|
|Life calls Davey my man.|
I still creep but I'm def posting less, but maybe I will post just a bit more (at least in your threads ;) )
|Holidays is an awesome song. And Gotye's Eyes Wide Open is delish. |
|Severely lacking Gayngs- The Gaudy Side of Town and Cry (cover)|
And everything on Oceansize's newest
|New Years Eve and Safe House blow The Fire out of the water|
|Eh, I prefer 'The Fire' as a better middle ground of their sound.|
|eff yea for Spanish Sahara at 1...I'm pleasantly surprised to see 42 on there as well. Culpa doesn't get much love around here.|
|Tbh, if The Felix Culpa's LP didn't get the initial love that it did here, then I wouldn't have even thought about listening to it. That album seriously could have been top 5 of the year had it not tried to be too ambitious. Like I said though, it all came otgether on 'Mutiny!'.|
|Yea, I guess it's just cuz Sea hates it so much and I was only really talking to him about the album so it felt like more people. I can agree on the over-ambitious part but I still love that album. I'm a little biased too because I grew up seeing their shows and whatnot because they always played around my area.|
|Sea has a habit of following me around & hating everything I like. Take Emery, for instance! |
|This list needs moar emery|
|Hell yes Art of War. It'd be nice if Stephen would stop bitching about lost love but what a GOOD SONG.|
|It's gonna be filled with Emery come the end of 2011.|
Everyone bitches about lost love in one way or another CC.
|I know, but seriously. How about singing about something different, like getting a mortgage or yelling at the damn kids to get off your lawn. ANYTHING.|
|You foreclose on the mortgage & LOSE your house... You yell at the kids on the lawn & LOSE a bullet.|
Hey, I'm liking where there is going. You're right.
|YES! See? No one loses a girlfriend.|
|No, you gain independence (says the recently married man).|