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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
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
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
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
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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