I couldn't keep it to just 10. Even after the Honorable Mention list, there were just too many songs that called out to me, begging to be included. And that's not to mention that song by The Blog Beggers "Please Include Me In Your Best Of 2010 List, Dan" (seriously, so sick of that song). So I made it a 'Top 16' list.
My Top 16 Songs of 2010:
Not sure if this qualifies since it was released (leaked?) as a single in '09, but the album dropped (industry lingo, try to keep up) in 2010. A pleasurable stroll through trip-hop, as strolls through trip-hop go.
When you double-click this little party-starter in your "bootyjamz" playlist, I dare you to try to reject Big Boi's advice: "Put your back into it / Like your grandma do it." My only back up plan for this jam is to do the hammer dance by myself in silence. Now that's sad.
Rod might have penned the best thinly-or-not-at-all-veiled sexual innuendo since Robert Plant asked us to squeeze his lemon: "How 'bout this? / Give us a kiss, uh-huh / I got this gun / Girl, it don't miss / It makes babies / It makes that rock n' roll."
the chorus hits and
the whole damn house burns down. But we hated that house anyway.
After glancing at the song and album name by this Norwegian outfit, it was a huge relief that this is an instrumental track. It's part reckless road trip anthem and part 8-bit Nintendo theme, but with the pace and fine-tuning worthy of fellow Scandinavians The Hives.
If you sealed Grizzly Bear's "Two Weeks" in a ziplock and marinated it with brown sugar and Dr. Pepper over the weekend, this would be the result. A supercharged, emotionally-driven rock song with enough sweetness in the hook to turn on the major labels, even though Wakey is with the microscopic Family Records, who should really take care of them before they're all g-oooone g-oo-ooooo-oooo-oo-ooooone (please download this song so this reference makes sense and I stop feeling like some dude who wore a WNBA jersey to a wedding).
To those who say it's tacky to include two J Roddy songs on this list, I say this: I included three. Yep, it's completely gratuitous. And given the level of integrity this blog's many, many fans have come to expect, I agonized over to how to remove one or two of them so my list didn't seem to be giving too much credit to an upstart band I just happened to see play twice this fall. Then I realized that if removing a song was causing so much trepidation, maybe it needs to be here. Hence, I give you the perfect