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2010 Best of Music List


At long last my best music of the year list. It took me forever to get it done (I say this as if there were tons of people just dying to read it). I was about half way through it when this past weekend’s sadness stopped me cold. I have done this list two years in a row (click here for those lists) and never really written about my process. I actually go through and listen to every album I bought during the year again. I only consider albums that have a US release date in 2010. So I don’t actually pull from everything I bought just new releases. The same rule applies for my favorite songs. So, of course, the list is limited to music I actually thought enough about to buy in the first place . This year that amounts to 65 albums and 753 total songs (this is why it can take me some time to compile this list). It is of course entirely my opinion and if you have any suggestions for albums you loved not on my list leave it in the comments or drop me a note on Twitter. I am always looking for new music.

Normally I make this list out in no particular order but this year that isn’t totally true. The top 3 were far and away my favorites this year.

Zoë KeatingInto the Tress

Kim BoekbinderThe Impossible Girl
DessaA Badly Broken Code
PomplamooseTribute To Famous People
Gil Scott-HeronI’m New Here
The Gaslight AnthemAmerican Slang
Janelle MonáeThe ArchAndroid
Broken BellsBroken Bells
Puerto MuertoDrumming For Pistols
V V BrownTraveling Like The Light
Mumford & SonsSigh No More
Buke And GassRiposte
Sarah BlaskoAs Day Follows Night
The MynabirdsWhat We lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood
Jesca HoopHunting My Dress
The New PornographersTogether
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam BandWhere The Messengers Meet
Jukebox the GhostEverything Under the Song
Josh RitterSo Runs The World Away
Gogol BordelloTrans-Continental Hustle

Favorite Songs (in no particular order)


Song - Artist 

Mineshaft II - Dessa
Alibi - DessaYou
Only Want Me 'Cause You Want My Sister - Evelyn Evelyn
Nature Boy - PomplamooseMe
And The Devil - Gil Scott-Heron
Tightrope - Janelle Monáe
Vaporize - Broken Bells
The Ghost Inside - Broken Bells
A Slight Discomfort - The Hold Steady
Intelligentactile 101 - Jesca Hoop
Feast Of The Heart - Jesca Hoop
Summer Is The Champion - Laura Veirs
Wide-Eyed, Legless - Laura Veirs
Drumming For Pistols - Puerto Muerto
Down On Love - Sarah Blasko
Raise the Knowledge - Gogol Bordello
Impossible Girl #4 - Kim Boekbinder
Stalker Song - Kim Boekbinder
Medulla Oblongata - Buke And GassLittle
Lion Man - Mumford & Sons
Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk - The New Pornographers
Escape Artist - Zoë KeatingOptimist - Zoë Keating
The Queen of Lower Chelsea - The Gaslight Anthem
Drag A Rake - Social Studies
One Polaroid A Day - Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
Heathen Child - Grinderman
Pigeons - The Hundred In the Hands
The Remnant - Josh Ritter
I Live in New York City - Sxip Shirey
Hurrah - Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
Let the Record Go - The Mynabirds
Angel Dance - Robert Plant
Cloud Shadow On the Mountain - Robert Plant
Lying Low - Peter Wolf
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