Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Halfway There | Best Songs of 2010

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff

So, it's that time of year again, time for racking our brains (and maybe hitting our heads against the wall) to come up with a relatively short and sweet list of our favorite music of 2010 (so far). Forced to reflect on the last six months, it's so very easy to see that we've been spoiled with nothing short of an assload (that's a scientific measurement) of amazing tunes. We predict that come December, we'll have a few bruises on our noggins as we sort it all out.

Until then, enjoy our list of favorite songs of 2010, sure to evolve over the coming months. Stream them all, download what you like. We're halfway there!

Admiral Radley - I Heart California
April Smith and The Great Picture Show - Colors
A Weather - No Big Hope
Band of Horses - Compliments [listen]
Beach House - Used To Be [listen]
Broken Social Scene – Texico Bitches [listen]
Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore - Something, Somewhere, Sometime
Chris McGarry - Brooklyn Bound
Cold War Kids - Audience
Cowboy Junkies - Renmin Park [listen]
David Ford - Nothing At All
Delorean - Stay Close [listen]
Dr. Dog - Shadow People
Electric President - Safe and Sound [listen]
Freelance Whales - Generator ^ First Floor
Frightened Rabbit - Yes, I Would [listen]
Future Islands - Tin Man
Gaslight Anthem - Bring It On [listen]
Harlem - Gay Human Bones
Kanye West - Power [download]
Kele - Tenderoni
LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean
Local Natives - Sun Hands [listen]
MGMT - I Found a Whistle [listen]
Patty Griffin - Coming Home To Me [listen]
Sally Seltmann - Harmony To My Heartbeat
Sam Quinn - Late The Other Night
Sarah Jaffe - Clementine [listen]
Sleigh Bells - Rill, Rill
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - I Learned the Hard Way
Tame Impala – Alter Ego
The Black Keys - Everlasting Light [listen]
The Morning Pages - My Name Is Lion
The Mynabirds - Numbers Don't Lie
The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio
The New Pornographers - A Bite Out Of My Bed [listen]
The Tallest Man On Earth - King Of Spain
Tift Merritt - Engine To Turn [listen]
Tokyo Police Club - Favourite Colour
Wild Nothing - Chinatown
Wolf Parade - Palm Road [listen]
Yeasayer - O.N.E.

We feel a little hesitant asking this, but...what did we miss?


  1. Great list! I would add Surfer Blood's "Anchorage", Morning Benders' "Promises", and The Radio Dept.'s "Heaven's on Fire."

  2. Alexander Foote's "Revolving Door"!

  3. Happy Birthday - Subliminal Message

  4. No Mumford and Sons?

  5. List is great. Mike's right about Morning Benders. Also, I know you aren't wild about Vampire Weekend over there at SIC, but...Giving Up the Gun is SO GOOD.

  6. Touche on Mumford and Sons, anonymous person. But, you'll see them get some love tomorrow. (Feels like so long ago their UK debut came out).

  7. Michael - stick around for our albums of the year - you and I just might be music-brothers.

  8. Dom's "Living in America" and "burn Bridges" are both worthy!

    Nice call on Tallest Man on Earth.

    Also digging The Drums' "Let's Go Surfing" and Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks"

    Local Natives' cover of "Warning Sign" also in ze balloon!

  9. If for no other reason than the slick-poppin' dance moves in the music video... Janelle Monae- "Tight Rope"