Everyone and their mom (except my mom) are making Top 10 of 2010 lists. So here is my personal Top 10 Songs of 2010. The songs are in no order. My criteria was primarily the number of reps I played a song. If I killed a song then it will be on this list.
Cee Lo – Fuck You
I see you driving around town with the girl I love
And I’m like ‘Fuckkk Youuuu’
This song gets things off your chest while smiling at the same time. Cee Lo is the ultimate one hit wonder, a few times over.
Cee Lo (Band of Horses cover) – No One’s Gonna Love You
I got introduced to Band of Horses in 2010 by The Cincinnati Kid and was instantly hooked. I’m not as big into cover songs as I used to be but this one is sick. Even BofH says they like Cee Lo’s version than their own. Add a subtle remix to the whole thing and a compelling music video and you’ve got an ELB Top 10 song.
Fuck Buttons – Surf Solar
Get on the highway. Put your foot on the gas. And press down hard. Awesome driving music. And running music. I heard this more than a few times running down Crissy Field with the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hopper Hands waiting for me.
Eminem – No Love
I’ve always been a huge Eminem fan but since The Eminem Show, way back when George Bush was in his first term, his music has been crap. What makes this song for me is Lil Wayne’s opening verse and Eminem’s long second verse. His typical style is to break a song up into three verses but here he wraps up verses 2 and 3 into one hard hitting flurry of words that brings back Lose Yourself.
MGMT – Time To Pretend
I was abroad for a while so I spent a lot of 2010 catching up to ‘older’ music. This was one of those. I love the lyrics.
Yeah it’s overwhelming
But what else can we do?
Get jobs in offices
And wake up for the morning commute?
Ummm.. That’s what I do. Everyday. These guys are having more fun than me.
Kid Cudi – Heart of a Lion
Another album from pre-2010 that I really got into in 2010. I hard a time deciding which song to choose because I like the whole album but Heart of a Lion is definitely one of the top tracks. Side note: his second album, released in 2010, was a letdown for me. I’m still listening to it trying to like it but I don’t think it’s going to be as memorable as his first.
Jay-Z – On To the Next One
I’ve always liked Jay-Z’s rhymes but he’s slipped in the past few years. Still, he can rap better than any other 40 year old I know. Until my boy Thad Jampol turns 40. I like the beats and the bass in this track but the reason it makes this list is because it was my anthem when I got laid off in October. I’m driving in the city on a sunny Wednesday afternoon, recently unemployed, and my words to the world are ‘On to the next one’.
Gorillaz w/ Snoop – Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach
The bass line is so good in this song that Snoop actually dances in it. At least it resembles dancing. And he’s dressed like Captain Jack Sparrow.
Cults – Go Outside
To me, death is not a fearful thing. It’s living that’s treacherous.
I heard about this song from the Hype Machine blog. It’s a free 3 song EP available on bandcamp. This was always first in my running music lineup. Get home from work, throw all my shit on the floor, gear up for a run and head outside to run along the bay.
Kanye West – Amazing
I did not like this all auto-tuned album when I first heard it. It sat in my iPod for months before I finally ‘got it’. And when I did, that is all I listened to in the month of March during a month long road trip in the southwest. This is one of my favorite tracks from the album.