75 More Awesome Songs

Alright, I swear I’m gonna stop soon. But when I first made my top 25 songs list about a week ago, there were so many great songs that I left off, and my comprehensivity-obsessed mind told me I needed to give them a place, if as much for my own sake as anyone reading this. So I looked to my “2010 faves” playlist, which conveniently had right around 100 songs; 75 once I subtracted my top 25. I cleaned it up a little bit and decided to upload it here with links to YouTube videos. (Because every single song on here, except for two, is on YouTube in its album version. Crazy!)

Anyway, obviously nobody is going to listen to all of these songs, so I separated them into three groups and gave them some brief descriptions. If you’re feeling like you need something new to listen to, just peruse this list and pick something out. I mixed all-around impressive songs, close-second favorites from albums that had a song in the top 25, and highlights from discs that didn’t make my top 50 that I wanted to give a lil shoutout to.

Electronica / Dance

Azari & III = disco tra$h

Azari & III – “Reckless With Your Love” – bring back the 90s!!!

The Chemical Brothers – “Escape Velocity” – had to have some sort of epic techno opus on here

El-P / Justin Bieber – “Baby (El-P’s Death Mix)” – renaissance hip-hop man el-p flips biebsian bubblegum into a hateful screed

Gold Panda – “You.” – hard to choose between tracks on his album, but the closer is one of the prettiest

Joker / Gorillaz – “Doncamatic (Joker Remix)” – dubstep up-and-comer does it again with a gorillaz post-album b-side

Matthew Dear – “You Put A Smell On Me” – i think i need to take a shower

Robyn – “Hang With Me” / “Call Your Girlfriend” – these two songs complete robyn’s trifecta of UNSTOPPABLE 2010 singles

Teen Daze – “Saviour” – there was something that really drew me in about this song, and i couldn’t figure it out. then i figured out he’s sampling jeff tweedy’s “i am so” and “music is my savior” from wilco’s “sunken treasure”! genius!

Trentemøller – “The Mash And The Fury” – awesome, shapeshifting first track from the dane’s otherwise disappointing new album

Tomas Barfod / Bon Iver – “re: stacks (Tomas Barfod Remix)” – justin vernon’s beautiful vocals used to great effect in this minimalist electro track

Hip-Hop / R&B

Janelle & Big Boi, gettin awkward

B. Dolan – “Marvin” – a tragic story, brutally told.  great buildup and fantastic internal rhyme.

Big Boi ft. Jamie Foxx – “Hustle Blood” – hard to choose my second favorite lucious left foot track, but there’s something so addictive about this one…plus lil jon produced it! seriously!

Cee Lo Green – “Fool For You” – classic soul refurbished for the imax screen

Curren$y – “Audio Dope II” – an apt title

Das Racist ft. Lakutis – “Rapping 2 U” – my favorite (so far) by them is also one of their smoothest

Drake ft. The-Dream – “Shut It Down” – a stunning slow-jam monolith sitting at the center of drake’s album

Freddie Gibbs – “National Anthem (Fuck the World)” – this guy slips into double-time rapping like it’s tying your shoe

Janelle Monáe – “Neon Valley Street” / “Tightrope (ft. Big Boi)” / “Cold War” (also one of the best music videos of the year) – i really wish i could see the glory in monae’s album that everyone else does.  it’s genre-hopping mastery is often praised, but that might be just the problem for me–it’s a little too all over the place. the of montreal-ness of “make the bus” might not actually be that awful, but coming after the sublime “neon valley street”, it sounds like aural diarrhea. that might just be one poor sequencing decision, but in general i feel it dives a little too deep into the genres it explores. regardless, these three songs are friggin incredible.

J. Cole ft. Wale – “You Got It” – whaddya know, he samples “neon valley street”! plus wale? instant win.

Kanye West – “Power (ft. Dwele)” / “So Appalled (ft. Jay-Z, Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce, Swizz Beats & The RZA)” – my two next favorites from that kanye shit

Method Man, Ghostface & Raekwon – “It’s That Wu Shit” – the album was meh, but the wu-tang a-team can still kick the shit out of a track

Raheem DeVaughn – “I Don’t Care” – can’t deny a preemo r&b jam like this

Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek) ft. Jay Electronica, J. Cole & Mos Def – “Just Begun” – the beat is nothing showy, but watching these four guys all in top form? damn.

Rick Ross ft. Jay-Z – “Free Mason” – one of the most excessive, extravagant jams on an album filled with them. mythical type shit

Shad – “Rose Garden” – canadian rapper turns his trademark wit up to 11 over an excellent beat

The-Dream – “Yamaha” – masterpiece by the r&b synth wizard/man behind “umbrella”/prince obsessive. this almost made my top 25.

T.I. ft. Rick Ross – “Pledge Allegiance to the Swag” – totally addictive swag rap that i’m sure t.i. and j.u.s.t.i.c.e. league could crank out all day if they put their minds to it

Yelawolf – “Pop The Trunk” – the best showcase for alabama’s finest’s twisty flow and gritty realism

“Rock” or folk or pop or whatever

Surfer Blood r friendlie

Anaïs Mitchell ft. Justin Vernon – “Wedding Song” – gorgeous opener from mitchell’s “hadestown” concept album

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Round and Round” – delightfully weird song with an irresistible chorus

Band of Horses – “Laredo” – the album was a bit of a dud, but boy do i love this song!

Beach House – “Norway” – yummy

The Books – “I Didn’t Know That” – sound collage meets atonal classicism meets funk.  a++! great video too.

Broken Social Scene – “Meet Me In The Basement” – i can’t feel my face

Crocodiles – “Mirrors” – awesome, new wave-y jam that i was addicted to for much of this fall

Deerhunter – “Earthquake” – halcyon digest’s jaw-dropping opener

Delta Spirit – “Bushwick Blues” – my fave off their album. perfect to sing along to

Dom – “Living In America” – another great synth-pop goof-off from dom’s ep. nothing sexier than worcester!

Dr. Dog – “Shadow People” / “Where’d All The Time Go” – two awesome songs from an album that otherwise left me cold

Field Music – “Effortlessly” – just some goddamn solid beatles-esque pop-rock

Gayngs – “Cry” – indie kids do 80s soft-rock cheese. great success!

Girls – “Heartbreaker” / “Carolina” – two killer songs from the new ep by girls. these guys mean business.

Glasser – “Home” – soaring song with great vocals

Jónsi – “Boy Lilikoi” – whee!

Josh Ritter – “Rattling Locks” – for the first time ever, i was disappointed by a josh ritter album. but this song from So Runs The World Away (as well as “Lantern”) is stellar, and new territory for joshie

Justin Townes Earle – “Harlem River Blues” – nice and old fashioned, something almost gospel-y to it

LCD Soundsystem – “Home” – ecstatic closer form their album interpolates the “aaahh-aahhhs” from “dance yrself clean” to great effect. got a bit of an “all my friends” vibe to it.

Local Natives – “World News” – great buildup, and the end has a real “ragged wood” thing going on

Lord Huron – “Mighty” – this guy released two stellar eps this year. sounds like local natives as heard from the other side of a canyon in africa. very excited for him to put out a full length.

Megafaun – “Heretofore” – love me some harmonies

The Morning Benders – “Excuses” – perfect display of their big sound

The Naked & Famous – “Young Blood” – if this doesn’t blow up, i’ll be fuckin…….surprised

Phantogram – “Mouthful of Diamonds” – another wonderful track from phantogram’s album

The Radio Dept. – “Heaven’s On Fire” – close second to “this time around”

Retribution Gospel Choir – “Poor Man’s Daughter” – epic, psychedelic electric guitar balled from this group’s second album

Shearwater – “Black Eyes” / “Castaways” – their almost almost made this list. here’s two great songs showing them at their most cinematic

Spoon – “Who Makes Your Money” – weird sexy

Sufjan Stevens – “Get Real Get Right” / “I Want To Be Well” – my two favorites from sufjan’s tornado of an album

Sun Kil Moon – “Alesund” – gorgeous song from mark kozelek’s acoustic album. very relaxing. the stripped-down nature of it makes it even more rewarding when he adds some subtle vocals harmonies

Surfer Blood – “Anchorage” – slowly unfolding epic stuff

The Tallest Man On Earth – “King of Spain” – perfect showcase of matsson’s energetic guitar and vocal style

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists – “The Mighty Sparrow” – classic ted leo

Twin Shadow – “When We’re Dancing” – moar 80s prease

Vampire Weekend – “White Sky” – bliss

The War On Drugs – “Comin’ Through” – another highlight from one of my favorite eps of the year

Weekend – “End Times” – pains of being pure at heart, but more rockin

Women – “Eyesore” – this is one of those songs that works better in the context of the album, but i think it might come across ok anyway

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~ by toren on December 18, 2010.

3 Responses to “75 More Awesome Songs”

  1. […] As you may know, he recently put Def Jux on indefinite hiatus, and while this is tragic, maybe it means he’ll have the time to make some music and send it our way soon. Dude has what I’d almost call an iconoclastic approach to beatmaking and rapping, mining the same strain of intense, gritty sounds and abstract, verbose, oft-political lyrics for most of his career. But I still haven’t gotten tired of it–his insane “Death Mix” of Justin Bieber’s “Baby” landed in my 100 Best Songs of the Year. […]

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