2010 has been great year for music. Okay, 2010 has been a truly awesome year for music. The masses have witnessed a handful of breathtaking albums that fondle ears from start to finish with sounds that break creative boundaries. Even though we’re six months in, it almost seems impossible to pinpoint the best songs of the year so far. But after tearing through mainstream radio and virtually unknown artists, we did it.
The best part is: 2010 isn’t even close to being over.
Here are our picks for the 25 Best Songs of 2010 (so far).
THE NATIONAL – “AFRAID OF EVERYONE”
This number off the Ohio vets’ High Violet paints the town gray and sucks the happiness out of your existence, leaving you wistfully content and delighted in an unusual way.
MASSIVE ATTACK ft. HOPE SANDOVAL – “PARADISE CIRCUS”
EPs rarely get love but this number off the Long Beach indie rockers’ release shines with an unusual beat and singer Nathan Willett crooning behind the mic.
BUTCH WALKER – “SHE LIKES HAIR BANDS”
Funny, odd and poppy, the track from the songwriter/producer takes you back to a time where corny lines made music highly entertaining.
HOLLERADO – “JULIETTE”
Toronto is a city that embraces glow sticks not sugar-sweet hooks and Alice Glass’ thrashy wail proves what rules every grim alleyway and warehouse dancefloor.
THE DEAD WEATHER – “NO HORSE”
Long before Ke$ha and Gaga there was Uffie: an MC with puppy eyes, stellar rhymes and a soul that flirts with both new and old musical tastes.
CIRCA SURVIVE – “FROZEN CREEK”
Anthony Green’s compassionate voice tells a story through troubling lines that touch you on the inside and make you wish you could see the creek itself.
KANYE WEST ft. DWELE – “POWER”
The Los Angeles experimental group were born with bewitching, angelic looks and a chemistry that fell from the hands of the rock gods above.
EMPIRES – “DAMN THINGS OVER”
The voice is not quite Vedder and the sound isn’t quite mainstream but it’s an anthem worth singing along to in the rain.
STARS – “FIXED”
A simple acoustic riff accompanied by genuine vocals plays pick-me-up for lost souls and those in need of a friend to lean on for warmth.
THE BLED – “SMOKE BREAKS”
Arizona metalcore musicians dust off their shoulders and let loose a violent side that still carries over to the new decade.
GORILLAZ – “MELANCHOLY HILL”
The animated troop extinguish the creepiness and reveal a lovesick mentality more peaceful than looking at clouds transform into bunny rabbits.
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB – “SOMETHING GOOD CAN WORK”
The young Canuck rapper’s flow over the theatrical layout is unorthodox but it makes it all the more catchy and helps his testimony as a leader of today’s musical movement.
PHANTOGRAM – “WHEN I’M SMALL”
Gazing at you from underneath the shadows, the New York duo tie urban electronic music with a rugged hip-hop knot you can’t learn in pre-school.
GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS – “TINY LIGHT”
Some folks have an itch for a hazardous riff while others have an itch for Brandon Boyd-esque howls. This has both.
THE BLACK KEYS – “EVERLASTING LIGHT”
The world was in dire need of blues and Dan Auerbach’s soulful voice embraces funk and a need to be heard by a lady who enjoys his affection.
EMINEM ft. RIHANNA – “LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE”
The indie army quickly swallow what’s left of their Canadian whiskey, grab an instrument and jam with nothing left to lose but precious time until the sun wakes up.
OK GO – “THIS TOO SHALL PASS”
Both versions of the video opened eyes but the track itself celebrates the sounds of music and how they gel to create a fantastic mess.
[Did we miss any of your favourite tracks? Drop a line in the comment section]