Hindsight 2010: Josh on The Best of Music

Much of the music I listened to this year was not from 2010, but there were plenty of standout tracks from this year. Below are my top five songs and top three albums of 2010:

Top Five Songs of 2010

5) “Deep Blue” — Arcade Fire

  • It may be a simpler song than many of the others on the The Suburbs, but Win Butler’s falsetto shines on this ballad, as does the acoustic guitar and violin play.

4) “Crash Years” — The New Pornographers

  • Neko Case’s lower-key vocals are pleasant-sounding, the whistling is melancholic, and the instrumentation is excellent.

3) “The High Road” —  Broken Bells

  • Choosing between this and “Vaporize” was tough, but “The High Road” is funky, poppy, and a beautiful fusion of Danger Mouse and James Mercer’s musical styles.

2) “Your Hands (Together)” — The New Pornographers

  • The epitome of The New Pornographers’ power pop style, “Your Hands (Together)” reminds me of the best of “Mass Romantic.”

1) “The Suburbs” — Arcade Fire

  • I seem to have a thing for album’s opening songs, but the title track of “The Suburbs” was an easy choice. Like “Deep Blue,” “The Suburbs” highlights Win Butler’s vocal range and sets the tone for the album. I’m not much of a lyrics guy, but the “Sometimes I can’t believe it, I’m moving past the feeling” refrain is excellent.

Honorable Mention, Best Club/Dance Song of 2010:

  • “OMG” . . .  Usher
    • o I love the “oh ohs.”

Top Three Albums of 2010

3) Broken Bells — Broken Bells

  • Despite this being released in early 2010, I didn’t listen to it until last month. Boy, did it improve my drive from Chicago to New York.  Melodic and catchy, and full of James Mercer’s voice, which pushes this album up to number three.

2) Together — The New Pornographers

  • I never skip any songs on this album because there are no obvious songs to skip. After mixed reviews on Challengers, The New Pornographers returned with a sunnier, faster, and catchier album. And, Dan Bejar is utilized to perfection (See, for example, “Silver Jenny Dollar”).

1) The Suburbs — Arcade Fire

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  2. Posted by doc on January 28, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Gotta throw in “Medicine” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Grace has the medicine that everybody wants and the song has one of the best guitar riffs that I have heard in years.


  3. Posted by Dan on January 30, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    Thanks for the top pick. I’ve thought the first song is leaps and bounds the best song on the album, but I get the feeling most other people don’t agree.


  4. Posted by Alex Harris on February 3, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Am I the only one that thinks that Suburban War was the best track on The Suburbs?


    • Posted by Josh on February 3, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      Don’t you hate Arcade Fire?


      • Posted by Alex Harris on February 3, 2011 at 4:49 PM

        Naw. I’m not cool enough to love them in a cool way, but I like a lot of their stuff. Especially Suburban War and Sprawl II.


        • Posted by Josh on February 3, 2011 at 4:54 PM

          You’re cool enough to love any band in a cool way, Alex, except maybe Interpol 1997-2002.

          And a theory: high variance in preference for singles on an album speaks to an album being of a consistent quality. It could be good or bad, but I suspect in the case of The Suburbs, it’s a sign of good.


  5. Posted by Josh on February 3, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    That’s a bit circular.


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