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