Best Songs of 2010: Glenn’s Top 20

Photo by Michelle Brennan

These are my favorite songs of 2010. Hope that you enjoy them as much as I did.

Download the MP3s of the entire list HERE

20. Gorillaz – “Stylo” (feat. Mos Def and Bobby Womack) (Chiddy Bang Remix)

A great collaboration: Bobby Womack, Mos Def and Gorillaz, remixed by the up-and- coming rap group Chiddy Bang.

19.  Ra Ra Riot – “Boy”

This song is not much on lyrics, but I love it anyway. It’s super catchy, infectious, and reminds me of the band Phoenix.

18.  Justin Townes Earle – “Harlem River Blue”

JTE Keeps putting out solid country/folk tunes, with great stories and catchy hooks. It feels so rootsy.

17.  Big Boi – “Fo Yo Sorrows (Ft. George Clinton, Too Short & Sam Chris)”

Everyone thought Andre 3000 was so great after “Hey Ya”, but Big Boi was always my favorite. Listen to this flow and hook

16.  The Head and the Heart – “Winter Song”

What a lovely song from The Head and the Heart who will be a power on the pop/folk scene in the year to come.

15.  Lissie – “Little Lovin’”

Lissie put this song out last year in her EP, but it’s also on her full length Catching A Tiger. I will claim it for 2010. No one will mind that it came out in 2009 after listening to this rollicking song.

14.  Josh Ritter – “Lark”

Although Ritter’s latest album wasn’t quite as good as some of his past albums, there are still quite a few gems on there, like this one.

13.  Deer Tick – “20 Miles”

I just became a Deer Tick fan, mostly because of this song. It’s simple and will leave you singing along. Thanks Michelle.

12.  Nas & Damian Marley – “As We Enter

I adore this collaboration from Nas & Damian Marley. It was blasting out of the speakers for many a sunny day.

11.  Stornoway – “Zorbing”

This song is just plain fun and unique. Thanks Matt.

10. Sharon Van Etten – “Love More”

A stand out song because of Van Etten’s lovely voice and urgent, yet sorrowful, delivery, mixed with a blend of sounds that accentuate her voice and make it sound so good.

9. Laura Veirs – “Life Is Good Blues”

“Life is Good Blues” just makes me happy and sleepy, but not in a boring way.

8.  The National – “Lemon World”

Classic sound from the National, sorrowful baritone, pounding drums, depressing lyrics, and I like it so much.

7. The Black Keys – “Ten Cent Pistol”

Ten Cent Pistol is smooth and rockin’ at the same time. This song, along with the entire album Brothers, shows how smooth the Black Keys can be while maintaining the garage blues sound that made them famous.

6. Mumford & Sons – “Timshel”

Sounding like an Irish folk ballad, “Timshel” is the prettiest song on Sigh No More, one of my favorite albums of the year. That’s why I allowed myself to put two songs from the album in my top 20.

5. The Tallest Man On Earth – “Like The Wheel”

“Like The Wheel” came from The Tallest Man’s EP Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird. Since it came from a different album, I get to put it on my list as well. Give it a listen you’ll understand why. Thanks Jess.

4. The Roots – “Right On (Feat. Joanna Newsome, STS)”

The Roots have some great songs on How I Got Over, like “Right On,” where they seamlessly combine indie folk, with a nice beat, and sweet Roots rhymes.

3.  Laura Marling –  “Rambling Man”

Oh Laura Marling, how do you sound so wise? What a great song.

2.  Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”

Mumford & Sons are so good at changing tempo mid song. “The Cave,” is a perfect example of their combination of folk and Irish drinking music. I enjoy it.

1. The Tallest Man On Earth – “Love is All”

The Tallest Man On Earth is the best songwriter of 2010 in my mind. Listen closely to the lyrics and the finger-picking guitar. It’s very real, with all the raspyness and buzzing included.

Download the entire list HERE



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  1. #1 by AnonOMus on December 26, 2010 - 11:32 AM

    Great list. As We Enter is one of the jams of the year, gets me hype every time. I’ll check the songs out that I don’t already know.

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