Best Songs of 2010: Sean’s Top 60 (30-1)

These are my 30 favorite songs of 2010. It was a wonderful year in music, albeit somewhat overwhelming for the sheer volume of releases. But these songs received the most love from my ears, my brain and my heart this year. We here at The Wounded Jukebox want to thank you for reading and for listening, for helping inspire us to keep doing what we love: Sharing music with as many people as we can. Thanks, and enjoy the tunes.

Download Sean’s Top 30 in one zip folder

30. Apollo Ghosts – “Hub City” (May 10)

29. Gorillaz – “Stylo (Feat. Bobby Womack)”

28. Lupe Fiasco – “The Show Goes On”

This song borrows the hook from Modest Mouse’s “Float On”, and does it quite nicely. Looking forward to Mr. Fiasco’s new album in 2011.

27. Shark Speed – “Killing Kind” (March 10)

26. Broken Social Scene – “All to All” (April 5)

25. Sleigh Bells – “Riot Rhythm” (April 29)

24. Sun Airway – “Oh, Naoko”

23. Local Natives – “Wide Eyes” (Dec. 15)

22. The Head and The Heart – “Ghosts” (Sept. 30)

21. Joanna Newsom – “Good Intentions Paving Company” (May 31)

20. Hellogoodbye – “Finding Something To Do”

Hellogoodbye didn’t release an album for four years, went through some lineup changes and then, out of nowhere, released Would It Kill You? near the end of this year. That break made the band more diverse musically, gave them a tighter sound and resulted in one of my personal favorite albums of the year. This song is a gem.

19. The Heligoats – “Fish Sticks” (January 20, March 3)

18. Big Boi – “Shutterbug (Feat. Cutty)”

17. The Rural Alberta Advantage – “Stamp” (Dec. 14)

16. Yeasayer – “O.N.E.” (Sept. 4)

15. Lykke Li – “Get Some”

14. The Lonely Forest – “Turn Off This Song and Go Outside” (Sept. 30)

13. TIE – LCD Soundsystem – “Dance Yrself Clean” and “Pow Pow” (May 31)

Okay, okay. I know it’s a copout. But I simply couldn’t choose between these two brilliant songs that emerged from James Murphy’s brain this year. The quirky, neurotic cleverness of “Pow Pow” is undeniable, and the buildup and release of “Dance Yrself Clean” is nearly perfect. My apologies.

12. Jukebox The Ghost – “Mistletoe” (Aug. 23)

11. Dr. Dog – “Jackie Wants A Black Eye” (April 5)

10. Twin Shadow – “I Can’t Wait” (Nov. 15)

9. Radical Face – “Doorways” (Oct. 7)

8. Kanye West – “Monster (Featuring Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver)” (Dec. 17)

From the beat that rattles your teeth throughout and sounds as if it could be the literal heartbeat of some awesome hip-hop monster, to some of Kanye’s best lines on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, to the best guest appearance I heard all year delivered courtesy a schizophrenic-but-incredible 90-second rant by (huh?) Nicki Minaj, this song made me smirk every time I heard it.

7. Vampire Weekend – “Run” (Dec. 15)

Awesome remix as well, just for kicks.

6. Pepper Rabbit – “Older Brother” (Nov. 2)

5. Laura Marling – “Rambling Man” (May 31)

4. Arcade Fire – “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) (Aug. 4, Dec. 17)

3. The National – “Conversation 16” (May 31)

2. The Naked And Famous – “Young Blood” (Nov. 21)

1. Morning Benders – “Excuses” (Feb. 15, May 31)

This song is about young lust, lasting love and growing old with someone you care about. I was in love with this song more than any other this year, and perhaps it’s because the band captures the fear and whimsy of realizing you want to spend the rest of your life with someone. The strings swell, the drums pound and tap, and the vocal harmonies are delightful. It is, in short, my favorite song of this year.

Watch the video — it made me fall in love with this song all over again.

Download Sean’s Top 30 in one zip folder



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  1. #1 by Allison Rizk on January 4, 2011 - 9:31 PM

    This is the BEST comprehensive list I’ve seen! I’m such a big fan and looking for your RSS Feed button. I’m just pissed I didn’t publish these myself. Great job. Seriously!

    • #2 by The Wounded Jukebox on January 4, 2011 - 9:53 PM

      Thanks so much Allison! I’m glad you enjoyed the list — it took me a long time and some hard cuts to finalize it — and that you’re a fan of the blog. Hope to hear from you more in the future! –Sean

  2. #3 by Bawley on January 12, 2011 - 10:36 PM

    Great list, some cross overs with our Top 100. Check it out at

    No need for excuses re: Dance Yrslf Clean and Pow Pow, I would have hated to have to cut our list down to just 60 (61) tracks.

    Nice work, Cool Blog

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