I will soon post my film choices of the year in Imitation of Life, but I decided to start with my 20 favourite songs of 2010.
A couple of them (among them Top 5 ranked Hey You by French band Pony Pony Run Run) were technically released as single or EP in 2009, but then re-released this year when the album officially came out.
It’s always difficult to make a best of list and this one has been no exception. Thus, for instance, Californian trio Music Go Music made the cut as last of the list over bands like Yeasayer or Hurts who could (and maybe should) have been included, not only for the acknowledgment they deserve for making really interesting ABBA-influenced music in 2010, but also because of the unaccountable lack of promotion they’ve had (you cannot even buy the song in the Belgian iTunes). Here goes then my small contribution to the promotion of this most original band.
As for the winner, Hot Chip’s irresistible I Feel Better has topped my personal ranking for most part of the year, but it has ultimately been overtaken by Excuses, the opener of The Morning Benders’ Big Echo, arguably the year’s best album by an (almost) new band. Excuses is a glorious blend of Californian classic pop and calm, modern indie rock and it’s, in my opinion, the best song of the year (so far).
I don’t know if making a worst of list would be any easier, but I’m sure a strong contender for the trophy would be Shakira’s painfully ubiquitous Waka Waka, the World Cup’s ghastly official song. The tune, a perfect follow-up to La Queen Latina’s studio album She Wolf, one of the most hideous pop efforts as of late, was an insult to a whole continent and to the intelligence (???!) of football fans worldwide. Funnily enough, Shakira’s She Wolf was subsequently covered by the boys of Hot Chip to surprisingly good results.
Here’s my list of the best songs of 2010 so far. I’ve included videos for the Top 5 songs. There’s still no official video for The Morning Benders’ Excuses, so I posted this Yours Truly session version, where they perform the song with a bunch of friends. There’s another video in YouTube with no images (just the record cover) and the album version of the song, but I thought it was worth to put this one just to see the vocalist. He could have easily taken the leading role in (500) Days of Summer from Joseph Gordon-Lewitt.
Leave your comments or your own list below.
20. Light of Love MUSIC GO MUSIC
19.Trouble in Mind ERLAND & THECARNIVAL
18. I Can Change LCD SOUNDSYSTEM
17.’81 JOANNA NEWSON
16. Horchata VAMPIRE WEEKEND
15. Believer GOLDFRAPP
14. Cathy RODRIGO LEÃO (feat. NEIL HANNON)
13. Dancing On My Own ROBYN
12. Baptism CRYSTAL CASTLES
11. Something Good Can Work TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
10. Invisible Light SCISSOR SISTERS
9. Pop The Glock UFFIE
8. Flash Delirium MGMT
7. The Suburbs ARCADE FIRE
6. Dance the Way I Feel OU EST LE SWIMMING POOL
5. Hey You PONY PONY RUN RUN
4. Big Jet Plane ANGUS & JULIA STONE
3. In the Sun SHE & HIM
2. I Feel Better HOT CHIP
1. Excuses THE MORNING BENDERS