My Best Songs of 2010

Like I presume most of you do, I enjoy looking at end-of-the-year “best-of” lists (of which there are countless numbers, all across the Internets). They’re just interesting and fun, and when they’re written by someone with good taste, they’re especially great to read. That said…I’m not good at ranking things…or choosing a specific, small number of favorites…or making best-of lists…at least when it comes to music. (And movies. And TV.) But thankfully in the case of music, my iTunes kind of does it for me. About two years ago, I made a few auto-playlists…one of them with my Top 40 most-played songs, one later with my Top 100 most-played songs, and just for overkill’s sake (:)), one with my Top 200 most-played songs. And so that’s where I got this best of 2010 list from…I went through the Top 200 list and picked the 43 songs in it that were officially added to my music library in 2010. (A majority of them were released in 2010, but a few of them are from previous years.) It goes without saying that all of them are highly recommended. (P.S.: I’m calling this “my best songs of 2010″ because I don’t want to call it “the best songs of 2010.” Music is a highly subjective thing to look at most of the time, and everyone has their different favorites. Plus, after all, this is a very scientific best-of list. I couldn’t have picked them manually myself, even if I tried.) So now…my top 43 songs of the year. (P.P.S.: I like random stats in most cases. A lot. So you’ll be treated to a few key ones for each song on the list, along with some at the end. What can I say, I’m a nerd sometimes. Well, all the time. But it shows itself especially strong only some of the time. :))

  1. Rain City–Lucy Schwartz (#2 on my most played, 53 plays, added Aug. 16)
  2. Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)–Laura Marling (#8, 35 plays, added Oct. 28)
  3. Flume–Peter Gabriel (#12, 33 plays, added Feb. 19)
  4. I’d Do It All Again–Corinne Bailey Rae (#14, 32 plays, added Jan. 12)
  5. Hengilas–Jonsi (#17, 32 plays, added Jun. 25)
  6. Beggar’s Prayer–Emiliana Torrini (#24, 30 plays, added Jul. 19)
  7. Mirrorball–Peter Gabriel (#30, 28 plays, added Apr. 27)
  8. Something In The Water–Brooke Fraser (#33, 27 plays, added Aug. 20)
  9. Hurricane Drunk–Florence + The Machine (#38, 27 plays, added Oct. 14)
  10. King of Anything–Sara Bareilles (#44, 27 plays, added Sep. 6)
  11. Sticks & Stones–Jonsi (#49, 26 plays, added Jun. 24)
  12. Help Me! Help Me!–Lucy Schwartz (#53, 25 plays, added Jan. 19)
  13. Your Song–Ellie Goulding (#59, 24 plays, added Dec. 16)
  14. Virtual Insanity–Jamiroquai (#63, 24 plays, added Jul. 9)
  15. 9,000 Days–Overtone w/Yollandi Nortjie (#64, 24 plays, added Jul. 24)
  16. Are You Here–Corinne Bailey Rae (#69, 23 plays, added Jan. 26)
  17. Drumming Song–Florence + The Machine (#70, 23 plays, added Oct. 14)
  18. Telephone–Pomplamoose (#72, 23 plays, added Mar. 15)
  19. You’ve Changed–Sia (#74, 23 plays, added Mar. 6)
  20. Life In Letters–Lucy Schwartz (#79, 22 plays, added Oct. 22)
  21. Those Days–Lucy Schwartz (#80, 22 plays, added Jan. 19)
  22. Dear Laughing Doubters–Sondre Lerche (#84, 22 plays, added Aug. 31)
  23. The Writer–Ellie Goulding (#93, 21 plays, added Dec. 16)
  24. Gone Away–Lucy Schwartz (#98, 21 plays, added Oct. 22)
  25. July Flame–Laura Veirs (#106, 20 plays, added Jan. 20)
  26. When You Give Your Heart–Laura Veirs (#107, 20 plays, added Sep. 8 )
  27. Graveyard–Lucy Schwartz (#117, 19 plays, added Aug. 10)
  28. Playing In Traffic–Peter Eldridge (#122, 19 plays, added Aug. 12)
  29. Starry Eyed–Ellie Goulding (#127, 18 plays, added Dec. 16)
  30. Mixtape–Jamie Cullum (#130, 18 plays, added Feb. 11)
  31. Airplanes–Local Natives (#135, 18 plays, added May 12)
  32. Respect–Lucy Schwartz (#137, 18 plays, added Jan. 19)
  33. The World Keeps You Waiting–New York Voices (#140, 18 plays, added Mar. 17)
  34. My Body Is A Cage–Peter Gabriel (#141, 18 plays, added Apr. 27)
  35. Uncharted–Sara Bareilles (#144, 18 plays, added Sep. 6)
  36. Little Fly–Esperanza Spalding (#152, 17 plays, added Aug. 19)
  37. Bird Song–Florence + The Machine (#154, 17 plays, added Oct. 14)
  38. Mouse World–Theodore Shapiro (from the “Dinner For Schmucks” score) (#171, 17 plays, added Aug. 31)
  39. The I Love You Song–Celia Keenan-Bolger, Lisa Howard, & Derrick Baskin (from “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) (#177, 16 plays, added Nov. 30)
  40. The Sea–Corinne Bailey Rae (#178, 16 plays, added Jan. 26)
  41. Dedicated To You–Kurt Elling (#191, 16 plays, added May 12)
  42. Running Too Fast–Natalia LaFourcade (#194, 16 plays, added Sep. 4)
  43. O Canada–Nikki Yanofsky (#196, 16 plays, added Feb. 11)

Lucy Schwartz by far makes the most appearances on this list, with 7 entries (including the top spot). Florence + The Machine, Peter Gabriel, Ellie Goulding, and Corinne Bailey Rae each follow with 3, and Sara Bareilles, Jonsi, and Laura Veirs are after that with 2. Ellie Goulding’s 3 entries are interesting, because I just got her songs less than 2 weeks ago…I guess they’ve just caught my fancy a lot. 🙂 And finally, only 12 of the songs on this list are by either male solo artists, or primarily male bands/groups.

I was going to make the rest of this a little end-of-the-year speech, but I’ll leave that to my final artist spotlight (to be posted tomorrow). Thanks for reading! Make sure to subscribe (can we get at least one subscriber by the end of the year?), share, and check out all my other posts. See you tomorrow!

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