Photos by G.
You might recall that in July, I listed my 10 favorite songs of the year up until that point. This has been a great year for music and I have 10 more songs to add to that list. See my additional picks after the jump.
“Bang Bang Bang” by Mark Ronson, Q-Tip and MNDR. It was actually hard to select just one Mark Ronson song off his wonderful new album “Record Collection” because I love the entire record, but I looked at the counter on my Ipod and I’ve listened to “Bang Bang Bang” the most, so it’s making the list. The track features rapping from A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip as well as soon-to-be-megastar MNDR.
“You Gave Me Nothing” by Andrew Wyatt, Rose Elinor Dougall, Mark Ronson. I told you it was really hard to name one great Mark Ronson track off his excellent “Record Collection” album, but this track, which reminds me musically of Blondie’s “Call Me,” also had a ton of listens according to my Ipod, so it’s making the list. The Ronson/Wyatt/Boy George collaboration “Somebody To Love Me” has almost as many listens, so I would like to mention that as another standout track of 2010.
“Born Free” by The Rassle. I’ve blogged and gushed to the entire band how much I love this song. It’s almost embarrassing, but when you love a track that much, I say shout it out from the mountain top! “Born Free” has a super catchy chorus and for the millionth time, I’ll say that I can totally picture a stadium full of people singing this song. The Rassle are set to release their debut record in 2011 and I can’t wait to hear it. For a very limited time, you can download “Born Free” for free on their official site. I cannot recommend this highly enough!
“Watching Birds” by Stornoway. Stornoway’s music is usually quite mellow, but this track “Watching Birds” is a fast alt-country rocker. It features one of my favorite lyrics of the year, “I’m making money watching birds, but I don’t feel no richer.” Definitely track this song down if you can, and watch videos of the group too because they are all really good looking!
“Who Makes Your Money” by Spoon. I love this track! It’s so funky. Using the title as a Facebook status update is guaranteed to get you lots of people responding too.
“Enter The Ninja” by Die Antwoord. There’s nothing else to say about Die Antwoord except, they fokin’ rule. Yo-Landi Vi$$er’s voice is sped up so she sounds like a cricket and the rap by Ninja is what you’d hear if Borat decided to make a rap record. Love!
“Echoes” by Klaxons. This song sounds like a lost 1980s classic and I love it! The chorus sounds so good to my ears that when the song comes on, I usually listen to it multiple times in a row before moving on.
“Against the Wall” by Young Empires. When I saw Young Empires live, it was a case of the opening act being way better than the main act, which (take it from me) is SO rare. “Against the Wall,” is responsible for me losing a lot of calories because when I hear the disco-punk track, I can’t help but dance my ass off. I am really looking forward to the debut album by Young Empires which should be out in 2011. For a limited time, you can download a demo of this track for FREE on their official website. Highly recommended!
“Barricade” by Interpol. This track features the chorus “It starts to feel like a barricade to keep us away,” and in this crazy year I’ve had in 2010, the lyrics really resonate with me. Though most Interpol fans feel like the band has jumped the shark, I am loving their ever evolving sound.
“Golden Train” by Penguin Prison. 2011 is going to see the release of Penguin Prison’s debut album as well. I am really looking forward to that! Lead singer Chris Glover is so talented! He plays many instruments (including guitar that would make Jimi Hendrix proud) and he’s a great producer/remixer who’s already done tracks for Kylie Minogue, Goldfrapp and Jamiroquai. The single “Golden Train” has many remixes and I like all of them. They range from dance to funk and I recommend you check them out.
I am so grateful to have met all of these singers who’ve really rocked my world in 2010 and I cannot thank them enough for all being so cool and for the countless hours of happiness they’ve given me! Thanks again!
What are your favorite tracks of 2010?