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The 50 Best Songs of 2010, Part 1

The 50 Best Songs of 2010, Part 1

I figured since the Grammy Awards announced their ever-lame nominations last weekend, it was a signal I could begin one of my very favourite annual blog entries… a countdown of the best songs of the year. I’ve been geekily doing this for at least 13 years, as a I-clearly-take-this-way-too-seriously excel spreadsheet I’ve been keeping since 1997 seems to suggest (though I’m sure it goes on before that… though I’d fear the charts from 1993 or 1994 would be filled with tracks from “The Lion King” or something of that sort). Here’s the #1s from each year, for what it’s worth:

1997 – “The Perfect Drug” by Nine Inch Nails
1998 – “Ray of Light” by Madonna
1999 – “Were In This Together” by Nine Inch Nails
2000 – “Fuck The Pain Away” by Peaches
2001 – “Emerge” by Fischerspooner
2002 – “Lover I Don’t Have To Love” by Bright Eyes
2003 – “Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
2004 – “Rebellion (Lies)” by Arcade Fire
2005 – “Chicago” by Sufjan Stevens
2006 – “Wolf Like Me” by TV on the Radio
2007 – “Paper Planes” by MIA
2008 – “Cobrastyle” by Robyn
2009 – “1901” by Phoenix
2010 – ???

The countdown to 2010’s #1 begins today. I slowly put this list together over the past few weeks (mostly while half-sedated on planes or trains), initially starting with just 25 but expanding to 50 when it became clear that this year was actually a pretty amazing year for music, at least as far as I personally am concerned. Music is obviously a very, very subjective medium and I am also no expert (this list will probably make that clear). But it’s such a fun exercise – and time-capsule – to put together this kind of list, and will hopefully add a few worthy tracks to the 3 or 4 of you who read this’s iPods.

Here we go:

50. Christina Aguilera – Elastic Love

49. How To Destroy Angels – The Space In Between

48. Owen Pallett – Flare Gun

#47–>#41 are after the jump…

47. Drake – Find Your Love

46. Broken Bells – Vaporize

45. My Heart Belongs To Cecilia Winter – Eighteen

44. The Drums – Best Friend

43. MGMT – Flash Delirium

42. Scissor Sisters – Fire With Fire

41. The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio

The Whole List:
Best Songs of 2010: Part 1
Best Songs of 2010: Part 2
Best Songs of 2010: Part 3
Best Songs of 2010: Part 4
Best Songs of 2010: Part 5

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