Wednesday, December 15, 2010

List Day: 2010 in Twelves

Top 12 Songs First Heard in 2010

With the increase in garbage music on my XM Radio directly correlating to my decrease in usage and subsequent cancellation, I figured that it would probably be difficult to come up with 12 new songs. Thankfully, Pandora and the fact that some of my favourite artists put out more than just a catchy single filled in that gap.

  1. Amy MacDonald - This Pretty Face:
    The lyrics of this song are pretty trite, but the descending chromatics in the introduction grabbed me as something I would have written myself in my undergrad days. The rest of the song is catchy, although Amy's overuse of makeup in the music video seems unnecessarily ironic.

  2. Feist - Mushaboom:
    There's nothing amazing about this song, but it's cute and infectious.

  3. Dirt Poor Robins - Love Again:
    This was one of those random songs that popped up on Pandora, which I never would have found on my own.

  4. Mark Ronson - L.S.F.:
    Mark Ronson specializes in funkier versions of well-known songs, and this Kasabian song is more of a funky augmentation than a total rewrite. I do wish he'd hire some better trumpet players though.

  5. Mika - Good Gone Girl:
    I felt like most of Mika's second CD was "more of the same with less intensity", but this song stood out.

  6. Wallis Bird - Traveling Bird:
    It's easy to make a rhythmically catchy song in 3/4 time, but that doesn't diminish my enjoyment. Somehow, this song hasn't appeared on the poor man's jukebox that is Youtube, so I've posted a low quality MP3 of the intro.

  7. Gomez - See the World:
    I like this singer's timbre, as long as he remains two points mellower than Chad Kroeger. In fact, just imagining a Nickelback cover of this song makes me wretch.

  8. Hoosiers - Glorious:
    This song is the high dramatic point in the Hoosier's second CD, and will doubtlessly close numerous concerts in the future. In fact, many of the songs (this one included) seem like they would also work as a duet with Mika -- especially the one with the lyrics "I like everybody but not everybody likes me" which could have been ghostwritten by that clown.

  9. Gomez - Tear Your Love Apart:
    I have a soft spot for songs that could double as psycho clown music.

  10. Plan B - She Said:
    I listened to this song far too much this year, because I like the dichotomy of swing versus straight that switches back and forth throughout the song. Plus, British rappers are funny.

  11. Wallis Bird - To My Bones:
    This is an irrevocably cheery song, and the video is pretty neat as well. Try it out as a pick-me-up.

  12. Hoosiers - Live By the Ocean:
    Besides the classy metric ambiguity in the first bar, this song has a lot of appeal. The tritones in the melody irritated me for the first few days, but then I started liking it in spite of myself. There's also a little psycho clown thrown in for good measure.

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