2010 IN REVIEW - MUSIC (Part 3) Top 25 Songs

My year in music was so dominated by three superb records (any guesses which?) that some of you will probably feel I've overrepresented their songs on this list. I actually feel the opposite: I easily could have put "Vesuvius" and "Afraid of Everyone" and "The Suburbs" in the top 15, knocking a handful of variety songs off. But I also mean for this to be useful as a sampler, and that won't work if it only promotes three artists. Opposite problem if I expand the list to 35 or whatever it would take for me to get an honestly ranked diversity of songs. So here's the list. No download links this time; I got in trouble for that last year. Sorry.

My Favorite Songs of 2010:

Disqualified for using steroids:

Sufjan Stevens - Impossible Soul

Top 25:

25. Cloud Cult - Running With the Wolves

24. Broken Social Scene - World Sick

23. Josh Ritter - Orbital

22. James Vincent McMorrow - We Don’t Eat

21. LCD Soundsystem - Can Change

20. No Age - Glitter

19. Broken Bells - October

18. Jonsi - Go Do

17. Kanye West - Runaway

16. Horse Feathers - Thistled Spring

15. The Tallest Man on Earth – You're Going Back

14. The Lonely Forest - I Don’t Want to Live There

13. Sufjan Stevens - Futile Devices

12. Frightened Rabbit - Not Miserable

11. The National - Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

10. Arcade Fire - The Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

9. Sufjan Stevens - I Walked

8. Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill

7. Vampire Weekend - Giving up the Gun

6. The National - England

5. Arcade Fire - We Used to Wait

4. The National - Lemonworld

3. Sufjan Stevens - Heirloom

2. Arcade Fire - Suburban War

1. Sufjan Stevens - I Want to Be Well


  1. I think when you put "You're Going Back" by TMOE at number 15, you meant to put "Drying of the Lawns" by TMOE at number 2.

  2. I think when you put "I Want to Be Well" at number 1, you meant to put your blog on Tumblr so I would read it.