Top 100 songs of 2010

Here is my current ranking. Let me know in the comments what you think.
You can right-click your mouse button on the links to open the songs in a new window. I'll try and update the dead links from time to time.

1. Good intentions paving company - Joanna Newsom
2. Don't Do It - Sharon Van Etten
3. Heirloom - Memoryhouse
4. Calculating Bimbo - Belle & Sebastian
5. Don’t Walk Away - Chromeo
6. On a good day -Joanna Newsom
7. Young Blood – The Naked And Famous
8. I L U - School of Seven Bells
9. I Let Her In (live) - Steve Mason
10. Karen - Chew Lips
11. Take My Soul - Abou
12. Oh my god – Cocoon
13. Phone - Donovan Woods
14. Senior Living – Royksopp
15. Relief (R Kelly cover) - Sam Amidon
16. Boil & Fight - Nathaniel Rateliff
17. Goodbye England Covered in Snow (live) - Laura Marling
18. When I Go - Slow Club
19. Shameless - Groove Armada & Bryan Ferry
20. Slow – Rumer
21. Home (RAC mix) - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
22. Down In The Street Below - The Divine Comedy
23. At The Indie Disco - The Divine Comedy
24. Have you ever been in love - The Divine Comedy
25. Buddy Bradley - Adam Green
26. Bad Day - Darwin Deez
27. On The Ocean - Guster
28. Shadows –Warpaint
29. The Hoopers of Hudspeth - Kaki King
30. How Come That Blood - Sam Amidon
31. My New Mind – Otis Gibbs
32. Staring Out The Window - Fulton Lights
33. The Drying of the Lawns - The Tallest Man On Earth
34. Coming Through - The War On Drugs
35. Wedding Song - Anais Mitchell feat. Justin Vernon
36. Hey, Little Songbird - Anais Mitchell feat. Greg Brown
37. Our Lady Of The Underground - Anais Mitchell feat. Ani DiFranco
38. Russia - Ramona Falls
39. Atlas Air - Massive Attack
40. Why Does the Wind (Ewan Pearson Radio Edit) - Tracey Thorn
41. Better than nothing - Sarah Jaffe
42. I Wanna Be Adored - The Raveonettes (The Stone Roses cover)
43. Breaking Locks - Adam Green
44. Alpha shadows - Laura Marling
45. Save Yourself (live on KEXP) – Sharon Van Etten
46. Cloudy Shoes - Damien Jurado
47. Broken Bells – Citizen
48. Bodies in motion - Laurie Anderson
49. All Come Down - Steve Mason
50. Truth Sets In - Avi Buffalo
51. Runner - Daniel, Fred & Julie
52. Strawberry Skies (ft. Laurel Halo) - Games
53. Paradise Circus - Massive Attack
54. Lowlands (Live on KEXP) -Chris Pureka
55. Revival – Deerhunter
56. Take it in - Hot Chip
57. Keep quiet - Hot Chip
58. Porcupine – James
59. Night air - Jamie Woon
60. Sprawl II – Arcade Fire
61. The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
62. The Curse - Josh Ritter
63. Becoming A Jackal – Villagers
64. Another new world - Josh Ritter
65. In the Nothing of a Night – Hammock
66. Sunnyside - Kaki King
67. Come on sister - Belle and Sebastian
68. I Want The World To Stop - Belle & Sebastian
69. Little River - The Tallest Man On Earth
70. Dancing ghosts - Azure Ray
71. In the Sun – She & Him
72. Garden - Karen Elson
73. This Love (Will Be Your Downfall) - Ellie Goulding
74. Zorbing - Stornoway
75. Clementine - Sarah Jaffe
76. Kingfisher - Joanna Newsom
77. Pray For Rain (feat. Tunde Adebimpe) - Massive Attack
78. Hercules - Guster
79. Oh The Divorces - Tracey Thorn
80. You are a lover - Tracey Thorn
81. Once in a great while - Nathaniel Rateliff
82. Behind the mask - Michael Jackson
83. Lets get lost - Bat For Lashes & Beck
84. Caregiver – Memoryhouse
85. Confirmation - Wild Nothing
86. No fear of heights - Katie Melua
87. Infinite arms – Band of horses
88. Since we last met - NDF
89. I'm Gonna Make It Better - She & Him
90. Stylo – Gorillaz
91. Give Them A Token - Adam Green
92. Better times - Beach House
93. If You Run - The Boxer Rebellion
94. Live In Dreams (Wild Nothing Cover) - High Highs
95. Darker Than Blue - Andreya Triana
96. I Would Like To Call It Beauty - Corinne Bailey Rae
97. Futile Devices - Sufjan Stevens
98. Butterfly House - The Coral
99. No Time Has Passed - Donovan Woods
100. Highway Slipper Jam - Broken Social Scene

100 not enough for you? The 2010 songs below I feel deserve a mention, some I have not shared previously:

Undertow - War Paint
I'm a Hummingbird – Eels
Our Riotous Defects (Feat. Janelle Monáe) - Of Montreal
Melancholy hill – Gorillaz
Spanish Sahara – Foals
Way Go Lily - Sam Amidon
The ghost who walks - Karen Elson
When you sleep – Memoryhouse (My Bloody Valentine cover)
Cold Summer – Seabear
Tristia – Hammock
The Lightning Bug Situation - This Body
Suburban War - Arcade Fire
Je suis deja partie - Nouvelle Vague & Coralie Clément
Sushi - Cocoon
Roche (Breakbot Remix) - Sebastien Tellier
Round and Round - Ariel Pink
Stilyagi - Puro Instinct (feat. Ariel Pink)
The Shore - Basia Bulat
No man's land – Psychobuildings
Come With Me – CEO
No Problem - Perfume Genius
Bowsprit – Balmorhea
The Needle And The Damage Done (Neil Young cover) - Laura Marling
Hægt, kemur ljósið - Ólafur Arnalds
The Balcony - The Rumour Said Fire
Blank Pages - The Album Leaf
Ramona – Beck
Clear The Cobwebs - Mark McGuire
Ouroboros - Oneohtrix Point Never
Our Deal – Best Coast
Taxi Cab - Vampire Weekend
Lovesick - Lindstrøm & Christabelle
I Love You More Than You Will Ever Know – Nevershoutnever
Happy Just To Be - Nathaniel Rateliff
Tell her I said so – James
Grimes – Devon
Hollywood tonight – Michael Jackson
10 Mile Stereo - Beach House
Rebecca - Tesla Boy
Animal - Jenny and Johnny
Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People
What he wrote - Laura Marling
Another day in America - Laurie Anderson
Emerald and stone - Brian Eno
Ghosts of Syllables - Admiral Radley
Carolina - Girls
Daydreaming - Dark Dark Dark
Science Channel 9 – Computer Magic
That feeling – Dent May
Keep The Dog Quiet - Owen Pallett
Like Rock & Roll And Radio -Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs
Sing - She & Him
If You Can't Sleep - She & Him
Learning - Perfume Genius
Toro - Chew Lips
Rocket – Gold Frapp
The House -Katie Melua
Take Em Up – Shit Robot
Lawren Harris - Donovan Woods
Human Nature (Michael Jackson cover) - Vijay Iyer
Hard to Change - Meg Hutchinson
Icarus - White Hinterland
StrangeLoveHate - Scanners
He Dreams He's Awake - Stars
Sailing - ‪Deerhunter
Blue Lily - The Depreciation Guild
In The End - Charlotte Gainsbourg
Vanities - Charlotte Gainsbourg
Slip Away - Kathryn Calder
Mr. Peterson - Perfume Genius
Dark Allies - Light Asylum
Next To Me - Sleeping At Last
Accidental Light - Sleeping At Last
Watermark - Sleeping At Last
Baby Birch – Joanna Newsom
The Truest Faith – Korallreven
Honey Mine (feat. Victoria Bergsman) – Korallreven
Outer Limits – Sleep Over
Chinatown – Wild Nothing
Anything – Chad Valley
Days Ahead - Museum of Bellas Artes
Watch the Glow – Museum of Bellas Artes
Late Key – Veux
Stick to My Side – Pantha Du Prince
Forget You & I - Nite Jewel
Falling Far - Nite Jewel
I'm New Here - Gil Scott-Heron
The Crutch - Gil Scott-Heron
Last Forever – Molly Nilsson
On Giving Up - High Places
The Longest Shadows - High Places
The Loop - Mimicking Birds
10 percent - Mimicking Birds
Burning Stars - Mimicking Birds
Broken Horse - Freelance Whales
Dark Tower - Miniature Tigers
Coyote Enchantment - Miniature Tigers
To Old Friends and New - Titus Andronicus
From the Mouth of Gabriel - Sufjan Stevens
Across the Sea - D'eon
More Blitz Than Ritz - The Crookes
I Kissed A Girl (Katy Perry Cover) - William Fitzsimmons
Kylie - William Fitzsimmons
Problem of Pain - William Fitzsimmons
Passion Play - William Fitzsimmons
True Blue - Dirty Beaches
Heaven's On Fire - The Radio Dept.
What if it isn't out there? - The Silver Seas
Don't Be Afraid - Keep Shelly In Athens
Someone Else - Henry Wolfe
The Man Who Would Speak True - Blitzen Trapper
Out Of Tune - Real Estate
When I’m Small - Phantogram
Camouflage – Small Black
Saviour - Teen Daze
Harlem River Blues - Justin Townes Earle
When We're Dancing - Twin Shadow
Nightcall - Kavinsky
A Real Hero - College feat. Electric Youth
Tomorrow - Jono McCleery
Endless Summer - Still Corners
You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon cover) - Jens Lekman
I Can't Wait - Twin Shadow
Burn Bridges – Dom
My Plants Are Dead - Blonde Redhead
Spain - Blonde Redhead
Shades Away - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Under The Bridges - Niki & The Dove
DJ Ease My Mind - Niki & The Dove
Mother Protect - Niki & The Dove
Turnpike Ghost (Steel Train Cover) - Tegan and Sara
Touch Me Bad (Steel Train Cover) - Nellie Mckay
I Can't Go For That - The Bird and the Bee
Love Is All - The Tallest Man on Earth
Wake Up Your Saints - The National
The Order Of Things - Badly Drawn Boy
I Saw You Walk Away - Badly Drawn Boy
It's What I'm Thinking - Badly Drawn Boy
A Pure Accident - Badly Drawn Boy
Rambling Man - Laura Marling
Love saves - Thieves Like Us
So Clear -  Thieves Like Us
I Don't Feel It Anymore - William Fitzsimmons (Feat. Brooke Fraser) (George Raquet Remix)
Watch Over Me - Teen Daze
Dream Fortress - Grimes
Voyage - Charlotte Gainsbourg
Selfmachine - I Blame Coco
The Lost Ones - Joanna Ballard
Oil Rush - Joanna Ballard
Don't You - El May
The Things You Lost - El May
I Remember - El May
Shelter - Jars of Clay
The Bullitts feat Jay Electronica & Lucy Liu - Close Your Eyes
Faces - Owl Eyes
The Believers - How To Destroy Angels

(Last updated 2nd January 2013)

Enjoy the music! Do you disagree or agree with my ranking?Have I missed any great music from 2010 I could add? I'd love to hear what you have to say about the list.

from Chris, moviesandsongs365


  1. Nice list. I like how your favorite tracks are mostly the lesser known songs on the album. Though I would have liked to see something by The National or the Walkmen.

  2. I only know few from the list. Got me thinking about Belle and Sebastian. There are other good tunes from Vampire Weekend. I personally love 'Giving Up the Gun' and 'Ottoman'.

  3. @Bonjour Tristesse : I guess you're referring to the Belle and Se track is lesser known, among others. The hits sometimes are too formulaic for me. The 2010 The National album was praised to the sky, not to my taste. Talking of them, do check out Think you can wait - the national, from Win Win 2011 soundtrack.
    You've managed to find an album I don't know, so I'll give The Walkmen a try, thanks ( :

    @Andina: Much like The National album mentioned above, Vampire weekend was loved by many websites and music lovers, I just thought it was ok, but not an amazing album. The Belle and Sebastian albums are rewarding if you are in a thoughtful mood.

  4. Pumped Up Kicks is really from 2010? Quite the delay goin' on from the initial release to this rise in popularity (i.e. radio plays).

    I do believe my favorite song on this list dons the #14 spot. :)

  5. @Captain Captain Industries: Pumped Up Kicks was on EP from jan 2010, so yep, a long delay! If you like the wordless tracks(like #14) , some others on the list to check out: couple of Hammock songs, also,
    Bowsprit – Balmorhea,
    Blank Pages - The Album Leaf, Clear The Cobwebs - Mark McGuire.

  6. Well done! I know how long it takes to put together a list like this and I appreciate the work. I love that Futile Devices snuck the list. I didn't get to Sufjan's until this year, but that track is amazing. I think the highest track we both shared was "Young Blood" by The Naked and Famous. Did you ever listen to Caribou last year? My #1 was "Jamelia" by them, though I have some inclination to say that LCD Soundsystem's "I Can Change" has made me think twice. If you didn't see my whole top ten I put it below. It's part of a larger Top 50 set I did. Great blogging!

  7. @Project Derek : Thanks for your kind words, takes a long time, and I keep adding tracks the more I find! I hope you discover some new music to listen to from my list. Futile Devices by Sufjan Stevens was my favourite from the new LP, was sort of a throwback to his acoustic album I loved Illinois (2005). I didn't love Caribou as much as you did, couple tracks by them were ok to me. I'll head over to your top 10 and comment ( :

  8. Woow! This was really a hard day 'cause picking the best one is like a beautiful bunch of flowers, don't know which one to choose..
    Lovely indeed, I always get touched with Chew Lips ;)
    And amazing cover you found from The Raveonettes - I Wanna Be Adored, I enjoyed so much.

  9. Night Admirer : Glad you found some music to enjoy! Yeah, difficult to rank the songs, because a song is not 50x worse going from no 1 to no 50...and some of the mentions outside top 100 are amazing tracks...maybe it should have been a top 200, ha ha.

    I'm just adding new 2010 finds to the honourable mentions below from now on...


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