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Top 100 Songs of 2010

Feb 03, 2011
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Under the Radar‘s writers re-listened to many of 2010’s notable tracks, debated, and then each submitted a list of their top 30 tracks of 2010. A shorter version of this list appears in our Year-End/Best of 2010 Issue, but below we’ve expanded it to include our top 100 favorite songs.

1

Janelle Monáe (Featuring Big Boi)

“Tightrope”

Bad Boy/Wondaland Arts Society/Atlantic

The ArchAndroid’s ubiquitous lead single quickly liquefies discussions about Janelle Monáe’s Metropolis geek-outs and sexy Colonel Sanders meets-James Brown attire. It’s an old-school R&B-funk earworm that’s lovesick, wobbly, and poised for stardom. Added bonus: Big Boi keeps up with Monáe’s classy high-wire act.

By Kyle Lemmon

2

Arcade Fire

“Ready to Start”

Merge

3

Mark Ronson and The Business Intl.

“Somebody to Love Me”

RCA

4

Sufjan Stevens

“Too Much”

Asthmatic Kitty

5

The National

“Bloodbuzz Ohio”

4AD

6

Avi Buffalo

“What’s In It For?”

Sub Pop

7

Deerhunter

“Helicopter”

4AD

8

Everything Everything

“MY KZ, UR BF”

Geffen

9

Yeasayer

“O.N.E.”

Secretly Canadian

10

Belle and Sebastian

“I Want the World to Stop”

Matador

11

Yeasayer

“Ambling Alp”

Secretly Canadian

12

Plants and Animals

“Kon Tiki”

Secret City

13

Cee Lo Green

“Fuck You!”

Elektra

14

Interpol

“Barricade”

Matador

15

Motorifik

“Ghosts”

Modern Language Recordings

16

The Black Keys

“Tighten Up”

Nonesuch

17

Mumford & Sons

\"White Blank Page\"

Glassnote

18

Cults

“Go Outside”

Self-Released

19

MGMT

“Flash Delirium”

Columbia

20

The Radio Dept.

“Heaven’s On Fire”

Labrador

21

Club 8

“We’re All Going to Die”

Labrador

22

Delphic

“Doubt”

Dangerbird

23

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

“I Learned the Hard Way”

Daptone

24

Gayngs

“The Gaudy Side of Town”

Jagjaguwar

25

Rose Elinor Dougall

“Start/Stop/Synchro”

Scarlett Music

26

Gorillaz (Featuring Little Dragon)

“Empire Ants”

Virgin

27

Summer Camp

“Round the Moon”

Moshi Moshi

28

Caribou

“Odessa”

Merge

29

Jónsi

\"Go Do\"

XL

30

Shine 2009

“New Rules”

Cascine

31

Twin Shadow

“For Now”

Terrible

32

Broken Bells

“The High Road”

Columbia

33

Hooray for Earth

“Surrounded By Your Friends”

Dovecote

34

Twin Shadow

“Castles in the Snow”

Terrible

35

Glasser

“Home”

True Panther

36

Grinderman

“Heathen Child”

ANTI-

37

Here We Go Magic

“Collector”

Secretly Canadian

38

Joanna Newsom

“Good Intentions Paving Company”

Drag City

39

Hot Chip

“One Life Stand”

Astralwerks

40

Lost in the Trees

“All Alone in an Empty House”

ANTI-

41

Wild Nothing

“Chinatown”

Captured Tracks

42

The New Pornographers

“Crash Years”

Matador

43

The Chap

“We Work in Bars”

Lo Recordings

44

Hooray for Earth

“Comfortable, Comparable”

Dovecote

45

Surfer Blood

“Anchorage”

Kanine

46

Local Natives

“Stranger Things”

Frenchkiss

47

Sleigh Bells

“Rill Rill”

Mom+Pop/NEET

48

Tanlines

“Real Life”

True Panther

49

Viernes

“Sinister Love”

Kanine

50

Beat Connection

“In the Water”

Tender Age

51

Deerhunter

\"Desire Lines\"

4AD

52

Sufjan Stevens

\"Get Real Get Right\"

Asthmatic Kitty

53

Arcade Fire

\"Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)\"

Merge

54

Rose Elinor Dougall

\"May Holiday\" \"

Scarlett Music

55

Arcade Fire

\"We Used To Wait \"

Merge

56

Local Natives

\"Sun Hands\"

Frenchkiss

57

Big Boi

\"Shutterbugg\"

Def Jam

58

Plants And Animals

\"Tom Cruz\"

Secret City

59

Beach House

\"Norway\"

Sub Pop

60

Titus Andronicus

\"A More Perfect Union\"

XL

61

Broken Social Scene

\"World Sick\"

Arts & Crafts

62

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl

\"Bang Bang Bang\"

RCA

63

Everything Everything

\"Photoshop Handsome\"

Polydor UK

64

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

\"Vocal Chords\"

Quite Scientific

65

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

\"Round and Round\"

4AD

66

Lord Huron

\"Into The Sun\"

Self-Released

67

Kanye West

\"Monster\"

Def Jam

68

The Red River

\"When We Are Wild\"

Brave

69

Crystal Castles

\"Not in Love\"

Motown / Universal

70

of Montreal

\"Coquet Coquette\"

Polyvinyl

71

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl

\"You Gave Me Nothing\"

RCA

72

Sufjan Stevens

\"I Walked\"

Asthmatic Kitty

73

Smith Westerns

\"Weekend\"

Fat Possum

74

Sun Airway

\"Oh, Naoko\"

Dead Oceans

75

Tame Impala

\"Solitude Is Bliss\"

101 Distribution

76

The Love Language

\"Pedals\"

Merge

77

Caribou

\"Sun\"

Merge

78

Jenny and Johnny

\"Big Wave\"

Warner Bros.

79

Summer Camp

\"Ghost Train\"

Moshi Moshi

80

The Divine Comedy

\"Can You Stand Upon One Leg\"

Divine Comedy

81

Porcelain Raft

\"Dragonfly\"

Acephale

82

Club 8

\"Dancing With The Mentally Ill\"

Labrador

83

Jamie Lidell

\"Compass\"

Warp

84

MGMT

\"Congratulations\"

Columbia

85

She & Him

\"In the Sun\"

Merge

86

The Fresh & Onlys

\"Waterfall\"

In the Red

87

El Guincho

\"Bombay\"

XL

88

Nightlands

\"300 Clouds\"

Secretly Canadian

89

Future Islands

\"In the Fall (Featuring Katrina Ford)\"

Thrill Jockey

90

Surfer Blood

\"Floating Vibes\"

Kanine

91

The Middle East

\"Blood\"

Self-Released

92

Kanye West

\"Runaway\"

Def Jam

93

Robyn

\"Dancing On My Own\"

Cherry Tree

94

Club 8

\"Western Hospitality\"

Labrador

95

LCD Soundsystem

\"All I Want\"

DFA/Virgin

96

Toro Y Moi

\"Blessa\"

Carpark

97

James Blake

\"I Only Know (What I Know Now)\"

Atlas

98

jj

\"Let Go \"

Secretly Canadian

99

Future Islands

\"Tin Man\"

Thrill Jockey

100

Wolf Gang

\"Back to Back\"

Alantic

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Keenan
March 31st 2011
2:36am

Great albums these were, but the songs you picked in my opinion were not the best on them, like Empire Ants for the Gorrilaz? There are way better songs than that on the album. And Runaway being towards the bottom? After Monster? For High Violet Bloodbuzz Ohio? Not Terrible Love? Or Lemonworld??? I still somewhat respect you all’s taste in music even that been said.

Much Love.

Claire M.
April 1st 2011
7:38pm

This was a rather good list, but as with all lists of this type I must insert some of my own additions:

LCD Soundsystem - Dance Urself Clean
  This song was desperately needed in the top 35 of this list - it was definitive LCD, laid back, natural and extremely unique.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs & the Suburbs Cont’d
    Both of these songs are tunes that have that rare quality of starting out good, but being so much better after the hundredth listen. They deserved a shout out.

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