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2010 Wrap-Up: Top Songs Of The Year #37-#28

The annual top tracks of the year list has expanded to 37. Why? Because you really need 2 discs to get an accurate picture of this great year in music. Look for two mixtapes at the end of the list.
37. Kings of Leon – Mary
Bring on the hate, but this might be the most infectious jam on Come Around Sundown. Lyrically, its pretty simplistic but I wouldn’t mind singing along at a show in the near future.
36. M.I.A. – Tell Me Why
The addictive beat kind of sounds like a mixture of the Jungle Book theme and acid rap. Lyrically, just sounds like a Maya rant, but I would bet she had a lot of people “throwing they hands like they mad a the ceiling” at festivals last summer.
35. Big Boi – Train Pt 2 (Sir Lucious Left Foot Saves The Day) ft Sam Chris
The sequel to my favorite song off the easily forgettable Idlewild soundtrack. Mr. Antwan Patton essentially spits what could be interpreted as the trials of the hip-hop game and/or lives of unfortunate souls continuing to circle the tracks with no end in sight. My favorite line: “Kids, common sense ain’t common when your minds trapped in a fence.”
34. Restless People – Don’t Back Down
This Brooklyn foursome was not surprisingly one of my favorite new acts of the year. Especially after I saw my iTunes play count on this infectious synth-pop gem.
33. Kanye West – Monster ft Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver
Everyone dropped some serious bars on this one, including two “rappers” I have great disdain for. Leave it to some guidance from Kanye and a trip to Hawaii to get decent work out of Rozay and Ms. Minaj.
32. Vampire Weekend – Diplomat’s Son
I have no clue what this song is referring to (love for a best friend, but worried about ruining the friendship?), but I love everything about it. The change of pace from the classically leaning somber start to the bombastic middle and tropical finish. The Paul Simon influcence is certainly felt and mentioned at one point.
31. Josh Ritter – Long Shadows
A great toe-tapping track that close So Runs the World Away on a strong note. Sounds like Ritter is just trying to comfort someone who is scared, but in the poetic lyricism he is known for.
30. Yeasayer – Madder Red
The early guitar licks make way for the anthemic, sing-along nature of the hook on Yeasayer’s “Madder Red”. Who knew guilt and a complicated relationship could make for a great pop song?
29. Wolf Parade-What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way)
One of many great post punk jams from Wolf Parade’s Expo 86, I chose “What Did My Lover Say?” for its unapologetic narrative and its zig zagging vocals and pace. Lets hope the band’s hiatus is a short one.
28. The Roots – The Fire ft John Legend
If there is a Rocky remake in the works anytime soon, this should be the theme song. Black Thought drops the knowledge while John Legend croons the inspirational hook and hits the keys. “I’m the definition of tragedy turned triumph”.