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2010 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks of the Year #27-#16

As we continue on with my favorite tracks of 2010…..#27-#16
27. The Black Keys – Everlasting Light
Man likes woman. Man tells her why he should be with woman. Nothing mind blowing lyrically, but Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney don’t need to be. The opening track from Brothers expands on their drum and guitar blues rock with even more well rounded pop appeal than many people thought they could.
26. Cee Lo Green – Fuck You
Yes, you are probably sick of this track by now, but its a work of genius. The retro sound mixed with Cee Lo’s charisma, unique voice and potty mouth is the perfect combination. Its pretty easy to imagine Cee Lo smiling as he croons every f-bomb.
25. The Morning Benders – Excuses
A track that has enough grandeur to get indie kids excited and enough sway and rhythm to make for an ideal beach song. Take me back to the beach in Caseville on Lake Huron please.
24. Janelle Monae – Tightrope ft Big Boi
I’ve yet to see anyone else attempt the “Tightrope” dance in public, but I’d like to. Just another piece of Janelle Monae’s eclectic piece of art, The ArchAndroid.
23. yOya – Fireworks
One of those folky/indie guitar tracks I consistently get addicted to. Alex Pfender’s glides pretty nicely over this summery beat.
yOya – Fireworks (free mp3)
22. Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Partially because “Sprawl II” showcases Regine’ so well. Partially because a song about an urban geography issue has never sounded so upbeat. Mostly because my geographer gf taught me about urban sprawl often in 2010.
21. Broken Bells – The Ghost Inside
Anyone Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse collaborates with these days doesn’t surprise me anymore. When I saw he was crafting an album with James Mercer, I could totally imagine a hit. “The Ghost Inside” is a highlight that expertly melded Mercer’s falsetto and Burton’s knack for nostalgic instruments (synth organ on the hook, I think) about a woman in an unfulfilled relationship.
20. LCD Soundsystem – Home
James Murphy and co don’t really care if you can’t hang around for an 8 minute song, but if you do leave early, you’ll miss something. “Home” has disco flavor that The Rapture utilized so well on their last album, with a dabble of Talking Heads mixed in.
19. The Hold Steady – The Weekenders
Remember “Chips Ahoy”? This is the sequel and I love it. Craig Finn is the man. “She said the theme of this party’s the Industrial Age/And you came in dressed like a train wreck”
18. Restless People – Days of Our Lives
Frenetic pace, stuttering synth, and hopeful lyrics made “Days Of Our Lives” and Restless People a constant listen.
17. Band of Horses – Neighbor
I like Band of Horses as a whole, but there is no doubt lead singer Ben Bridwell’s vocals are the star of the show. “Neighbor” is a bare-bones track that showcases Bridwell’s chilling vocals over some reverb and grand piano work before a thunderous grand finale.
16. Ellie Goulding – Under the Sheets
British songstress Ellie Goulding was quite enchanting on her debut album Lights (and later on re-issued Bright Lights). “Under the Sheets” is simply about heartbreak, but Goulding’s charming vocals coincide so nicely with the synth-filled backing.