BEST SONGS OF 2010: #11-30

It’s that time of the year. The holidays are among us, Christmas and New Years, and that must mean one thing…. Best of the Year lists! If you are new to GB, let me tell you how we do. I am pleased to say this is our 3rd annual Best of the Year Countdown. I countdown my favorite 30 Songs of the Year and the Best 10 Albums of the Year. Today we will be starting off with numbers 11-30. Tomorrow will follow with the Top 10 Songs, and on Christmas you can unwrap your present of the the Top 10 Albums of the Year.

This year I am trying something a little different. If you are a DJ or small time musician, then I’m sure you are aware of the genius that is Soundcloud. So every track I list, I will attach the Soundcloud stream (when available). I will attempt to find a stream that has downloading enabled. If there is no DL available I will upload it myself. Just right-click on the song title to save. Enjoy! And if you agree/disagree with the countdown please comment.

3o. Chief – Night and Day

I’ve known a few members of this band since high school, over 10 years. But that’s not why they made the list. Chief had a pretty darn good 2010. They got their video played on MTV, played Sunset Junction Music Festival, and toured all over the place. This was just a really well-written folk rock song. You’re gonna see a lot of those on this countdown.

29. The Pack – Make Me Cum

This track is mustard… ketchup nigga. That’s a variation of my favorite line from this track. You may remember The Pack from their mild breakout hit “Vans.” Well this year they quietly released another album. Though none of the songs may have received any significant radio play, “Make Me Cum” was too damn hot to leave off this list. It’s such a party jam and those dirty lyrics get me every time.

28. Nightriders – Without You

Nightriders released a 3 track EP earlier this year, and every track was fire. The EP was one of the year’s best Nu-disco efforts, filled with groovy ass vocal samples. It was tough choosing which track to put on the countdown, but I think this was their most complete song. The vocals are smooth and soulful and the beat is still pretty damn dancey.

27. Vandaveer – A Mighty Leviathan of Old

This tracks is great. I first heard this song when I saw the wild video on MTV2’s “Subterranean,” and it just stayed in my head for weeks after that. This was a great year for indie folk rock. There could have been even more folk rock on this countdown. This song just edged out Mumford and Sons “Little Lion Man.”

26. Swedish House Mafia ft. Pharrell – One

Come on now. Swedish House Mafia killed it in 2010. Playing a sold-out arena everywhere they went. And this was one of the biggest dance anthems of the year. On 3, hand clap everyone. 1…2…3… (Clap Clap).

25. Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me (Gigamesh Remix)

Super poppy Mike Posner gets a fresh remix. Call him Jon B reincarnated. This remix is kinda reminiscent of Nero’s Remix for Plan B’s “Recluse,” but that track didn’t do anywhere near what this one did on the radio, and doesn’t get the party started as hard as Mike Posner either. What can I say? The ladies love him.

24. Catcall – Swimming Pool (Julian Mendehlson Re-Edit)

Mark this one up as the stoney jam of the year. Just light up a J and sit back and listen to this 10-minute Epic track. I got this sent directly from Catcall’s people, a new young female out of New Zealand. So call it a GB exclusive. You might not be able to find this one anywhere else.

23. Everest – Let Go

Another great 2010 folk rock track. I’m saying. The only other genre more on fire than indie folk rock this year was electro. But electro has been steadily growing for the past 3 years or so. This folk shit jumped on the scene real tough and is probably here to stay. After all Lilith Fair had it’s big come back over the summer.

22. Boris Dlugosch – Bangkok

Thanks to 2 Many DJ’s for playing this song in their electrofying set. I got to see 2 Many DJ’s twice this year and this track was definitely one of the highlights of their set. It’s such an obscene production. It sounds like going to the circus on E. LOVE IT! Party starter!

21. Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar

This song was beloved by a lot of people this year. KCRW played the shit out of this one. I first heard it on the intro to HBO’s undeniably canceled “How to Make It In America.” Though the show wasn’t very good, this track was excellent. A real soul gem from Stones Throw’s Aloe Blacc.

20. Breakbot ft. Irfane – I’m Yours

Another genre making it’s comeback in 2010 was disco. Electro had been ruled by hard dance tracks from the likes of Justice, Boys Noize, et. al., but soulful disco really had a big year. I love disco. 70’s disco is really the primary building block for Hip-Hop. Breakbot, now label mates with Justice on Ed Banger, really brought it with this one. Can’t wait for a full-length from this dude in 2011.

19. Grum – I Can’t Shake This Feeling

A very similar track to the previous one by Breakbot, Grum brings the heat with this Nu-Disco track. Unlike most dance artists, Grum actually released a full-length album in 2010 and 2 official music videos. All were amazing. That’s the sign of a legit producer, the ability to keep up the genius for a whole album.

18. Gyptian – Hold Yuh (Major Lazer Remix)

Hmm, what to say about this song? If you’ve heard it, you love it. Period. It’s in between dancey and loungey. In between dancehall and house. Kind of something for everyone. Also Diplo’s first appearance in the countdown, but definitely not his last.

17. Washed Out – I Feel It All Around

My boy Jeremy hipped me to some Washed Out last year or so and though I really liked it, it wasn’t until this song that I could really give dude his much needed respect. His lo-fi, chillwave electronica was really the highlight at FYF Fest earlier this year. Not many artist have this sound, and those that dom don’t sound this good.

16. Caribou – Odessa

This may sound like some more chill out electronica, but Caribou actually play with more instruments than you would assume. Caribou is the brain child of Canadian mathematician Daniel Snaith. “Odessa” is the standout track from his impressive LP Swim. It has such a clean sound, it’s hard not to fall in love with this song and listen to it incessantly.

15. Robyn – Don’t Fucking Tell Me What to Do

The epic finale in the now legendary Electrofied! mixtape from Kool Ethan, Robyn gives the biggest build up of the year, with great pay off. The lyrics are great, “My Penis is Killing Me” and so on and so on. I love this song. I’ve loved Robyn since the 90’s and got to see her live for the first time this year. She killed it.

14. Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow

My boy played me Wiz Khalifa’s “Say Yeah” a couple years back and I was immediately impressed by Wiz’s sample of Alice Deejay’s “Better Off Alone.” This time he returns with an original track that has killed the radio charts and dancefloors all year. Wiz was also named The Source’s ‘Rookie of the Year.’ Not that The Source is relevant anymore, but good job Mr. Khalifa.

13. Cali Swag District – Teach Me How to Dougie

You know the song. John Wall helped make it famous, Wolf Blitzer Dougie-ing at the Soul Train Awards may have killed it. But possibly the biggest track of the year, and definitely the biggest dance movement of the year. Cali Swag District picked up where the Jerkin’ New Boyz left off last year. Let’s keep it going Cali.

12. Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP – We Speak No Americano

“Dougie” might have been the biggest song of the year, but this might come in at a close second, at least for the second part of the year. I have no idea what Yolanda Be Cool or DCUP look like, not sure most people do, but they brought one of the biggest dance jams mainstream radio has heard since Technotronic’s “Pump Up the Jam.” You don’t believe me? Go ask your mom, I’m sure she’s heard the song before.

11. Best Coast – Boyfriend

Oh Best Coast. Winner of GB’s unofficial ‘New Band of the Year.’ Their second single, “Boyfriend,” caught on quickly, but only after Best Coast had become media darlings. They had the most crowded photo pit at FYF Fest, lead singer Bethany joined Kid Cudi and Vampire Weekend for a Converse gimmick, and every publication featured them at least once this year. Is the more Best Coast in the countdown you ask? Tune in tomorrow and find out.

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