50 Best Singles of 2010!

Man these best of lists are time consuming and difficult to do, but fun and satisfying at the same time when you're finally done with them. Didn't include remixes on this list cause that would open a whole other can of worms. This list is based on what I actually listened to/played out in 2010. I literally went through all my playlists starting from January 2010 till December and hand picked the tracks I liked most. So please no 'where is this track comments'. It's impossible for me to include nor did I listen to everything that was released in 2010. I numbered them for fun, but really who knows which track is #1? Any of the tracks in my top 10 could arguably be #1 and they are all really good in my book.

P.S. A couple interesting things I noticed once I finished the list. Almost had 3 tracks named "Home" in my top 50, but at last minute realized Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros "Home" which probably would have topped them all was released in 09'.  Also for some bands who had multiple great tracks it was difficult to choose a favorite like for example Duck Sauce had a big hit with "aNYway" that could have been on the list, but I went with "Barbra Streisand" instead cause I thought it was a bit of a bigger hit and wanted to avoid doubles by the same band. Same goes for Crystal Castles who my favorite track on their album was "Celestica" but went with the Robert Smith's guest vocal track "Not in Love" instead cause it's like the best Cure song we haven't heard in over a decade. Also Arcade Fire could have had multiple tracks on here, but I went with "Sprawl II" because it was the stand out track when I first heard the record, but "We Used to Wait" is equally as good in my book.

Here they are with links to the original posts we did were you can download the tracks, remixes or watch videos for them. For the Top 10 I added players for them as well. Enjoy!!!

50 Best Singles of 2010::

50. Home - Glasser (post/mp3)
49. On & On - Fossil Collective (post/mp3)
48. White Hot Magic - The Polyamorous Affair (post/mp3)
47. This Moment - French Horn Rebellion (post/mp3)
46. Oh My God - Lissi Dancefloor Disaster (post/mp3)
45. History - Groove Armada (remix/video)
44. In Dreams - Dreams (post/mp3)
43. Synchronize (feat Jarvis Cocker) - Discodeine (post/mp3)
42. Heats - Kamp! (post/mp3)
41. Wait and See - Diamond Rings (post/mp3)
40. He Would Have Laughed - Deerhunter (post/mp3)
39. Lost a Girl - New Young Pony Club (post/mp3)
38. Slow - Twin Shadow (post/video)
37. Walk in the Park - Beach House (post/mp3) 
36. Dust Devil - School of Seven Bells (post)
35. South Pacific - Is Tropical (post/video)
34. Hide and Seek - Mirrors (post/mp3)
33. Crave You - Flight Facilities (cover)
32. Sometimes - Miami Horror (remix/video)
31. Way Back Home - Bag Raiders (post/video)
30. Open Season - High Highs (post/mp3)
29. Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap (post/remix)
28. The First Time - World War (post/mp3)
27. Just Can't Sleep - The Aikiu (post/mp3)
26. Ghost in My Head - Niva (post/mp3)
25. Pure - Blackbird Blackbird (post/mp3)
24. Madder Red - Yeasayer (post/video)
23. Something Good Can Work - Two Door Cinema Club (video/remix)
22. Dreamin' - Feldberb (post/mp3)
21. Stylo - Gorrillaz (post/mp3)
20. Hands - The Ting Tings (post/mp3)
19. Little People (Black City) - Matthew Dear (post/mp3)
18. The Phoenix Alive - Monarchy (post/mp3)
17. The Sun - Casa Del Mirto (post/mp3)
16. The Ageless - The Diogenes Club (post/mp3)
15. Nuclear City - Estate (post/mp3)
14. The Worse it Gets - Penguin Prison (post/remix)
13. Let's Go Surfing - The Drums (video/remix)
12. I Think I Like U 2 - Jamaica (post/mp3)
11. Heaven's on Fire - The Radio Dept. (post/mp3)

10. Round and Round - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (post/mp3)

MP3: Round and Round - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

09. Here Sometimes - Blonde Redhead (post/mp3)

MP3: Here Sometimes - Blonde Redhead

08. Home - LCD Soundsystem (post) 

MP3: Home - LCD Soundsystem  (Streaming Only)

07. Baby I'm Yours (feat Irfane) - Breakbot (post/mp3)

MP3: Baby I'm yours feat. Irfane - Breakbot

06. Barbra Streisand - Duck Sauce (post/mp3)

MP3: Barbra Streisand - DUCK SAUCE

05. Not in Love (feat Robert Smith) - Crystal Castles (post/mp3)

MP3: Not in Love (ft Robert Smith) - Crystal Castles

04. Odessa - Caribou (post/mp3)

MP3: Odessa - Caribou

03. Mouthful of Diamonds - Phantogram (post/mp3)

MP3: Mouthful of Diamonds - Phantogram

02. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) - Arcade Fire (post)

MP3: Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) - Arcade Fire  (Streaming Only)

01. Bloodbuzz Ohio - The National (post/mp3)

MP3: Bloodbuzz Ohio - The National


Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more with number one!!! Excellent job!

Victor Castro said...

Time consuming indeed! Love the list! Thanks for the musica! Can't wait for 2011. All the best!

David Johnson-Igra said...

Nice list, and nice photo. =)

Ray Milian said...

hey all props to san francisco critic for that great pic! googled 2010 best of images and you guys were my favorite pic of them all ;) hope ya don't mind. you can see their list here cheers!

David Johnson-Igra said...


WA said...

Nice list, got lots of new tracks thanks to you!!!! Thank you

Anonymous said...

Sweet Disposition was released in '08, but was definitely popular last year. It was heavily featured in (500) Days of Summer.

Ray Milian said...

oh damn. my bad, can get a little confusing release dates sometimes. erika mentioned drums track was released late 09 as well, but re-released this year. either way good music for people to check out. guess it's top 49 or 48 singles of 10' ;)

Anonymous said...

Word. Let's Go Surfing's definitely in my top 10 of this year, whether or not it was released in '09 or 2010. I usually just go by the year I first heard a song when I make my lists. :c)

The Toothcommunity said...

This is Dan from Estate.

Thanks for putting out such a great list and for featuring our music! We love you guys!!!

Ray Milian said...

thanks dan. totally deserved! your song "nuclear city" is amazing! keep us in the loop with your new releases.