The return of quality hip-hop is something to remember
2010 by, but also for strong releases from the alternative pop-rock and country
genres. If you werent listening to music this year, you really missed out.
Here are my picks for the best stuff that came out the entire year.
1) Sir Lucious Left Foot...
The Son of Chico Dusty
Whereas Eminem and Kanye produced serious material, Atlanta native Big Boi, of OutKast fame, envisioned backseat speakers at full volume and
tails wagging on the dance floor with a killer set of imaginative, loose and
hella fun tracks. God bless you for rhyming Obama with baby mama (Daddy
Fat Sax) and smarter with enchiladas (Shutterbug).
The Black Keys
Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney took blues-rock to a
new level with this stunner, which included the Grammy-nominated smash Tighten
In Talkin 2 Myself, the famed rapper announces that
the new mes back to the old me, the first of many confessions, apologies,
and promises he makes on 17 honest and mature tracks.
4) The Suburbs
The Montreal ensemble continued its streak of
first-rate concept albums, this time exploring the culture just beyond the city
5) Love Me Back
Sullivan turned it way up on her sophomore release, a
sign that shes destined to become R&Bs next big thing.
6) Harlem River Blues
Justin Townes Earle
Very gutsy folk-blues-gospel CD from the son of Americana pioneer Steve Earle. The title track is a knockout.
7) Speak Now
Forget that Swift won Album of the Year at this years
Grammy Awards for a so-so record; all is forgiven with a stellar junior
Brooklyn punk-electronic act Sleigh Bells gave us flirtatious
tracks with grinding guitars and playful vocals on an appropriately titled
9) The Union
and Leon Russell
Friends for decades, John and Russell combined their
years of experience and craft into a polished collection of soft rock
10) Body Talk Pt. 1 /
Body Talk Pt. 2
The first two installments of Robyns Body Talk series gave us memorable club
fare, like Dancing on My Own and Hang with Me.
1) Rude Boy
The third single from this real Caribbean queens Rated R album never lost its fizz,
after being uncorked in February. Like its rightful owner, Rude Boy is sexy,
fierce and a survivor.
Kanye West featuring Jay-Z,
Rick Ross, Bon Iver,
and Nicki Minaj
Despite the ego and poor-sport behavior, Kanye rounded
up some A-list peeps to rap about Godzilla, vampires, sarcophaguses, and Willy
3) Teenage Dream
Finding that special someone has been written about
countless times, but Perrys hit single her best to date is refreshing.
Bobby Womack and Mos Def
How often do you get the legendary Womack and rap
maverick Mos Def, fronted by virtual act Gorillaz, on the same track?
5) The House That
This Grammy contender for Song of the Year was one of
the many great things that came from countrys top artist of 2010.
Lady Gaga and Beyoncé
Pop musics two biggest females interwine vocals on a
juicy single that became a worldwide phenomenon.
7) F*** You
When Gwyneth Paltrow belts your hit on Glee, its gotta be good indeed,
we couldnt resist singing it either.
8) Need You Now
Sometimes you just need a warm, fuzzy song to get you
through the afternoon, and Lady As chart-topping single was it.
9) In for the Kill
Thanks to breakout stars like UK duo La Roux, who gave us this electronic gem, the future for dance music looks bright.
10) The Cave
Mumford & Sons
Imagine how great this folk-rock ditty sounds pouring
out from the London pubs at 1 a.m. Its a new classic.