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posted Friday, December 17, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 51
BEST OF MUSIC 2010: Albums and Singles
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BEST OF MUSIC 2010: Albums and Singles

by Albert Rodriguez

SGN A&E Writer

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.

ALBUMS

1) Sir Lucious Left Foot...

The Son of Chico Dusty

Big Boi

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).

2) Brothers

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 Up.

3) Recovery

Eminem

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

Arcade Fire

The Montreal ensemble continued its streak of first-rate concept albums, this time exploring the culture just beyond the city lines.

5) Love Me Back

Jazmine Sullivan

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

Taylor Swift

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 release.

8) Treats

Sleigh Bells

Brooklyn punk-electronic act Sleigh Bells gave us flirtatious tracks with grinding guitars and playful vocals on an appropriately titled debut.

9) The Union

Elton John

and Leon Russell

Friends for decades, John and Russell combined their years of experience and craft into a polished collection of soft rock songs.

10) Body Talk Pt. 1 /

Body Talk Pt. 2

Robyn

The first two installments of Robyns Body Talk series gave us memorable club fare, like Dancing on My Own and Hang with Me.

SINGLES

1) Rude Boy

Rihanna

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.

2) Monster

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 Wonka.

3) Teenage Dream

Katy Perry

Finding that special someone has been written about countless times, but Perrys hit single her best to date is refreshing.

4) Stylo

Gorillaz featuring

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

Built Me

Miranda Lambert

This Grammy contender for Song of the Year was one of the many great things that came from countrys top artist of 2010.

6) Telephone

Lady Gaga and Beyoncé

Pop musics two biggest females interwine vocals on a juicy single that became a worldwide phenomenon.

7) F*** You

Cee-lo Green

When Gwyneth Paltrow belts your hit on Glee, its gotta be good indeed, we couldnt resist singing it either.

8) Need You Now

Lady Antebellum

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

La Roux

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.

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