Thanks to last.fm, I can tell you what my personal favorite music of 2010 has been!
Top 10 Artists of 2010
1. The Beatles (989 listens)
The re-release of the entire catalog reinvigorated my love for The Beatles as I more thoroughly explored their catalog and loved songs I’d never realized were by the Fab Four. Heaping praise on The Beatles is almost ridiculous, so I’ll leave it at that.
2. April Smith and The Great Picture Show (385)
This one doesn’t make as much sense to me. I think there might be some miscounting by one of my tagging services, but, regardless, I’ve loved April Smith since the first time I heard her singing “Terrible Things” on All Songs Considered. She was absolutely my breakout sensation of this year. There will be more on her in the New Year…
3. Rx Bandits (370)
“We get it, Dan. You love the Bandits, even though almost no one on earth has heard of them…”
4. Arctic Monkeys (295)
Kees van Dijkhuizen’s fantastic Youtube video Cinema 2009 featured “Crying Lightning” and I was hooked. Then I gave Favourite Worst Nightmare and I knew that these kids from Sheffield really knew what they were doing. We’ll see if 2011 will bring a new album.
5. Sambomaster (268)
“Shut up about Sambomaster already, Dan.”
6. The Zutons (179)
A fine band whose plays came mostly because I made “Put A Little Aside” the anthem for visiting a girl I was quite taken with. It’s a song about a guy having an affair, so I’m proving that we really only hear what we want to out of our favorite songs.
7. Jonathan Coulton (177)
Everyone’s favorite nerdy singer of songs about robots, monkeys, zombies, and evil geniuses continues to get tons of plays from me. Great stuff.
8 Glee Cast (165)
9. Lucky Boys Confusion (163)
An old staple that will never get old. Too bad they broke up.
10. Girl Talk (147)
Talk about making a fast impression. With only two months of the year to make an impact, Girl Talk still finds itself in my top ten. Props.
Top Tracks of 2010
1. Felicia Day – “Penny’s Song” (88 listens)
Whoa, really? Wow. Didn’t realize I loved this song that much. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is one of my favorite musicals, but “Penny’s Song” isn’t really my favorite track from the movie. Oh well, I’m still happy to see this top the list.
2. Glee Cast (featuring Kristin Chenowith) – “Fire” (79)
I love this song. I’m just barely not embarrassed to admit it.
3. Sambomaster – “Ohベイビー” (70)
More Sambomaster love.
4. Stars – “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” (68)
Another song I wouldn’t have heard if I never listened to All Songs Considered. Their episode on break-up songs featured this track by Stars and it blew me away. Always makes me think of Ashley. Nearly makes me cry plenty of times. This song is brutal and awesome at the same time.
5. Glee Cast (featuring Kristin Chenowith) – “One Less Bell to Answer/A House Is Not a Home” (65)
Kristin Chenowith’s voice is amazing.
6. Rx Bandits – “Mientras La Veo Soñar” (60)
A great song on a great 2009 album.
7. Lucky Boys Confusion – “Not About Debra” and April Smith and the Great Picture Show “Wow and Flutter” (58)
Probably my favorite song by LBC and one of April Smith’s best. Smith currently uses “Wow and Flutter” as the last song in her set and the band all plays fantastic solos. Love both of these songs.
9. The Zutons – “Oh Stacey (Look What You’ve Done!)” (55)
It’s weird to have this so high when I love at least four or five Zutons songs more than this one. Guess that’s how it goes when you do a lot of random shuffling.
10. April Smith and The Great Picture Show – “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (54)
Brilliant song, because, really, “If you’re just drop dead gorgeous, you should just drop dead”