My Top Ten Songs of 2010

1. Dog Days Are Over — Florence and the Machine

2. Isle of Sky/You Came So Close — Andrew Peterson

3. Uprising — Muse

4. Everlasting Light — The Black Keys

5. We Used To Wait — Arcade Fire

6. Quick Fix — The Daylights

7. Four Seasons In One Day — Crowded House

8. Weather With You — Crowded House

9. Are We Really Through — Ray LaMontagne

10. Bad Body Double — Imogen Heap

Guilty Pleasure: California Gurls’ — Katy Perry

These are in no particular order. It’s SO hard to narrow the list down to just ten. Agh!

What Was Your Favorite Song of 2010?

52 Responses to “My Top Ten Songs of 2010”

  1. Florence and the Machine….the whole album is one of my most favorite music picks of this year. So unique and different. The Weepies also make my list this year….I am late to that delightful discovery ;)

    Love your list Randy!

    • @Christy, Yes, I love the Weepies. @gailhyatt introduced them to me. But I discovered them in 2009. Thanks! And I agree the entire Florence and the Machine album is stellar.

  2. My favorite song for 2010 wasn’t a song from the year, but is the one I constantly listened to and repeated. “Words of Honor” by Proto-Kaw

    • @Earl, Ah. i must find it!!

      • @Randy, Proto-Kaw is one of the pre-Kansas bands @KerryLivgren played with. He published a CD of 70’s material, Early Recordings from Kansas, and the result was the reforming of the band which is totally different than the Kansas most know. Before Came After was an album of new material published 2004. The Wait of Glory came out in 2006. Classic Livgreen material…  I prefer Before Came After. 

  3. Dog Days Are Over is my wife’s favorite this year…so i get to to hear it 15 times per day. great track!

    My favorite track this year – Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise By The Avett Brothers

  4. oh a top ten! I’ll post 5

    1. Let Our Faith Be Not Alone-Robbie Seay Band
    2. Kings and Queens-30 Seconds to Mars
    3. Hello World-Lady Antebellum
    4. Restless-Audrey Assad
    5. Late Have I Loved You-Gungor

    my guilty pleasure was “Teenage Dream” covered by The Rescues.

  5. Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” — Always rhythmic and lyrical brilliance.
    T.Swift’s “Back to December” — I’m a sucker for her storytelling. gah
    B.o.B’s “Airplanes” — So incredibly hooky. Gets stuck in my head.
    P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass” — Love the attitude of this!
    Jay-Z & Alicia Keyes “Empire State of Mind” (maybe 2009?) — This song is epic. Inspiring. Strong.

    These are just a few of mine pulling from pop/mainstream. LOVE this post! :)

  6. I LOVE Muse.
    Here’s a quick list of a few of mine:
    Shad “Yaa I Get It”
    Anberlin “Pray Tell” and “We Owe This To Ourselves”
    Secret & Whisper “Silver mountain”

    Guilty pleasure: “Miss Me” by Drake featuring Lil Wayne and “No Love” by Eminem ft. Lil Wayne. : D

    • @Brett Wilkes, Okay, again. I don’t know any of these songs. I have decided to make a purchase list of every song here and add it to a new “Randy Elrod Blog” playlist!!

      thanks, Brett!

  7. For a music lover, it’s impossible to have a favorite song, like it’s impossible to have a favorite child.

    Here are 5 favorites from this year (not all were recorded in 2010):

    “Forever and Ever Amen” by The Drums
    “Lost” by The Mary Onettes
    “Precious” by Minipop
    “Get Up” by Barcelona
    “Explain” by Faunts

    Important note: I don’t listen to lyrics, so I have no clue what any of these songs are about! But they offer a rich variety of sonic landscapes.

  8. 1. I like “World Traveler” best off the Andrew Peterson album, though the whole record is very, very good.

    2. Laredo by Band of Horses (whole album is also good)

    3. If I Die Young by The Band Perry (rest of this album not nearly as good as this song)

    4. Trash Day by Butch Walker (on another solid album)

    5. Up on the Ridge by Dierks Bentley (filling the Alison Krauss and US void for me this year)

    6. Ain’t No Grave by Johnny Cash

    7. Lead Me by Sanctus Real

    8. Airplanes by B.O.B. (Hayley from Paramore could sing the phone book and make it work)

    9. Mine by Taylor Swift (a really good album with several strong tracks, esp. The Story of Us and Long Live)

    10. Tip of My Tongue by The Civil Wars (technically a 2009 song, but if Randy can sneak Muse in, I can sneak one in too. Keep an eye/ear on this duo, their album drops in 2/2011 and should be phenomenal).

  9. Always tough narrowing down favourite tracks…but I’m going to go with “This Orient” by Foals.

    But if I’m not careful it will change to something by Two Door Cinema Club, The National or Duffy before I’ve hit submit on this comment (in terms of artists not already listed)!

  10. Btw…how did two 20 year old Crowded House songs make your 2010 list ?? :)

  11. It’s a tie.

    Regina Spektor Braille

    jj heller what love really means

  12. 1. Michael Buble ~ Just Haven’t Met You yet
    2. Jerrod Nieman ~ Lover, Lover
    3. Jaron ~ That’s Beautiful To Me
    4. Train ~ Save Me San Francisco
    5. Keith Urban ~ Put You In a Song

    ..and oh so many more….

  13. Thanks for posting these, Randy. For those of us in music either too lazy or too busy to check out new music, this is a nice starting point. For those jazz aficionados out there you might want to check out the young Japanese pianist Hiromi. She has chops, style and a great sense of humor to her playing. Sorely lacking in many young jazz giants.

  14. 1. Say You’ll Haunt Me–Stone Sour (Corey Taylor writes from the dark side of depression, which I find quite therapeutic)

    2. Raise Your Glass–Pink (this girl is a great songwriter shoots from the hip and straight from the heart, great wordplay in this one)

    3. Just Haven’t Met You Yet–Michael Buble’ (my song of hope this year ;) )

    4. Falling for You–Colbie Callait (another great young songwriter, and I plead the 5th on the rest).

    5. Another Way to Die–Disturbed (I just love this band, and I guess they appeal to my dark side)

    6. Need You Now–Lady Antebellum (the breakup song of the year)

    7. Water–Brad Paisley (a fun coming of age song)

    8. Rain is a Good Thing–Luke Bryan (I’d love to see this mashed up with Water)

    9. Bulletproof–LaRoux (great dance tune)

    10. Bad Company–Five Finger Death Punch (great remake of the old Bad Co classic)

  15. Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons
    The High Road – Broken Bells
    Boy Lilikoi – Jónsi
    Tornado – Jónsi
    Derezzed – Daft Punk
    Bang Bang Bang – Mark Ronson
    Cousins – Vampire Weekend
    Tightrope – Janelle Monáe
    Wooden Heart – Listener
    It Is Well – The Ember Days

  16. Agreed! Hiromi’s playing is stunning!

  17. Christmas in Heaven by Sarah Schieber…

    Also most of the songs on her Long October Road CD, especially Not Today and I Hate You For Leaving Me.

    You Wouldn’t Cry For Me Today by Mandissa

    Kind of a theme to the songs, but they’ve gotten me through some rough days.

  18. On the Combine by High Valley. Together with Childrens Camps International ( they are using this song to help raise money and send kids in developing nations to Christian Camps (India, Kenya, Cambodia, Belize, Fiji, Cuba etc) Every $5.00 they raise sends a kid to camp for a week.

    Parts of the video for this song were shot during a Guiness World Record setting event that had 200 combines on the same field at the same time. Not only did they set the record but raised over $200,000 (40,000 kids to camp)

    High Valley’s Brad Remple lives in Nashville. The record was produced by Centricity of Franklin.

  19. Some great stuff… I highly, HIGHLY, recommend Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. Wow. She and 30 Seconds to Mars took most of my ear time this past year.

    Happy New Year!

  20. thats a great list randy

    Love that you have muse on there. Great song, somewhat of a disappointing album to be honest.
    Totally agree with the daylights as well. Great band

  21. 1. The Ghost Inside – Broken Bells, I love Danger Mouse (DM is producing the new U2 record!)
    2. Tighten Up – The Black Keys, my favorite record of the year (DM produced this song).
    3. Blue Blood Blues – The Dead Weather, prog rock heaven with my favoite line “all the white girls trip when I sing in Sunday service”, that line kills me every time.
    4. Laredo – Band of Horses, reminds me of a 70s type record, great voice
    5. Enjoy the Silence – Nada Surf, I loved their cover album, they do a great job covering this Depeche Mode classic.


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