Thursday, 9 December 2010

The Keep/Pop/Loud Festive Fifty 2010 – Part 3

The Keep/Pop/Loud Top 50 Songs of 2010 - Part 3 (#20-#11)

In case you missed the beginning of the countdown: here's Part 1 and here's Part 2

#20) 'Cold War' – Janelle Monaé
It was a tough call between this and the Big Boi featuring 'Tightrope' . The moment when the vocals kick in over the garage beat wins this though. Monaé's quite clearly fantastic. So much so that the virtuoso guitar part at the end is climactic rather than offputting.
#19) 'Heartsink' – Blood Red Shoes
Simply, this Track of the Week rocks. Fists in the air people.
#18) 'A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun' – Manic Street Preachers
The Manics at their stadium conquering best are hard to beat as evidenced here. Bass supplied by a founding member of Guns N Roses, Bradfield's finest solo in years and a chorus that you can guess from the title. Excellent.
#17) 'Superfast Jellyfish' – Gorillaz feat. De La Soul & Gruff Rhys
Dropped as a single for reasons that will never be fathomed. 'Superfast Jellyfish' marries the brilliance of 'Feel Good Inc' with a Super Furry Animals hook. This gets stuck in your head for days at the mere mention.
#16) 'Robert Scargill Takes The Prize' – Johnny Foreigner
A very recent Track of the Week, the highlight from Johnny Foreigner's debut EP on Alcopop! is sweet, understated and breaks new ground for them whilst maintaining their distinct identity.
#15) 'Nothing Like You' – Frightened Rabbit
ANOTHER Track of the Week. Frightened Rabbit are so capable of writing songs this gut-wrenching that they make most of their peers look bad. “There's nothing like someone new,” they may sing but the old fashioned way of writing Bloody Brilliant Songs is pretty good too.
#14) 'Don't You Want To Share The Guilt?' - Kate Nash
Kate Nash came back with the album that no-one really expected this year and hidden in there was this Los Campesinos! Aping beauty where Kate recounts the downs of a relationship over a every building backing. Plus she shouts the word “Cunt”.
#13) 'Neon' – Ash
There's a lot of competition for Best Ash Song of 2010 but with it's cascading keyboards and unmistakably Tim Wheeler chorus 'Neon' wins it. For fans of M83 and listening to music on headphones in the dark whilst looking out of the window.
#12) 'The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future' – Los Campesinos!
It took it's spot on Romance Is Boring for 'The Sea Is...' to live up to its true potential. It does the narration thing very well and without sounding pompus or contrived. The imagery is evocative and darkly funny.
#11) 'This Orient' – Foals
I reviewed this glowingly for This Is Fake DIY back in April. I stand by everything that I said back then. A truly wonderful single from a formerly terrible band.

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