We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2010

By Will Oliver, December 24th 2010 — with 37 comments Best Of List

Here we are, hours away from Christmas, and I am finally delivering you my best songs of 2010. I guess it can be considered my Christmas gift to all you guys. I heard more music in 2010 than ever before. It was hard to narrow it down, but these were the 100 songs that I thought were truly the best in my mind.

There’s not too much to say, other than I hope you discover something new here. If your a die hard reader, there shouldn’t be any surprises. If you can leave this list with one or two new songs that you enjoy, then I did my job.

Here are my favorite songs from the year that was, 2010:

100. Tamaryn – Love Fade
99. Ravens & Chimes – Division St.
98. The Chord And The Fawn – Love, Sex, And Rock ‘n Roll
97. Blake Mills – Hiroshima
96. The Bewitched Hands – Sea
95. Avi Buffalo – What’s In It For?
94. Gauntlet Hair – I Was Thinking…
93. The Tallest Man On Earth – King Of Spain
92. Wolf Parade – What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way)
91. Vermilion Club – Odd
90. Corte Real – Bastards
88. Sports – To Catch A Thief
88. Old Smile – Swept Up With The Tide
87. Lissie – Record Collector
86. Hey Marseilles- Rio
85. The Coral – 1000 Years
84. Caribou – Odessa
83. Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill
82. Interpol – Barricade
81. The Soft Pack – Mexico
80. Korallreven – Loved Up
79. Young The Giant – My Body
78. Tame Impala – Solitude Is Bliss
77. Glass Vaults – Forget Me Not
76. Tanlines – Real Life
75. Seapony – Dreaming
74. Indian Rebound – Sitges
73. Crystal Castles – Not In Love (Feat. Robert Smith)
72. Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
71. All The Damn Kids – Echoes
70. Faded Paper Figures – Invent It All Again
69. Pantha Du Prince – Stick To My Side (Feat. Panda Bear)
68. Glasser – Apply
67. Great Lakes – Ghost Brother
66. Male Bonding – Weird Feelings
65. Broken Bells – The Mall & Misery
64. Panda Bear – Alsatian Darn
63. Gobble Gobble – Lawn Knives
62. Wild Nothing – Chinatown
61. Wavves – Green Eyes
60. Stepdad – My Leather, My Fur, My Nails
59. Spoon – Out Go The Lights
58. The Pass – Treatment Of The Sun
57. The Drums – Down By The Water
56. Belle And Sebastian – I Want The World To Stop
55. Arctic Monkeys – The Afternoon’s Hat
54. Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
53. Delta Spirit – Bushwick Blues
52. The Gaslight Anthem – Stay Lucky
51. The Head and The Heart – Sounds Like Hallelujah
50. Free Energy – Bang Pop
49. Magic Kids – Candy
48. Tapes ‘n Tapes – Freak Out
47. Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
46. Cults – Go Outside
45. Delorean – Grow
44. Hot Chip – One Life Stand
43. Donovan Woods – Lawren Harris
42. Miles Kane – Come Closer
41. Yellow Ostrich – WHALE
40. Larsen B – Marilyn
39. Stornoway – Zorbing
38. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round And Round
37. Beach Fossils – Daydream
36. Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand
35. Foals – Spanish Sahara
34. MGMT – Siberian Breaks
33. Young Empires – Rain Of Gold
32. Little Comets – Joanna
31. Tennis – Marathon
30. Surfer Blood – Floating Vibes
29. Summer Fiction – Chandeliers
28. Yeasayer – O.N.E.
27. The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire
26. Wolf Gang – Lions In Cages
25. The Tins – Green Room
24. Ra Ra Riot – Boy
23. Big Boi – Shutterbugg (Feat. Cutty)
22. Smith Westerns – Weekend
21. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Sink/Let It Sway
20. The Vaccines- If You Wanna
19. Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
18. Deerhunter – Helicopter
17. The National – Conversation 16
16. Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
15. Chief – Night & Day
14. Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo
13. Cee-Lo Green – Fuck You
12. Deerhunter – Desire Lines
11. LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change
10. Vampire Weekend – Giving Up The Gun
9. Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
8. Cut Copy – Take Me Over
7. The Walkmen – Blue As Your Blood
6. Young Galaxy – Peripheral Visionaries
5. Sufjan Stevens – Futile Devices
4. Summer Fiction – Throw Your Arms Around Me
3. Kanye West – Runaway (Feat. Pusha T)
2. The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
1. The Morning Benders – Excuses


  1. Mark24 Dec 10

    Good work. A mighty list!

  2. Castillo24 Dec 10


    Thank you for the great Christmas gift!!


  3. Logan24 Dec 10

    Thought for sure you would have Conversation 16 at #1 and I am very disappointed with the very serious lack of any LCD Soundsystem on this list!

  4. Jo24 Dec 10

    Yes Excuses! Great choice

  5. Jeff24 Dec 10

    Well done, thanks again Will

  6. Will24 Dec 10

    Wow, thanks for pointing that out Logan. It should have been on the list. I compiled 112 songs and then chopped it down to 100. I must have accidentally chopped out LCD in the transfer over to here.

    But yes, “I Can Change” did make the list, as you can now see.


  7. Natalie24 Dec 10

    With my bare-minimum knowledge of indie rock, I ALWAYS come away with a plethora of new stuff. Now I have heaps of it in one place. Thanks!

  8. Will24 Dec 10

    My pleasure, thanks for checking it out Natalie!

  9. Nina24 Dec 10

    awesome list! A lot of those songs would make it onto my own list if I were to make one, and some of them because of reading your blog. also, loving the morning benders at #1

  10. ray ray24 Dec 10

    It’s Christmas eve and I just stumbled into your site…This is going to be the best Christmas present I get this year. Thanks so much…this is fantastic.

  11. Keegan Swenson25 Dec 10

    Excuses is such a great pick for number one. The song is immediately accessible but is such staying power. I have put it on throughout the year and I hear different things in it with each new listen.
    Great list for a great year, cannot wait for another year of musical coverage!

  12. Kevin25 Dec 10

    Yay for Villagers! let me tell you, if you liked Becoming A Jackal you should love some of the other Irish releases from this year. Best year to date! Ive a “Best of” list on my blog if you want to check some out.

  13. Nikeisha25 Dec 10

    WOO! Cant wait to go through it all 🙂 Merry Christmas!!

  14. Rodrigo26 Dec 10

    Great playlist, although i thought you missed a few songs from Broken Social Scene 🙂

  15. matty26 Dec 10

    Awesome! thanks for the well rounded list

  16. Matt27 Dec 10

    Great list! So many of my favorites for this year were found through you. Keep it up in 2011!

  17. Cate28 Dec 10

    Thanks for the amazing list, I found a lot of good artists I missed over the past year. Good music taste all around. Love this blog!

  18. Miriam29 Dec 10

    Really great christmas gift 🙂 thanks!

  19. Natural Beardy29 Dec 10

    This is a real top shelf list, sir. I just found your blog, and I’m looking forward to checking back soon!

    -Dylan (Natural Beardy – Music Blogger)

  20. Spencer29 Dec 10

    Is there any way that you could put these into one zip file for us? Great list, by the way. I knew Excuses would be #1 which is exactly where it deserves to be. It blew me away the first time I heard it this year and I still love it

  21. Maux30 Dec 10

    Thank you SO much for such a comprehensive and, fankly, quite awesome list. I’ve been listening (and downloading) all day. I only know about a third of the stuff, but am loving so much more of it. Thank you thank you!!

  22. Maux30 Dec 10

    *frankly – oops.

  23. sublet30 Dec 10

    wahooooo!nice tune!!you did your job as you said!
    Romy from Paris!;-)

  24. rbtrn31 Dec 10

    Awesome list ! This blog is great, it’s the only music related website that I visit on a daily basis and I have to say that I’ve always discovered great artists… Thank you so much 🙂

    rbtrn from Paris too !

  25. rpg1 Jan 11

    Hey Will, some of your links – notably that Cee-Lo Green song – are already broken/won’t download. Could re-upload some of those songs?

  26. Jessica1 Jan 11

    Waouh , just perfect . Such great artists !
    Thanks for the amazing band who are The National even if my favorite ” Anyone’s ghost ” & ” Afraid of everyone ” are not here .
    My english is bad , and moreover I’m French !
    I hope that 2011 will be as good as 2010 .
    From Brittany =)

  27. Jo the plumber2 Jan 11

    Awesome list!Everything rocks!Thanks!

  28. Sage2 Jan 11

    Oh wow, this list is the best I’ve seen! I feel like Best Coast should be on here, though. They had a huge year!

  29. Will7 Jan 11

    Thanks for checking out the list guys. I’m glad that you all enjoyed it!

  30. Uzair7 Jan 11

    I actually thought that the alternate version of Terrible Love by the National was their best song and one of my favs but Bloodbuzz is excellent as well. I know Keane have a bad rep but they did a little EP and it had an excellent non-Keane sounding song on it called Clear Skies, catchy stuff.

    But my two favourite songs were from the most popular band in Sweden, kent. Usually they sound fairly indie but these two are more electropop. They’re in Swedish so I don’t understand them but they’re so good that they’re my two fav 2010 songs. I can’t decide which one is better, Ismael:

    or GLASÄPPLEN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38AaYoyBQ_g

  31. Will8 Jan 11

    I’m actually a big fan of Keane’s earlier output. I haven’t really listened to them as much as before (didn’t check out the new EP), but I’ve been meaning to!

  32. Beardo10 Jan 11

    Will, this list is a thing of beauty!
    A million thank you’s for all your relentless work!

  33. rpg28 Jan 11

    You need to reupload some of your mp3s again, they’re showing up as 663qja6tu7.mp3 (that’s “Helicopter” by Deerhunter) when I try to download them.

  34. taylor29 Jan 11

    Will – I don’t suppose this list exists as a .zip like the top 50 so far from last year; that was my fav mix last year!

  35. chris Blasucci7 Feb 11

    Killer list. GO Soft Pack!

  36. Fake Plastic Tunes10 Mar 11

    Fantastic list of songs. I have alot of simalar tunes on my best of 2010 as well. 2011 should bring us some more quality tunes as well. Great blog you have earned another follower.

  37. chloe21 Jul 15

    Health is playing at the Echo on the 22, 23, and 24th. Here’s their song, “New Coke” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3_dedjucgM

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