Okay. So you'll notice there's more than 30 tracks on this list. Who cares, right?
I listened to a ton of music in 2010, both old and new (as usual). When it comes to making "best of" lists though, there's always a lot of great material I didn't get to hear or just didn't know about, so putting one together is out of the question for me.
Besides, putting together a list like that is usually what a whole publication does (with the input of its staffers), not the job of one individual music critic. That would be too much work and end up sounding elitist, anyway.
Therefore, a personal favorites list is my chosen way to go. I probably wrote down close to 70 new tracks that I dug this year. Now, looking at that list, only the ones that I remember listening to the most will be considered here. The question was, should it be my favorite 50, 40, or 30 tracks. Obviously, it was the latter I settled for, at least in theory, even though you'll see a few double entries per artist and several worthy honorable mentions at the end of this write-up.
Songs 30-11 are placed in alphabetical order instead of being ranked, as I don't really think there's a point to actually rank a huge list of songs you like. Do I really dig song 14 that much better than song 28? I don't think so.
Songs 10-1, however, though still not ranked in any particular order, are a little more special and do come with a personal statement of why I thought they were so outstanding.
So, without further delay, here's my list of 30 favorite tunes of 2010. Feel free to click on all links to hear (and see some cool videos of) the songs themselves and comment on them.
Favorite Cuts: 30-11
Allo Darlin' "The Polaroid Song"
Bono/The Edge/Rihanna/Jay-Z "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)"
Broken Social Scene "Sweetest Kill"
Cee-Lo "Fuck You"
Chemical Brothers "Another World"
Crystal Castles "Celestia"
Crystal Castles with Robert Smith of The Cure "Not In Love"
Deftones "Rocket Skates"