Frank (Just Frank) "Coeur Hante"
Gorillaz "Stylo" (featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack)
Japandroids "Younger Us"
Jonsi (of Iceland group Sigur Ros) "New Piano Song (Live)"
Korallreven "The Truest Faith"
Minks "Funeral Song"
Sade "Soldier of Love"
The Sword "Acheron/Unleashing The Orb"
Twin Shadow "Slow"
Favorite Cuts: 10-1
Arcade FIre "Ready To Start"
From one of the best albums of the year (The Suburbs), this uptempo number with a rhythmic quality to it smiliar to "American Girl" by Tom Petty was impossible to ignore and stop playing in my mp3 player all year long.
Band of Horses "Dilly"
This was easily the catchiest song on the band's excellent third record, Infinite Arms.
Delorean "Stay Close"
Never heard such cooler electronic music from Spain.
Rarely does a remix of a song outdo the original so much that you'll only listen to the redone version exclusively after hearing it. This soulful, synthy mix has rightly turned a bubbly, tropical-sounding electronic song to what best can be called baby-making music, or at the very least a slow dance ditty. It totally tears the original to shreds.
Lindsay, Jon "Bring The Old You Back"
This is the best song Fountains of Wayne never wrote.
Massive Attack "Saturday Come Slow (featuring Blur's Damon Albarn)"
These English trip-hop pioneers brilliantly give Albarn the floor to let out heart-wrenching, desperate vocals to the group's heavy (via the Drop-C tuned acoustic guitar), haunting melodies. Everyone has their sour days throughout the year. This one's for those times.
Smashing Pumpkins "Freak"
Originally performed in the summer of 2009 during a tribute show, this tune finally got the studio treatment in 2010, and it came out in time for the November release of the excellent second EP (The Solstice Bare) of the band's Teargarden By Kaleidyscope album project. Can't wait for the studio version of "Lonely Is The Name" to come out, as that would definitely be on next year's list for sure (being the lifelong Pumpkinhead I am).