Best Indie Rock Songs 2010, Vol. I: Deerhunter, Freelance Whales, Broken Bells, Arcade Fire, Fang Island, The Walkmen, Caribou
In the end, 2010 turned out to be another blockbuster year for indie rock (and its many related and sub genres) music. So much so that many people, including us, are still catching up, digesting, listening to, and analyzing 2010 releases. We don’t feel any necessity to follow the packs and get out best-of, year-end list by a certain date, but generally, we like to get the majority of it wrapped up no later than Valentines Day, or about the time that the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco starts – in the third week of February. Therefore, as many of you have probably already noticed, there are lots of ‘best of’ and ‘top 2010′ band playlists and polls that have been running, and now it’s time to focus on songs.
The same concept will continue in 2011, wherein we tally the songs that were listened to, and downloaded, the most the week previous, and then we list the Top Ten Songs for that week based solely on whichever songs we posted during that week – such as the Best New Releases weekly series, and other common posts to provide readers and visitors a reliable place to go every week, or a few times a week, to find, stream and download the best new indie rock music, get cool deals and interesting news, view artist and band profiles, stream special playlists and mixes full of carefully chosen tracks, and find terrific, but rare new releases that are often times no where else on the web.
We hope that you find this first volume of our top songs of 2010 enjoyable, and that perhaps you will discover some songs that you really dig but had never heard before. As much as possible, we have avoided duplicating songs that are currently featured in the popular post, The Top 50 No. 1 Songs of 2010 playlist and poll. and hopefully, you voted for your favorite song. Because the No. 1 song of the week for the weekly Top Ten Songs list means that hundreds of other great 2010 songs were not included in that poll.
Stayed tuned also for our Best Albums of 2010 series. Yeah, we know, everyone else has already put out their top albums of 2010. We don’t think that means we should put out ours at the same time as everyone else. Plus, it takes time to put such lists together – especially since there were so many amazing releases in 2010, from Arcade Fire and Broken Bells to Deerhunter and Fang Island. Another reason we wait to put out a Best Albums of 2010 list until January, is that we think it’s a bit pretentious to be releasing best of lists before the end of the year.
In the meantime, enjoy the best songs of 2010.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll analyze the number of times the songs in these playlist have been streamed, downloaded, and “favorited”. Sometime later this month, we’ll collect those statistics for our top songs of 2010, and then publish a final list that will be separate from the No. 1 Songs playlist/poll. Hopefully, we’re not confusing you. The bottom line is that we love the fact that our regular visitors and new visitors help determine what are the most popular songs of those that we post on IRC.
It will be very interesting to see which songs all you guys like the most. We also encourage you to leave comments about; it only takes a few people to start the ball rolling on interesting comment threads about the songs in this special post. The songs are not in any particular order of importance.
Note: This songs are not in order of importance; they are random. Also, many of the albums that these songs appear on are among the Best Albums of 2010. Even better, many are on sale from Amazon for $5, just click on the album title to order.
“Golden Haze” – Wild Nothing from Golden Haze EP
In this list, the main difference between the IRC Readers’ Choice Poll for the No. 1 song (out of 50 No.1′s through the year) and our choices for Best Indie Rock Songs of 2010 is that here we are not including any of the No. 1 songs from the Top Ten Songs weekly feature. Obviously, one is the readers’ choice, and the other (this one) is our choice for top songs that didn’t place No. 1 for one reason or another. The purpose of this poll/playlist is to segregate the all of the non-No. 1 songs of 2010, and instead use the songs that appeared in the No. 2 – No. 10 positions throughout the year.
Note 1: This album was originally released in October of 2009, but didn’t really hit popularity until early 2010; therefore, we’re making an exception for an exceptional album.