Let's get started.
Eminem - 'Love the Way You Lie' (Feat. Rihanna)
Sure, this is technically a song about a highly abusive boyfriend, in a highly dysfunctional relationship, but when Rihanna comes in with that sad and equally disturbing chorus, you can't help but get drawn in.
Saadi - 'Bad Seeds'
Facebook decided to recommend me this artist because I like M.I.A. (who is sadly absent from this list). You know what, facebook was correct. The breezy light island feeling makes me year for a colada - any type of colada.
Hurts - 'Better Than Love'
The 80's continued to be remixed for the year 2010 with this Depeche Mode-esque anthem of angst. It doesn't hurt that these guys are easy on the eyes, and can most certainly wear a suit.
Macy Grey - 'The Sellout'
The raspy voiced one came out with a new album this year. Most of you probably never even noticed, which is a shame as this was probably the best she has been in years.
I Blame Coco - 'Self Machine'
Sure, she is Stings daughter so her foot in the door was more a tank smashing through, but this is a corker of a tune, helped by the very androgynous voice and her scary lesbian styling
Marina and the Diamonds - 'Obsessions'
Poppy, boppy and totally addictive. Marina blasted on the scene and released some of the best singles no one really bought. A shame, since this, her first was so repeatable.
Janelle Monáe - 'Oh, Maker'
You begin to settle in to a lovely folksy ditty, then there is a three step transition into a groovy neo soul love song. That is the thing about this girl she is versatile and surprise whilst being her.
VV Brown - 'This Charming Man'
If you are going to cover a classic song, you had better be able to do it justice. Thankfully when VV Brown decided to cover The Smiths, she may have bettered it
Mumford and Sons - 'Little Lion Man
Christ this song was everywhere in 2010, and for good reason. It is a stomper, the type of song that crosses genres and excites. And this was a debut!
Beach House - 'Norway'
Imagine the sound a glacier would make if it was music. It would be both powerful, yet not imposing. You come close to understanding the brilliance that is Beach House
Kate Nash - 'Don't You Wanna Share the Guilt'
You gotta love the random ranting of a mad music. Through the rubbish there is great insight as to the nature of people, all to a building frantic beat
Robyn [Feat. Röyksopp] - 'None of Dem'
The deepest, darkest club anthem we all should have been dancing to all summer. Robyn is simply a genius and this should have been huge
Lissie - 'Stranger'
This is another great example (like Robyn) of an extremely talented woman who should be having much more success than she is. And this opinion is purely based on songs like this. Pure folk tinged sunny pop
Madonna - 'Pala Tute'
After the large disappointment that was Hard Candy, I was skeptical when a slew of unreleased Madonna tracks leaked online. To my surprise most of them were better than the album. This was my standout.
Florence and the Machine - 'Dog Days are Over [re-release]'
Sure, this song was released in 2009 first (or was it 2008) but my god this song spoke to me this year. I got married and yes, happiness hit me like a train on a track.
Rihanna - 'Only Girl (In The World)'
After last years emotional punch of her Rater R album, Rihanna came back just wanting to dance (sounds a little like Madonna in some aspects) and boy did she create the winter dance floor anthem!
Brandon Flowers - 'Only The Young'
Sure, he always sounds like he is straining to hit the notes, and sure this just sounds like The Killers, but is that ever a bad thing? This was transcendent.
Kelis - 'Acapella'
Kelis is awesome, and although there were times I felt songs on the fabulous Fleshtone were better, I always came back to this first single. Try not to love it.
Kanye West - 'Runaway (feat. Pusha T)'
You wanna hate the man, you really want to give his ego a huge cut down, but then you hear his music and realise - sometimes people have a right to their ego.
Lady Gaga (Feat. Beyoncé) - 'Telephone'
Everyone loves 'Bad Romance'. I love this one. The ridiculous nature of the song and lyrics, mixed with the cinematic over the top-ness of the video ensured this was on my iPod all year!.
The National - 'Anyone's Ghost'
He made a splash this year, and I was hesitant at first. He sounded too morose. Then I hit repeat. then I hit it again. And again
Janelle Monáe - 'Cold War'
An electrifying debut. This is the highlight on a album that is one pure highlight. The criitcs were behind her, where were the people? Further proof people are morons.
Rihanna - 'Complicated'
Why did I put this song on repeat for like 3 days straight? I have no idea. There is no reason for this being on the list other than I love it.
Lissie - 'Record Collector'
This album was on a loop, however it was its opener that spent the most time being repeated on the ole pod. Check her here as well..
Robyn - 'Indestructible'
From here on it got hard with the order. Each of these next 5 could be the top. This was the last single from Robyn in 2010, but my God was it ever bloody God Damn brilliant.
Miike Snow - 'The Rabbit'
WHAT A BRILLIANT TRACK. How is this group not huge right now. I am dumbfounded. And this is a 'B' side made single!!!
Robyn - 'Dancing on my Own'
In a year with dirt bags like Ke$ha (or whoever) ruling the charts, amazing artists like Robyn were kept in the side lines. Further proof there is something majorly wrong in the world.
Groove Armada - 'Paper Romance'
I share this with my husband. This song would always come on when at home, and we would sing along with glee - even after the 200th time. In the end, however, this song is pure brilliance.
And the Number one song is....
Adele - 'Someone Like You'
This has not even been officially released. She just sang it on Jools Holland and I heard it. I downloaded the live version and watched the video a total of 46 times. It is the perfect combination of performance, song and voice. It is so wonderful to see such pure talent. And she is only 21. Sit back - click play and make it full screen. Thank me later.
"You know how the time flies.
Only yesterday was the time of our lives.
We were born and raised in a summer haze.
Bound by the surprise of our glory days."