Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Top 25 Songs of 2010: #'s 20-16

Click here for Part 1 (#'s 25-21)

20. Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill

This Brooklyn-based duo made considerable noise in 2009, and was received a warm welcome from indie-heads everywhere through the release of their 2010 debut, Treats. While the album's other offerings bring about loud beats and even louder chants, the more mellow, Fukadelic-sampled "Rill Rill" is quite on-target.

19. Eminem - Not Afraid

For more than a decade, we've seen a number of Eminems: angry Eminem, White-trash Eminem, 8 Mile Eminem, and more frequently, Vicodin-induced Eminem. 2010, however, introduced us to a brand-new Eminem: uplifting Eminem. And, by the resounding success of "Not Afraid", I guess we'll see a lot of this persona in the future.

18. Two-Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work

Another breakout act for 2010 is this electropop band from Northern Ireland. Their album Tourist History was regarded as an album full of short length-ed bursts of tracks, including, of course, this particular number.

17. Reflection Eternal Feat. Jay Electronica, J. Cole & Mos Def - Just Begun

2010 also saw the return of Reflection Eternal -- that's producer Hi-Tek and MC Talib Kweli for you -- and their brand of unpretentious rap. Much like their 2000 opus Train of Thought, this year's Revolutions Per Minute was praised by critics all over. The best track from RPM, in my humble opinion, is this cyphr featuring frequent collaborator Mos Def, as well as two of rap's rising stars Jay Electronica and J. Cole.

16. Armand Van Helden & Steve Aoki - Brrrat!

After spending the entire late 90's and early 00's playing legendary house tunes to the masses, 2010 proved to be an awesome re-appearance of one Armand Van Helden. His Duck Sauce tag-team with A-Trak was a big hit, as well as this particular track with blog-house messiah Steve Aoki. Quite as expected, "Brrrat!" is as noisy and head-banging as what its title suggests.

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