I'll be honest, I didn't listen to a ton of new music this year. Nonetheless, 2010 still had some great releases that will stick around as favorites for a long time.
I could easily have picked one song from each of my favorite albums for my top songs, but I'll pick some off of my "honorable mentions" that didn't quite make it.
Stay tuned as more best of 2010 lists will be hitting the blog each day this week. The readers' poll is open until Thursday, December 23 at noon (vote HERE if you haven't already).
Top albums of 2010
1. Punch Brothers - Antifogmatic
2. Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
3. The Love Language - Libraries
4. Chatham County Line - Wildwood
5. Sufjan Stevens - Age of Adz
6. Caribou - Swim
7. Mandolin Orange - Quiet Little Room
8. Last Year's Men - Sunny Down Snuff
9. Girl Talk - All Day
10. Pastor TL Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir - Like a Ship Without a Sail (Reissue)
Top concerts of 2010
1. Punch Brothers @ Cat's Cradle, November 7
2. The Avett Brothers & Brandi Carlile @ Walnut Creek, October 8
3. Punch Brothers @ Reynolds Theatre, February 19
4. Chatham County Line, The Wigg Report, Last Year's Men, Mount Moriah & Hammer No More The Fingers @ Troika Night 3
5. Mandolin Orange, Big Fat Gap & Ryan Gustafson @ Local 506, May 1
Top songs of 2010
1. Cee Lo Green - "Fuck You"
2. Professor Elemental - "Fighting Trousers"
3. Jónsi - "Go Do"
4. Songs of Water - "Through the Dead Wood"
5. Veelee - "When You Gonna Come Home?"
6. Spider Bags - "Take It Easy Tonite"
7. Ra Ra Riot - "Too Dramatic"
8. Mumford and Sons - "Winter Winds"
9. Nobunny - "Live it Up"
10. Vampire Weekend - "Giving Up the Gun"