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CoS Year-End Report: The Top 50 Songs of 2010

on December 13, 2010, 9:00am
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15. Yeasayer – “Ambling Alp”

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When “Ambling Alp” first came out during the latter portions of 2009 (technically), it not only stood as the first glimpse of Yeasayer’s 2010 sophomore record, Odd Blood, but it also laid to rest any concerns about the Brooklyn trio falling short of expectations set by 2007’s All Hour Cymbals. Earlier tracks like “Sunrise” and “2080” may have brought the psych-pop trio to our attention, but “Ambling Alp” convinces listeners of Yeasayer’s staying power. From its onset, “Ambling Alp” memorably lifts through the song’s upbeat harmonies, determined lyrical optimism, and poly-rhythmic percussion. In a year’s time, Yeasayer has transformed from a nice, intriguing blend of worldly fusion and indie rock to a band that seems determined to stick around for a while. And if they continue to write tracks as compelling as “Ambling Alp”, that’s something we can all live with. -Max Blau

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14. Big Boi – “Shutterbugg”

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It’s been a bleak period in popular hip-hop, and half of that dry spell has to be because Outkast hasn’t released a single in quite a few years. This year, though, marked the release of Big Boi’s solo effort, Sir Luscious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty, and along with it came “Shutterbugg”. Big Boi’s rhymes are as crisp as ever, referencing Wu-Tang, comparing himself to a beehive, and “twisting his A-cap.” Not to mention the fact that the production was fantastic, with a bizarre rhythm section, including a vocal instrument track, one of the catchiest hooks of the year, and proof that Outkast truly is everlasting. -Ted Maider

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13. Cee-Lo – “Fuck You”

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Singing in public is always a fun activity. Singing “Fuck You” in public is doubly so. Sure, you may get some weird stares, but the catchiness of the song is undeniable. With a strong Motown feel that brings you back to the ’60s, somehow the cursing that you might think would detract from such a song manages to slip right in perfectly. Combined with a catchy piano line and an amazingly artistic music video, Cee-Lo Green definitely scored a hit with this. -Dana Grossman

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12. Best Coast – “Our Deal”

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Let’s be honest. This past summer belonged to Best Coast‘s Bethany Cosentino. Sure, her earlier EPs peaked online around January or February, but by the time she issued her LP debut, Crazy for You, everyone was running around in boardshorts and Wayfarers. Some might argue that her simplistic lyrics sound downright juvenile; however, they’d be missing the perspective she’s coming from… and they’d just be flat-out wrong. On “Our Deal”, Cosentino croons, “I wish you would tell me/how you really feel/But you’ll never tell me/Because that’s not our deal” over an afternoon melody, the sort that’s reserved for exclusive private beach picnics or icy piña colada dates out by an apartment complex’s pool. It’s melancholy but sunny. Lyrically, it is simplistic, but the images open up to something so much deeper. She probably sounds best here, too. But that’s a whole other deal. -Michael Roffman

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11. Gorillaz – “Stylo”

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Catchy bass lines aren’t anything new to the Gorillaz; just try and tell us that you got songs like “Clint Eastwood” and “Feel Good Inc.” out of your head quickly. “Stylo” is another such earworm, the bass taking the spotlight…instrument-wise, anyway. Bobby Womack’s impassioned vocals (with completely improvised words, at that!) are what really are most notable about the song. Finally, there’s the music video. Bruce Willis is in it. I need not say more. -Dana Grossman

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