Best of 2010: The Songs! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: SO many great songs this year. Standouts for me included ROLLING IN THE DEEP by Adele, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON by Wave Machines, DIFFICULT by Uffie, BURIAL by Miike Snow, and XXXO by MIA — which was a surprising “grow on me,” since I claimed to meh it back in August when the video came out. But my somewhat controversial pick for my favorite song of the year is POWER by Kanye West — just because no other song pumps me up for both writing and exercising the way this song does. It makes me not only want to write epic but also achieve epic. And the video is SICK. Check it out:

As a writer, I love discovering new music. It always feels like there’s a ton of story images hiding like diamonds inside of every good song. But as a busy write-at-home mom, I’ve found it more and more difficult to find time to seek out good music. So I’m especially grateful for this year’s weigh-in on the Best Songs of 2010. And I really do love music suggestions, so add your own selections in the comments.




Alex and Emmy from Dating Ell-A

TiK ToK by Kesha.  I had a bunch that I liked from 2010, but this one had the best beat and theme that I could rock out to in the shower in the morning.  This was a tough one to pick…

Jersey Joe from Kicking Back With Jersey Joe

BABY BIRCH Joanna Newsom. I love her! Close second is DEVIL’S SPOKE by Laura Marling, and the third choice is MAGIC WEATHER by Alessi’s Ark! They are my Holy Trinity of music.

Missy Kulik from Dork Lifestyle

BAD ROMANCE by Lady Gaga.  The perfect song about crazy love/lust.

Roya Hamadani from Fierce Foodie



Proof that I am now a parent, the only music I can think of is kid’s music. So I guess it’s Will.I.Am WHAT I AM from SESAME STREET.

CH from Buy Me This

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE by Bruno Mars.  If I was a girl I’d think this song was about me.

Josh Pullin from Stay At Home Nerd

WALKING HER HOME by Mark Schultz.  Makes me cry every time…

Monique King-Viehland from Political Physics

D.W. Brandt’s album THE GREAT MIGRATION is the perfect soundtrack for any road trip.

Ryan Dixon from The Ryan Dixon Line and FIERCE ANTICIPATION

Surprisingly, I was really taken by Zac Brown Band’s latest album You Get What You Give. The Song COLD HEARTED is a great piece of songwriting and certainly shows off the amazing vocal talent Zac has. This song is wrenching and rings true to anyone who has ever been duped in love, and I can’t stop listening to it. It is also great to sing along to while stuck in traffic on the 10 freeway, you get the best odd looks from strangers while singing along to this sucker at the top of your lungs.

Zack Bunker from Tall Glass of Shame



Since my iPod thinks it’s a Walkman, I’m probably the wrong guy to ask. However, despite my best efforts to build a soundproof fort with the couch cushions of nostalgia, a few “songs” did slip through. Of the ones that did, I would say that the Eminem duet w/Rhianna where he lights her on fire and she’s surprisingly cool about it was pretty great. Best Eminem duet since that one where he locks Elton John in his trunk, drinks a pint of vodka and drives him off a cliff. [Ed. Note. The song's name is LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE]

Eric Sims from California Seething

How about an album? Frightened Rabbit’s THE WINTER OF MIXED DRINKS really doesn’t have a bad song, and it has seen me through many long walks and runs.

Joe Rusin from On the Contrary


Kelli Bielema from Fierce in Seattle

The Beatles on iTunes

R.B. Ripley from The Indie Chronicles


Anything by the GLEE cast.

Amy Brown from Book Simple

Don’t really have one for the year, but I guess this month’s is HEY SOUL SISTER by Train, because, for some bizarre reason, I’ve been teeny-bopper crushing on Kurt’s love interest on GLEE, who sang it so well, with the Acafellas, at sectionals.

Gudrun Cram-Drach from Secret Life of an Expat


I liked Bad Romance, but I wouldn’t say it was my favorite. FUCK YOU was an instant classic. I bet I would know it if I heard it on the radio.

Kelly Lett from Nerd In Transition

F*%K YOU by Cee Lo Green.  So bouncy and upbeat.  I get to swear and give the finger while I’m listening to it.  I do love songs with subtle humor.

Amy Robinson from Tall Drink of Nerd

TEENAGE DREAM and FUCK YOU because I can’t contain myself when I hear both of them.

Debra Goykhman from NewlyNested

…AND MIKE & MIRO (Sigh…)

I’m terrible at remembering the names of songs.  But it’s that one with the pretty guitar riffs and soulful vocals by that band from New York.  Or Canada. Can’t quite remember.

Michael Kass from Single White Nerd

Were there any good songs this year?

Dr. Miro Guldesky from Ask Dr. Miro