Thursday, December 16, 2010

[YTE Year-End] Pitchfork's Top 100 Songs of 2010 Broken Down [1-30]

1] Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round and Round – This sounds like a song that some hometown band would play at the Class of ’81 Prom. About 30 spots high.
2] Kanye West – Runaway – “I sent this girls a picture of my dick.” Ha. Classic. The 9-minute extended version is overdone, 4 minutes is all you need on this one.
3] LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change – Have you ever heard a more manly falsetto? This is the best song in the top 5 by far.  
4] Robyn – Dancing On My Own – Yayyy GIRL POWER! Nothing spectacular music-wise but I can definitely respect her voice.
5] Big Boi – Shutterbugg – Notice those guitars in the beat while he is rapping, they are out of place until the climax when they break it down. I respect this cat, this is a fun song. Does he tell you what a shutterbugg is?
6] Kanye West – POWER – How did he get on SNL, they aren’t hurting for ratings are they? “Fuck SNL..” not cool Kanye. Everyone has given you so much POWER through perfect scores, and I’ll give you mad props for the best rap album of the year, it’s great, but no one man should have this many music hot-heads sucking his…
7] Joanna Newsom – Good Intentions Paving Company – This sounds like a bad song from a cheesy Disney animated movie about industrial takeover.
8] James Blake – I Only Know [What I Know Now] – This song is way too minimal to have a hand clap. He made better songs this year.
9] Arcade Fire – Sprawl II [Mountains Beyond Mountains] – Just because the title is captivating and the beginning could easily be turned into a techno song doesn’t mean that the Arcade Fire are selling out. The strings are quite filling and the vocals are fesh.
10] Janelle Monaé [feat. Big Boi] – Tightrope – Just because Big Boi is on here doesn’t make it good. Catchy, but a 70-and-up catchy not top 10 of the year catchy.
11]Deerhunter – Desire Lines – Can’t hate here, 11 is a good fit, although “He Would Have Laughed” is the best song on the album.
12] LCD Soundsystem – All I Want – It isn’t “Drunk Girls,” which you would think P4K would include, so we can be thankful for that at least.
13] Caribou – Odessa – Well this one doesn’t blow me out of the water, but it’s dark. Surprisingly a better beat-maker and Best New Music honoree, Flying Lotus, doesn’t crack the top 100.
14] Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill – This one stands out compared to the rest of the album, which is laden with semi-repetitious beats. Yo, but for real, this one is legit.
15] Crystal Castles [feat. Robert Smith] – Not In Love – The top cover song on the list. Such an unexpected team-up, but what a beautiful project; it could be higher P4K. Maybe Crystal Castles should invest in a singer or have big names going over their beats on their next album, it could prove dividends.
16] Beach House – Norway – This is a good inclusion, they deserve a high song for how good their album was.
17] Girl Unit – Wut – Who is this? The beat is sick. But this song is long not to have any speech excerpts.
18] Titus Androniucs – A More Perfect Union – The real version of this song with the speeches is a solid 18, b/c it is a little long. If the video length [straight music w/ no speeches] was included then we’re talking top 10 for sure.
19] How To Dress Well [feat. Yüksel Arslan] – Decisions – What is it with this dude, it’s a worse chillwave w/ horrible quality. If shitting a brick could be a noise, this song would be it.
20] Erykah Badu – Window Seat – Window seats are for 12-year-olds, everyone wants to be on the aisle these days. This is not a well-thought-out choice.
21] Azari & III – Reckless With Your Love (Tensnake Remix) – Is this Jamiroquai have a new pseudonym? Maybe this would go over better in 1998, NOT 2010.
22] Rick Ross [feat. Stlyes P] – BMF – Maybe this is Rozay’s best song since his break-through “Hustlin’” in ’07, but this is FARRRRRR from being the 4th best rap song of 2010. P4K tries to be caught up with the underground, then they choose this. Did Kiss 95.1 help you with this one or are you just trying to score some powder from the Teflon don?
23] Vampire Weekend – Giving Up The Gun – The video is better than the song but it just so catchy.
24] Teengirl Fantasy – Cheaters – ‘Teengirl Fantasy’ sounds like we’re talking the Beibz here. But it sounds like Kansas? Beats me how this is considered a good song, is “Bed Intruder Song” coming up next?
25] The Walkmen – Angela Surf City – I couldn’t really get into this album but this was the highlight. It deserves to be on the list but I may have a problem with a ranking this high.
26] Cee-Lo Green – Fuck You – How can you hate this one? You can’t, it has to be on everyone’s top list of 2010 songs. But P4K, how can you hate this one so much to put it behind Rick Ross and half of these songs?
27] Four Tet – Angel Echoes – This is cut up more than Lindsey Lohan’s wrists after she filmed ‘Parent Trap.’ Far from angelic with all the splices and what-not, the song tries to do too much, and it’s apparent.
28] Yeasayer – O.N.E. – Finally a good one, this song is flawless. Divide this ranking in half and you’ll get a better fit for this dance-hall classic.
29] James Blake – CMYK – About 30 times better than #6, his crappier song. Does he have any more outside these two? He obviously seduced a P4K writer, was it you Larry Fitzmaurice?
30] The-Dream – Yamaha – A song about a keyboard that sounds like Michael Jackson over the Baywatch theme song. “It’s so obscure and sends mixed messages; it must be on the list,” said P4K. This song hasn’t figured out what it is about yet. 

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