Top 10 of 2010

It’s a shame I didn’t blog much this year, because 2010 was really an excellent year for music. That’s precisely why I decided to do a ‘Top 10’ list for the first time on MI. There was some serious re-shuffling, adding, and deleting from this list that took me days to finalise because I decided to stick to just 10 – no ties, and no top 11 or 13 (which there was at one point). These are some truly great songs. Some of the songs are fairly new and so unfortunately do not have videos, but I’ve linked to YouTube clips so you can hear the album versions anyway.

10. Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John – Belle & Sebastian feat. Norah Jones

9. Written In Reverse – Spoon

8. Heavy In Your Arms – Florence + The Machine

7. Derezzed  – Daft Punk (NTEIBINT Remix)

6. Revenge  – Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse feat. The Flaming Lips

5. Love The Way You Lie – Eminem feat. Rihanna

4. Conversation 16 – The National

3. The High Road – Broken Bells

2. Infinite Arms – Band of Horses

1. Boy Lilikoi – Jónsi (although I posted about this song on December 28th, 2009, the album Go was released in April 2010. I’m bending the rules slightly and considering this a 2010 release because it’s just too damn good)


53rd Annual Grammy Awards Nominations

I’ll be honest – the Grammys have been disappointing for a long time. While Katy Perry and Justin Beiber (really? Justin Beiber?) earning nominations for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards makes me shake my head in complete dismay, some of the other nominees this year are really stellar. Here’s some highlights of my favourite nominees (not necessarily who I think will or should win, but just the ones I love).

Love The Way You Lie- Eminem feat. Rihanna from the album Recovery. Nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Song, and Best Short Form Music Video. Recovery is also nominated for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album.

Fuck You – Cee Lo Green.  Nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Urban/Alternative Performance and Best Short Form Music Video.

Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys from the album The Blueprint 3. Nominated for Record of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song. The Blueprint 3 is also nominated for Best Rap Album.

Florence & The Machine is nominated for Best New Artist. I’ll cry if the Beibs wins this category.

Hey, Soul Sister (Live) – Train. Nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Resistance – Muse from the album The Resistance. Nominated for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Rock Song. The Resistance is also nominated for Best Rock Album. While I like Resistance, my favourite song from the album is Uprising.

My favourite category this year? Best Alternative Music album, with nominees Band of Horses for Infinite Arms, Broken Bells for Broken Bells, and Vampire Weekend for Contra.

You can find the full list of nominees at the Grammy website. The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 13th, 2011.