I am in trouble.

It already is October, and my annual “best of” list of CDs is nowhere near started. By this time of the year, I usually have a very good list of favorites, and my issue is editing the list down to 10 or so.

Not this year: The newer stuff is having difficulties pushing the old favorites aside.


What new music — defined as 2009 or later — has dominated your iPod plays? What is your favorite recent stuff?

Category: Music

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78 Responses to “Wanted: Suggestions for Best Music of 2010”

  1. Scott says:

    The black keys – released may 2010 – Brothers (Deluxe) is the album title

  2. Mr. Sean says:

    Kings of Leon – Radioactive
    Five for Fighting – Chances
    John Mayer – Heartbreak Warfare
    The Killers – Dustland Fairytale
    Maroon 5 – Misery
    Lady Antebellum – Need You Now

  3. JasRas says:

    Broken Bells- self titled
    The Black Keys- Brother
    Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros- Up from Below

    I’m stopping because it looks like a lot of what I listen to as “new” was that–in 2009… guess it has been a weak year.

  4. JasRas says:

    The XX- self titled (2009)
    Phoenix- Wolfgang Amadaeus Phoenix (2009)
    Passion Pit- Manners (2009)
    Yeasayer- Oddblood (2010)
    Band of Skulls- Baby Darling Dollface Honey (2009)
    White Rabbits- Its frightening (2009)

  5. Uchicagoman says:

    Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
    Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

  6. John Reeder says:

    Jakob Dylan – Everybody’s Hurting
    Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
    Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros – Home (2009)
    Laura Veirs – July Flame

    All worth a listen.

  7. Julia Chestnut says:

    Ray LaMontagne’s latest is really good. Just came out. I haven’t bought anything else new – the only other album we’re really nuts about around here is Recess Monkey’s “Field Trip” album, and that is kind of old – but a masterwork, frankly. They rock the Kindie world.

    Other than that I got nothin.

  8. louis says:

    Band of Horses- Infinite Arms
    Turin Brakes- Outbursts
    Pastels/Tenniscoats- Vivid Youth
    Sufjan Stevens- The Age of Adz
    Natalie Merchant- Leave your Sleep
    The Dead Weather- Sea of Cowards

  9. haileris says:

    Underworld – Barking
    Sleigh Bells – Treats (This entire album has a very cheerleader-y regular beat to it, perfect for recessions)
    Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
    Jonsi – Go
    The Walkmen – Lisbon
    Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People (EP)
    School of Seven Bells – Disconnect from Desire

  10. APG says:

    Indie List:

    Surfer Blood – Astro Coast. Poppy unpretentious surf rock. Try to listen to “Swim” and not have it in your head for the next week.

    Beach House – Teen Dream. Great record.

    The Whigs – In the Dark. The next great Athens, GA band. Their drummer is great.

    The new Band of Horses record is okay but the song Laredo is great

    The National – High Violet

    The XX is chick music. My buddy is trying to jam it down my throat. It is not terrible though.

    Southern Rock and Roll

    Widespread Panic – Dirty Side Down. Their best effort since Mikey died.

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Mojo. Bad-ass dirty southern rock and roll at its best.

    I think you’ll be happy BR.

  11. scottinnj says:

    Diane Birch – Bible Belt
    Grace Potter & the Nocturnals – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
    Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – I learned the Hard Way
    Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
    Melody Gardot – My One and Only Thrill
    The Len Price 3 – Pictures
    Locksley – Be In Love
    The Bamboos – Rawville
    The Bamboos – 4
    The Brian Setzer Orchestra – Songs from lonely avenue
    Mayer Hawthorne – A strange arrangement
    The New Mastersounds – 10 years on
    Shannon Curfrman – What You’re getting into
    Joanne Shaw Taylor – White Sugar

    Also second The XX/Edward & the Magnetic Zeros/The Black Keys/Phoenix as above.

    List is heavy on the retro soul/funk revival (eg The Bamboos, Sharon Jones, Mayer Hawthorne) – the last two young ladies are some of the better blues that has come around in a while

  12. VennData says:

    Bloodbuzz Ohio – High Violet – The National

  13. hondje says:

    99 Songs of the Revolution Part 1. by Streetlight Manifesto
    This album has a lot of replay value for a music lover

  14. Uchicagoman says:

    o, and just for kicks:

    Ben Folds and Nick Hornby – Lonely Avenue : ” Levi Johnston’s Blues”

  15. Sir Lancelot says:

    1) Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

    2) Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble – Officium Novum (2010)

  16. lalaland says:

    The National : High Violet
    Mos Def : The Ecstatic
    Yeah Yeah Yeah’s : It’s a Blitz
    Grizzly Bear : Veckamist
    Fool’s Gold : Fool’s Gold
    St. Vincent : Actor

  17. clawback says:

    Roman Candle: _Oh Tall Tree in the Ear_

    Try “Eden Was a Garden” or “Why Modern Radio is A-OK”.

    Gorgeous sound, lyrics like poetry.

  18. Init4good says:

    I really like African Elephants by Dead to Me (Audio CD – 2009) – it’s fast and these guys Rock! Somewhat like “The Clash” only a bit faster.

  19. TakBak04 says:

    Traine from “Live from Darryl’s House”…actually ANYTHING that comes from “Live from Darryl’s House” …FOOD, WINE, Fire Pits and the rest……..

    Totally Cool…for new acts hoping to go MAINSTREAM…


    Be sure to check out ALL the “TRAIN SONGS”…because it’s a delight to the EAR and the MIND….

  20. frankswildyears3 says:

    Deerhunter-Halcyon Digest
    Flying Lotus- Cosmogramma
    Mike Patton- Mondo Cane
    Owen Pallett-Heartland
    Wavves- King of the Beach

  21. kajsidog says:

    The Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards

    Fantastic blues-rock from Jack White and Alisson Mosshart, catchy without being too clever all around solid rock album. I think I like it more than their first outing but I’ve only had it a couple weeks so far.

  22. Les Lofton says:

    The Band of Heathens – One Foot in the Ether
    Paul Thorn – Pimps & Preachers

  23. charlie458 says:

    This year is terrible, my current top 5:

    Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
    Alice in Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue (2009)
    The Expendables – Prove It
    Cypress Hill – Rise Up
    Angels & Airwaves – LOVE

  24. jdjed says:

    The National: High Violet
    Rodrigo y Gabriela: 11:11
    Robert Plant: Band of Joy
    Tom Petty: Mojo
    Marty Stuart: Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions)
    John Mellencamp: No Better Than This
    Peter Wolf: Midnight Souvenirs

  25. Les Lofton says:

    Justin Townes Earle’s “Harlem River Blues” is just out and getting great reviews.

  26. Jojo says:

    All these recommendations without links are useless. Do you guys expect everyone to run every name through Google? C’mon, help everyone out and attach a link (if one exists) to each of your songs.

  27. louis says:

    Homework Jojo?

  28. haileris says:

    Jojo, that’s what youtube is for.
    (Connected internet savvy buccaneers use w*****s.fm and w**t.cd)

  29. jdjed says:

    @Jojo, between Amazon Music and YouTube you should be able to pinpoint the popular songs and listen to them.

  30. Schnauzos says:

    Music Go Music is fun. 2009 release. As an ABBA-inspired act it is not exactly something I would gravitate to (a die-hard Hendrix fan and much else besides), but I like the arrangements and the performance.

    Recommended songs:

    I Walk Alone
    Explorer’s of the Heart
    Just Me
    Warm In Shadows
    Goodbye, Everybody
    Light of Love


    Music: http://www.secretlycanadian.com/artist.php?name=musicgomusic
    Article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/mar/11/music-go-music

  31. Maseratij says:

    @jojo copy and past the album or artist into Grooveshark.


    Not nearly all of the recommendations just what sounded interesting to me.

  32. jonhendry says:

    The latest Bettie Serveert, ‘Pharmacy of Love’, is pretty good. Prior releases were getting a little poppy, but this is harder.

  33. Transor Z says:

    x2 for Julia Chestnut’s recommendation of Ray LaMontagne’s “God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise”. One of the best albums I’ve heard in a long time.

    Haven’t heard anything else released this year that grabbed me.

  34. Transor Z says:

    Ray LaMontagne, “Beg, Steal or Borrow”

  35. bbarry says:

    anders osbourne-american patchwork

    jon butler trio–april uprising

  36. daveCHS says:

    Arcade Fire


    For something really different, try The Ooks of Hazard cover of a song originally by MMGT called “Kids”


  37. joethewombat says:

    Favorite: One EskimO (eponymous) (2009). Be sure to check out the hand-drawn animated videos. The lead singer is a fantastic songwriter, and these guys will stick around.

    One the critics got right: Arcade Fire, The Suburbs (2010)

    Best song of the year: Cee Lo Green, F–k You (2010). The man can sing. F–king brilliant.

  38. Zekeman says:


    I want to hear this….I want toe hear about the brand and model of the amplifier or receiver or ipod or ipod dock ow WHATEVER that people listen to all this great music ON!

    I use several systems…but the finest quality of audio reproduction comes from a Sansui receiver (sansui model 1000A) from 1965….yes 1965…and it has tubes…yes vacuum tubes…the kind your dad used to take to the local drugstore to test for your TV back “in the day”. As Tom Cruise said on Risky Business; “…there is no substitute…”


  39. nowthis says:

    Take the absolute best live performances of their songs from 4 years of touring and you get Indigo Girls’ “Staring Down the Brilliant Dream”. A double album of awesome.

  40. Investradamus says:

    Animals As Leaders
    -this could easily be called “Tosin Abasi and two other guys.” Tosin is an insane guitarist! It’s an instrumental band, and the music is a hybrid of rock/metal and jazz but weighted more towards jazz. He’s also playing an 8-string.

    Magnetic Man


    Katy Perry (I swear it’s the music I like! :) )

    Does the Pantera – Cowboys from Hell 20th Anniversary special edition count?

    Nothing else is coming to mind. 2010 has been a weak year.

  41. pacowski says:

    Hill Country Revue “Make a Move” — Amazing album.

  42. Heretic says:

    Marian Call is releasing new stuff – I’m not sure about these ‘CDs’ you speak of …
    and many YouTube videos. Some compare her to Joni Mitchell; but I don’t remember Joni playing the manual typewriter or the dead cat.

  43. mjmoody383 says:

    Stornoway – Beachcomber’s Windowsill
    Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
    Phantogram – Eyelid Moves
    Mux Mool – Viking Funeral
    Bonobo – Black Sands
    LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
    The Black Keys – Brothers
    Black Milk – Album of the Year

  44. Cameron says:

    I’ve been listening to Fitz and the Tantrums a lot this summer. They released an EP and a  full length album this year. They’re good listen my inbound commute and get me prepared for Friday.

    Fitz performing their song “Money Grabber” and a cover of Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams”

  45. bulfinch says:

    The lists on here are surprisingly samey — like one big I-tunes grocery list. I get the sense that most people these days shop for music like they shop for any other basic provisions. Depressing.

    Depending on how far you take your contrarian voodoo, you now know what albums on here are missable; these are very often the ones that will sound totally dated in another eight or ten years, but which might eventually enjoy a rebirth 40 years later.

    Gimme the days when people used to mix each other tapes or set aside a specific night for playing albums for one another. It’s like the gourmet experience compared to a strict diet of hardtack.

  46. gerry t says:

    San Patricio (2010) (with Ry Cooder)
    Pretty much the whole CD.

  47. zen1den says:

    Contra – Vampire Weekend. still in heavy rotation 6 months on now.
    Band of Joy – Robert Plant (monkey is a great song off this one. heard it on a local college radio station – rarely listen to radio anymore. listened for the name of the band and was surprised/shocked to learn it was Robert Plant)
    Sigh no more – Mumford & Sons (little lion man excellent single)
    The Suburbs – Arcarde Fire. Quality output. if you liked their previous work then this will not disappoint. if you didn’t like their previous work then this will not register.

  48. JasRas says:

    Really? I have only seen a few recurring albums and a lot I’ve never heard of before (or haven’t listen to). It seems far more diverse than one might find from a typical population pool.


    There’s no Glee so far on the list.
    There are no Disney artists on the list


    I was hoping to see some jazz suggestions as my jazz well is dry.
    Not seeing any “classic” artists (never mind.. R Plant), I take it Neil Youngs latest effort must not be that good….

  49. zzzz says:

    Cee lo Green new song is by far the catchiest and funniest
    Fuck you


    and it exploded in weeks, was even used on the latest CSI, which was a riot


    BR: We first mentioned it here, and showed mashup here

  50. zzzz says:

    Actually my 14 year old picked it, that and arcade fire.
    I have been a classic rock fan, and actually all music fan with over 40gig of music, and that song is catchy as all hell
    no mention of Jay Z ,empire state of mind, & Eminem, I am not afraid, or any newer music is suprising.
    cannot people expand their horizons at all?
    Niel young can’t hold a candle to his former self
    other than the killers,Arcade Fire,Green day, and perhaps Linkin Park, what is new rock and roll, really has been weak!

  51. DD123 says:

    1. Hayes Carll–”She Left Me for Jesus”. [Which contains the best line of the year: "I bet he's a Commie, or worse yet...a Jew". ] The video take-off on Cheaters is funny, too. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhkHG-oKCEU]

    2. Also with Hayes Carll–”I Don’t want to Grow Up”—At first the song comes across as a joke. But it’s not. He absolutely nails the zeitgeist of a 30 year old in the US in 2010.

    3. Anything by Jamie Johnson, who has to be amongst the best song-writers around…in any genre.

    4. Gin Wigmore’s “Oh My” is excellent. Needs to be played LOUD.

    5. As is Florence and the Machine’s “Dog Day’s are Over”. Also, best if blasted.

  52. zzzz says:

    One more thing Barry,
    Thanks, because other than my kids, you are a great source for new music, and a true honest education in economics. As a scientist who relies on hard data to form opinions, you are the best collector/explainer of economic facts/data on the web or print.
    I appreciate it

  53. tradeblazer says:

    1.Citizen Cope ..”off the ground” see clip.Beware of the addictive possibility.
    some of his lyrics….”the actions of a few have put the world in harms way”
    btw..a brooklyn boy


    and a cover of Neil youngs “on the weekend” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sJ69trmGSI

    2.The antlers- “Kettering” (kettering-sloan) another brooklyn boy
    If you have grieved recently for a young loved one..this is perfect..


  54. Patrick Neid says:

    Pink Martini–Splendor in the grass

    Massive Attack–Heligoland

    Tosca–No Hassle

    Laurie Anderson–Homeland

    Bonobo–Black Sands

    Hotel Costes Vol 12

    Natalie Merchant–Leave your sleep


    Chemical Brothers–Further

    Moorcheeba–Blood like lemonade

    Gotan Project–Tango 3.0

    Groove Armada–Black light

    Unkle–Where did the night fall

    Gorillaz–Plastic beach

  55. staedwa says:

    John Legend and The Roots – Wake up

    No question this is the best album of the year

    They did a single live show of the CD since they are not touring


  56. globaleyes says:

    Graham Parker – Imaginary Television
    Truth & Salvage Company – self-titled debut cd
    The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
    U2 – No Line On The Horizon

    brand new re-issue – revolutions, the very best of steve winwood

  57. nucemgd says:

    Lo Fi Resistance – A Deep Breath

  58. IllusionOfFreedom says:

    Adam Lambert: For Your Entertainment. I love every song. Great vocals. And he gives 110% on stage.

  59. The Pale Scot says:

    Danielle Miraglia

    “A strong steady thumb on an old Gibson guitar is the driving force behind Danielle Miraglia’s delta blues influenced guitar style. Add a raw, powerful, whiskey tinged voice and one might be tempted to label her a blues artist. But while Miraglia’s style pays homage to these blues traditions, her classic rock verve, catchy melodies and eclectic array of song subjects that range from deeply personal to socially relevant give it an original twist that is all her own. A fresh sound along with a sharp wit and a captivating stage presence is gaining her fans all over the map. “It won’t be long before the rest of the country takes notice.” – Performing Songwriter.”

  60. contrabandista13 says:

    L A Woman – The Doors

  61. jdjed says:

    Forgot to include….

    Bonobo – Black Sands
    LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

  62. rmasand says:

    Bob Dylan’s 33rd – yes 33rd album – “Together Through Life”
    Still brillant after all these years.

  63. Dow says:

    Bedroom Community artists:
    Whale Watching Tour
    Sam Amidon – I See The Sign
    Ben Frost
    Nico Muhly
    Valgeir Sigurdsson
    Daniel Bjarnason

    Any and all of it.

  64. JerseyCynic says:

    scottinnj — LOVE YOUR LIST

    Locksley is one of the best new groups out there imho

    I GO CRAZY when I turn this one up full throttle whilst driving about town
    (why can’t I be you)


    “who gives a fuck about an oxford comma..”


  65. Tahoe says:

    Marianna’s Trench Masterpiece Theatre and Hedley The Show Must Go

  66. charlesc says:

    How about ‘world music’?

    Brazil: CASUARINA: Casuarina

    Carlinhos BROWN: SIngles

    Rom / Spain Diego El Cigala: Cigala & Tango

    Cape Verde: Cesaria EVORIA: Nha sentimiento

    France: Charlotte GAINSBOURG: IRM

  67. Cory Chisel – absolutely gorgeous
    Low Anthem – haunting

  68. rat89 says:

    I second or third this one:

    Arcade Fire – The Suburbs


    Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions – Through The Devil Softly

    Third Eye Blind – Ursa Major

    a bit of a cheat:

    Jimi Hendrix – Valleys Of Neptune

  69. HEHEHE says:

    Jeff Klein – Death of the Fox Ep – He split what was supposed to be one album into two EP’s as he also had the My Jerusalem album coming out. If the second EP is as strong as this he may have had the album of the year.

    Spoon – Transference – Not as pop as it’s predecessor but always stellar musicianship and downright rocking in parts

    The Hold Steady – Heaven is Whenever- They still hold up well without Franz and Craig Finn still writing the killer lyrics

    The National – High Violet – They finally broke big, a great album, and you hear the stupid people’s backlash (no they don’t sound just like Interpol or U2) BloodBuzz Ohio, Lemonworld, Conversation 16 are my faves. Bloodbuzz could be the song for the Great Recession “I still owe money to the money to the money I owe, the floors are falling out from everybody I know”

    Jesse Malin & The St Marks Social – Love It To Life – Burning the Bowery is my song of the year

    Black Keys – Brothers – the bass and keys bring the formula a new dimension.

    My Jerusalem – Gone For Good -understand now why Klein split up his album into Ep’s

    Fistful of Mercy -As I Call You Down – Supergroups usually suck but not when its Joseph Arthur, Ben Harper and Dhani Harrison (George Harrison’s son)

    Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk – I want them to adopt me; they are the parents I always wanted and deserved.

  70. LLouis says:

    KARKWA – Les Chemins de verre (2010), Polaris Prize for best Canadian album of the year,

    truly great music, often compared to Radiohead, the band members various talents combine together to deliver their most impressive album yet, great poetry about youth despair and rage, urban life, winter, fire, wind, hail, and love…

    Their genre could be described as alternative prog rock cinematic chanson, the understanding of the lyrics is not essential to appreciate the beauty and strenght of their magnetic music.


    Karkwa at the Polaris Prize Gala, they are on the clips 20 & 21 (written titles inverted: 20 is L’Acouphène & 21 is Les Chemins de verre), and you can appreciate the other great canadian musical artists nominees of the 2010 Polaris cuvée !


    also many clips on youtube, here’s Les Chemins de verre sang in english with Liz Powell from Land of Talk:


    Le Pyromane


  71. DC2010 says:

    Ryan Star – 11:59
    The National – High Violet

  72. cj8311 says:

    The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
    Josh Ritter – So Runs the World Away
    Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues

  73. scottinnj says:

    @ Jersey Cynic

    Thanks – you should also check out The Len Price 3 if you also dig Locksley. I’m hoping to catch Locksley on tour some day…their live clips on youtube look good I’d think they’d be a good show.

  74. DeadCabbage says:

    The Black Keys – Brothers
    Drive By Truckers – The Big To Do
    Gil Scott Heron – I’m New Here
    The Hold Steady – Heaven Is Whenever
    The Roots – How I Got Over
    Spoon – Transference

  75. patient renter says:

    Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
    Apparatjik – We Are Here
    Beach House – Teen Dream

  76. thparadox says:

    Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
    Phantogram – Eyelid Movies

    Aloe Blacc – Good Things

    Erykah badu – New Amerykah Part Two

    Hip Hop:
    The Roots – How I got Over

    Regardless of year and genre… check out Arthur Verocai

  77. Jeroen says:

    Fistful of Mercy (Ben Harper, Dhani Harrison and Joseph Arthur) – As I Call You Down: