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I'm just going to leave this here.
I'm just going to leave this here.
01/11/11 at 09:45 PM by Miss Heartcore
I never incorporated my AOTY/EPOTY/SOTY/EOTY List. I'm not sure anyone even cares anymore.

However, I'm documenting it on the slim chance I'll need to go back and check it out at the end of next year for reference. Yes, there's some obscure pop stuff in there. I refuse to deny that side of me...besides, most of you expect it anyway. EP List will eventually be in it's own entry.

The end.

1. Valencia - Dancing With a Ghost (Buy)

Given that the last album had a very specific message and took nearly two years to complete, Valencia’s third release was bound to be a total surprise. I had no idea what to expect and in turn, I was completely blown away. While, WANARTB is about loss and mourning, DWAG is about what happens after the dust of that tragedy clears and what of you is left standing—sometimes it’s an even greater darkness that you weren’t aware existed. With the arrival of their new drummer, who brought lots of new ideas to the table, Valencia took their previous sound and expanded it totally beyond my expectations. By incorporating a variety of new instruments and vocals arrangements, there is no limit to what they can do anymore.

Favorite Tracks: Losing Sleep, Somewhere I Belong, Dancing with a Ghost

2. Neon Trees - Habits (Buy)

Neon Trees had a lot of internet and MTV buzz behind them at the beginning of this year and when I finally listened to their hit single “Animals”, I understood why. A combination of Muse and The Killers, the songs are infectious, fun, and addicting. I’ve had the pleasure of sitting in on two different live sessions from the band and by seeing them in a raw space, made me appreciate their sound even more. This was the album that I could turn on at any time of the day and not get bored with a single track. By far the breakout band of 2010.

Favorite Tracks: Animal, Your Surrender, Farther Down

3. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More (Buy)

Though Sigh No More was released in Europe at the end of 2009, I hadn’t had the chance to get my hands on it until this year. This album brings forth a sound that I wasn’t quite used to…a sort of ambient folk sound that develops into an epic symphony. My imagination goes wild when I put on my headphones and turn up the volume. Sigh No More is completely inspiring and the perfect musical story to take on your travels.

Favorite Tracks: Roll Away Your Stone, Sigh No More, The Cave

4. The Audition - Great Danger
5. Sleigh Bells - Treats
6. Envy on the Coast - lowcountry
7. The Republic of Wolves - Varuna
8. Four Year Strong - Enemy of the World
9. Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
10. You Me at Six - Hold Me Down
11. Young The Giant - Young the Giant
12. Artist vs Poet - Favorite Fix
13. Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
14. The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
15. Vampire Weekend - Contra
16. Matt & Kim - Sidewalks
17. I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business - The World We Know
18. House of Heroes - Suburba
19. Josh Ritter - So Runs the World Away
20. Seabear - We Built a Fire

Favorite Songs of 2010

1. "Animal" - Neon Trees

2. "My Body" - Young the Giant

3. "Roll Away Your Stone" - Mumford & Sons

4. "Numb" - Envy on the Coast

5. "We've Got A Situation Here" - The Damned Things

6. "The Dreamer" The Tallest Man on Earth

7. "Dancing with a Ghost" - Valencia

8. "You Ruined This" - The Audition

9. "Block After Block" - Matt & Kim

10. "Baby Steps" - I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business

11. "Something Personal" - Bright & Early

12. "It Must Really Suck to Be Four Year Strong Right Now" - Four Years Strong

13. "Car Crash" - Artist vs Poet

14. "What You Know" - Two Door Cinema CLub

15. "Fade" - The Narrative

16. "It Must Really Suck to Be Four Year Strong Right Now" - Four Years Strong

17. "Cousins" - Vampire Weekend

18. "Saving Grace" - The Maine

19. "Woolen Blankets" - The Republic of Wolves

20. "Runaway" - Kanye West

21. "Zebra" - Beach House

22. "Love is For the Middle Class" - House of Heroes

23. "Your Love Is My Drug" - Ke$ha

24. "Love the Way You Lie" - EMINEM Ft. Rihanna

25. Just the Way You Are" - Bruno Mars

26. "Grow Wings & Sing" - Oh! The Story

27. "OMG" - Usher

28. "Maybe We'll Make It Summer" - Sweatshirt Weather

29. "Baby" - Justin Bieber

30. "Firework" - Katy Perry

29. "Love Like Woe" - The Ready Set

30. "F*ck You" - Cee Lo
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