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Written by: Paul Tao (11/30/10)
After an entire year of listening to music pretty much non-stop, here is the music that has separated itself from the pack and floated to the top. Or, in some cases, rocketed to the top.

Top Albums

30) How To Dress Well - Love Remains
29) Frightened Rabbit - The Winter Of Mixed Drinks
28) Abe Vigoda - Crush
27) Mount Kimbie - Crooks & Lovers
26) The Chemical Brothers - Further
25) Hot Chip - One Life Stand
24) Angus & Julia Stone - Down The Way
23) Fake Problems - Real Ghosts Caught On Tape
22) Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
21) Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
20) Robyn - Body Talk
19) School Of Seven Bells - Disconnect From Desire
18) Apache Beat - Last Chants
17) Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
16) Eli Paperboy Reed - Come And Get It
15) Kisses - The Heart Of The Nightlife
14) The Radio Dept - Clinging To A Scheme
13) Actress - Splazsh
12) These New Puritans - Hidden
11) Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty
10) LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
09) Tobacco - Maniac Meat
08) Four Tet - There Is Love In You
07) Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
06) The Black Keys - Brothers
05) Pantha du Prince - Black Noise
04) Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
03) Beach House - Teen Dream
02) Caribou - Swim
01) Salem - King Night

Honorable MentionsBelle & Sebastian, Darwin Deez, Dillinger Escape Plan, Sleigh Bells, DJ Nate, Tame Impala, Skream, No Joy, Restless People, Das Racist


NoteI would put Local Natives in my Top 10 but the album came out late 2009 in the UK, and I already put it on my Best Of list last year, so I'm not putting it on again


Top EPs

08) Girl Unit - IRL
07) Nicolas Jaar - 6 Edits
06) Dom - Sun Bronzed Greek Gods
05) Girls - Broken Dreams Club
04) How To Destroy Angels - How To Destroy Angels
03) James Blake - Klavierwerke
02) Zola Jesus - Stridulum
01) James Blake - CMYK



How Did I Forget This Album In 2009? Putting It Here To Make Up For It

Nosaj Thing - Drift


Top Singles

**Note: This is singles only, not songs in general**

15) Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand
14) Darwin Deez - Constellations
13) Sleigh Bells - Infinity Guitars
12) Apache Beat - Another Day
11) Crystal Castles - Not In Love (Feat. Robert Smith)
10) Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
09) Kanye West - Runaway
08) Salem - Asia
07) Yeasayer - ONE
06) Cee-Lo - Fuck You
05) Wiz Khalifa - Black And Yellow
04) Robyn - Dancing On My Own
03) James Blake - Limit To Your Love
02) Caribou - Odessa
01) James Blake - CMYK


Best Live Shows I Saw

10) Belle & Sebastian - Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles
09) Restless People - Santos Party House, New York City
08) Freddie Gibbs - Echoplex, Los Angeles
07) Fool's Gold - Troubadour, Los Angeles
06) Bone Thugs N Harmony - FADER Fort, Austin
05) Local Natives - Coachella, Indio
04) Flying Lotus - Coachella, Indio
03) Nosaj Thing - El Rey, Los Angeles
02) Salem - Santos Party House, New York City
01) Florence & The Machine - Wiltern, Los Angeles


Most Anticipated Of 2011
James Blake
Joy Orbison
The Avalanches (it's really happening!)
Aphex Twin
Fleet Foxes
PJ Harvey
Iron & Wine
Lady Gaga
Lykke Li
Panda Bear
The Strokes
MEN
NewVillager
Zola Jesus


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10:48 AM on 12/01/10
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Howdy.
10:31 AM on 12/21/10
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Did you see Florence at Coachella too? I thought she was good but the sound was off, I assume at the Wiltern she more than made up for it? Now I am more angry I missed that show
10:36 AM on 12/21/10
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Seeing Salem as your aoty was an unprecedented move.
10:44 AM on 12/21/10
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Seeing Salem as your aoty was an unprecedented move.
People either love it or hate it, and I love it! I've definitely listened to it more than any other album this year too, by far.
11:10 AM on 12/21/10
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People either love it or hate it, and I love it! I've definitely listened to it more than any other album this year too, by far.
I've seen their sxsw performance and I wasn't sold but then I listened to them again from SPIN's Top Ten list and I kinda dug what I heard. Have you heard all this rape-gaze madness going around? Lol
11:15 AM on 12/21/10
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I've seen their sxsw performance and I wasn't sold but then I listened to them again from SPIN's Top Ten list and I kinda dug what I heard. Have you heard all this rape-gaze madness going around? Lol
That performance was literally their fifth or sixth ever and they weren't ready. It's a shame that videos from that show has controlled the dialogue on their release ever since. Everyone has shitty shows when they're a new band! If anyone bothered to read reviews from shows this past October, they were amazing live.
05:14 PM on 12/21/10
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The only list I ever take any stock in. I am really surprised to see SALEM at #1.
02:42 AM on 12/22/10
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What's Salem like now? Assuming the famous vid on youtube is misleading.
06:10 AM on 12/22/10
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Really dig Mount Kimbie.
11:15 AM on 12/22/10
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What's Salem like now? Assuming the famous vid on youtube is misleading.
Much better live!
03:01 PM on 12/22/10
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Following you on your tumbly!
12:45 AM on 12/23/10
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I can't tell what Salem are about... what are your feelings when you listen to it? personally it sounds depressing... and sad not thats wrong or anything. I did some research but couldn't find much about them. They do sounds interesting though. I was wondering why you gave them your AOTY?
10:22 AM on 12/24/10
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Nice to see frightened rabbit on there, I love that album so much. No high violet?
11:00 AM on 12/25/10
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I can't tell what Salem are about... what are your feelings when you listen to it? personally it sounds depressing... and sad not thats wrong or anything. I did some research but couldn't find much about them. They do sounds interesting though. I was wondering why you gave them your AOTY?
I think it's one of the most unique albums I've heard in years, and combines so many different influences. Aside from the other bands copying them, there is nothing that really sounds like them from before they started making music. You can identify influences easily but the sum of those influences could not have been put together by anyone else I think. I don't know how to describe it, I just find it extremely refreshing and addicting; I've actually listened to this album more than any other album this year by far, according to my last.fm.
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