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music friday: 2010

It had to happen eventually. Here are ten tracks by ten artists, none of whom I have ever seen live. It would seem that 2010 marks the end of my youth and the beginning of my old age. Outside of the inescapable Adele, none of these songs impacted me very much.

Kanye West, "Runaway". "Let's have a toast for the douche bags."

Adele, "Rolling in the Deep".

Caribou, "Odessa". From Wikipedia: "'Odessa', was featured in a commercial for the automobile manufacturer Acura, the football video game by EA Sports, FIFA 11, as well as in a 2011 Lexus CT 200h commercial, and a 2012 Tissot commercial for watches."

Ariel Pink, "Round and Round". Oh, let's quote Wikipedia again, this time telling us that Ariel Pink "is frequently cited as 'godfather' of the hypnagogic pop and chillwave movements."

Janelle Monáe, "Tightrope". The video link is to her explosive U.S. TV debut on Letterman, where she takes over from James Brown. You might know her from Moonlight or Hidden Figures.

Flying Lotus, "... And the World Laughs with You". Correction, Flying Lotus feat. Thom Yorke.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, "Heart in Your Heartbreak". "She was the miss in your mistake."

Javiera Mena, "Hasta la verdad". I love the drummer in the video, Natalia Pérez.

Drake, "Over". I'm too lazy to do the work, but who has sold more music, Drake or Adele? I think it's Drake, but what do I know?

Best Coast, "Boyfriend". "I'd love him to the very end, but instead he's just a friend. I wish he was my boyfriend."

Bonus ... I probably played this as much as the above ten combined:

Spotify playlist: 



All I can said is if your youth made it 2010 then you're a legend. A legend!!


And looks like Adele beats Drake, at least for now

Steven Rubio

Thought Drake would have won that one, but then again, I'm old now. Adele does get my vote for Best Carpool Karaoke.

Steven Rubio

Also, I peeked ahead. One thing I haven't mentioned is that I chose the ten songs for the entire year back in January. Didn't write the posts, I do that each week, but I know what the 2011 Ten will be, and there is one song where I have seen the band live ... three times, actually. I'll keep everyone in suspense until next week.

Charlie Bertsch

I love the video for "Tightrope" (and the song isn't bad, either). I sort of feel like my youth ended in 2010, too, though for different reasons than for you.

I keep trying to get back up to speed with new music, but it's a struggle. But the music I was listening between 2003 and 2008 or so remains in heavy rotation.

Steven Rubio

Yeah, I tend to go for live videos, but I might have gone the wrong way with "Tightrope

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