2010 in Rock Music: The Best and Worst of the Year

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Here’s a look at the best and worst of 2010 in rock music, from big comebacks to big letdowns.

2010 in rock music: the best of the year

As we look back on 2010 in rock music, there are a few things that stand out as the best of the year. Here are our picks for the best rock albums, songs, and moments of 2010:

Best Album: Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
There was a lot of great music released this year, but Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs was head and shoulders above the rest. It’s a perfect album from start to finish, and it’s one of those rare records that just gets better with each listen.

Best Song: Muse – “Uprising”
Muse’s “Uprising” was an instant classic when it was released, and it’s only gotten better with repeated listens. It’s a perfect example of how to make a great rock song, and it’s one of the few songs this year that we can’t seem to get enough of.

Best Moment: Foo Fighters playing “Everlong” at the White House
This was a truly special moment, and one that we’ll always remember. Foo Fighters performed “Everlong” at the White House for President Obama, and it was an amazing moment for both the band and the president.

2010 in rock music: the worst of the year

2010 was a rough year for rock music. We saw the untimely deaths of some of our favorite musicians, including Layne Staley, Ronnie James Dio, and Pete Shelley. We also saw the near-disintegration of some of our favorite bands, like Stone Temple Pilots and Motley Crue.

And then there were the albums. Some were good, some were great, but far too many were simply disappointing. Here, then, are our picks for the worst rock albums of 2010.

2010 in rock music: the best albums of the year

In 2010, rock music saw the return of some old favorites and the emergence of some new talent. These are the best albums of the year, according to critics.

-Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
-The Black Keys, Brothers
-Faith No More, Sol Invictus
-Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
-Foreigner, Can’t Slow Down
-Jamey Johnson, The Guitar Song
– Kid Rock, Born Free
– Muse, The Resistance
– My Chemical Romance, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
– Ozzy Osbourne, Scream
– Slash, Slash

2010 in rock music: the worst albums of the year

The year 2010 was not a good one for rock music. In fact, it was downright terrible. From the over-produced and mediocre to the just plain bad, these are the worst rock albums of 2010.

-A Day to Remember, What Separates Me from You: Another mindless pop-punk album from a band that is quickly becoming a parody of itself.

-Apocalyptica, 7th Symphony: A laborious and boring album from a once great band.

-The Black Keys, Brothers: The Black Keys ape classic soul and R&B on their seventh album, resulting in a record that feels both derivative and uninspired.

-Buckcherry, All Night Long: More of the same bland hard rock from a band that has long since outstayed its welcome.

-Bullet for My Valentine, Fever: A forgettable and uninspired album from a band that was once one of the leaders of the metalcore genre.

-An Endless Sporadic, IMPULSE: A frustrating album that contains some great moments but is ultimately sabotaged by its own length and ambition.

-Escape the Fate, This War Is Ours (The Guillotine II): A rehash of the band’s last album with even poorer songwriting and performances.

2010 in rock music: the best songs of the year

2010 was a great year for rock music, with many excellent songs being released. Here are some of the best of the year:

– Foo Fighters, “Rope”
– Muse, “Uprising”
– Arcade Fire, “We Used to Wait”
– Kings of Leon, “Radioactive”
– 2010 was also a year that saw many disappointing releases from big name artists. Some of the worst offenders were:

– Bon Jovi, “The More Things Change”
– Nickelback, “This Means War”
– Creed, “A Thousand Faces”
– Stone Temple Pilots, “Between the Lines”

2010 in rock music: the worst songs of the year

2010 was a pretty good year for rock music, with a lot of great hits coming out. However, not every song that came out was a winner. Here are what we think are the worst songs of 2010 in rock music.

2010 in rock music: the best live performances of the year

As 2010 comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the year in rock music. While there were plenty of low points, there were also some truly amazing live performances. Here are our picks for the best (and worst) of the year.

– Arcade Fire at Madison Square Garden (Sept. 29)
– Muse at Wembley Stadium (June 12)
– Pearl Jam at Lollapalooza (Aug. 7)
– Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Bonnaroo (June 11)
– The Who at Frome Festival (July 24)

– Ozzy Osbourne at Download Festival (June 13)
– Stone Temple Pilots at Rock on the Range (May 22)

2010 in rock music: the worst live performances of the year

As the year comes to a close, many music critics and publications are releasing their best-of lists for 2010. But what about the worst of the year? Here’s a look at some of the most disappointing, cringe-worthy live performances of 2010.

1. Muse at Lollapalooza: One of the most hyped bands of the year, Muse failed to deliver at Lollapalooza, with frontman Matt Bellamy’s vocals sounding weak and strained.

2. Arcade Fire at Coachella: While many described Arcade Fire’s set as “triumphant,” others found it lackluster, with Win Butler’s vocals sounding flat and uninspired.

3. Kanye West at Bonnaroo: Kanye West’s much-anticipated headlining set at Bonnaroo was marred by sound problems, leaving many fans disappointed.

4. LCD Soundsystem at Pitchfork Music Festival: LCD Soundsystem’s set was plagued by sound issues as well, with James Murphy’s vocals often sounding muddy and incoherent.

5. Vampire Weekend at Lollapalooza: Vampire Weekend’s set was plagued by technical difficulties, resulting in a shortened set and angry fans booing the band off stage.

2010 in rock music: the best music videos of the year

As the 2010s come to a close, let’s take a look back at some of the best and worst music videos of the year. From Grammy-winning artists to MTV darlings, there was no shortage of great visuals to go along with some amazing songs.

The year started off strong with Halsey’s “Without Me” video, which racked up more than 100 million views in its first week. The track, which samples Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady,” catapulted the 21-year-old singer into the mainstream and made her one of the most buzzed-about artists of the year.

Other standouts included Billie Eilish’s “bad guy” video, which featured a cameofrom Justin Bieber, and Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” which featured Billy Ray Cyrus. Both videos were creative and fun, and they helped propel their respective songs to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

On the other end of the spectrum, there were plenty of head-scratching moments in music videos this year. Miley Cyrus’ “Mother’s Daughter” video was criticized for its violent and sexual imagery, while Lana Del Rey’s “Doin’ Time” video was slammed for its insensitivity to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

But no video caused more controversy than Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.” The clip, which featured Perry as a Cleopatra-esque queen ruling over an ancient Egyptian kingdom, was accused of cultural appropriation and quickly drew criticism fromEgyptian officials.

2010 in rock music: the worst music videos of the year

There were some great music videos that came out in 2010, but there were also some real duds. Here’s a look at some of the worst music videos of the year:

-The Black Eyed Peas, “Imma Be”: This video was just plain bizarre, with the band members transformed into a variety of wacky creatures.

-Justin Bieber, “Baby”: This video was just an endless parade of teenage girls screaming and fainting, interspersed with shots of Bieber looking bored.

-Ke$ha, “Take It Off”: This video was just a bunch of random images strung together, with Ke$ha writhing around in various states of undress.

-Lady Gaga, “Alejandro”: This video was strangely dark and violent, with Gaga being menaced by religious fanatics.

-Taylor Swift, “Innocent”: This video tried to be deep and meaningful, but just ended up being pretentious and self-indulgent.

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