The Best Rock Songs of 2010: Crystal Clear Alt Psychedelia

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2010 was a breakout year for a new wave of alt-psychedelia artists. Here are the best rock songs of the year.

The Best Rock Songs of 2010

It’s been a great year for rock music, with a wealth of new bands and artists emerging onto the scene and delivering some truly incredible songs. Here, we’ve compiled a list of what we believe to be the best rock songs of 2010, showcasing the very best in alt/psychedelic rock.

So without further ado, here are our picks for the best rock songs of 2010:

– ‘Heaven’ by The Black Keys
– ‘Radioactivity’ by LCD Soundsystem
– ‘All My Friends’ by Arcade Fire
– ‘The Suburbs’ by Arcade Fire
– ‘Tighten Up’ by The Black Keys
– ‘medical marijuana card online’ by Best Coast

The Best Alt Songs of 2010

It’s been a great year for music, and 2010 has seen a resurgence in popularity for the alternative genre. From indie-rock to post-punk to power pop, there has been no shortage of great tunes to choose from. Here are our picks for the best alt songs of 2010.

1. “Tighten Up” by The Black Keys
2. “Fake Empire” by The National
3. “You Are a Runner and I Am My Father’s Son” by Wolf Parade
4. “Little Lion man” by Mumford and Sons
5. “Ready to Start” by Arcade Fire
6. “ Port of Morrow” by The Shins
7. “I Will Possess Your Heart” by Death Cab For Cutie
8 .“All the Young Dudes” by Mott the Hoople (re-released in 2010)
9. “Teenage FBI” by Guided By Voices (re-released in 2010)
10. “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)” by Florence + The Machine

The Best Psychedelic Songs of 2010

Naming the best psychedelic songs of 2010 is no easy task. The year was flush with great music, and there were so many different directions thatpsychedelic music took. Do you go for the more dreamy, ethereal sounds? The sludgy, distorted vibes? The playful, experimental anthems? Or the dark, brooding tracks?

2010 was a great year for psychedelic music, and it’s hard to narrow it down to just 10 songs. But we’ve done our best, and here are the results:

1. “Mountain” by Beck
2. “Harmony Korine” by Best Coast
3. “Rivers” by Blitzen Trapper
4. “The Palace” by Built to Spill
5. “All Apologies” by Crystal Castles
6. “Sleepwalker” by Kan Wakan
7. “Desire Lines” by Deerhunter
8.” help me somebody” by Allah-Las
9.” Psychic Warfare” by The Black Angels
10.”Elephant Stone” by The Raveonettes

The Best Indie Songs of 2010

2010 was a great year for alternative and indie music, with plenty of new bands and artists emerging on the scene. Here are our picks for the best indie songs of 2010:

“Sea of Love” by Cat Power
Cat Power’s smooth, ethereal voice is the perfect match for this dreamy love song. “Sea of Love” is a gorgeous track that sucks you in and doesn’t let go.

“The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire
The lead single from Arcade Fire’s much-anticipated album The Suburbs, “The Suburbs” is a soaring, anthemic track that crystallizes the band’s unique brand of alt-rock. With its atmospheric guitars and driving rhythm, “The Suburbs” is one of the best tracks of the year.

“Lisztomania” by Phoenix
Phoenix’s catchy synth-pop tune “Lisztomania” was one of the most infectious songs of 2010. The song’s hypnotic melody and bouncy beat will stick in your head for days.

“Tightrope” by Janelle Monae ft. Big Boi
Janelle Monae’s futuristic R&B jam “Tightrope” features a guest verse from Outkast’s Big Boi. The result is a fun, funky track that will get your toes tapping.

“Free Fallin'” by John Mayer ft. Katy Perry
John Mayer and Katy Perry team up for this duet version of Tom Petty’s classic song “Free Fallin’.” The pair add their own spin to the song, with Perry singing the chorus in her signature pop style and Mayer adding his signature bluesy guitar licks.

The Best Folk Songs of 2010

The explosion of great new music in 2010 continued unabated in the realm of folk, with a wide array of artists pushing the boundaries of the genre in exciting new directions. From traditionalists to experimentalists, there was something for everyone in this truly exceptional crop of new releases. Here are 10 of the best.

1. “The Widow’sweb” by Marissa Nadler – This gorgeous, dark waltz from Nadler’s stunning self-titled album captures the eerie beauty of a spider’s web while telling the tale of a woman who has lost her love. The result is a deeply atmospheric and deeply moving song that is one of the year’s best.

2. “Dance Across the River” by The Low Anthem – This up-tempo number from The Low Anthem’s sophomore albumSmart Flesh is an invigorating blend of folk, rock, and soul that features some absolutely incredible vocal harmonies. It’s one of the most purely enjoyable songs of the year.

3. “Black Sheep” by Gregor Samsa – Samsa’s delicate finger-picked acoustic guitar sets the stage for this heart-wrenching ballad about loss and regret from Rest, one of 2010’s most underrated albums. This is a truly beautiful song that deserves to be heard by as many people as possible.

4. “Beachcomber” by Megafaun – This song from Megafaun’s Gather, Form & Fly is a perfect example of how this band is able to use simple instrumentation to create something truly special. Their understated mastery of dynamics allows them to take this seemingly straightforward song and turn it into a stunning mini-epic full of emotional power and beauty.

5 . “I Was A Fool” by Sun Kil Moon – This emotionally charged ballad from Admiral Fell Promises finds Mark Kozelek reflecting on a failed relationship with brutal honesty and searing insight. It’s one of the most emotionally powerful songs of the year, and proof that Kozelek is one of our finest songwriters working today.

6 . “Hazel Street” by Grizzly Bear – This standout track from Veckatimest findsthe band at their dreamy, psychedelic best, crafting a sound that is both soothing and deeply unsettling all at once. It’s an absolutely stunning piece of music that lingers in the mind long after it has ended.

7 . “O Death” by Jen Titus – This darkly comic tale of dealing with death was oneof 2010’s most unexpectedly moving songs, thanks in large part to Titus’ blackly humorous lyrics and her spooky, ethereal delivery . It’s a truly unique song that stays with you long after you’ve heard it .

8 . “Kingdom Of Decay” by Laura Marling – Marling continues to impress with hermaturity beyond her years on this gorgeous ballad from I Speak Because I Can , which findsthe young singer/songwriter tackling weighty subject matter with grace and intelligencefar beyond her years. It’s an absolutely stunning pieceof music that announced Marling as a major talent to watch in the years to come .
9 . “Fisherman’s Wife” by Fleet Foxes- Oneof 2010 ‘s most gorgeous tracks , this slow-building stunner from Helplessness Blues ebbsand flows like the tides , at times gentle and reassuring , at others grand and sweeping .It ‘s an immensely accomplished pieceof music that confirms Fleet Foxes ‘ statusas oneofthe finest bands working today .

10 . “Big Burned Hand” by Ted Leo And The Pharmacists- Oneof2010 ‘s most fiery tracks , this politically charged punk anthem from The Brutalist Brickstakes direct aim at those who would do harm to our planetand its people , all setto Ted Leo ‘s signature catchy hooksand melodies

The Best Punk Songs of 2010

As the 2010s come to a close, we’re taking a look back at the best punk songs of the decade. From early classics by Green Day and Rancid to contemporary hits by Billie Eilish and Greta Van Fleet, punk has continued to evolve and remain relevant throughout the past ten years.

Green Day – “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
From their 2004 album American Idiot, Green day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” is a punk classic. The song is an anthemic ballad about the dark side of fame and fortune, and remains one of the band’s most popular songs.

Rancid – “The Wolf”
Rancid’s “The Wolf” is a fast-paced, heart-pounding punk anthem that was released as a single in 2003. The song is about the band’s love for punk rock, and features some of Rancid’s signature rough-around-the-edges vocals.

Billie Eilish – “bad guy”
Billie Eilish’s “bad guy” is a dark and atmospheric pop-punk song with a catchy hook. The song was released in 2019 as part of her debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, and quickly rose to popularity due to its unique sound.

Greta Van Fleet – “Highway Tune”
Greta Van Fleet’s “Highway Tune” is a high-energy rock song with classic psychedelic influences. The song was released in 2017 as the lead single from the band’s debut studio album, FROM THE FIRES.

The Best Country Songs of 2010

It was a pretty good year for country music, with a number of great albums and songs coming out of the genre. Here are our picks for the best country songs of 2010.

” Hillbilly Bone” – Blake Shelton feat. Trace Adkins
This song was the lead single from Shelton’s album “Hillbilly Bone” and quickly rose to the top of the country charts. It features Shelton and Adkins trading verses about their love of country music and includes a catchy chorus that will have you singing along in no time.

” The House That Built Me ” – Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert’s emotional ballad about growing up and returning home struck a chord with many people, becoming one of the biggest hits of her career. The song is filled with beautiful imagery and Lambert’s powerful voice brings it all to life.

” Ada, Oklahoma ” – Jason Boland & The Stragglers
Jason Boland & The Stragglers are one of the most popular bands in the Red Dirt scene, and this song is a perfect example of why. It’s a fun, uptempo tune about small-town life that will get your feet tapping from start to finish.

” White Liar ” – Miranda Lambert
Another great Miranda Lambert song, “White Liar” is a catchy tune about being suspicious of your partner’s fidelity. Lambert’s sassy delivery makes it all the more enjoyable, and it’s yet another example of her great songwriting skills.

So there you have it, our picks for the best country songs of 2010. What are your favorites?

The Best Hip Hop Songs of 2010

The year 2010 saw an explosion in the popularity of alternative hip hop. A new generation of rappers began to rise to prominence, and many established artists released some of their best music in years. Here are the best hip hop songs of 2010.

– “Runnin’ ” by Lupe Fiasco
– “Power” by Kanye West
– “OMG” by Usher ft.
– “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled ft. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, and Rick Ross
– “Hot Tottie” by Usher ft. Jay Z
– “Bedrock” by Young Money ft. Lloyd
– “Find Your Love” by Drake
– “I Need a Doctor” by Dr. Dre ft. Eminem and Skylar Grey

The Best Electronic Songs of 2010

2010 was a great year for electronic music, with a plethora of new artists and styles emerging. Here are our picks for the best electronic songs of the year.

1. “Corduroy” by Four Tet
2. “Rambo” by Hudson Mohawke
3. “Tighten Up” by The Black Keys
4. “In for the Kill” by La Roux
5. “I Remember” by Deadmau5
6. “We No Speak Americano” by Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup
7. “See Line Woman” by Lupe Fiasco feat. Jill Scott
8. “Bumpin’ Bus Stop” by Sketchy Logic
9. “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” by The Dead Weather
10. “The Wilhelm Scream” by James Blake

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