My songs of the year

Since my time as Editor at Left Foot Forward has come to an end, I thought I'd indulge myself by posting the list on LFF. Happy Christmas one and all!

Every year I put together a CD for friends and family of my favourite songs from the year. Since my time as Editor at Left Foot Forward has come to an end, I thought I’d indulge myself by posting the list on LFF. Happy Christmas one and all!

Will’s songs of 2010

1. ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains‘ – Arcade Fire. This is my favourite track from what will be many people’s album of the year. Easily missed at the end of the album but sets the tone for this whole mix.

2. ‘O.N.E.‘ – Yeasayer. This song got stuck in my head as soon as I heard it. Thankfully I’ve worked out that he’s not singing “hold me like a phone” like I initially thought.

3. ‘Heart is Strange‘ – School of Seven Bells. I thank the excellent ‘Sounds of the Universe’ record shop in Soho for this album.

4. ‘I Can Change‘ – LCD Soundsystem. In all honesty I thought this album was below par for James Murphy but this track was everything that is amazing about LCD.

5. ‘I Didn’t See It Coming‘ – Belle and Sebastian. Everyone’s favourite Glaswegians, release their first new material in four years and kick off with this gem.

6. ‘Revival‘ – Deerhunter. Perfect indie for the Pitchfork crowd.

7. ‘People Can Do the Most Amazing Things‘ – Kisses. California’s sun-kissed answer to shoegazing.

8. ‘Burden of Tomorrow‘ – The Tallest Man on Earth. How can Swedish folk singer, Kristian Matsson, sound (a) fresh, and (b) just like Dylan. The man’s a genius.

9. ‘Heirloom‘ – Sufjan Stevens. A return to form for best thing to come out of the midwest since Poptarts.

10. ‘Afraid of Everyone‘ – The National. The Ohioan gloom-mungers played three outstanding sell out shows at the Brixton Academy in November. It was a tricky choice but this is my favourite song from the band’s new album.

11. ‘Spanish Sahara‘ – The Foals. The rest of their album is a bit wet for my tastes, but NME’s single of the year is a superb song in the quiet-loud genre.

12. ‘On Melancholy Hill‘ – Gorillaz. Damon Albarn sounds almost Blur-like in this song bringing back all those teenage memories.

13. ‘Heaven’s On Fire‘ – The Radio Dept. This reminds me of Lemon Jelly – simple, happy electropop.

14. ‘All To All‘ – Broken Social Scene. I simply can’t understand why this album hasn’t taken off. Best album I’ve bought all year and best live show too (at Koko). This song is the grown up sister of ‘Anthems for a 17-year-old girl’ from ‘You Forgot It In People’.

15. ‘Not In Love‘ – Crystal Castles (feat. Robert Smith). A lot of their album is just noise (good noise, mind). But finessed with those famous dulcet tones, this one’s an instant classic.

16. ‘Starfield‘ – The New Division. Quite simply, a banger.

17. ‘Take It In‘ – Hot Chip. Their best album by far and appropriate to end this compilation with the closer from their album.

Hat-tip: My fiancee, Claire Howard

12 Responses to “My songs of the year”

  1. Mark Ferguson

    So @wdjstraw has good taste in music – worth a read //bit.ly/fSX4xU

  2. Shamik Das

    An inspired selection! RT @leftfootfwd: My songs of the year by @wdjstraw: //bit.ly/fSX4xU – Happy Christmas everyone!

  3. Mike Finn

    Why has Will Straw done a 'Songs of the Year' for Left Foot Forward? And why is it so painfully trendy? //bit.ly/eAh3lC

  4. Jos Bell

    RT @shamikdas: An inspired selection! RT @leftfootfwd: My songs of the year by @wdjstraw: //bit.ly/fSX4xU – Happy Christmas everyone!

  5. jos21

    RT @shamikdas: An inspired selection! RT @leftfootfwd: My songs of the year by @wdjstraw: //bit.ly/fSX4xU – Happy Christmas everyone!

  6. Mr. Sensible

    I was surprised to see ‘all in this together’ not in the list! Osborne reminds us of it often enough…

    Happy 2011 to all readers and writers on LFF>

  7. Carl

    Cheers Will, that is a good list, and will get started with further research.

    Would also add Fuck You / Forget You by Cee Lo Green

    And Bury Parts 1-3 by the Fall.

    best for 2011,
    Carl

  8. Anon E Mouse

    Will – Do you think David Miliband’s song was “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones or “I Hate Everything About You” by Three Days Grace?

    Or “I Predict A Riot” by Kaiser Chiefs for Nick Clegg?

    Happy New Year all…

  9. Mark Stevo

    Tsk tsk, hope you’re not making illegal copies Will.

  10. Spir.Sotiropoulou

    RT @leftfootfwd: My songs of the year //bit.ly/i90gxa

  11. Ben

    White Americans on corporate record labels did well out of you this year, then!

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