Last year I did this as a collection of YouTube videos. I’m going with a slightly different approach this year: a playlist through Grooveshark, one of my favorite streaming websites. This is some of my favorite rock and pop music of 2010. It follows no particular order or pattern other than “the order I ran across them while reviewing stuff I had bookmarked.” Some patterns I’m noticing when I look back through my favorite music of the last year:
1) The country-rock California sound of the early 70s is coming back. Not sure how I feel about that.
2) I predict that 2011 will be the year of newgaze, a shoegazer revival. I feel VERY happy about that.
3) We’re past due for a game-changer like the British Invasion, punk, or grunge. I don’t think it’ll happen next year, but soon. Soon.
4) I’m still not tired of bands breathing new life into New Wave sounds.
I hope you get some enjoyment out of the list. Comments welcome!