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2010: The best and worst in music

As we enter the final days of 2010, a number of people are gathering year-end lists. So I asked a handful of local taste-makers to help narrow down the best music of the year.

In Sunday’s Spotlight section of The Bee, our panel of radio DJs, musicians, promoters and journalists picked their 10 favorite albums and songs of the year. The Black Keys and Kanye West were among the most-selected artists, while locals such as Fierce Creatures, Fashawn, Motel Drive and Strange Vine also got shout-outs.

Once you look over those lists, go over the chart below. We made selections in categories such as favorite discovery, most disappointing album and artist to watch in 2011.

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Our panel consisted of Nicole Giordano Ashjian and her husband Nik Ashjian, both from Y101 and Indie Nation, John Magic and DJ Kay Rich of B95, Gnarley Charley of Kiss Country and Skippy from New Rock 104.1, as well as local music scene fixtures Aaron Gomes, Patrick Contreras, Johnny Esquivel and Audie from Audie’s Olympic. Myself and Debbie Speer from Pollstar represented the press.

Now it’s your turn. Below you’ll find the nine questions in our 2010 music survey. Make your list, check it twice and add it to the comment section.

Top 10 favorite albums of the year?

Top 10 favorite songs of the year?

Favorite artist of the year?

Favorite music discovery?

Non-2010 song you played like it was brand new?

Most annoying song?

Most disappointing album?

Artist to watch in 2011?

Most awaited release of 2011?


Let’s hear it, music lovers.

Responses to "2010: The best and worst in music"

Donny Marvin says:

Favorite artist of the year?
My Morning jacket

Favorite music discovery?
Rocco Deluca and The Burdon

Non-2010 song you played like it was brand new?
Radiohead – Paranoid Android

Most annoying song?
Disney artists as a whole

Artist to watch in 2011?
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

Brock says:

Top 10 favorite albums of the year?

Top 10 favorite songs of the year?
(No particular order)
The Best of Times – Sage Francis
Terrible Love (Alternate Version) – The National
Trainwrecks – Weezer
Represent – Weezer
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire
Bullet – Steel Train
Infinity Guitars – Sleigh Bells
In the Sun – She & Him
The Cave – Mumford & Sons
Horchata – Vampire Weekend

Favorite artist of the year?
Weezer

Favorite music discovery?
Sleigh Bells and “speaker breaking” music in general

Most annoying song?
Anything from Glee

Most disappointing album?
Wreckorder – Fran Healy

Most awaited release of 2011?
DeVotchKa’s new album

Ray Arthur says:

I’m surprised that neither Gnarley nor Nicole/Nic didn’t choose Shelby Lynn’s “Tears, Lies and Alibis.”

Jason says:

Top 10 favorite albums of the year?
1. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig
2. The Green Children – Encounter
3. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
4. LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
5. Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
6. Eric Bibb- Booker’s Guitar
7. Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues
8. The Soft Pack – The Soft Pack
9. Francis and the Lights – It’ll Be Better
10. Fitz & the Tantrums – Pickin Up the Pieces

Top 10 favorite songs of the year?
1. Janelle Monae – Come Alive (War of the Roses)
2. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind
3. The Green Children – Hear Me Now (Unplugged)
4. Local Natives – Who Knows, Who Cares
5. Fitz & the Tantrums – MoneyGrabber
6. LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean
7. Eric Bibb – Rocking Chair
8. Justin Townes Earle – Working For The MTA
9. Lana Mir – These Days
10. Francis and the Lights – Knees to the Floor
*Special Jury Prize- Antoine Dodson & Auto-Tune the News – Bed Intruder Song

Favorite artist of the year?
New artist: Local Natives
Favorite in general: Carolina Chocolate Drops

Favorite music discovery?
The Green Children

Non-2010 song you played like it was brand new?
Contemporary: Miranda Lambert – Desperation
Old School: Jackie Wilson – That’s Why I Love You So

Most annoying song?
Black Eyed Peas – The Time

Most disappointing album?
Raul Midon – Synthesis

Artist to watch in 2011?
David Lynch

Most awaited release of 2011?
New albums by The Red Button and Cut Copy, both due in February.

Miguel Santos says:

Top 10 favorite albums of the year?
1. Booka Shade – More!
2. Chilly Gonzales – Ivory Tower
3. The Third Twin (Daft Punk) – Homemade
4. Aloe Blacc – Shine Through
5. Onra – Long Distance
6. LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
7. Jimmy Edgar – XXX
8. Flying Lotus – Cosmograma
9. Trentemoller – Into the Great Wide Open
10. Mount Kimbie – Crooks and Lovers

Favorite artist of the year?
Onra, Jimmy Edgar

Favorite music discovery?
James Blake – Limit to Your Love

Non-2010 song you played like it was brand new?
Ballistic Brothers – Peckings

Most annoying song?
Taio Cruz – Dynamite

Artist to watch in 2011?
James Blake

hilary says:

Favorite albums of the year?
Volume 2 – She & Him
I Mostri Feroci – Fierce Creatures
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack
Time to Burn (Special Edition) – Taking Dawn

Favorite songs of the year?
Bloodstream by Stateless
Heavy in Your Arms by Florence + The Machine
The Brute and the Beast by Fierce Creatures
My Love by Sia
Lingering Still by She & Him
Telephone by Lady Gaga f/Beyonce
I’m Alright by Agent Ribbons
The Line by Battles
Time to Burn by Taking Dawn

Favorite artist of the year?
Florence + The Machine

Favorite music discovery?
Land of Talk and Agent Ribbons

Non-2010 song you played like it was brand new?
almost every song on Lungs from Florence + The Machine
Misery Business by Paramore

Most annoying song?
California Gurls by Katy Perry

Most awaited release of 2011?
No Doubt’s new album
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn soundtrack

Marc M. says:

I’m going to do the abbreviated version.

Favorite Artist:
Foreign Exchange (http://www.theforeignexchangemusic.com/)

Favorite Music “Discovery”:
Tie between fLako (http://soundcloud.com/flako) and Versis (http://versis.bandcamp.com/)

Non-2010 Song You Played Like It Was Brand New:
Jadakiss – We Gonna Make It (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCCEQf0SL0U)

Most Annoying Song:
Anything Ke$ha

Most Disappointing Album:
Black Milk – Album Of The Year

Artist To Watch In 2011:
J. Cole

Most Awaited Release Of 2011:
Blu – NoYork!

Rockergirl says:

favorite music discovery…Black Sunshine…They have a great song “Once in My Life”….Trying to get them to come to Fresno…

fpumathguy says:

don’t know that I can come up with 10 favorites but here are a few

Kneebody: Low Electrical Worker
Claudia Quintet, self titled
Buchanan High School Jazz Band A, On the Spot

Favorite new discovery for me:
Pomplamoose

Top 10 favorite albums of the year?
Deftones-Diamond Eyes. Nothing else really.

Top 10 favorite songs of the year?
1.The Joy-Kanye West/Pete Rock Etc..
2.Prince-Deftones (Bassnectar remix)
3.Rocketskates-Deftones
4.Flying Overseas-Theophilus London
5.My Song-Pace Won and Mr. Green
6.Space-M.I.A.
7.Lost In The World-Kanye West
8.Patience- Nas & Damian Marley
9.Broken-Gorillaz
10.Bread and Butter-Hugo

Favorite artist of the year?
Kanye West

Favorite music discovery?
Kings of Leon and Dubstep. Yes, I discovered Kings of Leon in 2010, shoot me.

Non-2010 song you played like it was brand new?
True Love Way-Kings of Leon

Most annoying song?

Ludacris-My Chick Bad.

also….

“I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth”

Most disappointing album?
Tie: Plastic Beach and Come Around Sundown

Artist to watch in 2011?
None.

Most awaited release of 2011?
Pace won and Mr. Green-The only Number That Matters is Won.