Belated Best of ’10: the whole shebang

The Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn't Hear 2010Here it is, kids: my full The Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear 2010 playlist. Just over 80 minutes from beginning to end, all linked to videos or streaming audio sources. Thanks for playing along all these weeks. Next up: less looking back, more looking forward!

  1. Phantogram, “Mouthful of Diamonds”
  2. The Love Language, “Brittany’s Back”
  3. V.V. Brown, “Shark in the Water”
  4. Yeasayer, “Ambling Alp”
  5. Stars, “Wasted Daylight”
  6. Broken Bells, “The Ghost Inside”
  7. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, “Tiny Light”
  8. Massive Attack feat. Hope Sandoval, “Paradise Circus”
  9. The Sirens of Venice, “Do You Believe”
  10. Cherry Ghost, “A Month Of Mornings”
  11. Tricky, “Hakim”
  12. Grinderman, “Palaces Of Montezuma”
  13. Manic Street Preachers, “A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun”
  14. Mark Ronson & The Business International feat. Simon Le Bon, “Record Collection”
  15. John Legend & The Roots, “Our Generation (The Hope Of The World)”
  16. Fitz And The Tantrums, “Dear Mr. President”
  17. Andy Clockwise, “Love And War”
  18. Fyfe Dangerfield, “When You Walk In The Room”
  19. The High Wire, “Odds & Evens”
  20. Gil Scott-Heron, “Me And The Devil”
  21. Alabama 3 feat. Shane MacGowan, “Fix It”
  22. The Magic Theatre, “Silent Snow”
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Belated Best of ’10: V.V. Brown

I never got around to sharing my Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear list for 2010 with the internets in general in December, so I’ve decided to mine it for fresh post material in February and March. I’m posting the songs in the order in which they would have appeared in the final playlist, so if you play along at home, you’ll have heard a tidy 80-ish minutes of great music when all is said and done. Today’s lesson: V.V. Brown.

V.V. Brown, Traveling Like The Light

V.V. Brown -- Traveling Like The Light

British singer V.V. Brown‘s Travelling Like The Light was, very simply, the best pop album of 2010. Her voice is rich and beautiful, every song is insanely catchy, and the playful retro girl-group vibe that permeates the album makes the whole affair loads of fun. What I appreciate most (and what can be chalked up to the cultural divide across the Atlantic) is that the songs are pop without being dance-pop. Don’t get me wrong, the tunes definitely make you want to get up and move, but the music doesn’t tread into dumbed-down, ringtone-centric club territory that weighs so heavily on current American pop music.

It was actually an easy task to pick just one song to represent V.V. on my mix — “Shark In The Water” is instant earworm material. Have fun getting it out of your head:

Grab Traveling Like The Light from Amazon MP3.