Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Paste’s Top 50 Songs for 2010 Resampled – Part 3 of 5

If you’re just joining us, start here.  Whence we last left off, Gorillaz was teaching us how to be silky smooth after a horrible brush with Annette Funicello.  And thankfully, we are no longer tied up in our vanilla underwear.

So to continue with Paste Magazine’s top 50 songs of 2010, here are the twenties …

29. Suckers - “It Gets Your Body Movin”

There’s a limited amount of time in the universe.  A song called It Gets Your Body Movin should not leave you limp and lifeless. 

28. Vampire Weekend - “Horchata”

Crisp and quirky, this song is much like its namesake: Horchata is natural ice cold refreshing beverage made from tigernuts, water, and sugar.  VW’s song is essentially melodic water, with a hint of percussional sugar and a splash of African tigeresque beats.

27. Yeasayer - “Ambling Alp”

More rambling electronic Wham like pop.

26. Stornoway - “Zorbing”

If I were to look at the piano cords of this song, they might look like a sine wave undulating up and down with a very occasional arc tangent for variety.  And that’s about the level of excitement that this song generates.  Unless you consider the end.  Which is like discovering the square root of –1. Yeah, that cool.

25. Josh Ritter - “Change of Time”

I think I’m slow melodied out.

24. Justin Townes Earle - “Harlem River Blues”

Something different.  Dirty water.  I got into it.  Needed a church choir in the background.

23. Lil Wayne - “6’7””

You have to be really angry to appreciate this song.  I’m only slightly angry.  I’ll add a half star on the chance that if I was more angry later, I’d play this song at 110 dB and make my hand look like a pistol.

22. Mark Ronson & The Business International - “Bang Bang Bang”

It’s just a cruel, cruel world.  The Bangles make a surprise reappearance after 20 years of silence.

21. Band of Horses - “Laredo”

Sadly, including a Wyoming town in your song name doesn’t make you cool.  It takes hard work and lots of hair gel.  Or you could be born Patrick.  Either way, this song doesn’t live up to the hype that it’s name generates.  Flat tones and wining vocals mean Trapped in Cheyenne would’ve been a better title.

20. Big Boi - “Shutterbug”

This one goes out to Chris U.  I’m pretty sure I’ll be singing “You’re in my system” the whole bus ride home.  And I’ll be watchin’ out for gangstas. Pow.  Number 20 is a hit.  Finally.

Tomorrow we role into the teens … kicking it off with Florence & The Machine Dog Days are Over.  How true, how true, time to head home for the evening.

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