Tuesday, September 1, 2020

2008-2018: 10 Years Of Lists And Drugs (#129 - 99)



2010s Starter Pack Albums:
| #61 - #41 || #40 - #21 || #20 - #1 || Reissues |

Tracks 2008-2018:
| #129 - #99 || #98 - #65 || #64 - 37 || #36 - #1 |

Our "Greatest Tracks Of All Time Since This Blog Started" canon originally shot to cover Aug '08 to Aug '18, but we missed that date by two entire years! Whoops!

Since this list is two years late, we blurred a lot of the guidelines in a manner atypical of most listicles. We made up some shit and stuck to it.

We decided it doesn't need to cover exactly 10 years, and there's no real reason to bookend its span with The Christian New Year.

Instead of 1/1/10 through 12/31/19, we eliminated recent music (thoroughly covered back in March) in favor of forgotten tracks from the late 2000s that were largely enjoyed in the subsequent decade. (Not kidding: People listened to 2008-2009 music more in the 2010s than they did in the 2000s. It's true. Look it up.)

We sought to correct an ugly pattern called "the ignored 5% of the decade." After remembering how many blogs posted their 2000s canon in the summer of 2009, we figured it would make sense to move our start date earlier. The 2nd half of 2009 included an especially rich series of cultural paradigm shifts, ie the world of trap mixtapes, loud rock debuts, chillwave, witchhouse.

Our loose timeline starts with "Teen Creeps" and closes with "Excalibur" because we think these tracks are milestones of their respective eras. This loosely signifies May 2008 through November 2018, but we blurred it even further designating Spring 2008 through Fall 2018. So it's longer than a decade by less than a year. Because why not?

Also it's a countdown, and the numbers have some meaning, although these ARE NOT in an exact order. Instead of agonizing over the placements, we clustered tracks with arbitrary categorization, and ordered them based on our own preference within those ties.

Ooh boy. What's gonna happen?

129. Mary Kate & Ashley “Gimme Pizza Slow” (2010)
128. My Dick “Dick In Heaven” (2013)
127. MW1 “My Butt (Part 1)” (2015)
126. MW1 “My Butt (Part 2)” (2015)
125. MW1 “My Butt (Part 3)” (2015)

Kicking things off hard with the "VIP" of this era. We were about to say that these are all musically generous tracks, but "Dick In Heaven" kind of ruins that. But the others are all musically generous.

"Pizza"
"Pizza" is the pinnacle of pizza memes, the pinnacle of Youtube, possibly the pinnacle of the internet.
| 500 Jams (2016): #228 | One Third Decade Wrap Up (2013): #20 |

"Dick In Heaven"
We saw My Dick perform at the Boston Music Awards in 2013, and we were too wasted to write down the set list. Maybe they played "Dick In Heaven." A lot of people prefer "Fast Dick," which is also fine. Swap them out if you want.

"My Butt" : | Youtube |
The MW1 discography is small but crucial. One of his tapes has a Lumpy cover, and the other one was only released on Archive.Org which is probably the best way to distribute music. If you happen to own the Cool Bands 3 comp, congratulations: It's now worth about $90.



124. Justin Bieber f/ Kanye West & Raekwon The Chef “Runaway Love (Remix)” (2010)
123. Lil Yachty “Bring It Back” (2017)
122. Kitty Pryde “Okay Cupid” (2012)

We're grouping together a lot of these partially because the exact placements don't really matter. We're only counting these down because a) we like the way countdowns look, and b) it supposedly heightens engagement.

"Runaway Love (Remix)"
The remix from Neversaynever: The Remixes, which actually might be Justin Bieber's all time greatest jam, and it probably should have place here. Instead, we have Kanye's remix, which we're pretty sure was a GOOD Fridays drop in the weeks leading up to MBDTF. In retrospect, Kanye and Bieber's Twitter exchange was probably a pre-determined publicity stunt. "A return to the same sunshine heard in early 90’s pop hits like Tevin Campbell’s “Round And Round” or Shanice’s “I Love Your Smile.”"
| Hot Mix (2010): #19 | Once Again for 2010 (2011): #8 |

"Bring It Back"
"Yachty is calling "Bring it back!" to a time that never existed."
| Hot Mix (2017): #1 |

"Okay Cupid"
"She sounds privileged, suburban, millennial, materialistic ... We think she's playing a character. The sample sounds like one of the warped and possibly backwards-spun outro sections from Loveless."
| Hot Mix (2012): #34 |




121. Shellac “Dude Incredible” (2014)
"The ominous guitar lick in the intro [suggests] a full island mutiny." | Youtube |
| Hot Mix (2014): #3 |


120. Japandroids “Young Hearts Spark Fire” (2009)
119. The Horrors “Still Life” (2011)

Indie-punk from that era that wasn't definitively 2010s just yet.

"Young Hearts Spark Fire"
"Their name is wack."
| Hot Mix (2009): #11 | One More Time For 2009 (2010): #21 | Hot Mix '09 (2015): #15 |

"Still Life"
"We previously brushed these guys aside as more of a novelty band. But their 2011 transformation from punk-goth to psychedelic-goth seems like one of those career-defining decisions, along the lines of "Radiohead gets more depressed." The backwards guitars and horn section in “Still Life” suggest nothing short of a perfect marriage between Joy Division and Magical Mystery Tour."
| Hot Mix (2011): #20 |




118. I Hate Sex “I Fucking Hate Sports” (2015)
An incredibly musical punk song... Nine seconds later, all hell will break loose. *SCREEEEEEAM.* It's a depressingly intense frustration with an inability to find a place that fits. Catharsis helps."
| Hot Mix (2015): #69 |


117. Drake & Future “Big Rings” (2015)
116. Drake “Hotline Bling” (2015)

Block dedicated to tfw you realize Drake is more pop than rap, or basically the Justin Timberlake of rap. Could be worse.

"Big Rings"
| Hot Mix (2015): #53" |

"Hotline Bling" | Youtube |
| Hot Mix (2015): #87 |



115. CCR Headcleaner “Tear Down The Wall” (2016)
114. Ovlov “The Great Ohmu” (2014)
113. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats “Runaway Girls” (2014)

The "psychedelic huge riffs" block.

"Tear Down The Wall"
"The title phrase's 2nd un-shouted, psychotic-sounding utterance is what really pushes this over the top. Drunken absurdity destroys reality. Prepare for the public crucifixion. If extremes are what it takes to get people to listen, then tear it down already."
| Hot Mix (2016): #6 |

"The Great Ohmu"
"One of those "Godzilla knocking down buildings in slow motion" jams that are catnip for people like us."
| Hot Mix (2014): #40 |

"Runaway Girls"
The confluence of Abbey Road and Paranoid.
| Hot Mix (2014): #69 | One Third Decade Wrap Up (2013): #20 |





112. Beyonce f/ Kanye West & Andre 3000 “Party” (2011)
111. Jennifer Lopez f/ French Montana “I Luh Ya Papi” (2014)
110. Tinashe f/ Schoolboy Q “2 On” (2014)

The "[Babe] featuring [Rapper Dude]" block.

"Party" : | Youtube |
"2011’s least-party-sounding song with the word “Party” in its title, it’s closer to a 30-something get-together where people who secretly wish they were more adventurous drink champagne and discuss stock options. But at least they’re getting laid."
| Hot Mix (2011): #61 |

"I Luh Ya Papi" : | Youtube |
Everyone had at least one classic from the 2010s. Even J.Lo. Do people still call her J.Lo?
| Hot Mix (2014): #105 |

"2 On" : | Youtube |
"While the production never strays from nearing perfection, the true spotlight is reserved for Tinashe's understated starriness, eerily similar to Aaliyah's quiet charisma."
| "Hot Mix (2014): #4 | Two-Thirds Decade Warp Up (2016): #8 |

109. Ryan Leslie “Diamond Girl” (2008)
108. Pill “Dimes Of Hard” (2009)

Somehow we missed DatPiff's bio boasting Pill as "Killer Mike's weed carrier/maybe not weed carrier." "Dimes Of Hard" did not blow up as much as we hoped, but Pill's take on "the always welcome video arcade pling of Ryan Leslie’s “Diamond Girl”" is an ultra-rarity in mixtape history -- one of the very few cases where his freestyle and the original might have been equally definitive.

"Diamond Girl" : | Youtube |
| Hot Mix (2009): #36 | Hot Mix '08 (2015 version): #4 |

"Dimes Of Hard"
"Another beautiful day, gotta thank the Lord for that." - @Pill4180
| Hot Mix (2009): #57 | One More Time For 2009 (2010): #20 |


107. Kacey Musgraves “High Horse” (2018)
106. Hospitality “It’s Not Serious” (2014)

The "summery nostalgic pop" block.

"High Horse"
"The greatest disco-country song of the decade. As for the drug metaphor, it's as clear as day: "Horse" is also known as "Riding the H-Train." You know that expression "there's enough here to kill a horse?"
| Hot Mix (2018): #7 |

"It's Not Serious"
"No gimmicks here. Just flawlessly structured songwriting and musicianship, warm and understated - the type that we wish would come around more often these days. Seriously, this could have been on Dusty In Memphis. It even has a bass solo!"
| Hot Mix (2014): #31 |



105. Ariana Grande f/ The Weeknd “Love Me Harder” (2014)
""Love Me Harder" seems like her official "sexualized" rite-of-passage moment into "maturity," which really wouldn't matter to us at all if the song wasn't jam-packed with hooks galore. We never expected to hear this much Max Martin on the radio this far into the game."
| Hot Mix (2014): #18 |


104. Rival Schools “Shot After Shot” (2011)
103. Two Inch Astronaut “Cigarettes Boys & Movies” (2014)
102. Stove “Dusty Weather” (2015)
101. Yuck “Holing Out” (2011)
100. The Brontosaur “This Is Not A Paradise” (2008)
99. Silversun Pickups “Substitution” (2009)

The vaguely emo/grunge block. We're sadly stuck in the only dimension of the multiverse where these did not chart on Billboard Modern Rock airplay, where the business of record promotion did not become consumed by its own capitalist missteps, where alternative rock radio did not disappear in the mid 2000s, where poptimist journalists didn't incorrectly brand all melodic loud-guitar music as a contrived fad pandering to nostalgia fetishists. This music has its roots in the early '80s, not the '90s; it's still here 35 years later, and it's not going anywhere.

“Shot After Shot”
The lead single from Rival Schools' long-awaited second record. "If they can tap into their old ways so effortlessly, this gives us hope that a Quicksand reunion would blow minds apart." Little did we know, "Shot After Shot" might have been Walter Schreifels' best of the decade.
| Hot Mix (2011): #30 |

“Cigarettes Boys & Movies”
Also known as "Boys Boys and Boys," here's a beautifully constructed Two Inch power-ballad that somehow completely missed out on our "Best of 2014" in favor of half of the other tracks from their outstanding Foulbrood LP. We later hugely regretted the error choosing "Cigarettes" for our mid-decade list.
| Two-Thirds Decade Warp Up (2016): #15 |

“Dusty Weather”
Big power-ballad energy from Stove. "Two online reviews of Stove Is Stupider individually note the ignition of the Big Muff in "Dusty Weather's" outro as an album highlight; while we're inclined to agree, the preceding 3 minutes and 20 seconds of quiet restraint are equally crucial."
| Hot Mix (2015): #35 |

“Holing Out”
"Rock-journos use the retro-90s tag with an offensive scoffing undercurrent, quietly projecting negative connotations." Again, this was a problem throughout this entire decade. The journalism-majors who controlled the 2010s canon essentially insisted: "It's a retro fad; it will be gone soon, so don't take it seriously." Meanwhile, the biggest rock songs of the 2010s were "Under The Bridge" and "Plush," and new bands within this same subgenre are still emerging with great singles and albums as recently as Summer 2020. So apparently poptimists were dead wrong; for some reason, they really want to push rock fans away from the genre's best current music. Can we finally fix this already?
| Hot Mix (2011): #25 |

“This Is Not A Paradise” : | Youtube |
Talk about buried gems. "If you're a sucker for cussing in the chorus, or songs that sound like Failure's Fantastic Planet, or huge epic codas, you may agree with this track as the album's standout."
| Hot Mix (2009): #14 | One More Time For 2009 (2010): #16 | Hot Mix '08 (2015): #14 |

“Substitution”
Here's the proof that melodic loud-guitar-rock actually IS marketable and still sounds great on the radio, since it's the only one from this bunch that actually charted, peaking at #17 on Billboard Alternative in October 2009.
| Hot Mix '09 (2015): #10 |






2010s Starter Pack Albums:
| #61 - #41 || #40 - #21 || #20 - #1 || Reissues |

Tracks 2008-2018:
| #129 - #99 || #98 - #65 || #64 - 37 || #36 - #1 |

2008-2018: 10 Years Of Lists And Drugs (#98 - 65)



2010s Starter Pack Albums:
| #61 - #41 || #40 - #21 || #20 - #1 || Reissues |

Tracks 2008-2018:
| #129 - #99 || #98 - #65 || #64 - 37 || #36 - #1 |

98. Jocko “Muddy Waters” (2017)
"Jocko has toured on-and-off since this album's digital release, and we are jealous of anyone who gets to see them. The music video prominently features hockey and hackeysack, and we will figure out a way to include it in "Best Videos of 2019" even though it came out in December 2017 because we no longer care about accurate chronology."
| Hot Mix (2018): #8 |


97. Rihanna “Same Ol’ Mistakes” (2016)
"This definitive version is also among the album's most crucial decisions. Within the album sequence (appearing after "Yeah I Said It"), it's the moment when the planets align. It's when Anti eclipses itself and swallows the sum of its parts. She is the undefeated heavyweight world champion of not giving one single fuck. She's aware of the critique, and it shouldn't surprise anyone if she responds by including two more 7-minute Tame Impala covers on her next record just to prove how little she cares about what anyone thinks."
| Hot Mix (2016): #18 |


96. Kendrick Lamar “King Kunta” (2015)
95. Kanye West “New Slaves” (2013)

The "social and racial commentary" block.

"King Kunta"
"Kendrick treats the song as a playful exercise, despite the potentially crushingly hefty subject matter. Its dozens of musical references primarily point to the 1970s, the decade of Roots, Richard Pryor and The Jackson Five. He sings "I'm mad, but I ain't stressin'" with the same inflection that James Brown would have effortlessly flung into The Payback. "We want the funk!" feels like it might be the most essential Parliament/Funkadelic interpolation in over 20 years."
| Hot Mix (2015): #2 |

"New Slaves"
"Kanye's unconventional structure and mostly gothic preferences in keyboard patches present a curious backdrop for his societal frustration."
| Hot Mix (2013): #3 |




94. Power Trip “Executioner's Tax” (2017)
93. Deftones “Diamond Eyes” (2010)

"Now That's What I Call Metal And Drugs Volume 420"

"Executioner's Tax"
"Pitchfork headline: 'What Billy From Stranger Things Is Listening To Right Now While Smoking Cigs and Lifting Dumbbell Bicep Curls'" [See pic above]
| Hot Mix (2017): #93 |

"Diamond Eyes" : | Youtube |
"Bands who stick together fuck shit up together. Chino may be coked up, but still delivers the goods, while the rhythm section still present some of the hugest riffs and finest drumming in rock."
| Hot Mix (2010): #76 |



92. Diddy Dirty Money “Ass On The Floor” (2010)
91. Nicki Minaj f/ Drake & Lil Wayne “Truffle Butter” (2014)
90. Drake “Best I Ever Had” (2009)
89. Rihanna “Sex With Me” (2016)

We are too embarrassed to announce the theme of this block.

"Ass On The Floor"
| Hot Mix '10 (2015): #7 |

"Truffle Butter"
"Nicki is the indisputable No. 1 rap icon of this decade... her swag still radiates with conviction."
| Hot Mix (2015): #31 |

"Best I Ever Had"
| Hot Mix (2009): #28 | Once Again For 2009 (2010): #3 | Hot Mix '09 (2015): #6 |

"Sex With Me"
| Hot Mix (2016): #42 |






88. Rihanna “James Joint” (2015)

""How you livin' love/like/fuck rules." They could have made it less obvious that "James Joint" was a Stevie Wonder homage, but why hide it? Cue the harmonica solo."
| 500 Jams (2016): #191 | Hot Mix (2016): #15 |
| Youtube |

87. Mariah Carey & Miguel “#Beautiful” (2016)
"An instant fan favorite, it seemed ripe for a month or two of consistent radio domination that unfortunately never happened; its nostalgic, timeless and dreamlike aura seemed almost too perfect and may have owned in any other summer."
| 500 Jams (2016): #197 | Hot Mix (2013): #1 | One-Third Decade Wrap-Up (2013): #1 |


86. The Arcade Fire “The Suburbs” (2010)
85. (Sandy) Alex G “Bobby” (2017)
84. Maren Morris “My Church” (2015)

The "non-traditional Americana" block.

"The Suburbs"
"By Neon Bible, their influences switched from awesome Echo & The Bunnymen shit to significantly less awesome Bruce Springsteen shit. It didn’t seem likely that they could possibly redeem themselves by borrowing some laziness from The Kinks’ “Sunny Afternoon,” but oddly enough that’s exactly what happened."
| 500 Jams (2016): #325 | Hot Mix (2010): #6 | One-Third Decade Wrap-Up (2013): #2 |

"Bobby"
"Nothing's off limits. The "Alex G goes country" headline seems entirely laughable."
| Hot Mix (2017): #9 |

"My Church"
"Maren gets the "home" feeling from faith placed into iHeartRadio's program directors. The word "God" is not mentioned once in this entire song."
| Hot Mix (2017): #32 |




83. Ariana Grande “No Tears Left To Cry” (2018)
82. Kesha “Tik Tok” (2009)
81. Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next” (2018)
80. Charli XCX “Boys” (2017)

Artists with stans.

"No Tears Left To Cry" : | Youtube |
"I'm gonna need you all to shut your mouths so I can focus..." (Elias, Summer 2018)
| Hot Mix (2018): #10 |

"Tik Tok" : | Youtube |
Apparently prophetic. "Remember that one time Ke$ha got drunk?"
| 2000s Guilt (2011): #34 | Hot Mix '09 (2015): #7 |

"Thank U, Next" : | Youtube |
"Its design emphasizes human experience over narcissism. "Thank U, Next" actively intervenes by murdering her rumor mill instead of strategically nurturing. It flips Britney's ambiguous shrugs and Taylor's subtle lyrical hints on their respective heads. Granted, Ariana Grande may not have completely altered the variable, but she's clearly just as bored with the manipulative pop/tabloid connection as many of her fans, especially those who get that there are far more important things happening in the world right now."
| Hot Mix (2018): #3 |

"Boys" : | Youtube |
Sup Charli.
| Hot Mix (2017): #29 |

79. Playboy Carti “Magnolia” (2017)
78. Valee f/ Jeremih “Womp Womp” (2018)

Now That's What I Call TikTok.

"Magnolia"
| Hot Mix (2017): #36 |

"Womp Womp"
"The Price Is Right might be the home of the all time classic Womp Womp, best exemplified by instances when both contestants overbid during the final showcase showdown, indicating an enormous trombone-flavored fail. In "Womp Womp," Valee sings about watching one such episode of The Price Is Right at home during a snow day."
| Hot Mix (2018): #2 |




77. Grass Is Green “Tricky Tim's 'Night On the Town'” (2010)
76. Grass Is Green “Panera” (2012)
75. Aye Nako “Particle Mace” (2017)

Basement punk show with dollar Modello.

"Tricky Tim"
We yelled for this song at a GIG show. The room became awkwardly silent, and then they played a different song. True story. We almost put "Somebody's Something" here instead, and we forgot to change the old stats.
| 500 Jams (2016): #435 | Hot Mix (2012): #23 |

"Panera"
"The highway-speed-chase blasts through multiple brick walls in the song’s second half, especially those 2 or 3 moments when the rhythm section start banging the fuck out of their instruments over some delicately placed sustained guitar feedback and squeaky pitch-pedal screams."
| 500 Jams (2016): #308 | Hot Mix (2012): #13 |

"Particle Mace"
"The arcade game that currently stands next to Silent Barn's stage will eventually end up somewhere. We think it should join Aye Nako for all of their upcoming tour dates."
| Hot Mix (2017): #14 |





74. Rae Sremmurd “Black Beatles” (2016)
73. Nicki Minaj “Black Barbies” (2016)

It's too difficult to separate these, so here they are. Together again.

"Black Beatles" : | Youtube |
"Did the Mannequin Challenge save their career? Mike Will's beat might be the best and catchiest he's ever laid to tape. The kids on the playground sung along to that chorus for hours. It's proof that charting pop is alive and well."
| Hot Mix (2016): #3 |

"Black Barbies"
"Nicki clearly loves Sremmurd. She made her version of "Black Beatles" her most memorable jam since "Truffle Butter.""
| Hot Mix (2016): #3 |



72. Deerhoof “Chandelier Searchlight” (2008)
71. Real Estate “Crime” (2014)
70. Surface To Air Missive “Surfacing” (2013)

Power-indie.

"Chandelier Searchlight"
| Hot Mix (2008): #27 | Hot Mix '08 (2015): #8 |

"Crime"
"Some days are rougher than others. But at least it's summer, and the tops of the trees are green and swaying. Take another sip of coffee. Smoke another cig."
| 500 Jams (2016): #253 | Hot Mix (2014): #7 | One-Third Decade Wrap-Up (2013): #6 |

"Surfacing"
"A fresh blast of prog-influenced brilliance. Elephant 6 flavored lo-fidelity. Dense with hooks, it's just as heavy as a few similarly packed mid-2000s mini-epics from their former tourmates Of Montreal. Air-guitars in position."
| Hot Mix (2013): #19 |





69. Caribou “Sun” (2010)
68. MGMT “The Youth” (2008)
67. El Guincho “Bombay” (2010)

High production-value gems with classic underrated music videos.

"Sun"
"Its most intriguing aspect has to be its lyrics - the word "sun" repeated 170 times. So profound. So much meaning. The "sun" in this song might not necessarily be our own."
"Some old people with a lot of weed decided to throw a fuckin' rager."
| Hey Nice Vids (2010): Honorable Mention | Hot Mix (2010): #11 | Once Again For 2010 (2011): #6 | Hot Mix '10 (2015): #13 | One-Third Decade Wrap-Up (2013): #12 |

"The Youth" : | Youtube |
"The melancholy atmosphere gives Eric Wareheim's images a level of poignancy unseen in his previous videos."
| Best Videos of 2009: #10 | Hot Mix '08 (2015): #7 |

"Bombay"
"El Guincho beats Panda Bear at his own game."
| Hey Nice Vids (2010): #1 | Hot Mix (2010): #15 | Once Again For 2010 (2011): #7 | Hot Mix '10 (2015): #16 | One-Third Decade Wrap-Up (2013): #16 |




66. Solange “Losing You” (2012)
65. Sky Ferreira “Everything Is Embarrassing” (2012)

Critically revered Blood Orange produced lead singles from 2012 EPs.

"Losing You"
"We tend to favor handclaps."
| Hot Mix (2012): #27 |

"Everything Is Embarrassing" : | Youtube |
"Putting the past behind us is more impossible than ever."
| Hot Mix (2012): #9 | One-Third Decade Wrap-Up (2013): #18 |



2010s Starter Pack Albums:
| #61 - #41 || #40 - #21 || #20 - #1 || Reissues |

Tracks 2008-2018:
| #129 - #99 || #98 - #65 || #64 - 37 || #36 - #1 |

2008-2018: 10 Years Of Lists And Drugs (#64 - 37)


2010s Starter Pack Albums:
| #61 - #41 || #40 - #21 || #20 - #1 || Reissues |

Tracks 2008-2018:
| #129 - #99 || #98 - #65 || #64 - 37 || #36 - #1 |

64. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks “Stick Figures In Love” (2011)

| Youtube |

63. Jai Paul “Jasmine (demo)” (2012)
"We want to believe Jai Paul woke up the next morning with no memory of recording any of this. Its murkiness and depth yield more space and infectiousness than most bands are able to cram into a 40-minute full length."
| Hot Mix 2013: #42 |


62. Joanna Gruesome “Wussy Void” (2013)
61. No Age “Genie” (2009)

Don't call it "post-punk."

"Wussy Void"
Alanna: “['Wussy Void'] was called 'Dave' for a really long time.”
Owen: “And then it was changed to 'Davey von Bohlen.' After it was recorded, we changed it to 'Wussy Void'. We don't have many slow songs, so it's like our ballad.”

| Hot Mix (2013): #37 |

"Genie"
| 500 Jams (2016): #263 | Hot Mix (2009): #66 | Hot Mix '09 (2015): #3 |




60. Kurt Vile "Was All Talk" (2013)
"Relaxation therapy. Clouds, waves, wind, spacious nature, clear-headed, sober, traveling into the future, moving forward from something worth forgetting." | Youtube |
| Hot Mix (2013): #2 | One-Third Decade Wrap-Up (2013): #9 |

59. Tony Molina “Don’t Come Back” (2013)
58. Pile “Prom Song” (2012)

The most fire guitar solos of the decade.

"Don't Come Back"
"As Tony places emphasis on the strength of hooks and the structure of solos, “Don't Come Back” is a peak in craftsmanship."
| Hot Mix (2013): #42 |

"Prom Song"
"Pile’s signature tension-building leads them to one of the year’s best and most soulful guitar solos, played from atop an especially gigantic mountain. From up above, long-bearded God obliges, throwing up the devil-horns as he rides his chopper across the sky desert."
| Hot Mix (2012): #52 |




57. Frank Ocean “Swim Good” (2011)
56. Frank Ocean “Thinking About You” (2011)
55. Earl Sweatshirt f/ Tyler the Creator “Couch” (2010)
54. Earl Sweatshirt f/ RZA “Molasses” (2013)

Golf Wang's Greatest Hits.

"Swim Good" : | Youtube |
"Self-exploration? Escape from pain? It's a drug song."
| Hot Mix (2011): #16 |

"Thinking About You" : | Youtube |
"Lonely 2AM. The fadeout after only 3 minutes suggests the ambien mercifully kicked in. We haven’t heard a soulful falsetto like this since young Al Green."
| Hot Mix (2011): #69 |

"Couch"
"“I got you nervous like virgins flirtin’ with uncle Mervin.” It’s been years since the last time we heard Dawson’s Creek, Twilight, Kelly Clarkson and Miley Cyrus all namedropped in the same song."
| Hot Mix (2010): #42 | Once Again For 2010 (2011): #10 |

"Molasses"
"Odd Future's new leaders - Frank and Earl - usher in a new dawn, lyrically closer to the teachings of JD Salinger. While introspection and right of passage have been accompanying OFWGKTA's best music since 2012, the lopsided and off-kilter loop in "Molasses" seems closer to the path of his 2010 self-titled mixtape. RZA's cameo suggests passing of the torch."
| 500 Jams (2016): #416 | Hot Mix (2013): #11 | One-Third Decade Wrap-Up (2013): #10 |





53. Ty Dolla $ign f/ Babyface “Solid” (2015)


52. Two Inch Astronaut “Foulbrood” (2014)
51. Surface To Air Missive “Get In The Truck” (2015)

The juxtaposition of proficiency and punk.

"Foulbrood"
"Colesville. Free Adnan."
| Hot Mix (2014): #106 |

"Get in the Truck"
"Its tape warmth, precise guitar tone and boundless energy might have tricked just about anyone into believing that this was a lost proto-punk relic from the early '70s. Its song's remarkably enormous musical scope covers so much ground within three minutes while somehow never feeling especially busy."
| Hot Mix (2015): #4 |




50. Dornik “Something About You” (2013)
"Trancy dream sequence blurriness and stars, like when Wayne sees Cassandra for the first time."
| Hot Mix (2013): #13 |


49. Mac Demarco “Ode To Viceroy” (2012)
48. Homeshake “Heat” (2015)
47. Palehound “Healthier Folk” (2015)
46. Good Morning “Warned You” (2014)

Our attempted tag Post-Rubber Soul did not catch so well. Go figure. (On a personal note, these are among our top scrobbles.)

"Ode To Viceroy"
"The smokes may allude to something or someone who feels like a part of us even though we recognize that they’re slowly killing us inside. Viceroy is an old-timey brand recognized more often by older folks. Smokers like to stick to their brand for life. Quitting is essentially amputation."
| Hot Mix (2012): #2 | One-Third Decade Wrap-Up (2013): #13 |

"Heat"
"Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke having a heart-to-heart in bed while stoned out of their minds on some of that purple kush."
| Hot Mix (2015): #25 |

"Healthier Folk"
"Excellent usage of careful restraint, but the structural twists and turns are what might make this their quintessential jam. We're led to some unexpected areas throughout the journey."
| Hot Mix (2015): #23 |

"Warned You"
"This infectious song easily could have placed Top 10 in our 2014 Hot Mix. (Boo-urns.)"
| Memba Vids (2016): #5 |






45. Three Knee Deep “Hackin’ Of Da Mindz” (2018)

"The year's most ignorant jam. We'd say "PMA is back" but that seems inappropriate here."
| Hot Mix (2018): #4 |


44. Lil B “The Age Of Information” (2010)

"Lil B's perplexing dichotomy... introspective and philosophical, fun-loving and horny. He's never marched in time with modern trends, nor walked away from what made him special."


43. Nicki Minaj “Did It On ‘Em” (2010)
42. Trinidad James “All Gold Everything” (2012)
41. Big Sean f/ Nicki Minaj “Dance (A$$) Remix” (2011)

Next level shit. A few candidates for "The Whisper Song of the 2010s." (And they all made our 500 Greatest Jams!)

"Did It On 'Em"
| 500 Jams (2016): #301 |

"All Gold Everything"
"2013's finest anthem for living well. “Who's hatin' on you this summer? Fuck 'em.” It took a few weeks before the GoldenEye sample finally became unstuck. By the 50th listen, its magically infectious dirt became unshakable; it's basically infused in our DNA by now."
| 500 Jams (2016): #410 | Hot Mix (2013): #4 | Two-Thirds Decade Warp Up (2016): #13 |

"Dance (A$$) (Remix)"
"We haven’t heard a massive-beat/massive-lolz combo like this since Ying Yang Twins whispered “Wait’ll you see my dick.” “Wakikiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii” is the real Nicki. She should stick to more stupid fun shit on her guest-spots instead of fake-British accents. She is now free from the “I’m trying way too hard” motif."
| 500 Jams (2016): #338 | Hot Mix (2011): #24 | One-Third Decade Wrap-Up (2013): #14 |





40. Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Heads Will Roll” (2009)

| Hot Mix (2009): #50 | Once Again For 2009 (2010): #34 |

39. Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (2011)
"Around 4:02, there's a quick shot of her vomiting some type of neon glow-in-the-dark substance, giving the impression she ate about 50 of those lime green Laffy Taffy's and another 50 blue raspberry Laffy Taffy's, and then chased it with a pint of Jameson and a fifth of Dewer's. And if this was the case, then we admire her dedication."

| Sick Vids Brah (2011): #10 |

38. Animal Collective “What Would I Want? Sky” (2009)

"Whatever happened to the days when the #1 song of the year actually sounded like a #1? Not only huge and epic, it's unmistakably a product of its year, borrowing from the past while anticipating the future with full force."
| 500 Jams (2016): #421 | Hot Mix (2009): #1 | Once Again For 2009 (2010): #1 | Hot Mix '09 (2015): #1 |


37. D’Angelo “Another Life” (2014)

| 500 Jams (2016): #343 |
| Youtube |

2010s Starter Pack Albums:
| #61 - #41 || #40 - #21 || #20 - #1 || Reissues |

Tracks 2008-2018:
| #129 - #99 || #98 - #65 || #64 - 37 || #36 - #1 |

2008-2018: 10 Years Of Lists And Drugs (#36 - 1)



2010s Starter Pack Albums:
| #61 - #41 || #40 - #21 || #20 - #1 || Reissues |

Tracks 2008-2018:
| #129 - #99 || #98 - #65 || #64 - 37 || #36 - #1 |

We purposely chose to bookend this canon with "Teen Creeps" and "Excalibur," but not only because they encapsulate their respective eras. (So there's no confusion, "era" refers to an historical period -- when, where, and what -- usually coexisting alongside other concurrent eras.)

It's true that "Teen Creeps" sonically captured a lofi-pop aesthetic that was felt across multiple genres through the early 2010s, but perhaps more importantly, its album Nouns definitely felt like it launched an era of DIY momentum. Within 3 or 4 years, a tangible community had established itself across the United States and Canada, eventually spreading outside of North America.

It's possible that something very similar has been building since "Excalibur." Yes, it's a perfect song, but its confidence hints at what lies ahead. We're expecting some aspects of hardcore and its adjacent non-hardcore offshoots to explode in the next few years. While it might not receive wide coverage on the same blogs that cover Clairo, a subdivision that's neither rockist nor poptimist has made itself known.

True quality will always outlive a PR narrative. The era of journalism majors controlling the canon, judging music solely by its wokeness quotient, is simply unsustainable. The past 12 years did NOT make it easy to find the best music. And as far as we can tell, there's not any places on the internet that covered all of the artists in this post.

Whether these are anyone else's favorites or not, or whether they're in an order that anyone else agrees with, is beside the point. All of these tracks represent the tip of an iceberg. Find something you like and go exploring.

BONUS: On this page only, keep your eyes open for some bonus "See Also" tracks from 2019-2020.

36. Chris Weisman “Open Tuning” (2010)

| Hot Mix '10 (2015): #18 |

See Also: Home Blitz "Final Decay" (2020)


35. Guided By Voices “Overloaded” (2017)

"Pollard gave one listen and said "it's done."" | Youtube |
| Hot Mix 2017: #22 |
See Also: Hum "Step Into You" (2020)

34. Beak> “Brean Down” (2018)
33. Beak> “Wulfstan” (2010)



"Brean Down"
"The sound of time speeding up out of nowhere. Gets worse the longer you wait."
| Hot Mix 2018: #6 |

"Wulfstan"
"Explosive, groove-oriented, balls-tripping."
| Hot Mix 2010: #17 |

See Also: Beak> "We Can Go" (2019)



32. Pusha T “Numbers On The Boards” (2013)
"Kanye examines beats that Pusha responds to most efficiently and extracts the elements that will respark and fuel his ferocity while adding a personalized flair of dopeness."
| Hot Mix 2013: #10 |

See Also: Danny Brown "Combat" (2019)


31. Ovlov “The Well” (2013)
30. Ringo Deathstarr “Slack” (2012)
29. My Bloody Valentine “Only Tomorrow” (2013)

Dreamy, melodic, and excruciatingly loud.

"The Well"
"Inserting earplugs at their live shows may help, but guts are typically no match for Ovlov. You will feel Ovlov in your gut."
| 500 Jams (2016): #343 | Hot Mix 2013: #7 |

"Slack"
"RDS's newfound aggression came at a price. We've been missing their spacey ballads, although this sudden brutality hasn’t removed their knack for strong vocal hooks, especially in “Slack” with “do you feel how I feel inside?” as the adolescent singalong."
| Hot Mix 2012: #19 |

"Only Tomorrow"
"The MBV LP is no square peg among their catalog, maintaining all their orbit-shifting enormity, with “Only Tomorrow” acting as the rocket ship itself, bridging the 22 year gap in six minutes."
| Hot Mix 2013: #5 | One Third Decade Wrap Up (2013): #5 |

See Also: Ringo Deathstarr "Once Upon A Freak" (2020)




28. Lil B “No Black Person Is Ugly” (2014)

"It might be among the most impassioned and soulful freestyles in the genre's history."
| 500 Jams (2016): #187 | Hot Mix 2014: #1 | Two-Thirds Decade Warp Up (2016): #5 |

See Also: Lil B "Get That Money Based Freestyle" (2019)


27. Windhand “Grey Garden” (2018)
26. Sleep "Marijuanaut's Theme" (2018)

Sweet leaf. Melodic doom. We can't tell the difference.

"Grey Garden"
"Their wizardry is no joke, perfectly blending spacey sci-fi with renaissance through precise alchemy: Three-parts sludge and doom, two-parts soaring melodic overtones, crushingly huge hooks. But the key ingredient might be pure, meditative, hypnotic simplicity. Decaying, musty, germy, decades-old dust."
| Hot Mix 2018: #1 |

"Marijuanaut's Theme"
"The Iommi-thirds accompanying its riff ascend straight into one of Matt Pike's wildest shredder solos."
| Hot Mix 2018: #21 |

See Also: Holy Serpent "For No One" (2019)



25. D’Angelo “The Charade” (2014)
24. D’Angelo “1000 Deaths” (2014)



"The Charade" : | Youtube |
| 500 Jams (2016): #53 | Hot Mix 2014: #13 | Two-Thirds Decade Warp Up (2016): #3 |

"1000 Deaths" : | Youtube |
"There's a moment towards the end of "1000 Deaths" when D'Angelo lets out an impassioned howl. Framed only within the warmth of the analog and peaking UV meters, it's an incredibly vulnerable moment, capturing a burning intensity so severe that it communicates just as many words as those within the entire lyric sheet of Black Messiah itself. It's a reflection of "1000 Death's" forcefully bold, raw emotion that does all the talking for us, giving purpose to the under-emphasized lyrics and obscured vocal hooks."
| Hot Mix 2014: #8 |

23. A$AP Rocky f/ Drake & Kendrick Lamar “Fuckin’ Problems” (2012)
22. Waka Flocka Flame “Hard In Da Paint” (2010)
21. Pill “Trap Goin’ Ham” (2009)

Party trap.

"Fuckin' Problems"
Kendrick's iconic closing verse might have been this decade's equivalent to Biggie on "Mo Money Mo Problems."
| Hot Mix 2012: #41 |

"Hard In Da Paint"
| Once Again For 2010 (2011): #13 |

"Trap Goin' Ham"
| 500 Jams (2016): #426 | Hot Mix 2009: #22 | One More Time For 2009 (2010): #23 | Hot Mix '09 (2015): #2 |

See Also: Denzel Curry "Ricky" (2019)




20. The-Dream “Yamaha” (2010)
19. Robyn “Hang With Me” (2010)

A pair of singles from 2010 that we kept consistantly underrating.

"Yamaha"
"One of those epic future-classics with multiple choruses and refrains with each new section better than the one before it."
| Hot Mix 2010: #14 | Hot Mix '10 (2015): #9 | One Third Decade Wrap Up (2013): #7 |

"Hang With Me"
The prequel to "Be Mine" and "Dancing On My Own.""
| 500 Jams (2016): #414 | Hot Mix 2010: #16 | Hot Mix '10 (2015): #10 | One Third Decade Wrap Up (2013): #15 |




18. Carly Rae Jepsen “Boy Problems” (2015)
17. Maren Morris “’80s Mercedes” (2016)

Singer-songwriters are back.

"Boy Problems"
About half of E•MO•TION ended up in Hot Mix 2015, but not "Boy Problems." We fucked up.

"'80s Mercedes"
"Structurally, this could be the spunky younger cousin of "Bad Romance" with both flexing a similar "downpour of hooks" technique more common to radio hits in the early '10s. There's no real excuse for a pop song as hooky as this one to not generate any true chart crossover."
| Hot Mix 2017: #8 |

See Also: Sedona "More Love" (2019)



16. (Sandy) Alex G “Proud” (2017)
""If I fuck up..." That's just how it ends - the year's most gigantic self-doubting open-ended lyric. The true heart-sinker. What if we all fuck up? What if everyone tweets all of their tweet drafts right now?"
| Hot Mix 2017: #2 |

See Also: Kevin Krauter "Pretty Boy" (2019)


15. Yuck “Get Away” (2011)
14. Ovlov “Where’s My Dini” (2013)

Bombin' the half pipe.

"Get Away"
"Headphones on in study hall, pissed at the world, breaking pencils as you use your desk for a drum." We didn't write that.
| Hot Mix 2011: #3 |

"Where's My Dini"
"Gazing into the sky miles apart. As a muse, “Dini” represents something larger than a single instance, as the song's crushingly overwhelming sense of longing strikes a universal chord."
| 500 Jams (2016): #225 | Hot Mix 2013: #26 | Two-Thirds Decade Warp Up (2016): #9 |

See Also: Curse Word "Big Fingers" (2019)



13. Lil Wayne f/ Babyface “Comfortable” (2008)
12. Gucci Mane “Lemonade” (2009)
11. Rihanna f/ Drake “Work” (2016)

Huge party jams. Huger than the previous party block. Sorry, we couldn't think of anything good.

"Comfortable"
The Hood Internet mash-up was our introduction. Ur crazy for this one.
| 500 Jams (2016): #285 | Hot Mix '08 (2015): #2 |

"Lemonade"
"There's a new king of mushimouthness. Treat your mixtapes like albums. Treat your albums like mixtapes."
| Hot Mix 2010: #31 | Hot Mix '09 (2015): #8 |

"Work"
"It's an imperfect song, but working through the imperfections is what makes shit WORK. IT FUCKING FITS."
| 500 Jams (2016): #441 | Hot Mix 2016: #12 | Two-Thirds Decade Warp Up (2016): #7 |

See Also: DaBaby featuring Offset "Baby Sitter" (2019)




10. Warpaint “Love Is To Die” (2013)
"Face the portal. An entry into the unknown. Step inside. If the walls start moving, stare at them longer. Shit gets darker and darker until it's pitch black, and then the chorus hits. Suddenly, the surrounding tunnel turns neon dark-green with pink and yellow flying everywhere. Don't go in too deep though. It's possible that this whole time you were driving in the summer rain at 3AM. Or maybe that's the only part of this that ISN'T real. Whatever you do, don't wake up."
| Hot Mix 2014: #14 | Two-Thirds Decade Warp Up (2016): #2 |

See Also: Big Thief "UFOF" (2019)


9. Kanye West f/ Kendrick Lamar “No More Parties In LA” (2016)
8. Nicki Minaj “Come On A Cone” (2012)

Too real.

"No More Parties In LA"
"Art vs. Status. Kendrick is as sharp as he's ever been, enough that Kanye calls it "scary" and suddenly finds himself in a position to hone his best rap verse in nearly a decade - 3 months worth of therapy sessions crammed into 3 minutes."
| Hot Mix 2016: #2 | Two-Thirds Decade Warp Up (2016): #4 |

"Come On A Cone"
"Coked-up and blistering."
| 500 Jams (2016): #109 | Hot Mix 2012: #24 |

See Also: RMR "Rascal" (2020)



7. Deerhunter “Nothing Ever Happened” (2008)
6. No Age “Teen Creeps” (2008)

We stretched this back to '08 for a reason.



"Nothing Ever Happened"
| 500 Jams (2016): # 407 |

"Teen Creeps"
| 500 Jams (2016): #70 | Hot Mix 2008: #1 | Hot Mix '08 (2015): #1 |

See Also: Rolling Blackouts CF "Cars In Space" (2020)



5. Mindforce “Excalibur” (2018)
4. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats “Ritual Knife” (2011)

Feel the fire.

"Excalibur"
The 2010s showed no shortage of colossal riffage, but "Excalibur" may have set a new bar.
| Hot Mix 2018: #12 |

"Ritual Knife" : | Youtube |
"In 1971, Z-Man throws yet another happening and invites back the same band from 1 year prior. Unfortunately, lead guitarist Jimi Hendrix is no longer with us, leaving the 3 remaining members - Burt Ward, Geezer Butler and Wings-era Paul McCartney - wearing black cloaks, surrounded by a shrine of candles, and ready to jam on some sludgy darkness."
| 500 Jams (2016): #494 | Hot Mix 2011: #2 | One Third Decade Wrap Up (2013): #3 |

See Also: Fury "Angels Over Berlin" (2019)


3. Fetty Wap “Trap Queen” (2014)
2. Miguel “Adorn” (2012)
1. Rihanna “Needed Me” (2016)

We're not sure if this is the actual "Top 3" of the entire decade, but all three are perfect enough to land somewhere in the actual top 10, and they collectively fulfill a solid representation of their era.

"Trap Queen" : | Youtube |
"It's a 3-and-a-half minute song with an earwormy twice-sung chorus that exceeds 60 seconds without repeating any lines. It's quite possible that this is the longest chorus of any Top 5 hit in Billboard history. Between them rests one brief but necessary 16-bar rap verse dead in its center, plus one celebratory outro. Fetty Wap uses the trap metaphor as an innocent-sounding expression of endearment outlining a backdrop for what might have been the most touching and romantic love song of 2015."
| Hot Mix 2015: #1 |

"Adorn"
"When Barry and Levon's reunion tour happens, "Adorn" is the only other jam that could possibly fit in their repertoire."
| 500 Jams (2016): # 85 | Hot Mix 2012: #11 |

"Needed Me" : | Youtube |
"Effectively propelling her DGAF-brand, she sneaks a lyrical undercurrent metaphorically staring down the media and her haters. They need her WAY more than she needs them. Neither wubby dubstep beats nor Migos' triplet-rap swag have ever felt more compelling than in "Needed Me.""
| Hot Mix 2016: #1 |



2010s Starter Pack Albums:
| #61 - #41 || #40 - #21 || #20 - #1 || Reissues |

Tracks 2008-2018:
| #129 - #99 || #98 - #65 || #64 - 37 || #36 - #1 |