Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Making room for Mavis

Here they are, Rolling Stone's top songs of 2010.  We are not here to pass judgment on them, only to mention a curious trend: Eleven of the 50 are by artists who feature other artists, as in: Kanye West featuring Pusha T, which tops the list with a ditty (not Diddy) called "Runaway." What do you make of that?  Punks come in pairs?

We've been listening to the new Mavis Staples album and we're pleasantly surprised -- OK, stunned -- to see "You Are Not Alone" near the top of the list. This is probably because of the man-squeeze RS has on the Wilco frontman who wrote the album's title cut and produced the record.  By the new standard it should be credited Mavis Staples featuring Jeff Tweedy. (Click on No. 6 below to watch them play it in the studio.)

Whatever. We're just happy to see Tom Petty featuring the Heartbreakers on there.

Rolling Stone's Best Singles of 2010

1. Kanye West featuring Pusha T, "Runaway"
2. Cee Lo Green, "Fuck You"
3. Sade, "Soldier of Love"
4. Katy Perry, "Teenage Dream"
5. Arcade Fire, "We Used to Wait"
6. Mavis Staples, "You Are Not Alone"
7. Vampire Weekend, "White Sky"
8. Janelle Monáe featuring Big Boi, "Tightrope"
9. Broken Bells, "The Ghost Inside"
10. Kanye West featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver, "Monster"
11. The Black Keys, "Everlasting Light"
12. Mark Ronson and the Business International featuring Q-Tip and MNDR, "Bang Bang Bang"
13. The Dead Weather, "Hustle and Cuss"
14. Big Boi featuring Cutty, "Shutterbugg"
15. Drake, "Over"
16. Cold War Kids, "Coffee Spoon"
17. LCD Soundsystem, "I Can Change"
18. Jenny and Johnny, "Scissor Runner"
19. The New Pornographers, "Your Hands (Together)"
20. Best Coast, "Boyfriend"
21. Sleigh Bells, "Infinity Guitars"
22. Rick Ross featuring Styles P, "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)"
23. Jamey Johnson, "Macon"
24. Eminem, "Not Afraid"
25. Nicki Minaj, "Did It On'em"
26. Robyn, "Dancing on My Own"
27. The National, "Bloodbuzz Ohio"
28. Band of Horses, "Laredo"
29. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "The Trip to Pirate's Cove"
30. Jakob Dylan, "Nothing but the Whole Wide World"
31. Gil Scott-Heron, "I'm New Here"
32. Die Antwoord, "Enter the Ninja"
33. Wavves, "Post Acid"
34. Gorillaz featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack, "Stylo"
35. Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval, "Paradise Circus"
36. Drake featuring Nicki Minaj, "Up All Night"
37. Lloyd Banks featuring Juelz Santana, "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley"
38. Spoon, "The Mystery Zone"
39. The Gaslight Anthem, "The Diamond Church Street Choir"
40. Kanye West, "Power"
41. Junip, "In Every Direction"
42. Surfer Blood, "Floating Vibes"
43. B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars, "Nothing on You"
44. Neil Young, "Love and War"
45. The Rolling Stones, "Plundered My Soul"
46. MGMT, "Congratulations"
47. Kid Rock, "Born Free"
48. Das Racist, "hahahaha jk?"
49. Elizabeth Cook, "El Camino"
50. Ke$ha, "We R Who We R"u


  1. Not a big fan of lists cause they are only opinion but that's not bad

  2. I loved "Mojo" but there were a half dozen songs better than "Pirate's Cove" on there. But I guess I should be happy tnat a song I heard made the top 50.

    Oh, and Kid Rock is still a jackass.

  3. Had never heard that Staples/Tweety collaboration. Just YouTubed it. Great song.