Once again this year I reached out to publicists, DJs, writers, journalists and radio types to find out what albums and tracks stood out for them as we close the musical books on 2010.
***Dayna Bourgoin: 604 Records Artist Management
1. Marianas Trench “Good To You” - I’m a little biased as I work for them...but such a great duet with Ottawa singer Jessica Lee.
2. Katy Perry “Firework” - Positive, upbeat, feel-good song you can sing to the top of your lungs to.
3. Pink "Raise Your Glass" (see above)
4. Taylor Swift "Dear John" - Best song on the new record. Smart lyrics. (and I still love John Mayer regardless)
5. The Heartbroken "Tonight Tonight" - Lead singer Damhnait Doyle on this soulful, alt-country record. Favourite tracks are Save Yourself and The Truth.
***Brad MacLauchlan: K-Rock 100.5 (Morning Host & Music Director/NewCap Radio)
Top 5 albums (it is tough to recall what came out this year) Hmm let's see...
1. Drive-By Truckers- The Big To Do
2. The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever
3. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
4. Black Keys - Brothers
5. Possibly Gaslight Anthem - American Slang, Broken Social Scene - Rock Forgivness Record. I want to pick up the Fistful of Mercy album before I really commit to this.
Working in CHR has made me appreciate 'pop' in a different way. Here are my top 5 CHR songs:
1. Katy Perry - California Gurls
2. Usher - OMG
3. Adam Lambert - What Do You Want From Me? (felt like being gramatically correct on the song title)
Toss up for #1, Cee Lo - F You and Eminem/Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie (One is like a modern Al Green, the other is like a hip hop Johnny Cash. How do I choose between that?)
***Neil Morton: 2: The Source for Couples Editor-in-Chief/Associate Publisher /Twitter: @neilmorton
1. Album: Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
2. Album: Arkells - Jackson Square
3. Song: Gord Downie -- "The East Wind"
4. Song: Kings of Leon -- "Radioactive"
5. Song: Cee Lo Green -- "F*** You"
***Chelsea Miller: Evening Announcer/LiVE 88.5 fm / Twitter: @ChelseaMiller
1. Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zero - Home
2. Florence & the Machine - Kiss with a Fist or Dog Days AreOver
3. Kings of Leon - Radioactive
4. Mumford & Sons - The Cave or Little Lion Man
5. Linkin Park - The Catalist
***Erikson Herman: The Truth Music Group
Biggest Single of 2010 (Rap): Rick Ross- BMF (Blowin Money Fast) or anything that Drake touched (BMF owned the summer in NY)
Album of the Year: Rap/Pop Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Best Song: Every song is the best..."Lost in the World" if you have to choose)
Indie: Yukon Blonde - Yukon Blonde (Best Song: Brides Song)
Three Free Mixtapes You Should Own That Came Out in 2010:
Major Lazer & La Roux Presents LazerProof
FREE Download (must supply e-mail address): http://sub.maddecent.com/lazerproof/
JD Era - TH1RT3EN (Mixtape)
FREE Download (no requirements): http://www.2dopeboyz.com/2010/02/24/jd-era-th1rt3en-mixtape/
Jim Jones - The Ghost of Rich Porter (Mixtape)
FREE Download (no requirements): http://www.datpiff.com/Diplomat_Records_Jim_Jones_The_Ghost_Of_Rich_Port.m107534.html
Albums that came out in LATE 2009 that made up the soundtrack of 2010:
Miike Snow - Miike Snow
*This came out in Sept 2009 but still remains arguably the best record of 2010. Every track is amazing.
Blakroc - Blakroc
*This came out in November 2009; Black Keys x rappers = good music
Tracks to start off 2011:
The Dears - Omega Dog
Cold War Kids - Louder Than Love
***Keith Burnage: Cadence Revolution
Here are our 5 fave free downloads from our site (they cover a range from 80's band, alt rock to dance)
1. The Mohawk Lodge - A Crime Of Passion
2. Ping Trace - We Are Human (Håkan Lidbo Radio Edit)
3. Modern English - It's Okay
4. Produce Game - Had A Vision (feat Sol from Forensic)
5. DJ's House Connection - Stand up (Guitarless Extended)
***Mauler: Morning Show Host 'The Morning Hot Tub' on Hot 89.9
Favorite CDs I got in 2010:
Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown
Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
Bruno Mars - Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Mt. Desolation - Mt. Desolation
Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More
Top 5 Songs:
I Like It - Enrique Iglesias with Pitbull
Ryan Star - Breathe
Katy Perry - Firework
Hot Chelle Rae - Bleed
Armchair Cynics - Can't Sleep
Honourable mention: Lots of 'Glee' songs (FYI I will never admit to liking this publicly)
***DJ Spin, Washington, DC
In no particular order...
1. Katy Perry - "Firework"
2. Far East Movement - "Like A G6"
3. Stefy De Cicco ft. Revelay Project - "I Wanna Walk" (Classic Ibiza Mix)
4. Deadmau5 ft. Kaskade - "Move For Me" (Disco Reason Mix)
5. Ginuwine ft. Timbaland & Missy - "Get Involved" (Masters of South Mix)
***Jordan: VanMusic Independent Music Scene
Here are six of my favorite independent bands from Vancouver:
1. Sex With Strangers
3. The Pack A.D.
4. John Pippus
6. Hey Ocean!
***CynthiaK from MapleMixtape
Here are my top 5 singles from 2010...and all Canadian!
1. Ash Koley - Don't Let Your Feet Touch Ground
2. New Pornographers - Crash Years
3. Young Galaxy - Cover Your Tracks
4. City and Colour - Sleeping Sickness
5. Dragonette - Easy (Fabian Remix)
Top Songs of 2010
1. Forget You--Cee Lo
2. What's My Name--Rihanna Feat. Drake
3. I Got A Feeling--Black Eyed Peas
4. Imagine--John Lennon
5. What's Going On--Marvin Gaye
Here are my picks for Top 5 Songs of the Year:
Florence + the Machine - Cosmic Love
Perfume Genius - Learning
Freak Owls - Optimistic Automatic
Royksopp - The Drug
Booka Shade - Regenerate