15. B.o.B. – Nothin On U
B.O.B had an amazing 2010, with his debut album hitting Number 1 in the US and doing very well over here in the UK. Spawning 2 Number 1 hits and despite some bad critic reviews ‘Nothin On U’ stormed the charts worldwide and put Bobby Ray on the Map!
14. Mark Ronson & The Business INTL – Bang Bang Bang
Mark Ronson Came back with a new band and a new style in 2010. With an album without any covers unlike his previous album Version. Ronson made the most of his connections and signed up Q-tip and MNDR for this amazing song that is very electronically focused but with Q-Tip Lyrics and a to the point Hook/Chorus from MNDR this song was a big hit and showed us Mark Ronson did have some more substance.
13. Kanye West – Blame Game
My First of Four Kanye Tracks in this list (we could have put the whole album) ‘Blame Game’ is Kanye’s ode to Amber Rose (well this is believed) and tackles relationships, fighting, choking, fucking, reality and escapism. With an amazing chorus from John Legend and production of the highest quality not to mention a hilarious skit from Chris Rock at the end this tune is definately one of the stand out’s from Kanye’s Twisted Fantasy.
12. Drake – Light Up
Drake is another one who had a huge year and with loads of singles and the album selling crazily it is one of the so called ‘album tracks’ that gets our nod over commercial hits ‘Find Your Love’ and ‘Over.’ With an show stealing verse from Jay-Z and a perfectly sung hook from Drake (and some neat verses) this track is definately my favourite from Drake’s Debut Album.
11. Janelle Monae – Tightrope (REMIX)
Janelle Monae had one of most critically acclaimed albums of 2010 in ‘The ArchAndroid’ and despite this she is still often slept on by many. Tightrope was the main single from the album and did relatively well but it is the Remix with Lupe Fiasco and B.O.B that steals the shine in my view. With a fun verse from all three this song is perfect for chilling too and bumping in the car.
10. B.O.B. – GHOST IN THE MACHINE
My Favourite track from ‘The Adventures of Bobby Ray’ is this mostly sung track that tackles B.o.B’s feelings on being a loner in a wider circle than before. Also feelings of escapism and his struggle to fame from his hometown in Atlanta. I love everything in this song and it should probably be higher.
9. Gorillaz – Empire Ants
Gorillaz came back with a huge bang this year and took over our screens, phones and ears. I really liked lead single ‘Stylo’ and the video was also crazy but it is this track featuring Little Dragon that goes on the list. Such a Subtle song that changes pace and guides me on a journey through the mindset of Dragon and Damon Albarn. Check this song out if you havn’t.
8. Kid Cudi – Mr.Rager
Cudi’s comeback was different, he focused much more on his love for words and not metaphors like usual rappers do and spent most of ‘The Legend of Mr Rager’ singing. This was the second track I heard from the album when it leaked a couple months before it came out and I have to say I was blown away. Being a huge Cudi fan from his mixtape and seeing him last year at Wireless festival I was highly anticipating this album and it delivered. This track is sublime, Cudi’s voice suits the track and he is speaking to us from 3 perspectives about issues he was having with drugs, children and life in general.
7. N*E*R*D – Hypnotize U
I love most things the Neptunes touch so I was bound to like their album ‘Nothing’ that came out this year. This track though was my favourite and was very sexy. (NO HOMO :P) Pharrel sings along to a nice beat and talks about making love to lots of women in different sorts of ways, Lovely :).
6. Lupe Fiasco – I’m Beaming
Lupe Fiasco had a tough 2010. With his album almost not getting released (it will come out on the 8th of march 2011 by the way) and protests from fans to get him out of his deal with atlantic or get them to release his highly anticipated third album Lazers. Lupe dropped this tune as hope started to fade, dropped his own video for it and caused heads to turn with clever lyrics and dismissing rumours circulating about him. Lupe is another one who is a breath of fresh air in music and I’m sure 2011 will be an even bigger year for him.
5. Kid Cudi – GHOST!
My Favourite track from the album was GHOST!, this song uplifts me when i’m down; just like ‘Cudi Zone’ did on his first album. Cudi takes us on a journey through his life experiences and helps us deal with so many different problems. It helped me get through some little issues I was going through this year and I really feel that Cudi is going to become one of the most important voices of our generation, he may not have the commercial appeal of a Jay-Z or Drake but he speaks the truth and I for one am glad he is here.
4. Kanye West – Christian Dior Denim Flow
My favourite G.O.O.D Friday release and a song that featured, Cudi, Pusha T, Kanye, John Legend, Ryan Leslie and Llyod Banks and was based aroudn Kanye’s love of Models basically. With an amazing beat that complemented the Cudi and John Legend sung hook to a tee. The verses are fun and everyone rips the beat up to shreds. Kanye’s GOOD Fridays were a gamechanger and this song was the best of the bunch so it had to be on this list.
3. Big Boi – Shutterbug
Big Boi of OutKast released an amazing album this year to huge critical acclaim and also sold very well. This was the lead single from the album and when I first heard it I immediately thought “WOW!”. With a beat that dances around a sample from Soul II Souls ‘Back To Life’ the was a sure fire hit and along with a vocoder’d chorus from Cutty this song was one of my favourites of the year.
2. Kanye West – Runaway
‘Runaway’ was the song that made Kanye a superstar again. First performing this on the Same Stage where he did that thing to that Swift girl; Kanye came back and said a big fuck you to the haters along with saying a fuck you to himself. He made a song that celebrated the Assholes and the Douchebags while also saying how wrong he was to have done some of the things he has done in the past. The verses were crisp (Shout out to Pusha T) and with a chorus that evoked bravado and shame Kanye was officially back to his best. It also spawned a 35 minute short film that Kanye debuted on MTV all over the world.
1. Kanye West – All Of the Lights
Kanye’s soon to be fourth single from his album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ is my favourite song on the said album and of the year. With a piano interlude from Elton John and A hook from Rihanna this surely is a hit. Kanye Recruited 11 well known vocalists for this track including Alicia Keys, Kid Cudi, Fergie, Ryan Leslie, Charlie Wilson and many more. While not even being able to hear everyone Kanye layered 11 vocalists over the choruses, hooks and bridges and made a song that is larger than life. The Beat is flawless, the drums bang and the strings get me so excited I could run outside naked right now! The verses are also not as they seem and have a definite hidden meaning. Kanye talks about his loss of fame and how Hip Hop and Fame itself needs him back. Meeting at borders at his studio in Hawaii the game wanted him back but he was slowly being replaced by others (Drake for instance). Now Mr.West is back and made the best album of 2010 along with my favourite song of the year! LETS HAVE A TOASTS FOR THE DOUCHEBAGS.