Top X of the 2010s
If you've made it this far; I thank you from the bottom of my heart. When I started this playlist over a month ago I did not realize how much work it was going to be. A true labor of love. Going through a decade of music is tough. It's hard to remember what you were listening to in July of 2010, March of 2014, or even three weeks ago off the of your head. Originally I had all these rules and caveats about song caps and categories; Eventually it got to a point where I was like "am I even going to be able to get 210 songs?" I quickly realized this would not be an issue as the Top 210 put on a light 100 (just like it's creator has done a time or two) and is well past the 300 mark. I have fully made the flip to become a "how can you rate art?" snob and while I guess I'm not saying one song is better than another (I am) what this is really about is giving true shine to those super-favorite, means a lot to me songs. If this entire list is Hall of Famers; this is the first ballot. The order is basically random. Tried to lump artists together although it's not perfect because I was considering a different grouping at first. I was gonna try to rank them all but that's a. stupid, and b. a waste of time; I joke about blogs going unread but I'd be shocked if 30 people collectively read these music blogs. I DO NOT CAREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
"Wagon Wheel" Darius Rucker (2013)
This song simply is Summer '13. If I was at a bar; it was on. If I was at a party; it was on. If I was driving; it was. I loveeeeeeeeeeeee this song. If there was a bell curve of my country fandom this song is the peak.
"RU Mine" Arctic Monkeys (2013)
"Do I Wanna Know?" leads off 2013's AM with a more Tranquility Base vibe than classic myspace monkey's sound. "RU Mine" was the first single and second track on the album; it kicks down the door with a rapid guitar to drum solo to patented Alex Turner tongue twister combo all in a matter of seconds. He poses the question everybody wants to know when they're in that nebulous "what are we?" stage. RU MINNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE???????
"Snap Out of It" Arctic Monkeys (2013)
The Ying to RU Mine's Yang. Makes you want steak.
AM is one of my top 10 albums of the entire decade; could've put any number of songs on this list; these two are IMO the best. I don't have the vocabulary or musical acumen to put this is in a better way than I love the way this song was put together. The drums accompany the lyrics (which may be some of Turner's best). Snap. Out. of. It.
"Mountain Sound" Of Monsters and Men (2013)
I always thought this was much more fun and therefor better than Little Talks.
"Mother We Share" CHVRCHES (2013)
Classic BRU Friday night DB's song. I am fully out of the electro-pop(alt rock) closet.
"Telescope" Cage the Elephant (2013)
Another one of my favorite bands, Cage's 2013 album Melophobia is a masterpiece. I fucked up big time omitting Take it or Leave It...FUCK IT... ADDING IT.
I don't think if Telescope is as well known as Cage's bigger hits but for my money it may be their best song. If you haven't heard their album/live show "Unpeeled" you HAVE TO. NOW!
Don't waste it
"Cigarette Daydreams" Cage the Elephant (2013)
Still a goosebumps song; do not think for one second just because I think Telescope doesn't get the light it deserves that I don't love cigarette (daydreams). Cry song for sure. I've beat it like a drum but seeing them open for the keys was a joke. What a fucking ticket. Cage the Elephant and the Black Keys.
"High" Tove Lo (2014)
Big time sad boi vibes to this song summer 14.
"Fake Nice" The Aces
THIS SHOULD'VE BEEN A TOP 5 BILLBOARD POP HIT!
"In the Night" The Weeknd (2015)
My all time favorite Weeknd song. Straight Michael vocals.
I. Don't. Think. You. Understaaaaanddddddddddddddd.
"Lover of the Light" Mumford and Sons (2012)
I can confidently say this is the best song on Babel (which won Album of the Year).
What up Charles Miner?
"The Wolf" Mumford and Sons (2015)
When Mumford switched up their sound in 2015 I can't lie I was worried. I don't really like Delta, but Wilder Mind (while different) was still a great album. I had the CD!
"Stubborn Love" The Lumineers (2012)
I mean who doesn't want this?
"Them Changes" Thundercat (2015)
One of my best friends showed this song to me in the summer of 2015 and it still the best thing he's ever done for me (joke, but almost not)
"Friendzone" Thundercat (2017)
If "Cause I'm a Man" wasn't already my tinder anthem this would be it.
"White Dude" Lil Dicky (2013)
I am a huge Lil Dicky fan. The dude is a comedian with flow and if you can't see or appreciate that then fuck you. IMO this is LD's magnum opus. I don't need to go on my stop policing comedy because you don't like it soapbox because that's not what this list is about. Excited for LD's new show.
"Runaway" Kanye West (2010)
"Forrest Gump" Frank Ocean (2012)
I mean; it's a love song to Forrest Gump by a black man... A black man that wasn't out at the time I believe...talk about kicking down the door. It's a funny concept to even though I'm sure it's not supposed to be. Forrest Gump is a beautiful song; that I know was intentional.
Channel Orange blew up summer 2012 and this song became a quick favorite. I remember hoping he'd play it at the Grammys, but never actually expected it...Frank fucking played this at the Grammys. Garbage there isn't a better version on Youtube.
"Delilah" Florence + the Machine (2015)
Too fast for freedom.
Delilah is the Florence + the Machine version of a bar fight. This shit live will make you feel like you can scale a building; with or without MDMA. That live chorus mixed with the Goddess of Vocals that is Florence Welch hits DIFFERENT.
"Colder Weather" Zac Brown Band (2010)
I could not listen to this song for years and still cry the next time I listen (I have!)
"Redbone" Childish Gambino (2016)
I still can't believe this is the same dude who pooped in a toilet at Home Depot.
I know was Terry.
Real Talk this is that funky/soul that the world needs more of. That falsetto rivals Dan Auerbach's in Everlasting Light.
"Little Black Submarines" The Black Keys (2011/12)
If you were to divide the 2010's into half the Black Keys are my band of the first half and there isn't a close second. It's like the gap between James Harden and 2nd place for FTA/game. Little Black Submarines closes out their shows and hits you with all the feels even if you aren't entirely sure wtf it means.
"Still Into You" Paramore (2013)
I can't wait to sing this to my pop-punk princess wife in 2038 while we are self-driven across the country.
"Wiser" Old Man Canyon (2014)
There's been a lot of talk of cry songs and this one may take the cake; doesn't help when I got it from a Steve Gleason documentary. If Gleason (the doc) doesn't make your eyes look like geysers you might as well just kill yourself now because you aren't a human.
"Sirens" Pearl Jam (2013)
Speaking of Steve Gleason; Sirens was the featured track of the waterworks segment ESPN put together in the fall of 2013. You wanna talk cry songs? I legit have goosebumps as I type this without even playing the song yet. As previously mentioned; I thought about ranking these songs. If I did this is in the top 10, no questions asked.
"The Wire" HAIM (2013)
First HAIM song I ever heard. Thank you Pandora. The HAIM sisters don't only know how to put together a hell of a pop/rock song, but they can make a good music video too.
"Forever" HAIM (2013)
I live for the vocal harmonies of Danielle, Este and Alana. TBH Este shouldn't rule me out as a boyfriend.
"Don't Save Me" HAIM (2013)
I'd take a charge from Este. Such a fun sing-a-long-able song.
"Feels Like I Only Go Backwards" Tame Impala (2012)
"Suburbs "Arcade Fire" (2010)
"I want a daughter while I'm still young." Winn Butler is the antithesis of a frat boy. Beautiful song.
"Ready to Start" Arcade Fire (2010)
These two songs are synonymous with their 2010 Grammy winner album; The Suburbs. One of Jim Halpert's favorite bands! Total different vibe from The Suburbs. Gets the juices following, while Suburbs can get the tears; depending on the setting.
"Sedona" Houndmouth (2015)
Another song I thought would help get me laid. It did not, but I enjoyed the entire album so much that it's okay. Really wish Katie was still in Houndmouth. You wanna talk about vocal harmonies? Put this in a museum.
"When I'm Gone" Gary Clark Jr (2019)
The guitar man takes being a father very seriously. I will sing this to my kids as a lullaby someday. Pearl Cadillac should be here too tbh.
"Evan Finds the Third Room" Khruagbin (2018)
The way Leezy says "yes" is so fucking sexy. Khruangbin is the coolest band in music rn. Who else has matching haircuts like that?
"Hell of a Season" The Black Keys (2011)
Favorite deep track on El Camino.
"Freaking out the Neighborhood" Mac DeMarco (2012)
Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooorrrry for all the Mac you're about to consume.
Freaking Out the Neighborhood was my first expose to Mac. I must've listened to it a hundred times in a two weeks this summer. Haven't used this in a while; infectious guitar riff.
"Ode to Viceroy" Mac DeMarco (2012)
This is what Mac DeMarco jizz jazz is all about whenever I try to explain him to somebody. My favorite non-serious song even though Mac is super serious about his love for Viceroys.
"Brother" Mac DeMarco (2014)
If you follow @dozonlife on instagram this is familiar. Mac isn't just the goofball he may seem like; there's also some fantastic lyrics and emotion behind those gym shorts. The ACL version is my favorite.
"Chamber of Reflection" Mac Demarco (2014)
This is a buried in the couch song for SHO
"The Cave" Mumford and Sons (2010)
Borderline 09 song although it was nominated for a Grammy in 2011 so no qualms including here. Time has passed but Mumford and Sons really were fucking it for like 4 years.
"New Person, Same Old Mistakes" Tame Impala (2015)
An existential tune of discovery that even bad girl Rhi Rhi had to get her hands on. Currents is my favorite album of the decade and songs like this are exactly why.
"The Moment" Tame Impala (2015)
This song makes me so happy. This is summer Tame. I would love to live out that music video someday. Looks like the chillest place on earth.
"Cause I'm a Man" Tame Impala (2015)
This song has been my tinder bio for three years.
It's like I co-wrote this song. At first without listening people may think it's sexist; oh man is it anything but.
"Girls" The 1975 (2013)
This and "Sex" are really what got me into The 1975. It's not a pop song but it's the perfect pop----baaarely rock song. The 1975 hit this song out of the park and the fact that they don't play every concert is a fucking shame. I've listened to this song every time I've gone to the gym since 2013. S/o Allison Williams.
"Somebody Else" The 1975 (2016)
start 3 minutes in.
Hits semi-close to home and is just an incredibly well put together piece of music. It's The 1975's signature song for sure. It was my most played song of the year which is a bad look when you break up but it's not about herrrrrrrrrr. I just fucking love this song.
"No Light, No Light" Florence + the Machine (2011)
If you follow my personal IG these lyrics are familiar; "You can't chose what stays and what fades away" I still can't believe I've seen FATM twice and have heard "No Light, No Light" zero times. Bigger crime than the Lindbergh Kidnapping. Another song that needs to be played every show; Ceremonials is mix between a religious experience and auditory organism. Florence breaks stained glass with these vocals.
"Shake it Out" Florence +the Machine (2011)
Florence herself spoke of the themes of Ceremonials; battles, demons, growth, self discovery. Shake it Out is the poster child of it all. I shook the devil off my back and feel like a brand new person. I don't know where I'd be in my life without the music of Florence + the Machine and the friendships I have around this band.
"Hard Times" Paramore (2017)
It's ironic that I didn't see it then; especially with how much I listened to it, but I should've really listened to those lyrics in August-October of 2017. I was wondering why-I-even-try for a long ass time. It was not all rainbows and keytars for Ole Dozie.
After Laughter is another one of the seminal albums of the decade for me and no song is better champion of that than Hard Times. Over the last two years it really has become a rallying cry for me (and another must play every workout song). Add in my love for Hayley (excited for his solo work coming out soon) and Hard Times is my song of the 2010s; even though I said there would be no rankings. When I think of where I began and where I ended the 2010s there is no better song to encapsulate an entire decade for me. The 2010s were Hard Times but God damnit am I grateful for them.