Top 100 Ranking Singles of 2010

The Top Ranking Singles of 2010
  1. Damian Marley, Nas, and Dennis BrownLand Of Promise
  2. Alborosie & Dennis BrownCan’t Stand It
  3. Cee LoFuck You
  4. GyptianHold You
  5. Jamey Johnson – Set ‘Em Up Joe
  6. Busy SignalSweet Love (Night Shift)
  7. Chuckle Berry, Sly & RobbieGood Life
  8. Courtney JohnLove Is
  9. Ryan BinghamThe Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)
  10. Carolina Chocolate DropsHit ‘Em Up Style
  11. AlborosieNo Cocaine
  12. Gappy RanksPut The Stereo On
  13. Erykah Badu Window Seat
  14. Romain VirgoMi Caan Sleep
  15. Busy SignalOne More Night
  16. Damian Marley & NasAs We Enter
  17. Spragga Benz – Shotta Culture
  18. AlborosieMama She Don’t Like You
  19. Prince Fatty & HorsemenInsane In The Brain
  20. Johnny Cash Ain’t No Grave
  21. Broken Bells The High Road
  22. Lloyd Brown Cold Blooded
  23. Michael Franti & SpearheadThe Sound Of Sunshine
  24. Spragga Benz, Shabba Ranks, Kardinal Offishal, & Swizz Beatz Red Dot Special (Rhatata)
  25. Willie Nelson, Leon Rausch, and Asleep at the WheelTruck Driver’s Blues
  26. Ed RobinsonOur Heroes
  27. Spragga Benz & Nas – This Is The Way
  28. AlborosieBlue Movie Boo
  29. Damian Marley, Nas, & Lil WayneMy Generation
  30. GorillazOn Melancholy Hill
  31. Yim Yames & the Preservation Hall Jazz BandLouisiana Fairytale
  32. Sean Paul Turn Me On
  33. Kings Go Forth – One Day
  34. Gappy RanksButterflies
  35. Merle Haggard I’ve Seen It Go Away
  36. Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
  37. Lil Jon, Damian Marley, & Stephen MarleyOn De Grind
  38. Prince Fatty & Winston FrancisDry Your Tears
  39. Vampire WeekendHoliday
  40. Lee “Scratch” Perry & George ClintonScary Politicians
  41. Junior Kelly Too Late
  42. Damian Marley, Nas, & K’NaanTribes At War
  43. Jamey Johnson – Lonely At The Top
  44. Rootz UndergroundMakisupa Policeman
  45. Gorillaz, De La Soul, and Gruff Rhys – Superfast Jellyfish
  46. John Legend, Common, Melanie Fiona, & the RootsWake Up Everybody
  47. Kanye WestRunaway
  48. Spragga BenzDread Don’t Go Down
  49. Robert Plant Angel Dance
  50. Gappy RanksHeaven In Her Eyes
  51. Alejandro Escovedo – Anchor
  52. Damian Marley & NasPatience
  53. JonsiGo do
  54. Major Lazer, Collie Buddz, & Linda OrtegaGood Enuff
  55. Vampire WeekendHorchata
  56. Vybz Kartel & Popcaan Clarks
  57. Cypress HillBang Bang
  58. Kanye West Monster
  59. Overproof SoundsystemKing Step
  60. Cas Haley & Tanya Stephens Wolfman’s Brother
  61. Lil’ Wayne Gonorrhea
  62. Alborosie & Steel PulseSteppin Out
  63. Michael Franti, Lady Saw, and Spearhead Shake It
  64. Ray Benson, Jason Roberts, Leon Rausch, and Asleep at the WheelIt’s a Good Day
  65. I-Octane Puff It
  66. Lil Jon & Ying Yang TwinsRide Da D
  67. Romain Virgo Alton’s Medley
  68. Willie Nelson & Mishka Homegrown
  69. Damian Marley & NasNah Mean
  70. Tony AllenSecret Agent
  71. AssassinHand Inna Di Air
  72. Gorillaz, Mod Def, and Bobby Womack Stylo
  73. Prince Fatty & Horseman Shimmy Shimmy Ya
  74. Spragga Benz, Queen Ifrica, Stephen Marley, & Jah Cure – More Life
  75. Surfer BloodFloating Vibes
  76. Lil Jon, Ice Cube, & Elephant ManKillas
  77. Justin Townes EarleHarlem River Blues
  78. Damian Marley & NasCount Your Blessings
  79. SpoonWritten In Reverse
  80. Chalice & YellowmanBouncing Around The Room
  81. Broken BelllsThe Ghost Inside
  82. Alborosie & Horace Andy Money
  83. Cypress Hill, Pitbull, & Marc AnthonyArmada Latina
  84. Prince Fatty and Little Roy Christopher Colombus
  85. Vampire WeekendDiplomat’s Son
  86. MGMTCongratulations
  87. Gorillaz, Snoop Dogg, & Hypnotic Brass EnsembleWelcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach
  88. Kanye WestAll Of The Lights
  89. Two Door Cinema ClubSomething Good Can Work
  90. Carolina Chocolate DropsYour Baby Ain’t Sweet Like Mine
  91. Elizabeth Cook – El Camino
  92. Broken BellsVaporize
  93. NnekaHeartbeat
  94. The Rolling StonesPlundered My Soul
  95. Kanye WestPower
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Top 100 Ranking Singles of 2010

Friday at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2009!!!

Wavin' Flag

The rain fell as the music filled the park. Mud seethed underfoot and gushed between toes. Among the strong aromas and beautiful sounds, the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival came alive and offered another memorable year of music. Although environmental factors change from year to year, from stifling heat and dust to drenching rain and mud, the show never stopped. The music continued. And Austin proved itself again as the live music capitol of the world.

I caught Dr. Dog at the Dell Stage for my first show. I found these boys from Philadelphia to be quite harmonic, reminiscent of the psychadelia rock of the Beatles and The Byrds. Songs like “The Breeze” and “The Old Days” displayed that smooth 1960s sound. But my favorite song on the set list was “The Rabbit, The Bat & The Reindeer.”

I had heard of Phoenix, but I had never listened to their music. A friend convinced me to see this alternative rock band from Versaille, France. The comparisons to their French peers Daft Punk and Air interested me. Ultimately I understood the comparisons, finding the sound close to a New Order-like electronica pop. Phoenix pleasantly surprised me with tunes like “Lisztomania,” “Lasso,” “If I Ever Feel Better,” “Fences,” “Girlfriend,” “Run Run Run,” “Too Young,” “Rome,” and “1901.” Many of the songs appear on the new album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.

The best show of the day came from the Somalian born/Canadian based rapper k’naan. Under the Wildflower Tent the slender Somalian rocked the crowd with political prose, heart-felt lyrics, and blistering beats. Appropriate adjectives include humble, inspirational, and talented.  k’naan had a broad appeal, drawing young children and old people, and all those between the young and old. An intimate performance captivated the crowd.

The track “T.I.A. [Explicit]” thundered bass as K’naan introduced the crowd to his unique brand of hip-hop. “T.I.A.” samples Bob Marley’s classic ska tune “Simmer Down,” layers it over heavy beats, and atop raps the brilliant young wordsmith. In Africa, Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, 2pac, and The Notorious B.I.G. reign supreme. k’naan studied these great performers and his sound reflects those influences. Yet the sound is original. The music is gangsta but peaceful, hard but soft, and always chalk full of the contradictions and realities of life.

From Africa the Somalian took us on a trip to “America.” On the album, Mos Def and Chali 2Na join the track with their rhymes on the studio version of “America,”  but solo and live K’naan brought this song to its full potential without the help of these great lyricists. The song “Take A Minute” brought emotion to the tent. The following love ballad “Fatima” lightened the mood. And then the hardcore rap song “ABC’s” (with a Chubb Rock sample) rocked the and rolled with pure energy.

K’naan then sang a song about “Somalia,” which brought tears to the crowd’s eyes. The lyricist played two different versions beginning with an acapella and moving into a full band version. As K’naan says “his real will makes your real look like a rental.” This track talks about the perils of childhood in Somalia and the suffering of the people. K’naan harnesses the pain and realities of the world and turns them into amazing poetry. The rapper followed the tear jerker with “Bang Bang,” a nice jamming pop tune. And he ended his set with the a sing-a-long to “Wavin’ Flag.”

K’naan was the highlight of the evening. But the jams continued with Thievery Corporation. The dub electronica duo and band played on the main stage this year kicking out funky electronica with “.” The crew from Washington, D.C. also played the sitar heavy “Mandala,” displaying their unique acumen at world music.

In a testimony to the diversity of the music at ACL I caught parts of sets from the Texas country group Reckless Kelly and the hard-rocking new super trio Them Crooked Vultures. Them Crooked Vultures features bassist John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, drummer David Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters, and Josh Homme the guitarist and lead singer from Queens Of The Stone AgeKings Of Leon headlined Friday night playing their hits “Sex On Fire,”
”On Call,” and
”Use Somebody.”

The  music continued after the festival at the ACL after shows. I went to a Township Records showcase at the Ghost Room downtown on 4th Street in the Warehouse District. I caught the end of Danny Malone‘s set. This kid has a beautifully haunting voice. My wife described him as a creepy James Taylor. His new album Cuddlebug features the eerie track “Basement.” Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township played some of my favorite tracks from the new album Yearbook, including “Ragamuffin” and “Let It Go.”

Let It Go

Friday at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2009!!!