Thursday, December 23, 2010

Best of 2010 - Eastern Conference Champions to Grace Potter

I'm sharing my favorite songs discovered in 2010 - 6 songs a day - I'll post the entire set in a YouTube playlist on December 31.

Eastern Conference Champions - A Million Miles an Hour
"It starts as a battle of luck."

This one came off the Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack which made up a big part of my summer road trip music.  The soundtrack was my introduction to some great new groups this year, including Florence and the Machine.  The bass line on this one is amazing.

Eminem - Not Afraid
"I'm not afraid to take a stand
Everybody come take my hand
We'll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just to let you know that, you're not alone
Hollar if you feel that you've been down the same road.

Yeah, it's been a ride
I Guess I had to go to that place to get to this one
Now some of you might still be in that place
If you're trying to get out, just follow me
I'll get you there."

I'm not usually big on rap - but every once in a while I find one that grabs my attention.  Eminem's comeback song this year was one that made me stand up and listen.

Eric Church - Smoke a Little Smoke
"And put some feel good in my soul"

I fell in love with this song when I heard it during my summer road trip to Asheville, NC.  I was driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway in a blissful state.  A long weekend with no work, no stress and just time to breathe.  This song came on, and even though I'm not a drinker or a smoker, it just felt like the perfect theme song for the trip.  A song about chilling out and just being.

First Aid Kit - Ghost Town
"I swear I can be better"

A song about looking back, with a simple haunting melody and sparse arrangement.

Florence and the Machine - Dog Days are Over
"Happiness hit her like a bullet to the head"

How can I not love this song, it starts all girl singer soft and turns into something that keeps me dancing around the house.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - Things I Never Needed
"I don't want to be the one who lets you down."

Another artist I discovered this year, lovely voice, great song.

What new artists did you discover this year? Pin It


bethany said...

So, so with you on #2 and #5! Florence and the Machine...oh my heavens. I think I listen to that song everyday. It's my #1 motivator on those days where I don't want to push myself to do anything. I'm off to listen to it now... :)

P.S. Gorgeous photo!

Ashley Sisk said...

I just discovered Grace Potter and LOVE HER. My husband was listening to it with me this afternoon though and said she sounded like crap. I told him to shut his mouth!

justine said...

another great list! have a wonderful Christmas!

blue elephant photography said...

love the songs and love this photo a lot!

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