Now that I've finished tallying, time to start this baby.
65. Amy Macdonald - Don't Tell Me That It's Over
Last place on my chart this year goes to someone I've never been all that fussed on before...until this song changed my mind about her (somewhat). Grew bored of it pretty quickly though and the video isn't really all that interesting either. Must say that a makeover can do wonders for people - I reckon she looks a lot more pretty now than when she first burst onto the music scene!
64. The Temper Trap - Love Lost
One of the numerous singles from this Aussie band's Conditions
album. Its not my fave song on the album, but when you've already put out your most single-worthy tunes early on (the almighty Sweet Disposition
), I guess its kinda hard to find anything else on the album to put out....maybe Science Of Fear
could've got a re-release or even Fader
(as it did recently here). Methinks this is easily their best video to date...I think they actually ran a video competition for this, I seem to have found a few on YouTube that would suggest they were part of some competition to make the new video for the song. They've got 1 more song to come in the countdown.
63. Lisa Mitchell - Oh! Hark!
In at #63 is a song I didn't think much of initially, until it caught my listening ears one night on radio and I got hooked onto it very briefly - I tend to think a lot of music sounds better at night for some reason. Maybe its because you're more relaxed, I don't know. Its a little cutesy, but I've got at least one better cutesy song coming up later on in the countdown.
62. Karnivool - All I Know
An entry from an Aussie hard-rock band here. Their frontman Ian Kenny also happens to front another Aussie band called Birds of Tokyo, who'll be coming up later on in the chart (and not with their most overrated tune to date). For a rock guy, he doesn't have too bad a voice IMO. Haven't got anything else to say other than check it out if you wish...shall move on...
61. Vampire Weekend - Giving Up The Gun
I have no comments typed up for this, other than to say this song was deemed ok enough to enter my chart.
I think I liked the video slightly more than the song though.
60. Hayley Warner - Good Day
And here's the part where I cringe a little and hide in a corner.
Unlike Aussie Idol 2009 winner Stan Walker's first/winning single Black Box
(which I found boring at the time, but I didn't mind the remix of later single Choose You
), I enjoyed this from the '09 runner-up. Whilst I think its not a bad song musically, vocally there are parts of this song where she sounds quite rough and irritating, where she almost sounds like a bloke or a bogan singing! (Well, she is from the Shire after all....that's a Sydneysider joke, sorry.) Needless to say, I am a little ashamed for having liked this, but I guess it could've been worse...I could've thought so highly of it that it ended up being my #1 of 2010!
59. Two Door Cinema Club - Undercover Martyn
Another one I haven't got pre-prepared comments for, so again I shall wing it. I can't remember where I first heard this song (the 2nd single from their album Tourist History
) - it was either via UKMIX or via Aussie radio station Triple J, but like the Vampire Weekend song above, I deemed it fit to go into my chart. Its pretty catchy, but again, the novelty wore off pretty quickly.
58. Guy Sebastian - All To Myself
Coming in at #58 is a guy (pardon the pun) who has featured on my EOY charts numerous times. Seems like this song hung around just below the Australian top 50 singles forever and at the time, it probably should've been a slightly bigger hit. I think Guy does a pretty good tango in the video for this, which I'll presume was shot in Buenos Aires or somewhere in Argentina....I'm not well versed in the art of tango, but I think he looked pretty good. I guess he's come full circle now as a judge on the revamped Aussie X-Factor, having cut his teeth as the first Australian Idol winner, but in all seriousness though, is Australia that much of a TV talent wasteland that we had to get a former winning reality TV show contestant to judge? (Mind you, I guess Cheryl Cole's on X-Factor in Britain and she came from reality TV singing show stock too.)
57. Plan B - Stay Too Long
Now this one I definitely discovered via UKMIX. Had been seeing this song on numerous people's personal charts earlier in the year and decided to check it out myself...and I liked what I heard. Except for the shouty rap at the end, that did and still does annoy me a bit. Didn't like any of the other singles he released this year, so this is his one and only entry.
56. Sparkadia - Talking Like I'm Falling Down Stairs
Keen followers of my chart may remember this Aussie outfit from 2008, with their damn-good tune Too Much To Do
(#13 that year). Apparently they are now just a one-man outfit, with singer Alex taking the name for himself...if I recall correctly, Sparkadia were almost always a kind of one-man outfit anyway, so it hasn't made much difference.
(Don't quote me on that.) The video for this kind of feels a bit noir-ish. Or slightly spooky in an atmospheric way. Either way, it fits in with the song.
55. Laura Marling - Rambling Man
The first entry for Ms Marling on my 2010 chart, with one more to come. Initially I wasn't going to put this into my chart as I wasn't entirely fussed on it, but since I haven't really found any other songs that were worthy enough of going into my EOY chart, I threw this song in. I love the lines "And it's hard to accept yourself as someone you don't desire/As someone you don't want to be
" - those lines have really struck a chord with me as I've looked back at my life and realised I've had a few of those moments.
54. Florence & The Machine - You've Got The Love
Florence's biggest worldwide hit comes in at #54. Whilst I do think this is a pretty decent cover (not fussed on her cover of Halo
- then again, I don't like the original either), I got really sick of this song after a while, seemed like it was everywhere
here at one stage (damn you Masterchef Australia for ruining my taste for it by using it in your promotional ad for the show...and damn you So You Think You Can Dance Australia for using it in a routine too). I do think she has better songs in her singing arsenal though.
53. Calvin Harris - You Used To Hold Me
Yet another song that I debated about, but threw in eventually cos I got quite hooked on it...and yet again, the novelty wore off quickly. Its a bit sad, cos this took its sweet time to work its way onto my "me likey!" list. Still, its one of those tunes I felt/feel compelled to turn up loud and dance along to...and I still reckon Chris Brown stole part of this for Yeah 3x
as well (at the beginning, it sounds a bit like this before the whole this-sounds-like-I'm-Not-Alone
-part kicks in)....but let's not carry on that argument here!
52. Gin Wigmore - I Do
The lady with the most chart entries for 2010 (3 in total) lands her first at #55, with this 2nd New Zealand single from her excellent debut album Holy Smoke
. It wasn't my fave song on the album to begin with, but it is good song to chill out to on a nice day, even though its all about wanting a lover back. The single version in the video sounds a little different to the album version I think, there's a bit more bass in it throughout, instead of just in the chorus and it sounds a little different at the start. Kinda cute video too.
51. Broken Bells - The High Road
In at #51 is something one might not suspect I'd like, a collaboration between James Mercer of The Shins & producer Dangermouse. Truth be told, I didn't either, but the blips & blops of the song sucked me in and this song takes me back to autumn this year. I guess cos I was listening to it a lot back then and it reminds me of that season every time I listen to it. (Especially March/April - that's spring for all you northern hemisphere folk. Remember, I am upside down after all.
I'm bringing back the chart clues this year! Here's some for the next batch of 10:
- The first and last entries for someone who brought out a disappointing album last year.
- A duo who don't want to party.
- A lady with a long video.
- An all-female collaboration.
- A song that sounds better (IMO) in acoustic form than in video/remixed form.