Hope you've had a marvelous Boxing Day after a wonderful Christmas. As promised here is my rundown of my favorite singles/songs from the past decade (2010-2019). Unlike the LPs, I decided to run with a Top 20. Many beloved tracks that appear on albums in my Top 10 are not here, in part because while they are spectacular, they work mainly in context with the LP. This list could easily be 40 songs deep, but I wanted one to encourage you to discover a new record or two. As with the album list, none of my own works are included. In ascending order to my favorite song of the 2010's, here we go with the Top 20:
20. A Tribe Called Quest - "Dis Generation"
19. Flyte - "Over & Out"
18. The Weeknd - "I Can't Feel My Face"
17. Natalie Prass - "Short Court Style"
16. Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers) - "Get Lucky"
15. Paul McCartney - "New"
14. Liam Gallagher - "Wall of Glass"
13. Radiohead - "Burn The Witch"
12. Sing Street - "Drive It Like You Stole It"
11. Beastie Boys - "Make Some Noise"
10. Brandi Carlisle - "The Joke"
9. Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band - "Bad Dancer"
8. Janelle Monáe - "Make Me Feel"
7. Jodie Abacus - "I'll Be That Friend"
6. Harry Styles - "Sign of the Times"
5. Phantogram - "Fall In Love"
4. Kendrick Lamar - "Alright"
3. Duran Duran (feat. Janelle Monáe & Nile Rodgers) - "Pressure Off"
2. Childish Gambino - "This Is America"
1. Kendrick Lamar & SZA - "All The Stars"
No surprise that Kendrick Lamar shows up twice in the Top 10, as does Janelle Monáe. It was their decade, but I'm expecting even more from them! Kendrick could have had three more on this list ("Humble.," "What A Dollar Cost" and "King Kunta"). A couple of very independent artists made it (Flyte and Jodie Abacus) and yes, that's THE Yoko Ono at #9.
Due to my iTunes, I'm able to see play counts. "Get Lucky" racked up the most (68), with "All The Stars" second (49) in a third of the time. As for "All The Stars" and "This Is America," they are a double-A side of sorts. Almost a 1a/1b situation. Depending on my mood, they flip. In the decade-end reckoning for now, it's "All The Stars."
Tomorrow, my Top 10 LPs resume with #5!