10. The Ting Tings
I haven't even heard their new single yet, but they've been riding my scrobbles like a rodeo horse since the first time I heard "That's Not My Name". Anxiously waiting for the next album here.
I scrobbled and scrobbled, bought the new album, scrobbled some more, and then Andrew Stockdale got health problems and they cancelled the Werchter gig. Next to Ke$ha getting more scrobbles than anyone else in 2010, it was my biggest musical disappointment of the year. At least Cosmic Egg is excellent.
Tracks of the year: 10,000 Feet, New Moon Rising, White Feather ("dancing pizza!!!"), Far Away (love you, baby)
8. Elton John
This is all thanks to one track, I suspect. Strangely enough it's not one of this year's top tracks. Nonetheless it's got its hooks in me, Sugar Bear. Also I can't wait to play "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" again on Guitar Hero this Christmas.
Track of the year: Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Since I gave my heart to a Belgian woman, more and more artists from the land of chocolate and waffles have won my scrobbles. Laïs are no strangers to my charts. No new tracks have been discovered this year - I simply dig these people. Their version of "Le renard et la belette" is one of my favourite songs of all time.
One of my top musical moments of the year was when Muse opened their Werchter gig with "Uprising". Fifty thousand people peed their pants at the same time. It was bliss.
Tracks of the year: Uprising, Resistance
Although In This Light and on This Evening features an unnecessary change of style, it's a good album. "Papillon" has become one of my top Editors tracks of all time.
The Werchter concert was great, but while some songs impressed me in their live incarnations, others were disappointing. I'm looking at you "Hospital Doors".
Top tracks this year: Papillon, Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool
4. Coheed and Cambria
What the hell?
3. Green Day
I stole 21st Century Breakdown and played the kaka out of it. I like it every bit as much as the last album, just as all-consumingly as I like crisps and table tennis.
The Werchter gig was wild, but there were definitely moments of "whu'?". It has finally been proven that twelve-year-old Belgian girls can't sing "Longview", no matter what it says on their cardboard signs.
Top tracks this year: East Jesus Nowhere, 21st Century Breakdown, Know Your Enemy, American Eulogy
2. Suzanne Vega
Cementing her place as my favourite singer-songwriter, Suzanne Vega reaches for the stars once again. There's no system to my listening. I did discover Songs In Red And Gray this year, and I liked it. The rest is scrobble history.
Top tracks this year: Songs In Red And Gray,If I Were A Weapon
Unsurprisingly, 110 scrobbles higher up we find R.E.M. Two years after Accelerate they're strong as ever. Collapse Into Now (scheduled for release on March 7, 2011) will only give them a greater advantage when next year's list comes around. Dare I predict a 200-scrobble advantage?
Top tracks this year: Discoverer
Happy New Year!