I took the opurtunity to make a list of my 101 favourite albums, all genres included. I choose not to include live albums and compilations. Bare in mind this list is not absolute and I may modyfy it later on. Here we go:
This is my personal top ten favourite songs from 2010.
1. Iron Maiden - When the Wild Wind Blows progressive rock The song that might as well be the ending tune (cloasing song on what may be thier last album) of the career of almighty metal gods Iron Maiden. It would be almost impossible to make a song worthy of that title. Although, somehow, Iron Maiden made it possible. This is thier answer to The Beatles "A Day In The Life". The melodic intro...when Bruce Dickinsons raises his voice an octave at 2:16...the kickass riff starting at 5:04...Steve Harris crunching bass...the classic Maiden duel solo...the shivering outro...timeless masterpiece. Up the irons!
2. High on Fire - Snakes for the Divine heavy metal Warning! This one is for the metalheads only. If that's not your cup of tea, skip to the next track on my list. For all you other filthy people, you will be pleased to find one of the best heavy metal songs in years. That opening riff sucks you right in from the first second and then the song never loses it's grip. This greasy son of a bich sounds like Mastodon, AC/DC, Motörhead, Metallica and Black Sabbath all made an ugly love child, birthing at 8:24 minutes tall. This is pure magic, folks!
4. Khoma - All Like Serpents rock Best song on the best album of the year. Also a natural to follow up to The Second Wave's godlike ending track "One Of Us Must Hang". I'm a sucker for songs that starts of slow and then grows up to a monster in just a few minutes. When Jan Jämte start singing "I keep your voice..." and the song keeps on building up to it's crescendo, I never manage to hold back the shivers. All Like Serpants keeps on growing stronger for each and every play. Do not miss this one.
5. Watain - Waters of Ain black metal To be honest, I'm not a huge black metal fan. But, holy shit, is that an Metallica-AJFL-era-intro!? And then the trash metal riffs, the song structure of "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner" and the wonderful, fading solo at the end? This song reinvents a hole genre of music. The best black metal song i've ever heard. If this is the theme for total destruction and misery, bring on the apocalypce!
6. The Gaslight Anthem - Boxer folk punk Alright, people. This has to be the catchiest song of the year. I just can't stop listerning to it. Imagine jumping up and down in a sweaty crowd to this hooky pop-punk anthem. There are reasons why Bruce Springsteen himself praise thiese young rascals from Boston. Listen to Boxer, and you'll find out why to.
7. Slash feat. Lemmy Kilmister - Doctor Alibi rock Two of rock history's absolute legends collaborates and make up the coolest combo of the year. This duo of gentlemen delivers a classic 70's/80's blues rock tune. I can smell Jack Daniels, cigarets and smashed hotel rooms. If you don't bang your head to this one, it's most likely because you don't have a neck at all.
8. Pendulum - Set Me in Fire DRUM N' BASS/electronic Imagine this: someone is playing a remix of a drum n' base song over a calypso/reggae tune while another guy is playing the soundtrack to the SNES game Donkey Kong Country in the background. Oh, and Elton John sits in the background randomly playing his piano. Sounds wierd? It is.
9. Håkan Hellström - Vid protesfabrikens stängsel pop I'm really tired of hearing the swedish people's thoughts about Håkan Hellström's music by now. Tired of the prechers, tired of the haters. What I did was that I listened to his latest album "Två Steg Från Paradise" having no expectations at all. On the album I found this brilliant pop tune. Mellow and melodic, this is Hellström at his very best.
10. The Smashing Pumpkins - A Stitch in Time alternative rock Billy Corgan is one of my favourite songwriters of all time. This may not sound like a classic 90's SP song, but I really like it. The way Corgan's voice blend together with the acoustic guitar and the keyboard just sounds like it was meant to be. If this is just the start of what's to come from the upcoming Teargarden by Kaleidyscope EP's, I have huge expectations for the future of this band.