The soundtracks of my year.

These are the songs that define my 2010. They may not have all been released this year; heck, I think only one song here was released this year. But they were songs that helped me get through sad situations; songs that soundtracked pain and pleasure; and songs that were just plain fun to listen to that I constantly had them playing on my iPod or my laptop. 2010 was a great year for music—at least for the ones I had stocked in my music library (so I don’t mean the music industry flourished this year with great artists and songs. Because it didn’t. In my opinion.) Unfortunately, in August my iPod became dysfunctional. However it didn’t hamper my listening to music. Let’s keep rockin’!

  1. Angel – Aerosmith = Yeah, I played this a lot when I was still addicted to Tumblr.
  2. Wake Up – Alanis Morissette = This year I realized what a beautiful song this really is.
  3. Down in a Hole – Alice in Chains = I was Down in a Hole most of the year, so this was apt.
  4. You Lost Me – Christina Aguilera = I refused to download a free mp3 of this song because I collect Christina’s CDs and I was bound to buy a copy of Bionic anyway, so to be able to listen to this over and over again, I relied on YouTube.
  5. No One – Cold = Played when I was feeling, mostly,… defiant.
  6. When the Water Falls – Collective Soul = For them bleak and dreary days.
  7. Love – Def Leppard
  8. Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry = What I listened to after one of the best nights I’d had in the year.
  9. Criminal – Fiona Apple = Fiona Apple had been missing from my player for about 13 years.
  10. Silver Springs – Fleetwood Mac
  11. Let Go – Frou Frou = ‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown.
  12. Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
  13. What About Love – Heart = “Don’t you want someone to care about you?” Indeed I do.
  14. The Middle – Jimmy Eat World = When I was feeling so down in April, this song helped me stand up again.
  15. Bach/Break – Jonathan Rhys Meyers = In June I watched August Rush for the first time, and fell in love with it. This just had to be part of the list.
  16. Terrified – Katharine Mcphee = Because this played in the newsroom on repeat for months. And it helped us finish our work. Yes!
  17. Somewhere Only We Know – Keane = Star Movies.
  18. Mr. Brightside – The Killers = I just couldn’t seem to stop listening to this song for a part of the year.
  19. Empty – Metric = Accompanied me during the many times I faced a blinking cursor against a stark, white background.
  20. One Moment More – Mindy Smith = Because during high school when I was watching an episode of Smallville, in which Lana leaves for Paris, or so, this played in the background, and I’d always thought it was a pretty song. And finally, this year, I looked for the soundtrack, and found it. Alas.
  21. Torn – Natalie Imbruglia = What I sang in front of classmates during an outing. Videoke. Which I don’t normally do.
  22. Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National
  23. Every Day is Exactly the Same – Nine Inch Nails = There were many times when the days of this year seemed routine. Monotonous.
  24. On A Plain – Nirvana = Because I watched Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged performance again for the first time in years and this is one of my favorites in the set.
  25. Hella Good – No Doubt
  26. Wonderwall – Oasis
  27. Moth’s Wings – Passion Pit = Great song. Enough said.
  28. Rome – Phoenix = Rome Rome Rome Rome Rome Rome Rome Rome Rome
  29. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd = Because I was, for most of the year.
  30. Don’t Get Me Wrong – The Pretenders = Which I listened to when the lyrics applied. 😀
  31. Love of My Life – Queen
  32. Imitation of Life – R.E.M. = Because in 2010, it seemed this was all my life really was.
  33. Be Be Your Love – Rachael Yamagata
  34. Worn Me Down – Rachael Yamagata = Because a friend kept playing this during press works.
  35. Blue Veins – The Raconteurs = Fun.
  36. Aquarius – Regina Spektor = Because rain drops kept falling on my head and they didn’t seem to want to stop falling. On my head.
  37. Fallen – Sarah McLachlan = My life. This whole year. I’m not kidding.
  38. Goodbye – Save Ferris
  39. Strong Enough – Sheryl Crow
  40. Pretty Noose – Soundgarden
  41. Maybe Tomorrow – Stereophonics = Because I kept hoping I’d be more productive the next day, as present day didn’t turn out well.
  42. What Ever Happened – The Strokes
  43. Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers = Oh, hell yeah.
  44. And the Cradle Will Rock… – Van Halen = Because we played this in the car after years of not having done so. Unless my memory has become faulty.
  45. Johanna – Sweeney Todd Soundtrack = Because I finally watched Sweeney Todd this year!
  46. The Kill – 30 Seconds to Mars = Just because.
  47. What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes = Ditto.
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