Looking Backwards: 2010 (Songs of The Year)

So this will be my last of the 2010 posts, these are the songs I will call songs of the year for 2010. Just songs I dug, you have likely heard them all already cause I have put them on other mixes etc..but here they are all together. It was initially supposed to be a top 10 but hell I added one bonus song.

Bonus Track: 11. The Black Keys – Sinister Kid
This is what happens when the Black Keys FINALLY add some bass to the mix

10. Jamey Johnson – That’s How I Don’t Love You
I didn’t really talk about Jamey much on here because well…he get’s a lot of press everywhere else, but this song is haunting and fucking great

9. Will Kimbrough – Wings
Definitely one of the songs of the year, and probably the only uplifting song on this mix

8. Ray Lamontagne & The Pariah Dogs – Beg, Steal or Borrow
A perfect updated throwback to 70’s country rock ala Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue

7. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – You Won’t Let Me Down Again
How good is this song? Fucking good…love the little screaming thing in the background

6. Ray Wylie Hubbard – Loose
With a line like “Even her momma said she was always trouble/promise him everything, give him half and charge him double” how could this not make the list?

5. The Fox Hunt – It Suits Me
John Miller continues to impress with his songwriting and singing. The band is on fire with this one

4. Glossary – Through The Screen Door
On an album full of killer songs hard to pick just one but this one particularly resonates with me

3. Justin Townes Earle – Slippin’ and Slidin’
I remember when I saw Justin on Mt. Stage prior to this albums release and he played this song. It has stuck with me since, add Isbell to the studio version and holy shit!

2. The Sadies – Tell Her What I Said (from iTunes Session)
This song off Darker Circles was one of my favorites, but when I heard this iTunes session version with one of the best guitar solos played I couldn’t stop playing it.

1. Kasey Anderson – I Was A Photograph (Blake’s Song)
This has been the song of the year since the first time I heard it, one of the most powerful songs you are likely to hear

Download the mix here

  • mr blur

    January 24th, 2011


    I put sinister kid on my year end mix as well.

  • Vaughn

    January 24th, 2011


    How could “Harlem River Blues” (the actual song) not be on this mix?
    Seriously, it’s one of the best Americana songs I’ve heard in a long, long time.
    To each his own.
    Thanks for the mix though. Always welcomed.
    PS. “Sinister Kid” would have been much higher on mine. The Black Keys get my nod for Album of the Year.
    PSS. Do you follow Jason Isbell on Facebook? He should learn to censor himself for the sake of his image. He compared himself to Warren Zevon last week and a bunch of fans turned on him (me included).

    • Truersound

      January 24th, 2011


      It was a tough choice between Slippin’ and Slidin’ and Harlem River Blues…I gave the edge to Slippin’ and Slidin’ only because of the impact the Live version had on me. If I had seen him play a version of Harlem with Isbell like the one he did on Letterman, I doubt it would have been such a struggle!

      I follow Isbell on twitter, and I saw some of that Zevon stuff, but not enough to comment. His facebook feed is a crosspost of his twitter feed, so sometimes it doesn’t translate as well on facebook. One of the things I love about him is that he doesn’t censor himself.

      I actually just caught him a week or so ago in Huntington WV at my new fave bar and he put on a killer show, I really can’t wait for his new album.

      Brothers would be high on my year end list too. Honestly I stuck it as the bonus track on this mix cause it wanted it to start with a bang on the player :P

  • Mike K

    January 25th, 2011


    Good for you for putting Ray Wylie on the list. I love that line as well. I think your pick of Jamie Johnson’s song is one of the songs that will hold up the best over time. Thanks for the list.

    • Truersound

      January 26th, 2011


      Thanks Mike!

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