2010 has been a wonderful year for music. As you stuff your face with turkey this Thanksgiving, stop for a second and take stock of some music you’re thankful for this year. Here’s mine.
Artist: Arcade Fire
Album: The Suburbs
Easily my favorite album of the year. I’m thankful for The Suburbs because it plays like a time capsule. Twenty years from now, my kidlet will ask me to tell him stories from our time. I’ll simply hand him a copy of The Suburbs.
Song: “Fuck You”
The Lady Killer turned out to be a mixed bag, but this song still stands as an undeniable candidate for Song of the Year. The mesmerizing piece of pop confessional became a viral smash overnight because it’s exactly the type of anti-establishment sentiment people have been yearning for.
Artist: Rick Ross, Styles P.
Song: “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)”
“B.M.F.” is the song your favorite rapper wished he had penned. It isn’t just a song, it’s a smash of monstrous proportions — the type that comes along once in a career. Its runaway success inspired a remix craze from the Magic City to the Big Apple. Whenever I’m down and out, I chug a dose of “B.M.F.,” close my eyes, and ask myself, “What would Big Meech do?”
Compilation: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: The Samples
The folks at FSD got their Ivan on and tracked down every sample on Kanye’s latest opus. It’s such a thoroughly enjoyable compilation that further affirms Kanye’s eclectic influences. As a certified hip-hop nerd, an extension of my appreciation goes to the Internet for making these sorts of things possible nowadays.
Most importantly, thanks to the greatest writing crew on earth: TRU Nation. They’ve enhanced the quality of this site in more ways than you can even imagine. If I showed you all the behind-the-scenes work that help fuel this blog, you’d be thankful too.
What about you? What are you thankful for this year?
Note: This doesn’t necessarily represent my picks for the year’s best music (I’ll post that later), just what I’m thankful for this year.