Having written about my favorite albums of 2010, it’s time to list my favorite songs/tracks of the year. As usual, I’ve identified my favorite 25 songs, whether they’re singles or tracks from an album. The list isn’t an attempt to be specifically accurate — it’s not that I like #17 more than #18 but that the top ten or so are more my favorites than the next five and so on. I’ll also try to explain what I like about each song/track.

#1: Brandon Flowers‘s “Crossfire,” a great song with a great video:

I love The Killers, and this song retains much of the flavor of one of their songs. I also like that it’s catchy and kind of a love song. From the first notes, I immediately loved every bit of the song the first time I heard it.

#2: Glee‘s “Teenage Dream”:

I know that I’m in danger of being an old, gay perv by liking this song, but I think it’s wonderful that this kind of song is on TV and no one really takes it as the demise of Western Society any more. That a guy could sing this song more or less to another guy is just great. As a “gay” song, it’s also a great love song. And Darren Criss is an energizing addition to Glee. (I have to say, though, that I find it a little creepy hearing an adult woman sing it to an adult man —  a little too I’m-going-to-be-your-teenage-dream pedo fantasy for me.)