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.)

#3: Lucinda Williams‘s “Kiss Like Your Kiss”:

Williams is one of my favorite singer-songwriters, and this love song is simple and beautiful. It’s from the True Blood Season 3 Soundtrack. Apparently, I like songs from TV shows!

#4: “Felicia” by The Constellations:

I know I shouldn’t love an ode to heterosexual fellatio, but I do. I think this is one of the GREAT songs of the year. The groove is great, and I like the sexiness of it. What makes ok for me to like it — in my mind at least — is the bridge, when the guy sings about returning the favor, so to speak. I know that probably doesn’t make it very feminist, but I love this song nevertheless.

#5: “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele:

This is our first taste of Adele’s new album, coming out soon. It took me a couple of listens to really get into this song, but once I did I feel in love. I like Adele’s sassiness. She’s go the throwback vibe, but it’s also modern and catchy. And maybe this makes up for number 4!

#6: “Ice Cream Truck” by Cazwell:

In keeping with the previous oral sex theme, I love the gay version too! Cazwell is quickly becoming my favorite queer artist. His music (and he) is sexy and fun. I hope this is the beginning of another album too.

#7: “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah,” by New Politics:

Like many of my favorite songs this year, I first heard this one on Alt Nation on XM radio. It’s a little angrier sounding than most of the songs I like this year, but it’s really catchy and New Politics seems to have something to say.

#8: Patty Griffin‘s “Coming Home to Me”:

Now for a totally different groove. This one is slow and always feel really sad to me but in a comforting way. It reminds me of death but it’s also kind of about love. It’s a beautiful song.

#9: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from Glee:

This gay duet is an important milestone in GLBT representations on TV. And, contrary to what many gay critics seemed to think, it’s incredibly sexy, especially if you listen to it rather than watch it. I love Chris Colfer and Darren Criss.

#10: “Tell Me You Love Me” by Leela James:

Leela James is one of my new favorites in a long tradition of my loving black women singers: Tina, Whitney, Jill Scott, India Arie, Mary J, etc.

#11: “Any Which Way” by the Scissor Sisters:

This song is my favorite off of the Scissor Sister’s latest album. It’s another one that like due to it’s more explicit sexiness. I like its call to give it to me any which way you can.

#12: Vampire Weekend‘s “Giving Up the Gun”:

I first heard this song when I saw the video on TV. I loved the video and quickly came to love the song in its own right. And then I downloaded the album and loved it. I guess it shows what a great video can do!

#13: “Little Lion Man” by Mumford & Sons:

This is another one that I first heard on Alt Nation. Mumford and Sons is in the same circle as Laura Marling, another of my favorite UK artists. This song is simply catchy and earnest. I love it.

#14: “I Want to Hold Your Hand” from Glee:

I love Chris Colfer‘s version of this song. As I wrote in an earlier blog post, I want this song sang just like this if PJ and I can ever get married. It’s lovely. But this is the last song from Glee on my list — I promise!

#15: “Fuck You” by Cee Lo Green:

I think Green is a genius. He had me at “And ain’t that some shit!”

#16: Broken Bells‘s’ “The High Road”:

Another one from Alt Nation. I love this song’s chill vibe. James Mercer’s voice is amazing. I love its timber.

#17: Laura Marling‘s “Goodbye England”:

I was listening to this song recently while walking home from work in the snow. It was the perfect song to be listening to at that moment. I love England, but I’ve never seen it covered in snow. This song really makes me want to.

#18: “Magdalena” by Brandon Flowers:

This is the second track on my list from Flowers’s solo album, Flamingo. I like this one’s modern western vibe.

#19: “Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience” by Natalie Merchant:

This is my favorite song on Merchant’s amazing album of Victorian and early twentieth-century children’s poems that she set to music. This song is about life and death and war and children. It’s a great song, and Merchant is amazing singing it live — PJ and I saw her in Chicago.

#20: “Don’t You Want It?” by Lovers:

This is my favorite song from Lovers’s Dark Light. It would probably be higher on my list if it hadn’t been so late in the year that I heard their album. It’s a wonderful album, and this is a great song.

#21: Sade‘s “The Safest Place”:

Sade doesn’t really do a lot of love songs, so this one is even more of a gem. It’s sweet and beautiful. This is definitely how I feel about PJ.

#22: “Animal” by Neon Trees:

This is the last song on my list that I heard on Alt Nation. It’s a great alt-pop song.

#23: “Fire with Fire” by the Scissor Sisters:

My other favorite song from Night Work. It’s one of the ballads from the album.

#24: “Holiday” by Vampire Weekend:

Once I started listening to Contra, I liked more and more of the songs. “Holiday” barely squeezes out “Diplomat’s Son” as my second favorite song from the album.

#25: Laura Marling‘s “Devil’s Spoke”:

And last but not least is one more from Laura Marling. The more I listen to this song, the more I love it. It’s a great way of thinking about overcoming one’s demons.

Conclusions: As usual, I’m really, really gay; I love British singers; and I love alt-pop. I also tend to like songs by male singers over one sung by women, but in general I like women musicians better than I like male ones, so I’m not sure how that happens each year!

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