Throughout 2010, and every week for 50 weeks*, IRC readers and visitors have determined the Top Ten Songs based on the songs featured on IRC the week before. As a result, the Top Ten Songs page has become one of the most popular indie songs ‘charts’ on the web in 2010, attracting tens of thousands of visitors every week.
The logical extension of the Top Ten concept is to have a year-end readers’ poll and playlist in which all of you will decide the Top 50 Indie Rock Songs of 2010. Just stream this playlist of 50 No. 1 songs*, download tracks, and cast your vote on the Readers Poll of Top 50 Indie Rock Songs of 2010, located at the end of this post.
On January 13th, we’ll publish the results of the poll. We know many indie rock fans, labels, bands, bloggers will be watching this poll to see what hundreds of thousands of readers and visitors from around the world pick as the top songs of 2010. All of the songs in this playlist/poll were No. 1 songs of the week across 50 weeks.
To cast your vote for the best No.1 song of the 50 songs on this page, see the poll at the end of this post. As far as we know, we are the only popular indie rock site that lets the readers decide what is hot and what is not, with the caveat that the songs favored by readers depend on the songs we publish each week on Indie Rock Cafe.
Please note: We’re also working on our favorite songs of 2010 that will be an addition to this post, and will comprise of songs that do not appear in this playlist and poll.
To purchase any of the albums these songs appear, simply click the album title and you’ll be sent right to Amazon to complete your order. Make sure not to miss out on some sweet deals from Amazon, including half a dozen or more special $5 sales on some of the best albums of 2010.
Surfer Blood from (limited time offer on Amazon: $5)–
“Let’s Go Down” – from
– from debut s/t EP
– Delorean from
Radio Dept. from (limited time offer on Amazon: $5)–
– The Rassle from s/t EP
– The Gaslight Anthem from
from Slow Motion 7″ single
(Aeroplane Remix) – Au Revoir Simone
– Elsinore from Yes, Yes, Yes
“Boy” – Ra Ra Riot from (limited time offer on Amazon: $5)
– Film School from
“Knockout” – Air Waves
– The Pass from s/t debut
Write About Love (click album title to get it for only $6.99)– Belle & Sebastian from
“Enzymes” – The Freelance Whales from Enzymes single release
“Lucky 1″– Avey Tare from
(with Robert Smith) – Crystal Castles from
“Take Me Over” – Cut Copy from Take Me Over 7″
– Sleeping In The Aviary from
Note: There are no No.1 song results for last two weeks of December due to the lack of new releases.
Cast Your Vote For The Best Indie Rock Song of 2010
Choose Your Favorite Indie Rock Song of 2010 from the choices in this poll after you have streamed all 50 songs.
Also, make sure to keep your eyes and ears out for our Top Indie Rock Songs of 2010 (that were not No. 1 hits on IRC).
* Note: On and off during the year, we linked the artist or band name with the original post that the accompanying song first appeared in. Also, for some entries, we picked the No. 2 song if the No. 1 song was no longer available, or if the track was erroneously included in a following week’s Top Ten. The reason for this is that it was not until about June that we decided that a song should only place once in the Top Ten even if it was, say, the No. 1 song over a two-week period. We did this to make sure that a song could only place if it was originally published during the week for that Top Ten. Apologies if this “clarification” is hard to understand; we did our best not to confuse it. 🙂