Vote For Your Favorite Indie Rock Song of 2010 Playlist and Readers’ Choice Poll – Choose from 50 No. 1 Songs

Surfer Blood were one of IRC readers' top new bands of 2010 with the hit single "Swim"

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.

In recent years, The Black Keys have become one of indie rock's hottest duos

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.

January 2010

“Swim”Surfer Blood from Astro Coast (limited time offer on Amazon: $5)

“Boy Lilikoi” Jonsi Birgisson from Go

“Norway” Beach House from Teen Dream (limited time offer on Amazon: $5)

“Written in Reverse” Spoon from Transference (limited time offer on Amazon: $5)

February 2010

“Let’s Go Down” Family of the Year from Songbook

“Dynomania” The Vermicious K’nids from debut s/t EP

“Damrell’s Fire”The Dimes from The King Can Drink The Harbour Dry

“Walls” Shout Out Louds from Work

March 2010

“Good Morning” Rogue Wave from Permalight

“Excuses” The Morning Benders from Big Echo

“Dream City” Free Energy from Stuck on Nothing (limited time offer on Amazon: $5)

“Stay Close”Delorean from Subiza

April 2010

“Tighten Up”The Black Keys from Brothers

“Terminally Chill”Neon Indian from Psychic Chasms

“Heavens On Fire”Radio Dept. from Clinging to a Scheme (limited time offer on Amazon: $5)

“Celebrate The Days”The Rassle from s/t EP

May 2010

“World Sick”Broken Social Scene from Forgiveness Rock Record

“Hustle and Cuss”The Dead Weather from Sea of Coward

“Zebra” Beach House from Teen Dream (only $5 from Amazon – limited time offer)

“The Suburbs” Arcade Fire from The Suburbs

June 2010

“Let’s Go Surfing” The Drums from The Drums (limited time offer on Amazon: $5)

“Younger Us” Japandroids from Younger Us 7′ single

“Rill Rill” Sleigh Bells from Treats

“American Slang” The Gaslight Anthem from American Slang

July 2010

“Little Girl”Sparklehorse & Danger Mouse (with Julian Casablancas) from Dark Night of the Soul

“Revenge”Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse & Wayne Coyne from Dark Night of the Soul

“Slow Motion”– Panda Bear from Slow Motion 7″ single

“Likely Story” (Aeroplane Remix) – Au Revoir Simone

August 2010

“Half Light I” Arcade Fire from The Suburbs

“Yes Yes Yes” Elsinore from Yes, Yes, Yes

“Sink/Let It Sway” Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin from Sink/Let It Sway 7″ single

“Boy” Ra Ra Riot from The Orchard (limited time offer on Amazon: $5)

September 2010

“Empire” Jukebox The Ghost from Everything Under The Sun

“Heart Full of Pentagons” Film School from Fission

“Knockout”Air Waves Dungeon Dots

“Crosswalk Stereo” The Pass from s/t debut

October 2010

“Helicopter”Deerhunter from Halcyon Days

“Daydreaming” Dark Dark Dark from Wild Go

“Write About Love”Belle & Sebastian from Write About Love (click album title to get it for only $6.99)

“Enzymes” The Freelance Whales from Enzymes single release

“Lucky 1″Avey Tare from Down There

November 2010

“Coma Summer”Weekend from Sports

“Not In Love” (with Robert Smith) – Crystal Castles from Not in Love 7″

“Fighting Smiles” Jonquil from One Hundred Suns

“Take Me Over”Cut Copy from Take Me Over 7″

December 2010

“Kudos”Surf City from Surf City

“You Don’t Have To Drive”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. 🙂

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  1. Hello everyone, it’s my first go to see at this web page, and post is really fruitful designed for me, keep up posting such posts.

  2. Belle and Sebastian for sure. I love the whole list, though. Really helpful to have links to buy albums. Support artist, but their albums!

    1. Hi Kate: We totally agree with you. We’ve all gotta support the artists we like the most.

      Unlike the old days, ‘rock stars’ of today are rarely wealthy, esp. artists who many people would agree are more “indie” than not so.

      Also, thanks for realizing that we put a lot of work into our posts to give our regular readers and visitors (now totaled at more than one million a month) fast and easy access to the best indie songs.

      The more people enjoy our mixes, the better, and we asked that they make their musical purchases through our album links – time will tell if the work that goes into finding and coding those album links will be worth continuing to do it. That said, we are humbled and encouraged that IRC has 25K people coming to it everyday. Since March of 2010, site traffic has doubled.

      Keep on Rockin!

  3. I feel like Sleigh Bells isn’t being given a fair chance. Rill Rill is amazing, but it’s no ‘Kids’ or ‘Infinity Guitars.’

  4. It’s so hard to choose only one for me. well…I ‘ll try. I think “Dynomania” – The Vermicious K’nids from debut EP (because it was a debut)

    1. Agreed. We are going to in our own Best Songs of 2010 series that starts this week. So check back. Plus, if you search the band on the site, they were voted one of the top breakthrough bands of the year by readers and visitors. Thanks for your feedback.

  5. that’s right ^ I want to vote at first, but later, when I remember all these great songs I can’t make a choice ))

  6. This is great work guys, not that I’m surprised by that nowadays.

    On the other hand what I am surprised about is some of the results so far, I think we all knew that bands like Arcade Fire and the Black Keys were going to be well ahead, they are practically mainstream. But what really surprises me is tracks like Free Energy’s Dream city and Write About Love by Belle & Sebastian doing so poorly up till now. I expected them to be right up there.


  7. Either Rill Rill or Let’s Go Surfing. But it’s hard to pick, this year’s had some really great stuff come out. Especially in the singles department.

    I don’t get the big deal about The Black Keys though, I really don’t. They’re good, don’t get me wrong, but they were really at their peak at Thickfreakness and it’s been downhill somewhat since then. There’s just nothing they’ve done to compare to that first record.

  8. I went through all these songs and finally decided on “Zebra” but it’s not on the voting form..

  9. Delicious selection. Without doubt, opt for Belle and Sebastian. You should enable us to vote for more than a song…
    Best regards!

  10. thanks for this great playlist! who cares about the vote. it’s impossible to select from so many great songs!

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