>STL’s Top Songs of 2010: 40 – 21


The Morning Benders get prepared for their placement on the list

Following on from Part One, here’s the second installment of STL’s favourite tracks from 2010, counting down from 40 – 21.


40) Kid Karate – Feel For You

Urgent, synth-rock from a band more renowned for their TV screen debut on Fade St (“and you fuck off”) than their music career. It’s impact wanes on repeated listens but that first listen is a knock-out blow.

39) Morrissey – Happy Lovers United

The re-released Bona Drag album unearthed this gem from the vaults, bringing dry self deprecation, and a jangly, simple tune, all the way from 1988.

Cults – Go Outside

Arriving with virtually no information, this song swept into our ears with little fanfare, leaving the flowing, joyous melody to do the job instead.

26) James Vincent McMorrow – This Dark Old Machine

McMorrow’s debut is an alluring affair, and in truth there could be half a dozen songs in this spot. That this song has grown on me so much in recent times is an indication of the album’s depth and its enduring appeal from a singer-songwriter whose recent success is well deserved.

25) Tame Impala – Solitude is Bliss

Trippy and symphonic, never has a video reflected the songs content so well.


24) Spies – Liars Call Me King 

The finest cut from a triumphant debut EP from this Dublin five-piece, who bear a slight resemblance with The National’s heavier output. Brooding and strident riffs combine to underpin a wonderful concoction of baritone vocals and lyrics which are drenched in romanticism and intelligent introspection.

Download their debut EP for free over at Bandcamp


23) Pepper Rabbit – Older Brother

The soft strum of a ukulele, sun drenched vocals and a joyous climatic chorus: perfection.


22) Deerhunter – Revival

A captivating, sauntering tale from the outstandingly dreamy new LP.


21) Morning Benders – Excuses

Beautiful and joyous to the nth degree, this tale of lovers trying to rekindle those precious first moments is as emotive and stirring as it sounds.


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