An ever-building, morbid masterpiece inspired both by Greek myth and singer Yannis’ experience of seeing a dead dog floating in the waves (worst beach holiday ever), it’s hardly your average beer-flinging indie-disco anthem. ‘Spanish Sahara’ is subtle, mysterious, cryptic – it creates a filmic world of its own that you want to crawl inside.
The full tracks of 2010 list is here. Meanwhile, here’s the rest of our top 10:
1.Foals – Spanish Sahara
2.MIA – XXXO
3.Janelle Monae – Tightrope
4.Kanye West – Power
5.Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait
6.Gorillaz – Stylo
7.Surfer Blood – Swim (To Reach The End)
8.Grinderman – Heathen Child
9.Zola Jesus – Night
10.The Fall – Bury Pts 2+4
We’ve made our 50 tracks of the year into a We7 playlist, which you can stream via this widget.
It’s also available as a Spotify playlist.
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Read about our albums and tracks of the year in NME’s end-of-year special, on sale Wednesday 1 December