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75 best tracks of 2010

  • 73 Addison Groove, 'Footcrab'. One of the bass-culture dancefloor anthems of the year. Download one of our tracks of the year from Amazon and get another track free

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    Added: 24 Nov 2010

  • 72. Active Child, 'She Was A Vision'. NME said: "Synth swirls, freefalling harps and operatic croons like a beautiful apparition." Download this track

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    Added: 24 Nov 2010

  • 70. DJ Nate, ‘Call Me When You’re Sober’. A future-sound masterclass in the art of 'juke' (basically sped-up ghetto house). Vote for your tracks of 2010

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 69. Egyptian Hip Hop, 'Moon Crooner'. NME said: "Young lust has rarely sounded so weird and so compelling." Download this track

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    Added: 13 Oct 2010

  • 68. Foals, ‘Miami’. NME said: "One of the most extroverted songs Foals have ever made." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 67. New Young Pony Club, ‘Lost A Girl'. NME said: "The perfect soundtrack to the point at the end of the night when the dancefloor slowly clears and dark thoughts begin to descend." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 66. Les Savy Fav, 'Let's Get Out Of Here'. NME said: "Bubbly and summery." Now check out our 75 albums of 2010. Download this track

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    Added: 24 Nov 2010

  • 64. Joy Orbison, ‘The Shrew Would Have Cushioned The Blow’. NME said: "Immaculately arranged future-house." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 62. Caribou, ‘Odessa’. NME said: "A tender hug that you can dance to." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 61. Salem, 'King Night'. NME said: "Gigantic doomsday juggernauts, here to flatten all existence." Download this track

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    Added: 12 Oct 2010

  • 60. Dead Skeletons, 'Dead Mantra'. NME said: Llike an ash cloud straight from Beelzebub’s backside." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 59. Willow Smith, 'Whip My Hair'. NME said: She's "done some cool shit for a nine-year-old."

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  • 58. Frankie & The Heartstrings, 'Tender'. NME said: "Yelps like he’s got his dick stuck in his zipper." Let us know what you think of our tracks of 2010 list

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 57. Interpol, 'Lights'. NME said: "[Interpol] attempt to recall the dark atmospherics of their debut." Download this track

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    Added: 17 Sep 2010

  • 56. Sleigh Bells, 'Tell 'Em'. NME said: "It’s so needle-in-the-red, you may want to check your speakers haven’t melted." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 55. Gaggle, 'I Hear Flies'. NME said: "Intoxicatingly brassy and beatalicious." Download this track

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  • 46. Manic Street Preachers, '(It’s Not War) Just The End Of Love'. NME said: "Quite literally the daftest, campest, most outlandish stadium pop song the Manics have ever put their minds to." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 43. Darwin Deez, 'Constellations'. NME said: "Starry-eyed indie pop." Download one of our tracks of the year from Amazon and get another track free

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 42. Robyn, 'Dancing On My Own'. NME said: "A comet-trail of sadness and exhilaration." Download this track

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  • 41. Foals, 'This Orient'. NME said: "No doubt it’s some complex and tortured exploration of love as postcolonial exploitation or some such." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 40. Kele, 'Tenderoni'. NME said: "Space-warpingly massive big beat pulsar." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 39. Arcade Fire, 'Ready To Start'. NME said: "Stately, melancholic but resolute, with an urgent rhythm and riff." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 38. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl, 'Bang Bang Bang'. NME said: "A soul and hip-pop throwdown." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 34. Katy Perry Feat. Snoop Dogg, 'California Gurls'. NME said: "Her best single to date."Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 33. Big Boi, 'Shutterbugg'. NME said: "Irresistible hip-hop that walks the tightrope between pop chops and mechanical weirdness." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 32. Klaxons, 'Flashover'. NME said: "It’ll knock you out for four days, give you terrifying dreams and leave you certain you’re crammed full of trackers and microchips." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 31. Cee Lo Green, 'Fuck You'. NME said: "The biggest pop hit the South’s had since Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya!'." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 30. Yeasayer, 'O.N.E.'. NME said: "Yeasayer’s unwavering dude-like sincerity turned it into something joyous and wonderful."Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 29. My Chemical Romance, 'Na Na Na'. NME said: "The most simple pop song refrain rebooted as nothing less than a generational call to arms." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 28. The Drums, 'Forever And Ever, Amen'. NME said: "On an album defined by gawky romance and childlike romance, this was the motherlode." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 27. Tinie Tempah, 'Pass Out'. NME said: "Dark, glossy and tremendously exciting." Download one of our tracks of the year from Amazon and get another track free

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 25. Lady Gaga Feat. Beyonce, 'Telephone'. NME said: "They’re having way more fun than you."Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 24. Everything Everything, 'Schoolin''. NME said: "A delicate, hypnotic take on the helium harmonies they’ve become synonymous with." Download this track

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  • 23. LCD Soundsystem, 'I Can Change'. NME said: "As Murphy crooned in that broken-Kermit voice, we were putty." Download one of our tracks of the year from Amazon and get another track free

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 22. Yeasayer, 'Ambling Alp'. NME said: "Did someone say ‘anthem’?." Download this track

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  • 21. Avi Buffalo, 'What’s In It For?'. NME said: "Words are just pretty pointless when there’s cuddles; so let these new Sub Pop signings give your tired ears a massive hug." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 19. Crystal Castles, 'Celestica'. NME said: "Naked, unashamed gym-trance." Download this track

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    Added: 24 Nov 2010

  • 18. Egyptian Hip Hop, 'Rad Pitt'. NME said: "It will swell your heart." Download this track

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  • 17. The National, 'Bloodbuzz Ohio'. NME said: "A surrealist, regret-tinged reminiscence that somehow manages to be heartbreakingly sad yet euphorically inspiring between breaths." Download this track

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  • 15. Warpaint, 'Undertow'. NME said: "Subdued and sarky." Listen to our 50 Best Tracks Of 2010 as a playlist. Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 12. Factory Floor, 'Lying'. NME said: "Never before has disco been so beautifully cruel." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 11. MIA, 'Born Free'. NME said: "World, you have been warned." Vote for your tracks of 2010. Download this track

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  • 10. The Fall, 'Bury Pts 2+4'. NME said: "Lurching low-slung punk roustabout." Now check out our 75 albums of 2010 Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 9. Zola Jesus, 'Night'. NME said: "If you just like lying in darkened rooms clutching machinery for comfort, this is just for you." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 8. Grinderman, 'Heathen Child'. NME said: "More surreal and filthy than usual." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 6. Gorillaz, 'Stylo'. NME said: "A glossy, growling beast, muscular and mischievous." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 5. Arcade Fire, 'We Used To Wait'. NME said: "Needling, nagging piano chords backed by drums and slashes of muted guitar as Win frets." Download this track

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  • 3. Janelle Monae, 'Tightrope'. NME said: "Uncontainable, high energy James Brown-indebted funk." Download one of our tracks of the year from Amazon and get another track free

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 2. MIA, 'XXXO'. NME said: "Its self-evident awesomeness is timeless." Let us know what you think of our tracks of 2010 list Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010

  • 1. Foals, 'Spanish Sahara'. NME said: "Parched, creepy vocals and barely-there guitar slowly build to a thrumming, huge chorus." Download this track

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    Added: 23 Nov 2010