The Year in Music

Grouping music in 12-month periods every December always seems a little arbitrary. Putting them in order and deciding which ones are better than other ones seems a little arbitrary too. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for the grandiose lists and the music nerd arguments that inevitably follow. But at the end of the day, it’s all just music. A bit less arbitrary though, in my book, is showing love to folks who put out great work. And here at W&B, it’s something we like to do whenever we get the chance.

To be real, these were the artists that provided the soundtrack to a lot of our lives this year. While Cunningham was slappin Freddie Gibbs in Beijing, Jesse and I were on the road with The Black Keys on repeat. And whether we were standing in awe of the “Window Seat” video, drunkenly belting “Fuck You” at the top of our lungs, or watching Mr. West’s beautifully sprawling fantasy come to life, 2010 definitely had some moments worth revisiting. So given the timing, we thought it was only appropriate to recap, review and share some of our favorites with you.


Download: The Black Keys – “Everlasting Light”

From Brothers

Download: Broken Bells – “The High Road”

From Broken Bells

Download: Cee-Lo Green – “Fuck You”

From The Lady Killer

Download: Drake – “Karaoke”

From Thank Me Later

Download: Erykah Badu – “Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long”

From New Amerykah Part 2: Return of the Ankh

Download: Janelle Monae – “Neon Valley Street”

From The ArchAndroid

Download: Kanye West – “All of the Lights”

From My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Download: LCD Soundsystem – “Dance Yrself Clean”

From This Is Happening

Download: Theophilus London – “No Answers”

From I Want You

Download: Toro Y Moi – “Low Shoulder”

From Causers of This

Download: Vampire Weekend – “Diplomat’s Son”

From Contra

Download: Yeasayer – “O.N.E.”

From Odd Blood



Download: Aloe Blacc – “I Need a Dollar”

From Good Things

Download: Arcade Fire – “We Used to Wait”

From The Suburbs

Download: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Round and Round”

From Before Today

Download: Best Coast – “Boyfriend”

From Crazy For You

Download: Big Boi feat. Cutty – “Shutterbugg”

From Sir Lucious Left Foot Son of Chico Dusty

Download: Caribou – “Jamelia”

From Swim

Download: Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith – “Not In Love”

From Crystal Castles

Download: Delorean – “Stay Close”

From Subiza

Download: E-40 feat. Too Short – “Bitch”

From Revenue Retrievin’ (Day Shift)

Download: Flying Lotus – “Do the Astral Plane”

From Cosmogramma

Download: Francis & The Lights – “Tap the Phone”

From It’ll Be Better

Download: Freddie Gibbs – “4681 Broadway”

From Str8 Killa No Filla

Download: Gil Scott-Heron – “New York is Killing Me”

From I’m New Here

Download: Gorillaz – “Plastic Beach”

From Plastic Beach

Download: Jay Electronica – “Exhibit C”

From Exhibit C EP

Download: Lil’ Wayne feat. Drake – “Right Above It”

From I Am Not a Human Being

Download: M.I.A. – “It Takes a Muscle”


Download: Mark Ronson feat. Q-Tip & MNDR – “Bang Bang Bang”

From Record Collection

Download: Rick Ross feat. Kanye West – “Live Fast, Die Young”

From Teflon Don

Download: Rihanna – “Rudeboy”

From Rated R

Download: The Roots – “How I Got Over”

From How I Got Over

Download: Seu Jorge & Almaz – “Everybody Loves the Sunshine”

From Seu Jorge & Almaz

Download: Sleigh Bells – “Rill Rill”

From Treats

Download: Wiz Khalifa – “The Kid Frankie”

From Kush & Orange Juice

Download: The xx – “VCR” (Matthew Dear Remix)

From Matthew Dear



Erykah Badu – “Window Seat”

Directed by Erykah Badu and Coodie & Chike

From New Amerykah Part 2: Return of the Ankh

Cee-Lo Green – “No One’s Gonna Love You” (Band of Horses Cover/Paul Epworth Remix)

Directed by Skinny

From The Lady Killer

El Guincho – “Bombay”

Directed by Nicolás Méndez & Marc Gómez del Moral

From Pop Negro

Rihanna – “Rude Boy”

Directed by Melina Matsoukas

From Rated R

Duck Sauce – “Barbra Streisand”

Directed by So-Me

From Barbra Streisand (Single)

Janelle Monae – “Cold War”

Directed by Wendy Morgan

From The ArchAndroid

Arcade Fire – “The Suburbs”

Directed by Spike Jonze

From The Suburbs

Kanye West – Runaway

Directed by Kanye West

From My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

  • Twill

    Thank you for providing endless slaps throughout the year.

  • B. Williams

    Not a problem. Thanks for listening homie.

  • Anonymous

    yes yes and yes

  • Shootin God

    slaps on slaps on slaps
    -The shootin’ God

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  • Cuningham

    well done as always. like you said, provided a soundtrack to my international life.

    I can only think of one omission from this recap list: Mac Miller, Kool Aid and Frozen Pizza

  • Nate

    Long live W+B