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Christian Hoard's Best of 2010

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Singles

1. Ke$ha, "Tik Tok"
She's almost as polarizing as Kanye — people really hate this song, which I take as more proof of its genius. I like to imagine she and Dr. Luke kept listening to playback and going, "Not dumb enough!"

2. Robyn, "Dancing on My Own"
The most perfect of all the perfect songs she gave us in 2010.

Critic's Picks: Jody Rosen's Best Albums and Songs of 2010

3. Die Antwoord, "Enter the Ninja"

4. Kanye West, "Power"

5. The National, "Bloodbuzz Ohio"

6. Les Savy Fav, "Let's Get Out of Here"
Archers of Loaf-style guitar clamor plus raw boy-voices singing, "we got mouths, let's make 'em moan." Overtly horny indie-rock — sort of rare, right?

Critic's Picks: Will Hermes' Best Albums and Singles of 2010

7. Far East Movement, "Like a G6"
The song puking one stall over from "Tik Tok."

8. Lindstrom & Christabelle, "Lovesick"

Rolling Stone's Best of 2010: Music, Movies, Videos, Photos and More

9. Spoon, "The Mystery Zone"

10. Gucci Mane, "Lemonade"

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Song Stories

“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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