From The Observers, 'A Very Short List' again.
"Said the Gramophone was one of the very first MP3 blogs. It’s still one of the best, and for the past six years, the editors have outdone themselves with truly fantastic year-end best-of lists. This year’s list features 100 of the best songs released in 2010. Better still, every track is available as a free MP3 download. You’ll hear familiar favorites (by Spoon, Sade, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, and Alicia Keys, among not a few others), total obscurities (a Rwandan field recording called “Sara” is especially good), and songs by unknown artists who just might shoot to the top of your playlist. We downloaded every track and set our iPod to shuffle. But if you’re looking for a good place to start, check out Janelle Monáe’s “Tightrope” (which features OutKast’s Big Boi), or Peter Nalitch’s “Gitar” (which the editors describe as “part lo-fi pop, part yearning serenade, part post-Borat joke”). The links are still active but set to expire this month, so get these songs while you still can."