(NSFW) 2010 triplej Hottest 100 votes

I’ve always thought that it is arrogant to push your music onto other people, somewhat akin to evangelical religions (ok, maybe not quite that bad) so you should know I’m writing this just to say what it is I like about the songs I voted for.

Here’s my triplej Hottest 100 vote list in no particular order (complete with links to the YouTube clips). My full shortlist is at the very end of the article if you want to see what I narrowed down from.

  1. Aston Shuffle, The – Your Love
  2. Crystal Castles – Baptism
  3. Crystal Castles – Not In Love {Ft. Robert Smith} (This was my ‘number one’ song)
  4. (—NSFW—) Die Antwoord – Enter The Ninja
  5. Example – Kickstarts
  6. Kanye West – Power {Ft. Dwele}
  7. Klaxons – Echoes
  8. Little Red – Rock It
  9. Pendulum – ABC News Theme {Remix}
  10. Sia – Clap Your Hands

I’ve described what I like about each song below.

Aston Shuffle, The – Your Love

Just a great pop song. I was really introduced to The Ashton Shuffle from watching takeSomeCrime dancing on YouTube! Here’s him dancing to a song I voted for last year, N.A.S.A – Gifted (but I didn’t vote for The Ashton Shuffle remix).

Crystal Castles – Baptism

I love this song because the first time you listen to it the vocals are very confronting. The main melody is meandering and never really goes anywhere and all of a sudden you are hit with Alice’s voice heavily synthesised – it’s great! Plus I’m a huge fan of Crystal Castles. I don’t usually like electronica but they have really found a niche style.

Crystal Castles – Not In Love {Ft. Robert Smith}

Crystal Castles already had a great song when they recorded the original Not in Love – but when they added Robert Smith to it – wow! His voice is mesmerising. I can listen to this song (and have done!) over and over again.

(—NSFW—) Die Antwoord – Enter The Ninja

In the words of my girlfriend, “I can’t believe you voted for that.” In all honesty it would be an injustice not to vote for it! I couldn’t get it out of my head for weeks and it was a constant source of amusement to me. It doesn’t just test the boundaries of decency, like for example Bloodhound Gang does (a favourite band of mine), it grossly crosses them in a bizarre parody group from South Africa. The accent is great, the lyrics are hilarious, and the freaky girl just caps it off. I feel somewhat broken that I actually like this song – but I know I’m not the only one, so that’s comforting.

Example – Kickstarts

Actually voting for this was a bit of an accident. I do really like this song but I wouldn’t put it in my top ten if I could vote again. It’s a cliched pop-song about getting cold feet in your relationship but then realising that it’s really perfect for you. It’s easy listening, and I like having songs that are just cruisy in my collection.

Kanye West – Power {Ft. Dwele}

I like Kanye for similar reasons as I like Eminem or even Die Antwoord above. He’s pretty gritty, ruthless and over-the-top, but always to a considered melody beat. I like this song in particular for the ridiculous religious style film clip – but that has been partially destroyed by freddiew’s parody clip – Power Hour. (I subscribe to freddiew’s channel – check it out).

Klaxons – Echoes

The first song I loved from the Klaxons was It’s Not Over Yet. The film clip was amazing with ninjas cutting glass into shards. It intrigues me from a technical viewpoint – I still don’t know how they do that clip. I assume CGI effects? Echoes is a great song to fall asleep to.

Little Red – Rock It

I love it when a little band breaks into mainstream. The Temper Trap was exciting recently and now Little Red are dominating with their simple but awesome pop songs.

Pendulum – ABC News Theme {Remix}

I had to vote for this because it’s my mobile phone ringtone. If you like a song enough to do that, then it has to be in the votes. This remix is incredible. They brought such a well-known theme for our generation back to life, and I smile whenever my phone rings and smirk at the irony that someone is bringing me news.

Sia – Clap Your Hands

I really loved Buttons when that come out last year, and was rapt to hear her new stuff this year. She tooks some risks with the pop sound of the new album, but I 100% think they paid off. It was really hard for me to choose between this track and Bring Night – particularly due to this hilarious home-made clip for Bring Night.

My shortlist from which the above ten were chosen was:

Arcade Fire – Modern Man
Aston Shuffle, The – Your Love
Bliss N Eso – Addicted
Cee Lo Green – Fuck You!
Crystal Castles – Baptism
Crystal Castles – Celestica
Crystal Castles – Not In Love {Ft. Robert Smith}
Crystal Castles – Vietnam
Delphic – Halcyon
Die Antwoord – Enter The Ninja
Dizzee Rascal – Dirtee Disco
Drapht – Rapunzel
Example – Kickstarts
Florence & The Machine/Dizzee Rascal – You’ve Got The Dirtee Love {Live}
Foals – Miami
Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
Gyroscope – Baby, I’m Getting Better
Hot Chip – I Feel Better
Howl – Cabin Fever
Hungry Kids Of Hungary – Coming Around
Kanye West – Power {Ft. Dwele}
Kid Cudi – Enter Galactic (Love Connection Pt. 1)
Klaxons – Echoes
Little Red – Rock It
Lykke Li – Get Some
M.I.A – XXXO
Marina & The Diamonds – Hollywood
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – Bang Bang Bang {Ft. Q-Tip & MNDR}
Miami Horror – I Look To You {Ft. Kimbra}
Naked And Famous, The – Punching In A Dream
OK Go – This Too Shall Pass
Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – Dance The Way I Feel
Pendulum – ABC News Theme {Remix}
Sia – Bring Night
Sia – Clap Your Hands
Sparkadia – Talking Like I’m Falling Down Stairs
Surfer Blood – Twin Peaks
Washington – The Hardest Part
Yeasayer – Madder Red

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