During a radio show I did between 2010-2014, I did an annual round-up of my top songs of that year. Now, I am going to have these five tracks battle it out to see what is truly the greatest song of the 2010’s so far…
- Alex Louise – Bad Day (Top song of 2014)
A song which I think almost anyone can relate to. This track features singer-songwriter Alex Louise battling her way through a day in which everything seems to go wrong. Rather than letting it get her down, she decides to keep her head up high and just sing. Though probably one of the least known musicians in this list, that takes nothing away from the fantastic writing and the bouncy tune which gets you dancing along to it during its running time. Her debut album LUCKY is the place to go if you enjoy fun, catchy music.
- Iwan Rheon – Bang! Bang! (Top song of 2013)
Iwan Rheon may be more known for his acting in shows such as MisFits and Game Of Thrones, the welsh star is also an established musician. His third EP came out in 2013 to great acclaim and this song led it. A simple tune with the majority of the sounds coming from a single acoustic guitar, the song flows comfortably and gets you bopping your head during them thumps. It may not stand out too much after its first listen, but once you have repeated it you will find you’re instantly hooked.
- Laura Marling – Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) (Top song of 2010)
Laura Marling saw a lot of things happen following the release of her second album I SPEAK BECAUSE I CAN. Laura went on achieve her first Top 5 album, very positive reviews all round and even a BRIT award win the following year. The album contained this track in its centre. A song about her and her Dad taking in the beautiful sight of a snow covered England, it is a beautiful tune and the lyrics are personal throughout. This is a song which comes from a mature and old voice, though really Laura was only 19 when recording a majority of the songs for this album.
- The Rasmus – Stranger (Top song of 2012)
The Rasmus may sadly not get the same attention as they did a decade ago, but this band can still impress. With the release of 2012 album THE RASMUS, the band returned and brought with them probably one of the strongest tracks in their portfolio. The band keeps to their simple four-piece set-up and brings a song which mixes pop-rock, metal and their alternative roots. Lauri Ylonen still impresses with his vocals and the tone is typical Rasmus but at the same time is something that is very different and exciting.
- Noah And The Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. (Top song of 2011)
Noah And The Whale had been in the background of British music for years. It wasn’t until the release of LAST NIGHT ON EARTH that the band really took off. Having one of the top-selling singles of the year and outselling albums from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings Of Leon and Arctic Monkeys. The track itself tells the story of two individuals and joins them together with a chorus in which we are told that life goes on and that we should just be ourselves and not worry about anything except ourselves as we all have a heart. Just a great tune, fantastic lyrics and a beat which will grab you.
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove