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My favourite 2010 music

I’m not going to lie, at the beginning of the year I really wasn’t feeling any of the new mainstream music that came out, but since September my iTunes library has expanded with some genius new albums. Lots of collaborations between combinations of Kanye, Enimen, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are a refreshing addition to my music collection of Phil Collins and Elton John that I had resorted to listening to.

Rihanna – Loud

Rihanna definitely redeems herself from her previous album Rated R with Loud. I’ve been hooked on her collaboration with Drake, “What’s My Name” since the first time I heard it over a month ago. This album contains part 2 of “Love the Way You Lie” with Eminem as well as songs that will make you dance, songs that will make you nostalgic and just overall feel-good songs. Loud includes collaborations with Drake, Nicki Minaj and Eminem. Amazing.

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday

I surprised myself by being so addicted to this album. I’m not usually in to hip-hop music, and I always thought Nicki Minaj gave off a kind of sassy vibe. After her appearance on this years MTV VMA’s and hearing good reviews of her album, I gave in and discovered that yes, Nicki Minaj is sassy but in a good, empowering way. Her attitude expressed in this album is that she won’t take shit from anyone, which is enlightening. Pink Friday is a super addicting album, with tons of fun collaborations including Natasha Bedingfield, Rihanna, Kanye,, Drake and Rihanna. Each song is unique and will make you feel amazing after listening. So do it.

Katy Perry – Teenage Dream

When I heard Katy Perry’s first single “I Kissed a Girl,” I absolutely hated it. It eventually grew on me though, and I could tolerate her music. Teenage Dream however, I’ve loved since California Girls. Though that single was eventually overplayed, this album is filled with a lot of fun songs and you can tell that Katy was having the time of her life while making it. From quirky lovey songs like Teenage Dream to empowering songs like Firework and slow ballads like Not Like The Movies, this upbeat album has it all.

Eminem – Recovery

Back in my grade 6 days, I was obsessed with Eminem. Completely obsessed. My friend and I would sit around bored, listening to Eminem all day long. I outgrew the obsession as Eminem kind of disappeared. When Recovery was released earlier this year, my obsession was rekindled. This album is absolutely incredible and showcases Eminem’s ability to pour all his emotions and the struggles he’s been through into his raps. It has a “you know what life, you haven’t been that nice to me, but look, i’m a successful rapper and you still haven’t phased me” vibe. He has songs with P!nk, Lil Wayne, Rihanna and others. Go listen!

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

I don’t even know what to say about this album. It’s genius. The instrumentals are so original, unique and effective. And a musical genius collaborating with other musical geniuses like Elton John and John Legend is incredible. This album just blows my mind every time I listen to it. If you haven’t heard it, you’re missing out on brilliant music.

Tokyo Police Club – Champ

This feel-good indie album may surpass their previous album Elephant Shell in my opinion. Maybe. They combine unique, catchy instrumentals with smart lyrics to create an overall really great sound. TPC has a very distinctive sound which shines through in Champ. They’re also amazing live artists!

Marina and the Diamonds – The Family Jewels

I don’t think I’ve ever been as addicted to a song as I was with “I am not a Robot” and I promise the rest of the album is just as good! Marina has one of the genuine singing voices I’ve heard in awhile which is refreshing. Song after song, the album just makes you feel happy and calm inside. Her lyrics are real and true, overall it’s a peaceful, happy album. It’s the kind of music that makes you feel pretty and motivates you to dance around by yourself in your room.

Deadmau5 – 4 x 4 = 12

I give huge props to all electronic artists, they always seem to just know what will sound good together. I have no idea how they do it, and I’m always blown away by anything Deadmau5 produces (he lives in a building across the street from my rez by the way!). If you ever need to be pumped up before a party, workout or whatever, nothing will get you in a better mood than 4 x 4 = 12. It’s even a good album to just drive around aimlessly while blasting. He combines such unique sounds and somehow manages to add his own touch to simple beats, sounding amazing.

Drake – Thank Me Later

Blown away is an understatement to describe how I feel about Drake’s music. My initial reaction when I found out that the Degrassi actor was coming out with an album was “oh, another actor that thinks they can sing … ha!” But Drake has already made it in the music world in my opinion. His songs are catchy, lyrics are witty and his voice is incredibly soothing. Everything you need to make a good album. mmm.

Other amazing albums of 2010 that are great but not enough to right a blurb about:

Keith Urban – Get Closer
Taylor Swift – Speak Now
Vampire Weekend – Contra
A Day To Remember – What Separates Me From You
MGMT – Congratulations

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