Canon Fodder: The Ten Best Songs of 2010?

Stephen Totilo and N'Gai Croal created a game, Canon Fodder, to try to identify the best video games of all time.

Starting with GameRankings.com's list of the 10 highest-scoring games of all time, they asked various game developers to either 1. swap the positions of any two games or 2. replace a game.

I thought it'd be fun to play Canon Fodder with Pitchfork's Top 10 Tracks of 2010 as the starter list.


The Top 10 Tracks of 2010
1. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti – "Round and Round"
2. Kanye West – "Runaway [feat. Pusha T]"
3. LCD Soundsystem – "I Can Change"
4. Robyn – "Dancing on My Own"
5. Big Boi – "Shutterbugg [feat. Cutty]"
6. Kanye West – "Power [feat. Dwele]"
7. Joanna Newsom – "Good Intentions Paving Company"
8. James Blake – "I Only Know (What I Know Now)"
9. Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
10. Janelle Monáe – "Tightrope [feat. Big Boi]"

Move 1 by "Phoodie of the Year" Drew Lazor
1. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti – "Round and Round"
2. Kanye West – "Runaway [feat. Pusha T]"
3. LCD Soundsystem – "I Can Change"
4. Robyn – "Dancing on My Own"
5. Big Boi – "Shutterbugg [feat. Cutty]"
6. removed: Kanye West – "Power [feat. Dwele]" / added: Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream"
7. Joanna Newsom – "Good Intentions Paving Company"
8. James Blake – "I Only Know (What I Know Now)"
9. Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
10. Janelle Monáe – "Tightrope [feat. Big Boi]"

Move 2 by Ogre
1. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti – "Round and Round"
2. Kanye West – "Runaway [feat. Pusha T]"
3. LCD Soundsystem – "I Can Change"
4. Robyn – "Dancing on My Own"
5. removed: Big Boi – "Shutterbugg [feat. Cutty]" / added: Lil B – "Cold War"
6. Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream"
7. Joanna Newsom – "Good Intentions Paving Company"
8. James Blake – "I Only Know (What I Know Now)"
9. Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
10. Janelle Monáe – "Tightrope [feat. Big Boi]"

Move 3 by DJ Ben
1. removed: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti – "Round and Round" / added: Wiz Khalifa – "Black and Yellow"
2. Kanye West – "Runaway [feat. Pusha T]"
3. LCD Soundsystem – "I Can Change"
4. Robyn – "Dancing on My Own"
5. Lil B – "Cold War"
6. Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream"
7. Joanna Newsom – "Good Intentions Paving Company"
8. James Blake – "I Only Know (What I Know Now)"
9. Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
10. Janelle Monáe – "Tightrope [feat. Big Boi]"

Ben wanted to replace "Round and Round" with "Power (Remix) [feat. Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz]," but we decided that the game is more interesting if you cannot add a previously removed song.

Move 4 by Forest
1. Wiz Khalifa – "Black and Yellow"
2. Kanye West – "Runaway [feat. Pusha T]"
3. LCD Soundsystem – "I Can Change"
4. Robyn – "Dancing on My Own"
5. Lil B – "Cold War"
6. Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream"
7. removed: Joanna Newsom – "Good Intentions Paving Company" / added: Beach House – "Real Love"
8. James Blake – "I Only Know (What I Know Now)"
9. Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
10. Janelle Monáe – "Tightrope [feat. Big Boi]"

Move 5 by Matt Adams
1. Wiz Khalifa – "Black and Yellow"
2. Kanye West – "Runaway [feat. Pusha T]"
3. LCD Soundsystem – "I Can Change"
4. Robyn – "Dancing on My Own"
5. Lil B – "Cold War"
6. Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream"
7. Beach House – "Real Love"
8. James Blake – "I Only Know (What I Know Now)"
9. Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
10. removed: Janelle Monáe – "Tightrope [feat. Big Boi]" / added: The National – "Bloodbuzz Ohio"

Move 6 by Nerdy Neil
1. elevated: Kanye West – "Runaway [feat. Pusha T]"
2. lowered: Wiz Khalifa – "Black and Yellow"
3. LCD Soundsystem – "I Can Change"
4. Robyn – "Dancing on My Own"
5. Lil B – "Cold War"
6. Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream"
7. Beach House – "Real Love"
8. James Blake – "I Only Know (What I Know Now)"
9. Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
10. The National – "Bloodbuzz Ohio"

Move 7 by Me
1. Kanye West – "Runaway [feat. Pusha T]"
2. Wiz Khalifa – "Black and Yellow"
3. removed: LCD Soundsystem – "I Can Change" / added: Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
4. Robyn – "Dancing on My Own"
5. Lil B – "Cold War"
6. Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream"
7. Beach House – "Real Love"
8. James Blake – "I Only Know (What I Know Now)"
9. Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
10. The National – "Bloodbuzz Ohio"

That's all the moves I could muster late Tuesday night. I hope to get some more people to contribute. In the meantime, comments are posted in chronological order (nudge nudge wink wink).


Move 8 by dedleg
1. Kanye West – "Runaway [feat. Pusha T]"
2. Wiz Khalifa – "Black and Yellow"
3. Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
4. Robyn – "Dancing on My Own"
5. removed: Lil B – "Cold War" / added: Gorillaz – "Superfast Jellyfish [feat. De La Soul and Gruff Rhys]"
6. Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream"
7. Beach House – "Real Love"
8. James Blake – "I Only Know (What I Know Now)"
9. Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
10. The National – "Bloodbuzz Ohio"

Move 9 by Josh
1. Kanye West – "Runaway [feat. Pusha T]"
2. Wiz Khalifa – "Black and Yellow"
3. Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
4. elevated: Beach House – "Real Love"
5. Gorillaz – "Superfast Jellyfish [feat. De La Soul and Gruff Rhys]"
6. Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream"
7. lowered: Robyn – "Dancing on My Own"
8. James Blake – "I Only Know (What I Know Now)"
9. Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
10. The National – "Bloodbuzz Ohio"

Move 10 by Jordan Ginsberg
1. Kanye West – "Runaway [feat. Pusha T]"
2. Wiz Khalifa – "Black and Yellow"
3. Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
4. Beach House – "Real Love"
5. Gorillaz – "Superfast Jellyfish [feat. De La Soul and Gruff Rhys]"
6. elevated: The National – "Bloodbuzz Ohio"
7. Robyn – "Dancing on My Own"
8. James Blake – "I Only Know (What I Know Now)"
9. Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
10. lowered: Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream"

Move 11 by Ryan McKern
1. Kanye West – "Runaway [feat. Pusha T]"
2. Wiz Khalifa – "Black and Yellow"
3. Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
4. Beach House – "Real Love"
5. Gorillaz – "Superfast Jellyfish [feat. De La Soul and Gruff Rhys]"
6. The National – "Bloodbuzz Ohio"
7. Robyn – "Dancing on My Own"
8. James Blake – "I Only Know (What I Know Now)"
9. Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
10. removed: Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream" / added: Kate Nash – "Do-Wah-Doo"

Move 12 by Steven
1. Kanye West – "Runaway [feat. Pusha T]"
2. Wiz Khalifa – "Black and Yellow"
3. Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
4. Beach House – "Real Love"
5. Gorillaz – "Superfast Jellyfish [feat. De La Soul and Gruff Rhys]"
6. The National – "Bloodbuzz Ohio"
7. Robyn – "Dancing on My Own"
8. James Blake – "I Only Know (What I Know Now)"
9. Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
10. removed: Kate Nash – "Do-Wah-Doo" / added: Far East Movement – "Like a G6 (Remix) [feat. 50 Cent]"

9 thoughts on "Canon Fodder: The Ten Best Songs of 2010?"

  1. "Cold War" is a pretty good hip hop song but I wouldn't say it's anything particularly transcendent. Going with "Superfast Jellyfish" off Plastic Beach.

    Move 8 by dedleg
    1. Kanye West – "Runaway [feat. Pusha T]"
    2. Wiz Khalifa – "Black and Yellow"
    3. Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
    4. Robyn – "Dancing on My Own"
    5. removed: Lil B – "Cold War" / added: Gorillaz feat. De La Soul – "Superfast Jellyfish"
    6. Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream"
    7. Beach House – "Real Love"
    8. James Blake – "I Only Know (What I Know Now)"
    9. Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
    10. The National – "Bloodbuzz Ohio"

    Should have been the song of the summer.

  2. Big fan of the OTHER cold war (the Janelle Monae song) that came out this year but Tightrope is too good to let it go

    Move 9 by McKern
    1. Kanye West – "Runaway [feat. Pusha T]"
    2. Wiz Khalifa – "Black and Yellow"
    3. Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
    4. Robyn – "Dancing on My Own"
    5. Gorillaz feat. De La Soul – "Superfast Jellyfish"
    6. removed: Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream" / added: Janelle Monáe – "Tightrope [feat. Big Boi]"
    7. Beach House – "Real Love"
    8. James Blake – "I Only Know (What I Know Now)"
    9. Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
    10. The National – "Bloodbuzz Ohio"

  3. Can't. Song is too good to lose; best bassline of the year. I can't call it the best song of the year but it's got to be in the list. Bump it to honorable mention if you must.

  4. Wait, no. I'll play along:

    Move 11 by McKern
    1. Kanye West – "Runaway [feat. Pusha T]"
    2. Wiz Khalifa – "Black and Yellow"
    3. Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
    4. Beach House – "Real Love"
    5. Gorillaz – "Superfast Jellyfish [feat. De La Soul and Gruff Rhys]"
    6. The National – "Bloodbuzz Ohio"
    7. Robyn – "Dancing on My Own"
    8. James Blake – "I Only Know (What I Know Now)"
    9. Arcade Fire – "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
    10. removed: Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream" / added Kate Nash – "Do Wah Doo"

  5. Looks like much of the fighting right now is over the last few spots. Everyone seem to agree with the top 5?

    When does it end?

  6. My Top-10 of the year bares no resemblance to this aggregate in any meaningful way whatsoever.

  7. Yeah, my top 10… doesn't look anything like this. I want to participate, but no point adding any crusty sludge metal to the list when it'll just be removed by the next person. I see lists like this and sometimes I'm glad I have tinnitus and 40% hearing loss on my right side. I have a feeling there's a reason you didn't ask me outright to participate Jon.

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