It’s getting to be that time of year again where we bid farewell to the old year and usher in the new one. And honestly, a year really does pass too quickly. I could have sworn it was just yesterday I was getting excited over turning 18 soon.
Since a lot of great idol things have happened in the past year, it’s time to rank the best and worst of 2010. So, I bring you part 1 of my 2010 ranking extravaganza. In this post I’ll be ranking my personal favorite 10 singles of 2010.
I decided to make this series in my blog because I haven’t done anything special about the new year in this blog since I first started it. So look forward to my next posts: best album songs and top ten worst singles of 2010. If I get extremely bored or extremely inspired, I may also do the worst album songs, best B-sides, and the best and worst of subgroups.
Here are my top ten singles of 2010! Keep in mind it was extremely difficult to make a top ten. I had to bump A LOT of songs I love. :/
10. Our Steady Boy – YuiKaori
YuiKaori have only released 3 singles in total, so it might be too soon for some to regard any of their singles as the best of the year. However, I don’t really care too much about what anyone else might think, but I am in love with YuiKaori. Better yet, I am in love with this song. There is just so much I love about this song. Since it’s used as the theme for an anime is has the heavy overly cutesy music, mixed with the adorable voices and overall infectiousness of YuiKaori themselves. But what puts this song in the top ten for me is the lyrics. Since I’ve been in more one-sided love then I can count, I can completely relate to the lyrics of a girl not being noticed by the guy she likes. Yeah that might be lame, but relating to all the girlish feelings of love in the lyrics is half the reason I listen to idol music. And I have actually be in the exact same situation as these lyrics with one of my friends. Our exact agreement was not to fight over him and to be perfectly ok/accept whichever one of us ended up with him. Needless to say, neither of us had him. Well, not relationship wise anyway. I don’t think anyone cared about that part. XD
9. Yumemiru 15sai – S/mileage
When this song first came out I actually didn’t like it all that much. I was turned off by the fact that it sounded so much different then what they were releasing up until this point. It actually took me a couple months to like this song, but once I did I was listening to it nonstop. Ironically, the overall techno type music is a main factor of why I like it. But I really love this song because of the varied ways it’s sung. The way the verse is sung, the fast backup singing of the bridge, the chorus, and, my absolute favorite, the high notes. Which are mostly sung by my beloved Kanon. The lyrics are also really adorable, even if it’s about a 15 year olds love.
8. Gyu! – Wattarirouka Hashiritai
I absolutely had to have a Wattarirouka Hashiritai song on my list. Practically every single one of their singles are amazing, and this song isn’t the exception. This song is hands down the cutest song of 2010. Mostly because of Wattarirouka Hashiritai’s cute gyus in the background. However, this is my only basis for liking the song. I still have yet to go come across an English translation of the song.
7. Ikuze! Kaitou Shoujo – Momoiro Clover
Momoiro Clover is an idol group I actually did not think I was going to like. But after listening to Ikuze! Kaitou Shoujo I was completely impressed. This song is just absolutely incredible. There are so many things going on in it, it’s hard not to like the song. From the Momoclo raps through out the song, the mesmerizing speed most of the song is song with, and Akari’s sexy speaking part and solo parts in the chorus. I even love the echo during the chorus. Not to mention Kanako’s strong and adorable solo towards the end of the song. Oh and practically dying at Ayaka’s aha~n. XD The lyrics themselves are a little random to say the least. I think they’re supposed to mean that they are some great thieves because they will steal your heart. But regardless of the overall meaning, the song is insanely catchy.
6. SHOCK! – C-ute
There has been a lot of hate out there for this song because it’s Airi central. But ever since my first listen I was absolutely blown away by it. It was a breath of fresh air after all the mediocre songs they were releasing. I am absolutely in love with the music. It’s like half circus, half James Bond. It’s just amazing. The lyrics are also pretty meaningful too. I love that it’s the initial shock of finding out that you’re being cheated on, but then refusing to be tricked again. It’s pretty much a classic.
5. Change UR World – KAT-TUN
This is the newest song on my 2010 list, because it usually takes me a few months before I really realize just how epic a song is. But this song I ended up liking right off the bat. Mostly because this is, in my opinion, the best KAT-TUN song released in quite some time. It’s got the heavy guitar, and rock sound that their earlier songs used to have. And of course I love that since Jin left, the lines have been distributed more evenly. I mean Koki and Maru completely killed in this song. And also Kame’s incredible high notes at the end. I also greatly appreciate how long Koki’s rap is. As I’ve said before Koki’s raps are my favorite parts of KAT-TUN songs. I also love the sexy grunt he does during his solo line. I think the lyrics are cute too. They’re basically about chasing your dreams, or making your dreams happen. So the song can be taken as inspirational.
4. Love Wars – Queen & Elizabeth
When I first heard this song I initially didn’t like it because the chanting in the beginning made it sound immature. But after a few listens I was in love. I like the fact that it sounds very youthful like everything was written by a high school girl. Which means the lyrics aren’t the absolute best but they are cuter this way. And since I am still a teenage girl, I love the song for just that fact. That and the song is so catchy, it gets stuck in your head for days.
3. Beginner – AKB48
Beginner is yet another one of those songs I didn’t like on the first listen. I didn’t like it because it was completely different than AKB48’s previous singles. Except River, which I still don’t really like. About a month later I read the English translation of Beginner and thought the lyrics were great. So then of course I love the song now. I think the lyrics are pretty meaningful. Unchain yourself from what you’ve always been told to thought and know. And everyone should be a Beginner because we don’t really know what we’re doing in this life. At least that’s what I get from it. The lyrics are actually kind of confusing. There’s a lot of lines that are like Mad Hatter questions. And are like in the suicide club the famous question: are you connected to yourself? You’re not really sure how to answer it. Throughout the song it makes a lot of remarks like that. But I like the meaning I got from the song.
2. Maji Bomber – Berryz Koubou
I love love love this song. I literally can’t go a day without listening to it. And yet I don’t think anyone else loves it as much as I do. The song only sold like 15k. But the song is so catchy and addictive. But I don’t even know why I like it so much. The lyrics don’t even make sense and are completely meaningless. I’m not even sure what being a serious bomber is supposed to mean .But there’s just something about this song that I can’t stop listening to it.
1. Monster – Arashi
Arashi makes absolutely incredible music. When their song is good, it isn’t just good it’s incredible. So naturally an Arashi song just had to take the top spot. It was extremely hard picking between Troublemaker or Monster, but somehow I did. There’s just something so infectious and so addictive about Monster. I just love that the music is dark and mysterious, and yet at the same time somehow still upbeat. The overall sound is really amazing, Arashi always blends together beautifully. And of course I love the lyrics. Leave it to Arashi to have a song about being a Monster but still have it being about love.
Honorable mentions: (just because I had wayyyy more favorites than 10, these are in no particular order)
1. Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game – Morning Musume
2. Kimi Shika – No Sleeves
3. Genkimono de Ikou! – Mano Erina
4. Otakebi Boy WAO – Berryz Koubou
5. Fighting Man – NEWS
6. Dream After Dream ~Yume Kara Sameta Yume~ – AAA
7. Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game -Morning Musume
8. Hitomi no Screen – Hey! Say! JUMP
9. GAGAGA – SDN48
10. Gomen ne Summer – SKE48
11. Troublemaker – Arashi