The FADER Presents: Listmania 2010!


It turns out 2010 was an exceptional year for music, art and culture, which made it easy for us to make a magazine and a website and a bunch of other stuff, that hopefully brightened or enlightened your brain at least occasionally. You’ve probably already read endless rankings of albums, songs and videos that you already know you love, so as usual, we are offering something a little less conventional, and a lot more ridiculous. Without further ado, we present The FADER’s Fifth Annual Listmania. Enjoy, and see you in 2011.

Most Underrated Aspects of the Most Highly Rated Albums of 2010
8. The return of honky tonk on “The Suburbs” from Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs
7. Rostam Batmanglij’s recording of the strings on Vampire Weekend’s Contra
6. Ambient kitchen sounds on Beach House’s “Real Love” from Teen Dream
5. The addition of weird whooping cough thing to Rick Ross’ adlib lexicon on Teflon Don
4. The González family (father Dennis, sons Aaron and Stephan) on “Hot Body Rub” from Ariel Pink’s Before Today
3. Young Jeezy’s verse on Drake’s “Unforgettable” from Thank Me Later
2. The saxophone on Deerhunter’s “Coronado” from Halcyon Digest
1. Mike Dean’s mix of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Artists We Hope to See More of in 2011
Panda Bear
Hercules and Love Affair
Young Jeezy
Rich Boy
Everyone making good dancehall

Countries Visited by The FADER in 2010
South Africa
Dominican Republic

Expectedly Great Shows We Saw in Unexpectedly Great Venues
Band of Horses at Grand Central Station
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 on the freezing cold roof of Nike’s Football Training Centre Soweto
AraabMuzik in Dame Dash’s basement
The XX in front of a big crucifix at a church in Texas
Hisham Bharoocha possible improvisation at Pamela Love fashion show
Erick Rincon at a quinceañera

Albums We Really Liked But Somehow Managed Not to Talk Much About Despite Best Intentions
Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest
Wiz Khalifa, Kush and Orange Juice mixtape
No Age, Everything In Between
Darkstar, North
Abe Vigoda, Crush
Dustin Wong, Infinite Love
Maxmillion Dunbar, Cool Water
Lindstrom and Christabelle, Real Life is No Cool
Teengirl Fantasy, 7AM
Nightlands, Forget the Mantra
Weekend, Sports
Twin Shadow, Forget
Wild Nothing, Gemini

Albums We Should Not Have Been Able to Fall Asleep to on the C Train But Somehow Did in 2010 (Still Love ‘Em Tho)
Marnie Stern, Marnie Stern
Konono No. 1, Assume Crash Position
Dads, Hat Creek 7-inch
Various Artists, Bangs & Works Vol. 1
Soulja Boy, The DeAndre Way
Wu-Tang Clan, Forever

Top Three Uses of Ballet in Film or Video
3. Kanye West’ “Runaway” video, long form
2. Kanye West “Runaway” live performance on the VMAs
1. Black Swan

29 Creative Uses of Spelling on Kanye West’s Twitter, Ranked According to Length
29. Yoo
28. Yooo
27. Yoooo
26. Uuuum
25. Crazeee
24. Stuuupid
23. Daaaamn
22. Daaaaamn
21. Uuuuuuuuh
20. Poooowerrrrr
19. Greeeeeeat : (
18. Yoooooooooooo
17. Swiizzzzzzyyyy
16. Wooooooooooow
15. Uuuuuuuugghhhh
14. Praaadaaaaaaaaa
13. Wooooooooooooow
12. Loooooooooooooove
11. C’monnnnnnnnnnnnn
10. Gooooooooooooooose
9. Moooooonsteeeeeeeer
8. Wooooooooaaaaaahhhh
7. Crrrrraaaaaaaazeeeeeee
6. Wuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut
5. Wooooooooooooooooooow
4. Wuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut
3. Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum
2. Akwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaard

What Kanye West is Giving to “This One” on Christmas According to his Recently Released “Christmas in Harlem,” Ranked by How Much We Want Each Thing
8. A newborn that is too cute (we’re not ready or financially solvent)
7. Sleigh bells (too loud)
6. Reindeer (No place for them to live really)
5. Snow (It’s only fun for like a day)
4. New suit (Not if we have to feed the cute baby and the reindeer)
3. Winter coat (Knowing Kanye he’d probably give us something wildly expensive, which is cool but also daunting. Like, are we really in any position to owe that dude a favor or an equally good gift?)
2. The Whole family (what if we have some terrible cousin we don’t know about?)
1. All the Christmas cheer

Top Four Non-Bon Iver Appearances by Justin Vernon
4. “Lost In The World” by Kanye West
3. In a white suit at Gayngs prom
2. Volcano Choir’s first and only live shows, in Japan
1. “Monster” by Kanye West

Number of Seconds This Dog Scratches its Ear in Feist’s Look At What The Light Did Now Documentary

1. 25

Top 11 Liner Note Thank You’s in Drake’s Thank Me Later
11. Justin Bieber
10. Kobe Bryant
9. Fats, John and Juan
8. Jimmy Julius and Norm
7. Kings of Leon
6. Perkoset [sic]
5. Tedde Moore (Ms. Shebib)
4. Parma ninja
3. Branko Popic
2. Jonah Hill
1. Paul for doing the surgery

Top Two Stage Dives
2. Trash Talk
1. Waka Flocka Flame

Top Two Artists Who Show Up When We Type “Jamie XX” into the iTunes Search Bar
2. Jamie Foxx
1. Jamie XX

Top 16 SAT Words Joanna Newsom Sings on Have One On Me
16. Wall-eyed
15. Waxwing
14. Sodden
13. Obstinate
12. Furrows
11. Jamb
10. Sanatorium
9. Boucle
8. Blackguard
7. Riven
6. Mewling
5. Gormless
4. Shunt
3. Jacquard
2. Etiolated
1. Palanquin

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POSTED December 22, 2010 12:00PM IN MUSIC NEWS Comments (10) TAGS:




  1. zither says:

    pretentious bullshit

  2. Prill Prill says:

    Weekend Burnies? C’mon, use that! Classic.

  3. The Voice of BASED GOD says:

    Needed more BASED GOD lists.

  4. Natalia C says:

    Andy Cohn’s list of awkward Yelawolf plays was an instant classic.

  5. spaulding says:

    more based lord references cutty.

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  8. PurpleKushY says:

    some of these had me dyin’

  9. Oliver Best says:

    visit Nicaragua in 2011!