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Each day this week, we will be debuting ten more songs as we count down our favorite songs of 2010. We couldn’t have possibly listened to every song in 2010, but these are our favorites out of everything we listened to. Today we present 10-1. Read below to see our picks!
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Each day this week, we will be debuting ten more songs as we count down our favorite songs of 2010.  We couldn’t have possibly listened to every song in 2010, but these are our favorites out of everything we listened to.  Today we present 20-11.  Read below to see our picks!

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jj — “High End”

jj

“High End”

Sincerely Yours

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Swedish pop duo jj have always had a penchant for sampling and covering rap music, from Lil Wayne to The Game.  Their mixtape Kills, released for free on Christmas Eve, only continues the group’s fascination with the genre.  The final track on the album, “High End” serves as almost a tribute to Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, sampling both “Dark Fantasy” and “Runaway”.  The simple piano keys from Kanye’s masterpiece serve as the perfect background for the duo’s dreamy harmonies and the triumphant “can we get much higher?” becomes a sublime refrain. Kanye would be proud.

Kanye West

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Def Jam/Roc-a-Fella

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“I’m trying to right my wrongs/But it’s funny these same wrongs helped me write this song.”  In many ways, these two lines from 2005’s “Touch the Sky” epitomize the Kanye West narrative.  For all the troubles of his personal life, West’s albums serve as a catharsis.  His music is always an honest reflection of his emotions, and over four albums he established himself as one of the few consistently fantastic and innovative artists in pop music.  And My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is no exception.  After having been criticized by everyone from George W. Bush to Barack Obama in the past year, he could have retreated into the same brooding Auto-Tuned electropop of 808s & Heartbreaks; rather, West returns with a triumphant, bold magnum opus that recognizes his hubris is his greatest trait and serves as the climax of his previous records.

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Nicki Minaj

“Blazin'” [feat. Kanye West]

Young Money

After a dizzying run of electrifying guest vocals over the past year, Nicki Minaj was poised for one of the best debut albums of this year.  However, Pink Friday too often forgets that it was her wacky voices and insane raps — not her Auto-Tuned singing — that made her so likable in the first place.  “Blazin'” blends the best of both: Minaj channeling Lady GaGa on the chorus, while commanding the track with her frantic rhymes on the verses.  Kanye West pops up for a verse that, in typical Kanye fashion, drops a flurry of pop culture references from Nolan Ryan to Chariots of Fire.  The beat layers a  flurry of 80’s synths and vocal screams sampled from Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” that allows Minaj’s voice to shine.  But despite all her missteps in singing, when the beat drops and she raps acapella, “How could it be little me had the power to be/The best B in the league, yeah, inevitably,” it’s hard not to believe her.