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Best of 2010: (Indie) Dance/Pop | December 24, 2010

I should probably clarify the title of “(indie) dance/pop.” Basically, I stuck pop and dance together since I’ve always defined pop music as music that tries to reach the widest possible audience through easy-to-understand musical mechanisms and often very upbeat and memorable melodies. Surprisingly, most popular songs end up being very danceable. But, not all dance music is pop, and not all pop music is dance. The lines get blurred, but the connection is often strong. Some of these albums are clearly more dance and less pop, some are more pop and less dance, and some are just twee indie pop. Most importantly, I think all of these albums are fun.

10. 65daysofstatic – We Were Exploding Anyway

9. The Radio Dept. – Clinging To A Scheme

8. Allo Darlin’ – Allo Darlin’

7. School of Seven Bells – Disconnect From Desire

6. Matthew Dear – Black City

5. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles II

4. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

3. M.I.A. – /\/\/\Y/\

2. Robyn – Body Talk

1. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening


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    A budding writer and avid music fan from Los Angeles, California, I am a recent graduate of Music History from UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music. I've written for the UCLA Daily Bruin, graduated valedictorian from high school, and enjoy many different types of music, from The Beatles to Beethoven, and everything in between. I wrote my senior thesis on lyrical misinterpretations in popular music, focusing on Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."

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