While we continue to chew over endless round-ups and year-end lists from critics, we’d be remiss to leave out the artists who actually helped shape the sound of 2010. All month, we’re revealing the best of 2010 picks from a select class of innovative artists who have been gracious enough to exclusively share with us their reflections on the albums, songs and performers that defined music in 2010. And in many cases, their answers were surprising.
So far we’ve asked Adam Lambert, Far East Movement, Enrique Iglesias and J.Cole what they consider the best music from the past year, and we received an eclectic gathering of songs, albums and artists from all different genres. Eclectic R&B singer-songwriter Miguel offered us his pick for a song he calls “special and unique” — jump below to find out what righteous tune he’s talking about.
Miguel, who recently showed off his smooth moves in his “Sure Thing” video, can describe 2010 as a game-changing year for his career. He dropped his debut album All I Want Is You last month (the album’s title track features fellow Idolator contributor J. Cole), and the singer even scored a spot on one of the year’s most heart-palpitating tour lineups, hitting the road with Trey Songz and Usher.
Instead of sticking with R&B, he took a 180 when picking his favorite song of the year, Yeasayer’s “O.N.E.”, from their sophomore album Odd Blood. Miguel isn’t the only one who adores the dance track from the Brooklyn-based indie rock band — MTV staffers named the song their second-favorite single of the year (right after Kanye’s “Power”, since it’s nearly impossible for Kanye not to land a #1 spot on a year-end list).
“O.N.E.” is a song about addiction, but the partygoers at the day-glow rave featured in the video are having a blast! Watch:
Miguel instantly fell in love with the track, which he calls “tribal and futuristic at the same time”, and thought the out-there vid was a perfect match for the get-up-and-dance electro-pop tune.
But why have us tell you? Watch Miguel explain his Best Song pick himself:
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Keep coming back to Idolator for more year-end faves from some of 2010’s most noteworthy artists.