Top Girl Crushes of 2010, The Music Edition

3 Jan

10.  Regine Chassagne of the Arcade Fire
The Suburbs – August 3, 2010
The adorable wife of Arcade Fire frontman, Win Butler, with infectious vocals and accordion riffs.  Regine had a much more prominent presence on Arcade Fire’s release of “The Suburbs” than their releases in past years: She fronted vocals on “Sprawl II” and even performed them live on Saturday Night Live, ribbon-dancing and all.

9. CocoRosie
Grey Oceans – May 11, 2010
The sisters Bianca (“Coco”) and Sierra (“Rosie”) are so incredible freak folk that they can pull it off as something adorable.  They released their fourth studio album and their Sub-Pop Records debut album Grey Oceans on May 11th.   And despite their affinity for blue-grey facial hair on both old and young versions of themselves in their music video for “Lemonade,” I was STILL able to get passed my creeped out vibes and crush on CocoRosie this year.

8.  Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1 – November 22, 2010
Remember that 1993 house hit “Show Me Love?”  This is that same Robyn Carlsson!  Though she’s been rocking a hardly changed platinum, asymmetrical haircut since her first hit, Robyn’s musical influences have changed immensely.  Her first strands of music were much more 90’s R&B influenced, but in the last year, Robyn has pumped out some fantastically driven synthpop dance anthems.  She’ll make you want to dance while cutting and bleaching and coiffing all your hair.

7. Nicki Minaj
Pink Friday – November 22, 2010
Multiple personas, Cockney accents, Kool-Aid wigs: COME ON, OF COURSE SHE WOULD BE ON THIS LIST.  Nicki is fiercely imaginative and I feel like female rappers of this caliber were on a long hiatus until she ripped through 2010.  [I also feel like Nicki’s blonde wigs make her look like Dolly Parton sometimes.]  I would say Nicki is a guilty fly-ass pleasure, but I honestly don’t feel any guilt for loving her.  Pink Friday won me over completely and is solid proof that this girl is going to be around for a long time, starting a whole new generation of Liz Lemonesque aspiring female rappers.

6.  Lykke Li
“Get Some” – November 10, 2010
Lykke Li first came onto the scene in 2008 with the release of her album Youth Novels.  Recently she released the music video for her new single “Get Some.”  It’s much darker and sexed up than she’s been in the past.  AND IT IS REALLY GOOD.  Girlcrushing from one music video is saying a lot and probably ridiculous.  BUT IT’S REALLY GOOD.

5.  Victoria LeGrand of Beach House
Teen Dream – January 26, 2010
Victoria LeGrand is the smokey, psychedelic voice and keyboardist of Beach House.  After their January 26th release of Teen Dream and in combination with Victoria’s collaboration with Grizzly Bear on the The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack, the dream-pop duo gained a much broader audience this last year.   They have solidified their position within the indie ranks, and that has to be partly because of Victoria’s unmistakable voice.  And because of her luscious mane of hair and earthly good looks.

4.  Marina Diamandis of Marina & the Diamonds
The Family Jewels – May 25th, 2010
I first noticed Marina and the Diamonds from her song and video “I Am Not A Robot” released in 2009.  Ever since, she’s been taking indie pop by storm.  Despite being so new on the scene, she’s released a boat load of music videos.  Her full-length album The Family Jewels was released on May 25th, 2010, and from that she had a Thrilleresque music video for “The Shampain Sleeper” and a bubblegum pop video for “Oh No!”  And whoever fully captures what American pop culture looks like in one music video is fantastic in my book.  See “Hollywood.”

3.  Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine
Lungs – July 2009
Though her album was released in July 2009, Florence has gained a huge following this year.    Her song “Dog Days Are Over” has been played in movie trailers, episodes of Skins, and was recently covered in a shitty episode of Glee.  And I’ve personally heard it played 3 times a day on Seattle radio stations.  With her 1940’s film star looks, this mystical UK songstress has brought soul into indie pop and makes porcelain pale skin cool again.

2.  Joanna Newsom
Have One On Me – February 23, 2010
A beautiful lyricist and harpist with a remarkably ethereal voice makes a two hour long album and it is absolutely sensational.  Everything Newsom touches is gold.  Seriously.  Andy Samberg is a lucky boy.

1.  Alison Mosshart of The Dead Weather
Sea of Cowards – May 7th, 2010
She is one half of The Kills and one fourth of The Dead Weather and the tuffest HBIC of both.  Watch her in “Die By The Drop” (2010) and “Treat Me Like Your Mother” (2009), the video of Mosshart shooting holes into Jack White’s body, and tell me that she isn’t the new queen of rock.  Eat your heart out, Taylor Momsen.  [Actually, don’t because I heard Mosshart’s a Gossip Girl fan.  Bonus points.]

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