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50
This Ain't A Love Song 
Scouting For Girls

Total Votes: 115

The Sign
Juke Kartel
2010 marked the debut of the band Juke Kartel in the US.  Already hugely popular in their native home of Australia, Juke Kartel finally got the chance to share the infectious sound in the states.  The opportunity is something that lead singer Toby Rand told Alternative Addiction the band is very luck to have.  Listen to the full  interview with Rand here
49
(Dear X) You Don't Own Me 
Disciple

Total Votes: 118

48
I Just Wanna Run 
Downtown Fiction

Total Votes: 121

47
Drink (Everlasting Love) 
Ed Kowalczyk

Total Votes: 127

46
The Sign 
Juke Kartel

Total Votes: 138

45
Honest Man 
The Gracious Few

Total Votes: 152

Honest Man
The Gracious Few
In the fall of 2010 a brand new band by the name of The Gracious Few emerged with a hit single entitled 'Honest Man.'  Comprised of Candlebox lead singer Kevin Martin and Live guitarist Chad Taylor, bassist Patrick Dahlheimer and drummer Chad Gracey, the band created a new spin on a classic alternative rock sound.  "Honest, unbridled, in your face, emotional" are just some of the words that Martin used to describe the new band during an interview earlier this year, check it out here
44
End of The Road 
7dayBinge

Total Votes: 154

43
Closer To The Edge 
30 Seconds To Mars

Total Votes: 165

42
Your Love Is A Song 
Switchfoot

Total Votes: 178

41
A Thousand Faces 
Creed

Total Votes: 196

40
Take Me Out 
Atomic Tom

Total Votes: 215

Are You Taking Me Home
Revis
Giving us a glimpse of one of the great albums we have to look forward to in 2011, Revis returned after a six year hiatus with the song 'Are You Taking Me Home,' With a full length album due in 2011, Revis guitarist Robert Davis said the band actually reunited and recorded the upcoming new album by coincidence, and after recording a few tracks realized the material was too good not to release, listen to the interview here
39
The Good Life 
Three Days Grace

Total Votes: 217

38
Wild And Young 
American Bang

Total Votes: 318

37
Are You Taking Me Home 
Revis

Total Votes: 322

36
Where's The Laughter 
J.R. Richards

Total Votes: 427

35
My Best Theory 
Jimmy Eat World

Total Votes: 522

My Best Theory
Jimmy Eat World
2010 marked the release of Jimmy Eat World's latest release, Invented.  The album is not just another release from the Arizona based band, it marked the band's return to working with producer Mark Trombino, who also worked on the band's breakthrough album, Bleed American, as well as their seminal earlier albums, Static Prevails and Clarity.  The band's bassist Rick Burch talked about the band's landmark release during an interview back in October, listen to it here
34
Diamond Eyes 
Shinedown

Total Votes: 624

33
Sound Off 
Trapt

Total Votes: 876

32
Trash Day 
Butch Walker

Total Votes: 1,298

31
Give Me A Sign 
Breaking Benjamin

Total Votes: 1,856

30
This Ship Goes Down Deep 
Black Lab

Total Votes: 2,149

For The First Time
The Script
While 2009 may have been their breakout year, The Script returned in 2010 with the single 'For The First Time,' the first single from their upcoming new album Science & Faith, which is due out in January.  According to lead singer Mark Sheehan, the album's sound is one which "spoke to us and was personal, but wasn't too much a departure from the first record."  Listen to the full interview
here
29
For The First Time 
The Script

Total Votes: 2,976

28
My Little Secret 
Cavo

Total Votes: 3,199

27
I'm Alive 
Story Of The Year

Total Votes: 3,245

26
Let Somebody In 
Son Of a Bad Man

Total Votes: 4,321

25
More 
Parabelle

Total Votes: 4,456

My Time
Minus The Bear
One of the many great new bands to emerge in 2010 was Minus The Bear, who's latest album Omni dropped in late spring, and featured the hit single My Time.  In an odd statement that you don't hear very often, the Seattle based band's lead singer Jake Snider  said the band was actually happy that their album was leaked online prior to its release, because it helped drive fans to their shows who otherwise would have never gotten into the band.  Read the full statement from Snider here.
24
Celebrity Status 
Marianas Trench

Total Votes: 4,821

23
My Time 
Minus The Bear

Total Votes: 5,123

22
We Go Tonight (Say It Again) 
Sleeperstar

Total Votes: 5,432

21
Impossible 
Anberlin

Total Votes: 6,124

0
If It's Love 
Train

Total Votes: 6,988

Say You'll Haunt Me
Stone Sour

Stone Sour returned in 2010 with a new album titled Audio Secrecy, which featured the hit single "Say You'll Haunt Me," one of many diverse sounding songs on the album.  According to the band's drummer Roy Mayorga, the album's diversity is due to the fact that all fave members of the band are writing music now, not just lead singer Cory Taylor. We all individually wrote songs over the last couple years and then we all got together and learned them all and put our own stamp on them, Mayorga said last summer.   Listen to the interview
here  
19
New Morning 
Alpha Rev

Total Votes: 8,098

18
Miss Dissarray 
Gin Blossoms

Total Votes: 8,113

17
Say You'll Haunt Me 
Stone Sour

Total Votes: 9,124

16
Tonight 
Alex Band

Total Votes: 10,674

15
This Is Goodbye 
16 Frames

Total Votes: 11,345

The Sound
Switchfoot
One of the biggest releases in  2010 actually happened to be an album that was released in 2009.  Switchfoot's Hello Hurricane dropped in November of 2009, but it wasn't until the spring of 2010 that the album exploded with three hit singles.  The biggest was "The Sound" which peaked at #7 and helped the band gain a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album.  While recording Hello Hurricane, lead singer Joe Foreman admitted that album had a darker feel to it due to the heavy hours the band spent in the studio recording the album.  Listen to Foreman talk about it here  
14
Once In My Life 
Black Sunshine

Total Votes: 13,456

13
Every Breath 
Boyce Avenue

Total Votes: 14,567

12
This Is War 
30 Seconds To Mars

Total Votes: 15,344

11
The Sound 
Switchfoot

Total Votes: 15,821

10
Hold on to You 
Default

Total Votes: 16,011

Animal
Neon Trees
Few could have predicted the amazing year that Neon Trees had in 2010.  Coming into the year, the group was a little known act from Utah with a handful of independent releases.  But after the band inked a deal with Mercury/Def Jam they began work on their major label debut Habits.  Released in March of 2010, the albums lead off single was the track "Animal."  It's addictive chorus and unforgettable beat was a perfect choice to introduce the band to the mainstream.  While the song took time to catch on nationwide, once it did there was no turning back.  The track would eventually score the top spot on the Billboard Alternative Rock charts, and be the first Alternative song in nearly two years to also break the Top 20 in the Billboard Top 100.   Despite the success of the single, lead singer Tyler Glenn says the band doesn't set out to specifically write hit singles, just music that people will sing along with.  You can hear his comments on the topic here   Whatever the band's goal is, 2010 is a year that brought them much closer to it, thanks in large part to their hit single "Animal," the Alternative Addiction song of the year for 2010.
9
On Your Side 
Thriving Ivory

Total Votes: 16,311

8
All In 
Lifehouse

Total Votes: 16,796

7
Maybe 
Sick Puppies

Total Votes: 16,953

6
Grace 
Ed Kowalczyk

Total Votes: 17,021

5
Release Me 
Tonic

Total Votes: 17,323

4
Start A Fire 
Ryan Star

Total Votes: 17,654

3
Trinity 
Paper Tongues

Total Votes: 18,567

2
Secrets 
OneRepublic

Total Votes: 18,965

1
Animal 
Neon Trees

Total Votes: 20,791



Alternative Addiction Staff Picks for Top Songs of 2010:



Staff Member
Ryan's Picks:


1. "Where We Belong" by Thriving Ivory

2.  "Start A Fire"
 
by Ryan Star

3. "Our Song"
by Spill Canvas


Staff Member Dallas' Picks:


1. "Animal"
by Neon Trees

2.  "Where We Belong" by Thriving Ivory

3. "Impossible"
by Anberlin


Staff Member
Chad's Picks:


1. "Trinity"
by Paper Tongues

2.  "My Time" by Minus The Bear

3. "Start A Fire"
by Ryan Star



Previous Songs
Of the Year:

2009:
"All You Did Was Save My Life"
by Our Lady Peace

2008:
"Rise Above This"
by Seether

2007:
"Apologize"
by OneRepublic

2006:
"Hate Me"
by Blue October

2005:
"A Lifetime"
by Better Than Ezra

2004:
"Mix Tape"
by Butch Walker

2003:
"Heaven"
by Live

2002:
"Somewhere Out There"
by Our Lady Peace

2001:
"Drops of Jupiter"
by Train

2000:
"Sugarbuzz"
by Marvelous 3

1999:
"Shimmer"
by FUEL

 

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