Happy Alternative Songs of 2010

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Here are some of the best happy alternative songs of 2010. These were carefully chosen from the list of triple j’s hottest 100 for the same year, as hundreds of thousands of alternative music fans can’t be wrong. They are songs about embracing life’s opportunities, accepting mistakes, moving on, having fun, holding your head up high and sticking up for yourself, … and riding your bike.

  1. Post Rock – Jonsi Birgisson – Go Do
    Not only is the unique melody of this song highly uplifting, but the lyrics are too. They invite a listener to go and make the most of life and explore endless possibilities.
  2. Alternative Rock – The Naked And Famous – Young Blood
    To me, this song is about accepting that mistakes are sometimes made in love. Rather than dwell on these too much, one should be open to moving on.
  3. Alternative Rock – Gyroscope – Baby, I’m Getting Better
    This song can be related to coming out of a period of distress, depression or sadness and starting to enjoy life once again.
  4. Indie Rock – Vampire Weekend – Giving Up The Gun
    It is said this song was inspired by a book with the same name. The book is about a time in Japan’s history where all trade was closed off, foreigners expelled, and the country reverted to using old technologies. It is interesting to imagine whether today’s world could revert back to older technologies.
  5. Dance-Pop – Sia – Bring Night
    In fact, any song from Sia’s ‘We Are Born’ is quite up-beat, for example songs like ‘Clap Your Hands’ or ‘The Fight’. But ‘Bring Night’ is my personal favorite. She has such an amazing voice. She has more talent than other musicians which are receiving much more attention.
  6. Experimental Rock – Yeasayer – Ambling Alp
    With lyrics such as “Your lows will have their complement of highs”, this is a great song about sticking up for yourself and keeping your head up. It has even been named a ‘self help anthem’.
  7. Mark Ronson & The Business International {Ft. Kyle Falconer & Spank Rock} – The Bike Song
    This fun cruisy tune brings to mind images of riding a bike on a warm, sunny day. But the lyrics are not as happy as one might first think. While the singer is riding his bike, he is thinking of many things. For example, he is thinking of all the things he has done this week and all the things he should have done instead.

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