January is always a favourite time for listening to music. With so many end-of-year lists to go through, so many pieces that you’ve missed, and a bit of time to listen to them. Two such lists have stood out for me this year. Said the Gramaphone, perhaps the most eloquent blog in the world at the moment, offers a wonderfully diverse 50 best songs of 2010. I’ve discovered several treasures that passed me by last year. While the beautifully entitled Disco Naïveté offers an equally splendid list of songs, as well as a top album, EP and video list. Viva January!

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