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CMU Artists Of The Year 2010

By | Published on Wednesday 22 December 2010

Artists of 2010

Throughout December in the CMU Daily, we’ve been revealing our top ten favourite artists of the year. These are all artists we felt had contributed something a bit special in 2010. Not just people who had delivered a great album (or even an album at all), but musicians who made a real mark on those twelve months just gone.

The resulting list takes us through rock, metal, pop, rap, reggae and more, with ten artists that we reckon are just that little bit extra special, whether that be because they deliver great music on record, or put that bit more into their live shows, or because they go above and beyond the call of duty in some other way. In many cases, it’s all of the above.

Says CMU Editor Andy Malt: “I’m really pleased with how this list has turned out. 2010 has been a really good year for music, as I think the ten artists we’ve selected show – not to mention all the amazing acts who didn’t make it into the top ten. There were a lot of them, and it was an agonising process getting it to this stage!”

Here are the final ten in full, click the names to read more on their 2010s:

1: Tinie Tempah
2: Janelle Monáe
3: Steve Mason
4: Chilly Gonzales
5: Warpaint
6: The National
7: Wrongtom
8: Deftones
9: Marnie Stern
10: Sleigh Bells

And you can enjoy a track from each of our artists of the year in this Powers Of Ten Spotify playlist – hurrah!