Once more we return to the 2010s, for our countdown of the twenty best things – as in, albums, comics, games and other pop cultural artefacts – that were released during it. You can find entries #20-11 here, but join us below the cut as we climb to the very summit of the decade. Warning: it gets emotional.
The 2010s continue to be over! And I continue to be in denial. What do you mean my boyish good looks have faded, and it’s only downhill for both my body and the world it inhabits from here? Pfft. No. That’s just… that’s silly.
Anyway, to mark the end of
my youth the decade, I’ve put together a playlist of 150 of my favourite songs of the 2010s. Or, at least, the ones that feel most emblematic of what I listened to during those years.
Usual rules apply: one track per artist. Well, kind of. You might notice some names crop up more than once, but not as the lead artist. This is the closest I get to not cheating.
Oh, and there is at least one notable fiddling of the dates (see if you can spot it!) but after many long nights of consideration, I’ve left it on there because I failed to put it on my 2000s playlist and it gave me an excuse to listen to it a dozen more times.
Also, because I decided to make the playlist in Spotify, it’s limited by what’s currently available on there. And, to be fair, very possibly by general forgetfulness. Blame it on my old age.
There’s a widget for listening to this mixtape masterpiece above, and below you’ll find the full countdown of tracks (as it currently runs, anyway, I reserve the right to get all revisionist in the future).
The decade is over. Long live the decade. Tim + Alex have been doing end-of-year stuff together since [checks notes] December 2010, so doing something to mark the end of the 2010s seemed inevitable. That we’d do it with our usual tardiness and slight over-committal, equally so.
So we put our heads together, came up with a definitive list of the twenty best things made between January 2010 and December 2019, and came up with this. Below you’ll find the first half, and we’ll be posting our top ten shortly afterwards. Enjoy, and we hope you’re having a happy new year.
The twin miniseries of House of X and Powers of X have been dramatically reshaping the world of the X-Men. Written by Jonathan Hickman, with art by Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, Clayton Cowles and Marte Gracia, the series look set to define the direction of the X-Men line and beyond for years to come.
The comics are filled with bold new ideas, symbolism and hints at what’s to come, but even as they draw to a close, there are more questions than answers. Like the rest of the comics-reading world, I’ve been devouring every issue, and slowly piecing together ideas in my head. This is (most of) what I have so far, assembled into a working theory (or at least a reading) of what Hickman is drawing on, and where it may lead.
Spoilers for House of X #1-5 and Powers of X #1-5, obv.
As part of the Patreon bonus content, we’ve been writing monthly recs. Having brought that to an end at pretty much the midpoint of the year, it seemed like a good time to recap our very favourite things (and write-ups) from the first six months of 2019.
Hey there! The Tim + Alex Patreon has been closed for a month now, and we’ve got a few things we owe. Because shutting down a Patreon page means you can’t post on it any more, we’ll be putting them up here, starting with one last month of recommendations. These are June’s picks, kind of. Honestly, it’s been A Whole Time.
Look at us, we made a podcast!
Tim + Alex teamed up with Comic Book Classroom, a podcast that recaps histories of comics titles, teams and characters, for something a bit special. 44 issues of The Wicked + The Divine, as a 45-minute radio play, with jokes and sketches and really far too much thought poured into it.
It’s called Comic Book Classroom Gets TWATD, and we’re incredibly proud of it. With the final issue dropping next week, this is the perfect way of reminding yourself which bits to cry at.
The MCU turns ten, and decides it’s time to leave home and head out into space. How does the cinematic universe cope with going cosmic, and more importantly, have Tim and Alex made up after their Winter Soldier disagreement?