Ryan O’Connell’s Best & Worst of 2010

2010 was a weird year, wasn’t it? Or was it? Who remembers? Who cares? I guess I do since I’m about to make this list. I can’t help it. I just love condensing my thoughts into clean headers and succinct sentences. Here are the things that moved me in the best and worst ways possible in 2010.

Best New Website

I was going to say Thought Catalog but that might seem a little…self-serving. Instead, my vote goes to the bizarre and hysterical What Courtney Wore Today, a site in which Courtney Love takes grainy camera phone pictures of herself wearing couture gowns.

Honorable Mention: The Awl’s feminist riot grrrl sister, The Hairpin

Worst New Website

The Lo Down-a website originating from the complex mind of The Hills’ Lo Bosworth-tackles intense topics such as Pilates and boyfriend probs with the writing skills of a Laguna Beach high school graduate. Let the rain fall down…

Honorable Mention: 4chan, right? Edit: “4chan didn’t come out in 2010. 4chan was created in like 2003. what is this whack”

Best New Album

Crazy For You by Best Coast.  Is it cool to like Best Coast this week? I’ve lost track. J/K , I don’t care because this record is amazing. I spent the entire summer making out to it and I felt like I was being transported to the beach with Frankie, Annette and the gang. Yes, her songs are simple but they work. The melodies are strong, the voice is there. The album is pure sunny pop bliss.

Honorable Mentions: Thank Me Later by Drake, Ghost Blonde by No Joy, The Waves by Tamaryn.

Worst New Album

Cannibal by KeSha. When I first heard Ke$ha, I thought it was a joke because she sounded, for lack of a better word, retarded. Well, no one ever cares what I think because now she’s super famous and not going anywhere. Thanks, guys!

Honorable Mention: Whatever Justin Bieber released.

Best Movie of 2010

I was looking forward to hating this movie. As a recent post-grad myself, I was overcome with jealousy that someone my own age had been successful in making a movie about the experience. But I had to stop hating because it was so damn good, funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming, real. So, fine Lena Dunham. Have your delicious post-grad cake and eat it too.

Honorable Mentions: The Social Network, Easy A, Black Swan

Worst Movie of 2010

Eat, Pray, Love but that’s kind of “duh”, right? 2 and a half hours of watching a major white girl problem-Julia Roberts eating pasta and praying because she’s sad-would send anyone over the edge.

Honorable Mention: Anything starring Katherine Heigl. Seriously.

Best Drug of 2010

Vicodin. Have you tried it? If not, go now to your local pharmacy, bang on the walls and demand they give it to you. Then, go home, take two and watch The Virgin Suicides on mute. Can you do that for me? Can you?

Honorable Mention: Vicodin’s distant cousin, Xanax.

Worst Drug of 2010

In light of recent events, it appears to be salvia.

Honorable Mention: Meth?

Best Celebrity on Twitter

Heidi Montag’s musings on Jesus, sunshine and plastic surgery make her Twitter a must-read.

Honorable Mention: 50 Cent.

Worst Celebrity on Twitter

For obvious reasons, It’s also Heidi Montag.

Honorable Mention: Kim Kardashian.

Best Celebrity Shitstorm

Anything Lindsay Lohan did. Ever.

Honorable Mention: Anything Kanye West did.

Worst Celebrity Shitstorm

The aftermath of Brittany Murphy’s death was pretty sad. Not to mention her insane husband also died.

Honorable Mention: Katy Perry being a gay icon without actually liking the gays.

I’m missing a lot of things that made 2010 so great and awful so please share your contributions!
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“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

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  • ey

    4chan didn't come out in 2010. 4chan was created in like 2003.

    what is this whack

  • http://twitter.com/dsbbmichellot Dhan Michellot

    About the music, you should REALLY listen the album “Bright Lights” from Ellie Goulding before you decide about the best 2010 album. =*

  • http://hbgwhem.tumblr.com/ hbgwhem.tumblr.com

    were there not enough songs about boyfriends on the ke$ha album for you? best coast (entire statement removed b/c internet bullying makes bestie saddd) … but fer real , best coast can collectively can eat a dickkk.

  • Okoko

    best coast seriously sucks. has no musical talent, her talent is having boyfriend issues. KANYEs album should probably be the best of 2010………..maybe

  • bernard sanders

    best coast is so bad lol but at least you didn't pick kanye's album. i mean christ ryan haven't u heard of wu lyf

    • http://twitter.com/DMULLOL devin

      lol bro for real

  • http://twitter.com/JosephErnest Joseph Ernest Harper

    Feel like Toro Y Moi's album was real chill.

  • michael

    someone unpublish this before more people read it

  • ryan

    i thought Best Coast was created by Target to fill the 'gap' created now that Cat Power is old and only old people listen to her commercials.

  • http://twitter.com/MollyWest12th Molly Oswaks

    It's only December 1oth. Why so early? We have weeks worth of weird shit left to discover.
    Funny though. The salvia bit, very funny.

  • http://exitclov.tumblr.com exitclov

    “Honorable Mention: Katy Perry being a gay icon without actually liking the gays.” Thanks for that call-out.

    You were probably most 'dead on' when it came to the drugs section. This is reinforced by the fact that salvia is freshly illegal in most states. Thought: could 4Loko count as a 'drug'?

    Brittany Murphy's death was way sad, but holler across the pond–Alexander McQueen's suicide = devastating.

  • http://acidloudacid.blogspot.com/ PIQUO.

    Ryan, I think we're similar…

  • tay

    So who's going to post a link to Tiny Furniture?

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