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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