100 Best Songs of the 2010s – #13: “Tongue Tied” by Grouplove

The song at #13 on my list of 100 Best Songs of the 2010s is “Tongue Tied” by alternative rock band Grouplove. I love this song with a passion. There, I said it. It’s an exhilarating synth pop song that fills me with strong feelings of euphoria, like a kid jumping up and down on a bed at a slumber party. So it was a surprise to discover in researching about the song that it was widely panned by music critics upon its release. A lot of music critics make me sick. They’re so smug, self-impressed and full of shit. OK, now that I’ve got that off my chest, let me say that I think “Tongue Tied” is absolutely wonderful, and one of the best songs of the 2010s. Despite its mixed to poor reviews, the song went all the way to #1 on the Billboard Alternative chart, where it ended up as the #2 song of 2012. It peaked at #42 on the Hot 100.

Grouplove’s music is fun, quirky and infectious, and always a joy to listen to, even their downtempo songs. Now based in Los Angeles (where a third of the artists and bands with songs on this list seem to also reside), they formed in 2009 after meeting on the island of Crete. Hannah Hooper (vocals, keyboards) and Christian Zucconi (vocals, guitar) actually first met in New York City, then traveled to Crete to attend an artist residency program, where they met the other three founding members – London-born songwriter and guitarist Sean Gadd, Los Angeles pro surfer and musician Andrew Wessen, and his childhood friend drummer Ryan Rabin, who’s the son of former Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin. (Gann and Rabin later left the band, and have been replaced by Daniel Gleason on bass and Benjamin Homola on drums.)

“Tongue Tied” is from their debut album Never Trust a Happy Song, and was released in September 2011. It starts off with a sweet guitar riff that sounds kind of like a ukelele or banjo, then explodes into a cacophony of exuberant synths, deep bass, smashing drums and a boisterous chorus of cheers that set the stage for the adventure about to unfold as they head to a party. Singers Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi wail “Take me to your best friend’s house / Go around this roundabout Oh yeah / Take me to your best friend’s house / I loved you then and I love you now Oh yeah / Don’t take me tongue tied / Don’t wave no goodbye Don’t… / Right!” By song’s end, I’m left feeling happy, and isn’t that one of the greatest things a good song has to offer?

Top 30 Songs for July 12-18, 2020

1. HELL N BACK – Bakar (1)
2. MARIA – Two Feet (2)
3. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (3)
4. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (5)
5. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (6)
6. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (7)
7. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (9)
8. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (10)
9. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (4)
10. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (12)
11. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (17)
12. CAUTION – The Killers (8)
13. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (14)
14. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (15)
15. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (16)
16. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (11) 23rd week on list
17. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (18)
18. FIRE – Black Pumas (19)
19. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (13)
20. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (22)
21. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (23)
22. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (25)
23. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (26)
24. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (27)
25. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (28)
26. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (30)
27. DELETER – Grouplove (20)
28. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (21)
29. MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER – AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert (N)
30. WHEN THE WORLD FALLS APART – Terry Barber (N)

Top 30 Songs for July 5-11, 2020

1. HELL N BACK – Bakar (3)
2. MARIA – Two Feet (1)
3. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (2)
4. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (4)
5. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (6)
6. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (8)
7. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (9)
8. CAUTION – The Killers (5)
9. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer feat. Marcus Mumford (10)
10. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (11)
11. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (7) 22nd week on list
12. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (15)
13. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (14)
14. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (16)
15. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (17)
16. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (18)
17. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (20)
18. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (21)
19. FIRE – Black Pumas (22)
20. DELETER – Grouplove (12)
21. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (13)
22. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (24)
23. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (25)
24. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (19) 23rd week on list
25. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (27)
26. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (28)
27. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (29)
28. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (30)
29. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (23)
30. IT’S YOU – The Frontier (N)

Top 30 Songs for June 28-July 4, 2020

1. MARIA – Two Feet (1)
2. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (2)
3. HELL N BACK – Bakar (5)
4. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (4)
5. CAUTION – The Killers (3)
6. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (8)
7. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (7) 21st week on list
8. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (9)
9. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (10)
10. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (11)
11. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (13)
12. DELETER – Grouplove (6)
13. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (15)
14. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (16)
15. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (17)
16. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (19)
17. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (20)
18. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (21)
19. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (12) 22nd week on list
20. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (24)
21. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (22)
22. FIRE – Black Pumas (23)
23. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (14)
24. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (26)
25. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (28)
26. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (18)
27. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (29)
28. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (30)
29. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (N)
30. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (N)

Top 30 Songs for June 21-27, 2020

1. MARIA – Two Feet (1)
2. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (2)
3. CAUTION – The Killers (3)
4. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (6)
5. HELL N BACK – Bakar (8)
6. DELETER – Grouplove (4)
7. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5) 20th week on list
8. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (9)
9. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (10)
10. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (12)
11. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (13)
12. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (7) 21st week on list
13. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (14)
14. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (11)
15. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (16)
16. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (17)
17. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (18)
18. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (15)
19. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (21)
20. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (22)
21. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (23)
22. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (24)
23. FIRE – Black Pumas (25)
24. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (26)
25. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (19)
26. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (28)
27. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (20)
28. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (30)
29. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (N)
30. MONSTER – All Time Low featuring blackbear (N)

My Top 30 Songs for June 14-20, 2020

1. MARIA – Two Feet (3)
2. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1)
3. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
4. DELETER – Grouplove (5)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (6)
6. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (7)
7. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (4) 20th week on list
8. HELL N BACK – Bakar (8)
9. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (10)
10. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (11)
11. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (9)
12. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (13)
13. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (15)
14. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (17)
15. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (12)
16. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (18)
17. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (19)
18. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (20)
19. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (16)
20. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (14)
21. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (23)
22. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (24)
23. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (25)
24. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (27)
25. FIRE – Black Pumas (28)
26. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (29)
27. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (22)
28. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (30)
29. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (21)
30. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (N)

Top 30 Songs for June 7-13, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1) 4th week at #1
2. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
3. MARIA – Two Feet (7)
4. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
5. DELETER – Grouplove (4)
6. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
7. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (6)
8. HELL N BACK – Bakar (9)
9. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (8)
10. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (9)
11. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (12)
12. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (13)
13. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (14)
14. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (11)
15. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (17)
16. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (16)
17. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (18)
18. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (20)
19. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (21)
20. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (23)
21. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (15)
22. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (22)
23. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (26)
24. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (27)
25. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (30)
26. RUN – Joji (19)
27. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (N)
28. FIRE – Black Pumas (N)
29. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (N)
30. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 31-June 6, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1)
2. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
4. DELETER – Grouplove (4)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
6. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (7)
7. MARIA – Two Feet (8)
8. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (6)
9. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (10)
10. HELL N BACK – Bakar (11)
11. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (9)
12. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (13)
13. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (15)
14. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (16)
15. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (12)
16. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (20)
17. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (21)
18. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (22)
19. RUN – Joji (19)
20. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (25)
21. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (26)
22. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (23)
23. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (27)
24. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (17)
25. OH YEAH! – Green Day (14)
26. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (29)
27. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (30)
28. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (18)
29. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (23)
30. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (N)

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Top 30 Songs for May 24-30, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1)
2. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
4. DELETER – Grouplove (5)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (4)
6. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (7)
7. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (8)
8. MARIA – Two Feet (9)
9. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (6)
10. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (12)
11. HELL N BACK – Bakar (15)
12. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (10)
13. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (17)
14. OH YEAH! – Green Day (11)
15. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (18)
16. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (19)
17. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (14)
18. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (13)
19. RUN – Joji (20)
20. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (22)
21. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (24)
22. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (28)
23. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (16)
24. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (27)
25. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (29)
26. EXPECTATION – Katie Pruitt (30)
27. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (N)
28. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (23)
29. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (N)
30. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (N)

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5mD3HBSJBxWJLKTWcABUvK?si=eLC9zLkjRXG-e1ZxX3r_fg

Top 30 Songs for May 17-23, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (2)
2. CAUTION – The Killers (1)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (4)
4. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
5. DELETER – Grouplove (6)
6. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (3)
7. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (9)
8. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (10)
9. MARIA – Two Feet (12)
10. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (7)
11. OH YEAH! – Green Day (8)
12. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (16)
13. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (13)
14. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (14)
15. HELL N BACK – Bakar (21)
16. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (11)
17. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (20)
18. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (22)
19. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (24)
20. RUN – Joji (23)
21. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (15) 22nd week on list
22. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (25)
23. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (17)
24. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (27)
25. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (18)
26. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (19)
27. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (29)
28. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (30)
29. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (N)
30. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (N)

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/040nmtq3f6k3dH0dYWgK5L?si=gPEXsaH3S1ejY82g5I-8Pg