So that's 2010 - as we remember it at least. Here are some of our team's favourite and least-favourite things about the past 52 weeks...
Ben Rogerson - Hi-Tech Editor
Favourite thing about 2010: Brett Domino consolidating his position as the most entertaining and inventive musical performer on the internet.
Least favourite thing about 2010: The ‘new’ Michael Jackson album. What makes it even more depressing is that it was surely just the first of many.
Joe Bosso - USA Editor
Favourite thing about 2010: Katy Perry. What's not to like? Try as you might, her tunes are simply irresistible - after half a listen, you're hooked. And she's not very hard on the eyes, is she?
Least favourite thing about 2010: That Katy Perry married noted toolbox Russell Brand. The man is unfunny, is in desperate need of a shower, and for that he gets HER?! Something is wrong with the world.
Chris Vinnicombe - Guitar Editor
Favourite thing about 2010: Discovering that hardly ever watching mainstream television or listening to Radio One anymore means that I'm so dislocated from popular culture that whole musical genres have passed me by, and I've had only limited exposure to X Factor contestants mauling pop classics.
Least favourite thing about 2010: Discovering that the above means that I don't know what anyone is talking about when I go to the pub.
Si Truss - Production Assistant
Favourite thing about 2010:Olde English Spelling Bee. OESB is a small, independent New York-based record label that has been responsible for a string of lo-fi, often bedroom-produced records that have defined 2010 for this writer. Check out this year’s stunning records by Forests Swords and Autre Ne Veut for a couple of examples why.
Least favourite thing about 2010:Indie-step. From the man behind Reverend And The Makers, landfill-indie meets the worst kind of entry-level, watered-down wobbly pseudo-dubstep. With shit lyrics. Unforgivably awful.