It’s the time of year when everyone’s counting down the top everything of everything, so I’m going to shamelessly jump on the bandwagon with this list of the top five gigs of 2010.

Click on the title of the gig for a fuller review:

5) Dark Tranquillity at the Camden Underworld, 28/09/10.
Pioneers, incredible musicians and really great guys. DT at the Underworld was an incredible, intimate, gig with an incredible atmosphere.

4) Sonisphere Festival Day 2, 31/07/10.
Rammstein, Anthrax, Soulfly, Motley Crue. Need I go on? (Part of the day is also reviewed here).

3) Sonisphere Festival Day 3, 01/08/10.
Yes, Sonisphere again. Maiden, Pendulum, Slayer, Skindred just = win.

Oh, and Sonisphere gets another special mention for not being a complete rip-off like Download. And another special mention for proving me wrong about the Big Four appearing in the UK in 2011.

2) The Rage Factor, 06/06/10.
40,000 gathered to celebrate the ultimate chart victory over the X Factor machine as engineered by Jon Morter and his online campaign.

An incredible gig with incredible energy from both the crowd and Rage Against the Machine, who are still going strong 20+ years into their career. Oh, and the price was right too.

1) The Haunted, University of Hertfordshire, 01/06/10.
At the time I said: “If you like The Haunted, live in London and didn’t bother to make the 25 minute trip from Kings Cross to Hatfield begin kicking yourself now. Actually if you live anywhere in eastern England and didn’t bother to see one of The Haunted’s two headline shows on off-nights from their tour supporting Slayer please kick yourself. Hard.”

Reader Jon Buggins said: “I cannot believe how awesome this night was. I cant praise The Haunted enough, they done us all very proud! Top notch!”

Click here for the full review of The Haunted at the University of Hertfordshire, the best gig of 2010.