Greetings. As the Libra mentioned, I had these really annoying things called “grad school” and “finals” and was therefore MIA recently. As it turns out, when you actually pay for school all by yourself your level of caring goes way up! Strange how that works.
Anyway, last year I posted my 20 favorite radio-friendly songs of 2010. I’m doing the same thing this year, except I’m too
lazy tired from finals to rank them or find 20 of them. Also, let’s not forget my cardinal rule of a good song: Even if it’s the worst song ever made, if it’s good to run to I’ll love it. Let’s get started.
Rihanna–We Found Love
This song was my everything this year. I could (and have) listen to it on repeat for hours. I’ve never been to a rave, but if I ever go I hope it’s just this song + flashing lights until 6am.
Kanye + Jay-Z: Ni**as in Paris / Otis
Sorry, I couldn’t pick between them (also: see honorable mentions). As I’ve said (and meant) many times, I cannot be friends with someone who doesn’t like Ni**as in Paris. That indicates a lack of taste that I just don’t have time for.
Also, this summer when I was in the final days of my terribly boring job before moving to New York, I used to put on my sunglasses and step out of my apartment (a la Charlotte York to Liz Taylor in Sex & the City) to the line “I guess I got my swagger back.”
Adele — Someone Like You
I don’t really have anything to say about this song that hasn’t been said already. But given that the Libra & I were roommates in 2007 because we understood that sometimes you needed to sit in the dark and cry to a good song, you can imagine how delighted I was to hear all of 21.
As I said on Twitter recently, if I ever get married I want to have a relationship like Beyonce & Jay-Z and then write a song like Countdown. There’s a sense of romance to “Me and my boo and my boo lip locking / all up in the back ‘cause the chicks keep flocking / all that gossipin’ / 10 years, stop it.” As I await the birth of The Holy Child, I’ll just continue to count 10-1 on my fingers every single time I listen to this song.
LMFAO — Party Rock Anthem
I know, the fact that this song has sold almost 5m copies in America is supposed to indicate the decline of America, along with our obesity rate and high ratings for Two & A Half Men. Whatever, there’s something to be said for a song that wants nothing more than for “everybody just have a good time.” In addition to being fantastic to run to, it’s also great to listen to on the way to the Jersey Shore with your BFFs, as it screams of “let’s get drunk and make bad decisions!”
Katy Perry – Last Friday Night
Speaking of getting drunk and making bad decisions, when I first heard Last Friday Night I immediately emailed The Other Libra & A Leo to tell them Katy Perry was singing a song about our lives. No names or anything, but by the end of the summer it had pretty much been acted out in its entirety.
Foster The People–Helena Beat
Yeah “Pumped Up Kicks” was their bigger hit but I never had multiple solo dance parties to PUK. Advantage: Helena Beat (I also recommend “Houdini’ and “Waste” from their album).
Lady Gaga–Edge of Glory / Marry the Night
Obviously Lady Gaga ruled my iTunes playcounts this year, but Edge of Glory and Marry the Night reigned supreme. Not only did Lady Gaga make me cry & wonder why I haven’t yet run across the Brooklyn Bridge with her, but she wrote a perfect love song to New York. Also, the saxophone in Edge of Glory is straight out the Full House theme song, which is never a bad thing.
Britney Spears–Til the World Ends
Oh Britney. You’re now 30 and engaged to someone who doesn’t reek of gold-digging douche. Good for you! Also, this song was basically my running anthem this spring. Fun fact: whenever I did 5/8/10ks I would play this and change the words (in my head) to “keep on running til the world ends.”
Pitbull–Give Me Everything
I know, I’m embarrassed for myself for putting this on the list. In my defense, I still hate Pitbull and almost always FF just to get to the chorus. But I blame my Canadian friend who told me to download it. And then I listened to it, and then it got stuck in my head, and then I ran to it, and then they used it in a trailer for a Zac Efron movie and I was basically conditioned to like it. It’s not my fault.
Kanye & Jay-Z: Made in America
Nikki Minaj – Superbass
Lana Del Ray – Video Games
Drake feat. Rihanna – Take Care
David Guetta feat. Usher – Without You
That’s it! See you in 2012. Til then, I’ll be waiting for DJ Earworm’s remix.
Marry the Night,
Full disclosure: I’ve been interning for Columbia Records, which is home to Beyonce, Adele and Foster the People. They would have made this list regardless, but my social media class this semester told me I have to make this disclaimer to be ethical.