As the Libra eloquently described, I e-mailed her a few weeks ago and declared the need for us to do end-of-the-year lists. I decided I to do my top ten songs but, being the indecisive Gemini that I am, I couldn’t narrow it down to ten songs. Blame it on Kanye (another Gemini, natch). So this is the first of two top ten lists. One for each dualing Gemini mind!
If there’s one thing in life I detest, besides rodents and Camille from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, it’s music snobs. I mainly judge music by two criteria: 1) Is it good to run to? and 2) Will I be annoyed if this song comes on my iPod on the metro on the way to work in the morning? You see, being the Big City Gal that I am, I do not have a car and therefore do not listen to the radio unless I am visiting my sister and driving my niece around. Unless a friend sends me recommendations, I mostly hear new music when I see it linked on ONTD or if it’s featured on the dramatic montage at the end of a Gossip Girl episode.
Thus, I present the first half of my list of Best Songs That Were Released or Peaked in 2010 That Would be Played on MTV, if MTV Played Videos.*
20. The Script–Breakeven (Falling to Pieces)
It’s catchy, it’s easy to sing along to, it’s nice & safe. It’s what Hey, Soul Sister would be, if Hey, Soul Sister didn’t make me want to cut my ears off.
19. Usher–DJ Got Us Falling in Love
Despite its lack of thought-provoking lyrics like “Honey got some boobies like wow, oh wow” I can’t help but think this is the better of Usher’s 2010 hits. And it fits one of my main music criteria: it’s great to listen to while running.
18. Enrique Iglesias–I Like It
I almost took this song off the list after discovering there is a non-Jersey Shore version of this video out there (blasphemy). But its catchiness saved it, even if I do fast-forward through Pitbull’s part.
17. La Roux–Bulletproof
Does anyone not like this song? Be honest.
One of the more underrated popular songs of 2010.
15. Cee-Lo–Fuck You/Forget You
The mark of a true classic: even a Gwyneth Paltrow cover can’t ruin it.
14. Ke$ha–We R Who We R
Ke$ha, maybe deservingly, has a lot of haters. I find her persona annoying and she is often wearing the ugliest outfit on any given red carpet. But, as the song says, she is who she is (and maybe a little bit of what PR thinks she should be). For some reason, I find this song sweet.
Plus: this is the biggest laugh I’ve had all year. Cannot unsee.
13. Bruno Mars–Just The Way You Are
I make no secret of my love for Bruno Mars (spoiler alert: he appears multiple times in part two of this post). His voice is flawless, his songs are super-catchy, and he’s even done his part to become Famous for Bad Reasons. Bruno, I salute you.
12. Lady Antebellum–Need You Now
Fun fact: I listened solely to country music until 1994. Reba McEntire remains my queen (if you don’t like Fancy, we will not be friends). So I pretend the terrible pop-radio remix of this song does not exist. Perfection doesn’t need to remixed. Plus, who hasn’t had the urge to drunk dial an ex at 1:15 am?
11. Monster–Kanye West et al.
The first of multiple Kanye songs on the countdown (I would say “spoiler alert” but you had to have guessed it). In the best of his G.O.O.D. Friday releases this summer, Kanye & company explore their psyches over one of Kanye’s best beats. But the real star, of course, is Nikki Minaj, who wipes the floor with Jay-Z in a verse so crazy it makes you wonder why she’s been acting like her best talent is putting this pussy on your sideburns. **
Stay tuned for 10-1. I know you are itching to find out which Kanye song takes the top spot.
*Note: Due to copyright restrictions by music companies, you actually have to click on many of these YouTube videos twice in order to actually watch them. It will be okay. If you don’t know how to do a right-click “open in new tab” please email us.
**This does not link to a porn video. Trust me.
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