Without further adieu…
9. Adam Lambert–If I Had You
Yes, Adam, now that you mention it, I WOULD like to attend a glittery rave in the forest with you! I assume there will be girls in stripper heels & boys rolling in Maseratis. Just please make out with someone other than that hideous bassist you’re always kissing.
8. B.O.B. (featuring Bruno Mars)–Nothin’ On You
*Note: for a version of this song that hasn’t been sped up due to copyright restrictions, please visit the “embedding disabled by request” version here
I don’t know what it is that makes me prefer this song to B.O.B.’s other 2010 smash, Airplanes (which I was also a fan of, OBV). Maybe because it wasn’t quite as overplayed. Maybe it’s the presence of Bruno Mars. Maybe because I pay my taxes and therefore feel as though the song could be about me. Either way, it’s a great song and I’m excited to see what B.O.B. does in the future.
7. Rihanna (feat. Drake) — What’s my Name
Ignoring Drake’s fairly mediocre verse (like everything else he does), this is Rihanna’s best work yet. After the all-over-the-map Rated R, she returned to pop glory with Loud, featuring this song and the also great Only Girl. It’s catchy, she sounds better than ever and despite it’s November release, it’s already in my Top 25 Played list.
6. Bruno Mars–Grenade
Despite its title, this song has nothing to do with Jersey Shore. But its ridiculously catchy melody, the need to sing along with the second verse, and Bruno’s flawless vocals make up for that initial disappointment.
5. Kanye West–Runaway
Runaway is what happens when you take what was good about 808s and Heartbreaks and make it great. I remember watching him debut this at the 2010 VMAs with my mouth hanging open (sidenote: completely outshining whatever warbling self-righteous mess came out of a certain blonde singer’s mouth that night). The version shown above only improves on the VMA version, and the album version tops them all. It’s Kanye stripped down, acknowledging his flaws (“I’ll just blame everything on you, at least you know that’s what I’m good at”) and embracing them all the same. I’ll raise that toast to the douchebags.
4. Lady Gaga (feat. Beyonce)–Telephone
or the long version:
Aided by Beyonce, Gaga makes you turn off your telephone, grab your vodka tonic, and dance. The song’s 9 minute, Kill Bill reference-filled video only added to its popularity. In the end, Gaga and Honey B gave us the best dance-pop song of 2010.
3. Eminem (feat. Rihanna)–Love the Way You Lie
A million blog entries have already been written on both this song and video, so I won’t elaborate too much. But in his best work since Stan, Eminem deftly and frankly explores the issue of domestic violence. He’s helped by Rihanna, in a guest turn some call exploitative but I call moving. Related: check out Rihanna’s counterpoint, Love The Way You Lie, Part Two.
2. Katy Perry–Teenage Dream
Infinitely better than California Gurls, it’s just one of those songs that everyone can’t help but love and sing along with. Oh, Katy Perry. You may not be able to sing live and your best talent other than AutoTune is still your bra size, but you can make some damn catchy songs.
1. Kanye West–Power
or, full version:
Silent since the Taylor Swift Incident, Kanye burst back onto the scene this summer, explaining “I just needed time alone with my own thoughts / got treasures in my mind but couldn’t open up my own vault.” And it was glorious. You’re right Kanye, no one man should have all that power. But you do, and we are privileged to see what you do with it.
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