2010 was an interesting year in pop music. It’s the year when Ke$ha ruled the charts, Katy Perry avoided the dreaded sophomore slump, Lady Gaga grew her ego, and Bruno Mars finally introduced himself to the scene. It’s the same year that saw Christina Aguilera’s professional and personal life take a hit and Glee take over the iTunes charts.
The next year is promising to be an even bigger one, with Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Beyonce, and Kelly Clarkson (among others) all expected to drop new albums. Before we move on to 2011, though, I thought it might be fun to review the past year by looking at some of best songs we’ve heard this year. Just be warned that I’m a pop music junkie, so don’t expect too many rock/alternative/country,etc on this list.
Here’s a short list of pop songs that made me smile and dance in the last year:
10. Commander – Kelly Rowland feat. David Guetta
Fierce. Sexy. Ridiculous. It’s too bad that Kelly Rowland isn’t confident enough with her stuff to just release her new album already. This song is at least 100% better than the forgettable RnB trash she insists on releasing in North America. David Guetta and Kelly Rowland is a match made in dance music heaven.
9. Nothin’ On You – B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars
Two amazing newcomers came together for a great song. Sometimes hip hop gets a bad reputation for being disrespectful to women. This song proves that not all rap artists are all about grinding and booty shaking – i.e. that they can have substance. Oh, and the video is cute, too.
8. Half of My Heart – John Mayer
Despite all the controversy that faced John Mayer this year, you can’t really deny his talent. In “Half of My Heart”, Mayer does what he does best – playing the guitar, singing, and looking cute. He really should stick to those and avoid opening his mouth to Playboy.
This song also features Taylor Swift, but thankfully (for our ears) her involvement is put to a bare minimum, only providing some background vocals in the chorus.
7. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars released “Just the Way You Are” after ruling the Billboard charts with a couple of collaborations and after releasing an EP. This single is total perfection – infectious, heartfelt, and organic.
Bruno Mars is a breathe of fresh air after all the heavily-manufactured pop music we’ve endured in 2009. (Black Eyed Peas, I’m looking at you!) Let’s just hope he gets off the drugs and continue writing great songs instead.
6. Airplanes – B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams from Paramore
What first appeared to be an odd collaboration turned out to be one of the most epic efforts of 2010. It’s impossible not to like this song. The chorus is catchy, but what makes it awesome is the fact that we can all somehow relate to it. (Who couldn’t really use a wish right now?)
5. Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
Following a super massive hit (“California Gurls”), this song came at the perfect time of the year. The song captures the mood of the last few weeks of summer (and the first few days of fall) and what it means to fall in love for the first time.
The hot dude from the video doesn’t hurt either. Side note: I’m still not liking the Glee version of this song.
4. F*ck You – Cee Lo Green
This song rocks because it’s oddly good. It makes you want to randomly dance. Cee Lo has soul, and it’s impossible not to get hooked with his music.
3. Billionaire – Travis McCoy feat. Bruno Mars
We’ve all fantasized about having lots of cash and being on the cover of Forbes magazine (smilin’ next to Oprah and the Queen), so it’s not really surprising that this song was a huge hit. The reggae influences in the song and the smooth vocals give the song a breezy vibe.
Check out the acoustic version to hear Travic McCoy and Bruno Mars perform this song perfectly.
2. Love the Way You Lie – Eminem feat. Rihanna
Probably the most epic collaboration of 2010. (In 2009, this distinction went to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys for “Empire State of Mind.) Radio outlets ate this song up like there’s no tomorrow, making it one of the most overplayed songs of the year. I can’t blame them, though.
Say what you want about Rihanna, but her voice is clearly made for pop radio. And her voice compliments Eminem’s never ending angst.
1. Dancing On My Own – Robyn
A brilliant song from a brilliant artist. This song is perfection. Check out Robyn’s live performances to truly appreciate this song. I’m definitely hoping that this song wins at next year’s Grammy’s.
What are your fave pop songs from 2010? Did I miss an awesome song that’s not included in this list? Leave a comment and let me know!