And so, we have the first of such lists: I thought it would be a fun idea for me to create my own Top 20 of the best songs from 2010, ranking them and reasoning. I do this lightheartedly; my word isn't law, and as much as I tried to stay objective, you'll see that a lot of the songs likely appear due to my personal likes for them. But then, on the flip side, you'll see that I included some that aren't exactly my favourites, but even I can step back and affirm that 1. they are undeniably good songs despite the fact that I might not personally like them, 2. that they were popular and sold well for a reason, and 3. that Lady Gaga wasn't the only artist with worthwhile hits in the year. In fact, to (probably) your surprise, the number one spot isn't occupied by a song of hers. Nor is the second. (The third, well.. we'll see, I'm sure I'm bound to edit the order as I go along) I realize that the majority of them are radio offerings; I'm not so much an indie fan anymore, so yes, it's fairly mainstream, but even so, I tried to stay objective when valuing the songs with the biggest impact in 2010. Of course, there are notable omissions - there's my personal preferences. This list isn't a be-all end-all of lists - the songs here are merely my personal choices and (sometimes) favourites. Ready? Me neither.
CROSSFIRE : BRANDON FLOWERS
I'm sure you've never heard this song on the radio; in fact, chances are you've never heard it at all. I couldn't deny it, though, since I like it so much. Truth be told, I'd much prefer Brandon Flowers to go back to The Killers, as his album as a whole was less than good; but of any, Crossfire reminded me most of his former band, and after seeing the video so many times on MuchMusic, you can't help but like it.
NO fan of them; the times of I Gotta Feeling were excruciating, and they've topped themselves with the god awful The Time (Dirty Bit). Despite all that, I'll give them kudos where kudos is deserved: Rock That Body is a solid song, and when coupled with Imma Be in a nine minute version complete with an unbelievably amazing transition between the two, the song is a fantastic listen.
HATE California Gurls; Teenage Dream was once sweet and enjoyable before the radio overplayed it; and Firework is gratingly shrill. However, I couldn't seem to ignore her completely; credit is where credit's due, and Katy Perry had a very good year in 2010. Therefore, instead of acknowledging her singles, I chose the strongest song from her album Teenage Dream - E.T. The song is completely out of the box when considering it as a pop song, and I think the branching outside of the normal is what makes it especially special. I seem to have this liking of stutters in songs, too. (in this: 'kiss me, k-k-kiss me,' etc; others: 'papa-paparazzi' or 'ale-alejandro'.. just a trend)
GHOST : FEFE DOBSONI have to give it to Fefe Dobson: she was able to create such a strong song despite being, well, Fefe Dobson. I too laughed at first when I heard "and now, a new song from Fefe Dobson!" on the radio, but my mind was changed quickly after hearing it multiple times.
ROMAN'S REVENGE : NICKI MINAJ ft. EMINEMOf course, I can't ignore Nicki Minaj! Options to pick to include on a best-of list are slim: her debut CD is sub par, and her singles each have their own annoyances (specifically the idiocracy of 'You see right through me, how do you do that shit? repeated over and over in Right Thru Me or the horrifying looming presence of Annie Lennox on Your Love). Roman's Revenge, however, is pretty amazing. It's a heavy hitting rap song where Nicki and Eminem take turns spitting out the most vulgar lyrics you can think of; the song is a cartoon of itself, and it reaches the point of being "so bad it's amazing." The ending where Nicki screeches in a fake British accent is so over the top, that even when it gets to be too much, it provides for a good laugh.
DID receive acclaim (just not on the same level as Telephone or anything before it) is something only Lady Gaga could pull off and only shows her relentless strength as an artist.
SERIOUS cred if you're able to incorporate so many artists on one song - including Rihanna, Fergie, Kid Cudi, Alicia Keys, and fucking Elton John. I would rank this much, much higher - maybe at the top of the list - if it wasn't for some of the more questionable verses (I'm looking at you, Cudi and Fergie); despite them, the song is still pretty amazing. Besides, it ends with an Elton John piano solo - cool.
LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE PT II : RIHANNA ft. EMINEMTechnically, my number two spot is a tie; on the flip side, it's merely a recognition of both songs as a whole, as that's what they essentially are. Both use the same Rihanna sang chorus; both differ in showing two sides to the same story. (obviously, Eminem's viewpoint in the song most dominated by him - his own; Rihanna's answer in hers) It's a shame that Rihanna isn't releasing hers as a single, as I'd even go so far as to say that it's simply beautiful. Eminem's offering, on the other hand, is an excellent rap song to sing along to, pretending you're a rapper - maybe after a few drinks. Eminem's is another instance of the radio overplaying and killing a song, but I can still see that it deserves the accolades it deserves, and I'm personally pulling for it to sweep the Grammys since Gaga's Bad Romance was shockingly overlooked.
AMAZING, AMAZING SONG. There's nothing else I can say (eh, eh). Kanye West does it again; it's safe to say that this song single-handedly reignited my love for rap music - yep, those were the days in Grade 8. This song is truly incredible, and each featured artist does their best to top each other with their spitfire, heavy hitting verses. No contest, however - Nicki Minaj wins hands down. If any song on this list to download (if you haven't heard it), THIS IS THE ONE.
I actually had a lot of fun putting this list together, and god bless you if you actually read it all. Jesus, this is long. Who knows, maybe you'll find a few songs that peak your interest?