My top 40 songs of the year

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Dez 25 2010, 20h20

I decided to make a list of my favourite 40 songs of the year, as this will greatly contrast with my most-played list. In addition to this, on this list I was only allowed songs released in 2010, whereas on the most-played list there is obviously much opportunity for older songs to creep in.

1. Tenderoni - Kele
“You think you are one of them”
I have a confession to make. When I first heard this song, I thought it would be much improved with a female such as Luciana taking on the vocal duties. This admittedly probably says more about my musical tastes than anything else but I have to confess I'm still not the biggest fan of Kele's vocals. Nonetheless this song is my favourite released in 2010. An amazing electro jam, one to be blasting out the car windows or indeed to be blasted from anywhere.

2. Scream – Kelis
“It's not enough to live, so just dream”
And now to my surprise artist of the year. I've never been a big fan of Kelis but her musical output this year has been right down my street. It may not have gone down a storm in America, but here in the UK and Europe I daresay Kelis' Flesh Tone is properly understood as the amazing body of work it is. Of all the singles released, oddly I warmed to Scream the slowest, and the video was very very cheap for it but despite this, this song is a complete and utter banger.

3. Islands – Shakira
“I am yours now / so now I don't ever have to leave”
Should covers be allowed in the top 40? I don't know, but Shakira has certainly surpassed the original with her beautiful, stunning and downright fantabulous rendition of The XX's song. First performed over the summer at the festivals, most notably Glastonbury, and going down a storm with the crowds there, Shakira couldn't resist but record a studio version and shove it on her latest album. And I can't blame her, for this version is divine, fully deserving its place in the top 5.

4. Dancing On My Own – Robyn
“I'm giving it my all, but I'm not the girl you're taking home”
Well, what a year it's been for Robyn with her not-entirely successful trilogy of albums, Body Talk. She certainly has saturated the market with her particular brand of electro-dancepop. That's not to say it hasn't been enjoyable to see an artist try and break the conventions of the industry, and the high-points of the campaign, especially Dancing On My Own have been spot-on. Peter Robinson for the Guardian wrote a hilarious yet somewhat accurate review of this song, as the Guardian music critics voted it their best song of the year. I haven't gone quite that far but nonetheless this is an amazing song, no doubt.

5. Love Never Dies - Mr. Hudson
“I still hear you / I still see you / When I close my eyes”
I'm by no means a fan of Mr Hudson or his previous output but this heavily dubstep influenced song has really caught my interest this year. A quick google reveals that Caspa is behind this track which explains why it is so goddamn good. If Mr Hudson went in this direction with any new material then that would be immense but I don't suppose he will. Oh well.

6. 4th Of July (Fireworks) – Kelis
“Nothing I'll ever say or do / will be as good as loving you”
Initially the standout track from Flesh Tone for me, even before it was announced as the second single, I couldn't get enough of this all summer, long before and long after the 4th of July. I did slightly overplay it but nonetheless an amazing song is an amazing song and this hits all the right buttons for me.

7. Crossfire - Brandon Flowers
“And our dreams will break the boundaries of our fears”
A very pleasant surprise in the form of the very handsome Mr Flowers. Despite being a semi-fan of The Killers (I like their stuff, but then again who doesn't?) I didn't have much hope on hearing that Flowers was turning solo. Fortunately for him, the lead single was such a soaring anthem that any doubts were put to bed immediately. Brandon, I salute you for putting out such an epic tune.

8. All Time Low - The Wanted
“I can't even find a place to start / How do I choose between my head and heart”
This is my tendencies towards listening to shitpop coming out here. I know that The Wanted are not really a credible act, as shown by Radio 1 refusing to playlist this single despite it hitting number one, but frankly no-one can do shitpop better than this song. Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole should both take notes on how to execute shitpop well. I don't care about the boys, about them being five pretty boys or five boys, its the song that does it for me. Probably the best lyrically-obviously-rhyming song of 2010 too (by which I mean you can see the rhymes coming a mile off).

9. Kickstarts – Example
“Might be holding your hand but I'm holding it loose”
Well Popjustice infamously awarded this song the Popjustice Twenty Quid Prize, which created much controversy over there. This song's placing actually has nothing to do with that though, I've just loved this song since it came out. I'm not too sure on Example as an act, but in honesty as long as he stops collaborating with shit acts like Professor Green, and comes out with more singles showing brilliance like this then he'll be sorted.

10. DJ (I Could Be Dancing) – Alphabeat
“Just let the music play”
Oh Alphabeat. I proper crush on Alphabeat, as anyone who knows me will easily be able to tell you. Indeed, this song is my most-played song of the year. Congratulations! It's also the first song I've ever purchased on 7”. It's also an amazing song, if a few years too late (read: a decade too late) for mainstream appreciation. Despite this, an amazing song and an even more amazing video lead to a combination of amazingness which is almost too much for me to handle. Oh my.

11. Bang Bang Bang - Mark Ronson & The Business INTL featuring Q-Tip & MNDR
A silly new moniker for Ronson but a very welcome change of direction and a very pleasant surprise in the form of this song which, although I haven't really appreciated enough, I acknowledge that it is one of the year's best.

12. Paper Planes & Spitballs - MC Lars featuring K.Flay
MC Lars is another artist I seriously crush on, as well as which a catchy repeated riff stolen from MIA (who herself stole it...) is going to combine to make a song which I love. The lyrics are just funny, man, and Lars is a genius.

13. Memories - David Guetta featuring Kid Cudi
This song has soundtracked many hazy nights out dancing. Plus Cudi is one of my favourite rappers. Enough said.

14. Acapella – Kelis
Unlike the rest of the UK, I was very slow to catch on to this song but when it clicked it clicked in a massive way and there's no better song to shake your arms to than this; FACT.

15. Way Back Home - Bag Raiders
The Bag Raiders released an album this year (although not in this territory so I haven't actually listened to it) but if this teaser, plus earlier releases are anything to go by, we are in for a treat next year. Plus Popjustice revealed the new single, with Dan Black on vocals and a chimp in the video. It's like they know the way to my heart.

16. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine
This technically first got released in 2008 but let's sidestep that fact and instead pretend, like the mainstream TV and radio, that it is a new 2010 song. Wow: how amazing. What a song. How she wails. I personally feel it was a bit unnecessary of Florence to record a plushy new video, as the song should stand up for itself, but I understand that she's got to play the game like everyone else. And girl's doing well in America too!

17. Cry At Films – Bright Light Bright Light
This is the B side to the second ever release of Popjustice's record label. And, with Bright Light Bright Light they got it spot on. This song is so so so so good. So good.

18. Hole In My Heart – Alphabeat
Anders SG on lead vocals? Yes please! Anders SG in the video lots? Yes please. A great, 90's house inspired second single? Go on then!!

19. Spaceship - Benny Benassi featuring Kelis & APL & Jean-Baptiste
Proving that Kelis has not put a foot wrong this year, her guest spot on this track makes it what it is – a fabulous jam.

20. Hot – Inna
At the end of the day, Inna could be any trashy Eurotrance vocalist and it wouldn't make a difference to the song. Such is life.

21. Ridin' Solo - Jason Derülo
A tune for singles? A tune for me!

22. One (Your Name) - Swedish House Mafia featuring Pharrell
I was listening to this before it became a smash, and that's a true story! I knew this would be massive as soon as Pharrel laid his vocals on top of One, and indeed it was. It's even my ringtone at the minute, cos I'm so up to date.

23. Katy On a Mission - Katy B
I like Dubstep. It's that simple really.

24. Stereo Love - Edward Maya
The vocals on this song are mixed so beautifully. And of course, you can dance like a twat to this, pretending to play an accordion. Not that I would do that in a club, of course. I'm far too cool...

25. Won't Go Quietly – Example
Am I allowed another entry by Example? An artist I don't even like that much? Well I like this song a great deal so yes I am.

26. Nothin On You - Lupe Fiasco featuring Bruno Mars
Please note it must be the Lupe version. I am not interested in placing the BoB version in my top 40. The song was initially meant for Lupe to smash it with, he argued with his record label and so it was passed over to BoB. Airplanes (or Aeroplanes to us non-Americans) would not have been inflicted on our airwaves had that not happened. And then Hayley Williams would not think she's the next Katy Perry. Anyway I digress. Basically, Lupe is the shit and his version is the only one you should be listening to.

27. I Need Air - Magnetic Man featuring Angela Hunte)
More dubstep? Yes please!

28. Blah Blah Blah – Ke$ha featuring 3OH!3
On one hand it's so wrong it should just be wrong but on the other it's fucking amazing.

29. Barbara Streisand - Duck Sauce
Just because.

30. Rocket – Goldfrapp
Goldfrapp have a special place in my heart and their releases this year, whilst nowhere near as commercially successful as anyone would like, have been to me up there with anything in their back catalogue.

31. All The Lovers - Kylie Minogue
Kylie returned graciously, sublimely and seductively with this tune. Whilst as a rule I normally prefer Uptempo Kylie, Midtempo/Downtempo Kylie can give that good time girl a run for her money, and this song did it for me. Amazing.

32. 2012 - Jay Sean featuring Nicki Minaj
Shit-R&B by numbers maybe, but I like it.

33. I Am Not a Robot - Marina & The Diamonds
Marina has made my year for making this song. It may not be in the top 10 but singing along to the first few lines of this in a high-pitched voice has been one of my highlights of 2010.

34. TiK ToK - Ke$ha
Hard to believe this song is technically a 2010 release, being as it was on the December/January cusp this time last year. I think all that needs to be said about this song, has already been said about this song. You either love it or hate it. I'll let you decide which camp I fall in to.

35. Firework - Katy Perry
Lyrical genius in the first lines of this song. When I say genius I do mean that ironically. But this is the second best single Katy Perry has ever released. And it's not too bad. Basically, I'd love to hate Katy Perry but instead I hate to love her output.

36. One Shot – JLS
Their newest material is not as good as the singles from their first album. Why did they rush-release that second album? Totally unnecessary. Oh well, let's all enjoy One Shot again.

37. All Night Long - Alexandra Burke
Completing an X Factor love in is Alexandra. This is without a doubt her best single. Even if it is a rip off of Chris Brown – Forever. Fortunately Alexandra doesn't beat her boyfriends so she can still release music to wide critical and commercial success. Sucks to be you Chris Brown.

38. Your Love Is My Drug – Ke$ha
The best ending to a song ever? “I like your beard (giggles).” It very well could be.

39. Get Outta My Way - Kylie Minogue
My second-most played song this year, obviously it's brilliant but I've overplayed it and while Kylie does dancepop gay cliché well, I feel it's not as musically meritable (or, as others might say more bluntly, 'good') as other songs.

40. Dynamite - Taio Cruz
A TUUUUUUUNE to finish with, although like the Satan that I am I preferred the JLo remix.

Other notable mentions go out to these songs. They would have made the list if the list was a top 100.

Club Can't Handle Me (Featuring David Guetta)Flo Rida
CommanderKelly Rowland
Permenant DecemberMiley Cyrus
BackstabberKe$Ha
Who’s That Chick (featuring Rihanna)David Guetta
ParachuteCheryl Cole
Broken HeelsAlexandra Burke
Unspoken (Fred Falke remix)Hurts
Love The Way You Lie (Feat. Rihanna)Eminem
Perfect Stranger (feat. Katy B.)Magnetic Man
Mini Viva One Touch
Not Giving Up On Love (Extended Version)Armin Van Buuren vs Sophie Ellis Bextor
Telephone (feat Beyoncé)Lady Gaga
OMG (featuring will.i.am)Usher
OneSky Ferreira
I Wanna Be YouNightbus
Kiss N TellKe$Ha
Only Girl In The WorldRihanna
ReplayIyaz
Frisky (Messed's Drum&Bass remix)Tinie Tempah
Rude BoyRihanna
Missing YouThe Saturdays
Just A DreamNelly
Higher – Saturdays
Alive Goldfrapp
OnceDiana Vickers
Heartbeat SongThe Futureheads
Mini Viva I Wish
Teenage DreamKaty Perry
StephenKe$Ha
You Know Me Robbie Williams
BittersweetSophie Ellis-Bextor
Dont Say NoPatrick Wolf
Love The Way You Lie Pt. 2 (Feat. Eminem)Rihanna
Wonderful Life (Freemasons Radio Edit)Hurts
HappinessAlexis Jordan
I Feel BetterHot Chip
Promise ThisCheryl Cole
Better Than TodayKylie Minogue
Pass OutTinie Tempah
Hang With MeRobyn
Never Be Your Woman (Feat Emeli Sande)Wiley
Start Without YouAlexandra Burke
Wear My Kiss- Sugababes

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