Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Top 10 songs of 2010

If 2009's "I gotta feeling" started my spiral into pop/club/dance music, 2010 sealed the deal.  I would call it an embarrassment of riches.  Just when I was getting into the groove at school on going out to the (surprisingly good) local bars/clubs, the new songs that were coming out were amazing.

2010 started with the reign of Ke$ha's "Tik Tok," started the summer with Taio Cruz's "Dynamite," and in my opinion, peaked with Flo Rida's "Club can't handle me."  Such a good year for music, and without further ado:

1. Flo Rida - Club Can't Handle me (Ft. David Guetta) - Wasn't exactly love at first sight, as I was finding my sea legs, but after hearing this on the radio a few times, I ended up performing it at a lip synch contest sponsored by the Student Government Association.  Perhaps because of my needing to learn the lyrics in order to lip synch to it properly, I listened to it more than I probably would have, and I fell in love with Flo Rida's verses, the chorus, and David Guetta's unbeatable production.  I would request it almost every time I would be out in the club.  Unfortunately, it only peaked at #9 on the Hot 100 for a couple of weeks, so it wasn't the absolute behemoth-sized smash that my second pick is, but that doesn't matter, because it is #1 in my heart.

2. Taio Cruz - Dynamite - Billboard magazine's "Hot 100 of the year" song was Dynamite, and for good reason: the song moved continents.  The song perfectly encapsulates everything I like about the pop/club/dance genre: it's simply pleasure, and glorious at that.  The lyrics weren't going to win any awards.  "I came to dance, dance, dance, dance," etc.  But the simplicity and clearness of the lyrics made it one that anyone who listened to it once or twice on the radio could sing along to it, and I wouldn't be surprised if a billion people have fist-pumped to Dynamite.

3. Diddy Dirty Money - I'm Coming Home (Ft. Skylar Grey) - This isn't exactly a dance/club song, but there is another genre of music that I take a liking too: "anthem-type" rap.  Add in 3 sexy verses by Diddy, a super sexy chorus sung by Skylar Grey and Diddy's two better halves, and amazing backing music.  That's "I'm Coming Home."  

4. Enrique Iglesias - I like it (Ft. Pitbull) - This song is just a delight.  Enrique and Pitbull are unstoppable. 

5. Usher - DJ Got us fallin' in love (Ft. Pitbull) - Usher in club style + Pitbull doing his thing is another unstoppable hit.

6. Lupe Fiasco - The show goes on - Another epic "anthem" rap, this time with the controversial Lupe Fiasco sampling Modest Mouse's biggest hit.  I came to like this song later on when it was hitting its stride on radio, and I also hear a clubbed up version in bars.

7. Chris Brown - Yeah 3x - This song was Chris Brown's redemption in my eyes.  As one of my college friend's remarked: it's a happy song about alcohol.  Yes it is, David James, yes it is, and it is one of my "back-up" songs to request when my top ones have already been played. 

8. Ke$ha - Your love is my drug - How I loved this song for a few months in 2010.  If I had written this near the beginning of 2011 it may have rated higher, but the songs that followed were so much better.

9. Jerimeh - Down on me (Ft. 50 Cent) - The song is dirty, the music video is dirtier, but the beat + the chorus + 50 cent was too much for me to resist. 

10. Enrique Iglesias - Tonight I'm 'Loving' You (Ft. Ludacris) - Enrique followed "I like it" with this song, and the uncensored version is a beast.  Even got to use the song in a tango in my dance group in college.  Sexy.

Honorable mention:

Wacka Flacka Flame, "No Hands" (Ft. Wale & Roscoe Dash) - I didn't really start listening to this song until about a year after it came out on youtube, but what makes it a winner in my eyes was the epic backing anthem tracks with the brass/drums/strings and Roscoe Dash's addicting voice and chorus.  "Girl the way you moving, got me in a trance."  Another dirty song, probably the worst of the 2010 list, but I can't not like it.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Top 5 Songs of 2009

During the 2009-2010 school year, I, as a junior in college, discovered my current taste in music.  The Black Eyed Peas's "I gotta feeling" was a revelation to me.  Lame?  Shallow?  Maybe, but I don't care.  I only have 5 top songs here because I really wasn't keeping track back then.

Without further ado, here I try to rank my favorite 2009 songs, which is hard as it was 2.5-3 years ago . . .

1. Black Eyed Peas - "I gotta feeling" - No contest here.  Pure club/pop/dance magic.  BeP + David Guetta.  14 weeks on top of the Hot 100.  !!!!!   13+ million singles downloads.  The string/synth line holds it down while the song builds up several times to the verses and the epic chorus.  The song is so good that listing the days of the week actually works, and the call-and-response sections are great.

2. Miley Cyrus - "Party in the USA" - I couldn't resist it.  So catchy, and back then Miley was cute and not a wannabe Lindsay Lohan.

3. Keri Hilson - "Knock you down" (Ft. Ne-Yo & Kanye West) - This song makes it because I became obsessed with a remix on Newgrounds that I randomly stumbled into.  http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/249229.  I think the remix is better than the original since it is sped up and more dancey, and though the remix is billed as a "trance" song I don't consider it that.

4. Pitbull - "I know you want me" - Pit rocked that track.  The music video was too "sexy" for me to show my mom, for instance, but the actual song is so delightfully fun.  "One, two, three, four, uno, dos, tres, quatro," (with Pitbull's signature 'whoop' in the building).  So nice.

5. Boys Like Girls - "Love Drunk" - Kind of a throwback to my rock/pop/punk fare that tided me over in high school, I love the song but it's not really what I like anymore.

Honorable mentions:

Jay Sean - "Down" (Ft. Lil Wayne) - A good track, but too hard to rank since I didn't listen to the track until later.