The top 10 pop singles of 2010
Maybe it's the economy. Or the iTunes "Singles rule!" business model. Or even the Twitter-ization of creative thought. Whatever the reason, 2010 was a great year for singles, across the board, as more and more artists found ways to boil down thei...
Maybe it's the economy. Or the iTunes "Singles rule!" business model. Or even the Twitter-ization of creative thought. Whatever the reason, 2010 was a great year for singles, across the board, as more and more artists found ways to boil down their musical visions into one short burst of creativity. Here's a look at some of the best.
- 1. Cee Lo Green, "Forget You" (Elektra): This ranting kiss-off disguised as a Motown classic is smart, touching and impossible to forget, even before he gets to the thrilling bridge of soulful screams of "Why?" And, yes, the expletive-filled version with the title we can't print is way better.
- 2. Kanye West featuring Pusha T, "Runaway" (Roc-a-Fella): The epic tribute to self-doubt and self-loathing set to a grand, piano-driven landscape is as lovely as it is desperate. His toasts are so well-crafted and sad-sack that you almost feel bad for West. And, yes, the expletive-filled version is way better.
- 3. Rihanna featuring Drake, "What's My Name?" (Def Jam): Oh 'Na 'Na, this is near-perfect pop raised to high art when she quickens the pace during the "Hey boy" bits, singing those lines faster out of sheer excitement like a girl in love.
- 4. The National, "Blood Buzz Ohio" (4AD): The driving beat and big groove make the generally unflappable-sounding Matt Berninger seem, well, happy.
- 5. Robyn, "Dancing on My Own" (Interscope): A roller coaster of post-breakup emotions that Robyn somehow makes survivable through gurgling synths, an unstoppable beat and a brave delivery.
- 6. Jonsi, "Go Do" (XL): Pure joy, as seemingly delivered by Icelandic sprites carrying piccolos and big bass drums.
- 7. Tracey Thorn, "Why Does the Wind?" (Merge): Mournful synths, Thorn's gorgeous vocals and a whole lot of distrust. It's like Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" set to music.
- 8. Kanye West featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver and Nicki Minaj, "Monster" (Roc-a-Fella): So much greatness bouncing around until Minaj delivers a star-making string of verses so incredible that even after dozens of listens it still amazes.
- 9. Macy Gray, "Kissed It" (Concord): Part peacemaker, part stadium rocker -- and all sorts of fun.
- 10. Das Racist, "You Oughta Know" (Greedhead/ Mishka): Built over a sped-up sample of Billy Joel's "Movin' Out," the Brooklyn trio offers a laid-back version of their multi-culti hip-hop and showcase all-out cleverness.