Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Top 20+10 Singles of 2010.

Hiya, you've already read numbers 30-21 on my Top 20+10 Singles of 2010 countdown, and now let's have some more. Rihanna's done alright for herself this year, hasn't she?

20. Rihanna - Te Amo
Released: 11th June
Peak Position: 15

Te Amo is the story of a woman coping with the fact that her mate is a lezz and she proper fancies her. She doesn't want to hurt the lass's feelings, but she feels like she's far too fond of a cock up her to indulge her lesbionic friend's crush, and is struggling to cope with the pressure of it all. To top it all off, her mate speaks no English (strangely) and keeps randomly hollering out "te amo" (I love you in Spanish, if you didn't already know, but you should really because Rihanna clearly translates for us in the last line of the chorus) making the whole thing a sexually confused bilingual nightmare, like Shakira on Viagra. Lovely.


19. Marina and the Diamonds - Oh No!
Released: 2nd August
Peak Position: 38

From what I can tell, Oh No! is a song about being ruthless in your ambition, then getting what you want and realising you've become a bit of a monster in the process and going "Oh No!" when you have that epiphany. The video is very good, there is a lot of colour in it and Marina wears some lovely dresses. My favourite line is when she says "TV taught me how to feel, now real life has now appeal" because I think a lot of people can relate to it in that on TV people often feel quite simple 2D emotions whereas life is a lot less black and white. She does then, rather unnecessarily, bring the point home by repeating "it has no appeal it has no appeal it has no appeal it has no appeal it has no app----peal". If you haven't had this song already, it is probably the least known of my Top 30, then do give it a listen because it's gorgeous.

18. Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
Released: 25th July
Peak Position: 2

It's pretty much non-negotiable that this song is lush. It's a proper love song, it isn't slushy it's just a nice song about someone making you feel special. No it isn't particularly adventurous musically or lyrically, but if a song can make people happy like Teenage Dream does is that really the most important thing in the word? Should we really judge every piece of music we hear on the basis of how groundbreaking it is? Surely the most important thing is how it makes us feel, and a million people will attach memories of Summer 2010 to Teenage Dream for the rest of their lives now, so well done Katy Perry. Well done for that.

17. Scissor Sisters - Fire With Fire
Released: 20th June
Peak Position: 11

AAAAAAAH! AAAAAAH! ARMS IN THE AIR! AAAAAH! AAAAAAAAH! SUCCESSFUL COMEBACK FOR SCISSOR SISTERS! AAAAAAAAH! AAAAAAH! INSPIRING! AAAAAAH! AAAAAAH! THAT ANA MATRONIC HAS LOST A BIT OF WEIGHT I LIKED HER BETTER CURVY! AAAAAAAH! AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH! AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH! A very good song.

Released: 18th May
Peak Position: 9

She's done it. After a careers' worth of flitting between genres and cowering in Beyoncé's shadow, Kelly Rowland has finally found a niche for herself and has started releasing consistent dance-pop music. The video's a bit of an eyesore, but don't let that taint the song for you. Commander is particularly good because when it's on in a club you can salute. You look like a dickhead, of course, but don't let that stop you.

15. Rihanna - Rude Boy
Released: 19th February
Peak Position: 2

So people weren't taking to the new harder side to Rihanna. Songs like Russian Roulette weren't really setting the charts on fire, while copies of Rated R were gathering dust on shelves. Thankfully, Rihanna had an ace up her sleeve in the form of Rude Boy, a naughty little ditty about having sex with someone who is good at having sex, but who is not as good as you. They say sex sells and they were right. I adore this song and while it's not exactly going to help Rihanna's case should she ever consider spending the rest of her life in a convent, it certainly put the ol' pop career back on track.


Released: 17th August
Peak Position: 2

So far this is Rihanna's fourth song on the countdown (there is more to come), and I think Love The Way You Lie proves even further just how versatile she can be. 2010 saw Rihanna singing about unrequited love and shagging. Love The Way You Lie takes on a slightly more serious approach and handles the topic of domestic abuse. Love The Way You Lie is not a funny song. My favourite memory of this song comes from my cousin's wedding earlier this year, where I drank a bottle of wine to myself, drunkenly rang a boy I was seeing the next day (ironically, wine would soon make short work of that as well) and then danced to Love The Way You Lie in a drunken trio with my mother and my cousin's daughter who was gaily singing along to a song about not being able to tear yourself away from the person who makes your life Hell, because you know you give as good as you get. All a bit complex for a child to understand, really, isn't it? Good job I was wrecked. Dysfunctional.

13. Nicole Scherzinger - Poison
Released: 28th November
Peak Position: 3

Another song that wasn't exactly shit from the latter months of 2010. Nicole Scherzinger's had a nice year, especially here in the UK where her profile has absolutely soared. Poison was the perfect song to launch her solo career, and her appearance on The X Factor over the Summer was the perfect way to springboard her into our consciousnesses in the first place. Poison could not be any more RedOne if it was actually audio footage of RedOne taking a massive big poo. I don't think much of that wig Nicole wears in the video, but the X Factor performance of the song more than proved that Nicole could have a sustainable career outside of the Pussycat Dolls. Plus she properly showed Cheryl up, didn't she, what with her dance routine being far more elaborate and she actually sang live. Plus she's danced with her gaylord boyfriend in the past as well. AWK. WARD.

Released: 6th June
Peak Position: 13

At last, Ke$ha is making an appearance with one of the year's sunniest songs, Your Love Is My Drug. Carla reckons this song embodies everything good about the Summer, and I reckon she is right. It's laid-back and fun and pretty. It might well be AutoTuned to Hell, and the last 45 seconds are a bit of an embarrassment while she giggles and tells her beau she likes his beard, but if you can get the fuck over yourself then it's an enjoyable listen.

11. Alphabeat - Hole In My Heart
Released: 22nd February
Peak Position: 29

"HELLO THERE I HAVE A RECORD DEAL AND ALPHABEAT ARE A PART OF THAT. THEY HAVE AN AMAZING SINGLE COMING OUT WHICH IS CALLED HOLE IN MY HEART, AND I THINK I AM GOING TO GIVE THEM £5 TO SHOOT A VIDEO FOR THAT SINGLE, AND THAT TRULY AWFUL VIDEO IS WHAT THEIR SINGLE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR, WHICH IS A BIT OF A BALLS UP ON MY PART REALLY. OH WELL. LA LA LA". Yeah so this song is incredible. Alphabeat are incredible. I adore them, you should adore them as well.

MORE TO COME, LOVES.

1 comment:

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    That was actually quite a shit comment. It was amazing in my head. :(

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