Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Top 250 Singles of 2009
I've been tabulating my lists in a new way this year. I still go by the same criteria of how I feel in regards to ranking, but I wait till I'm done now before adding numbers, where as before I added the numbers as I went along. It would often cost me a lot of time once I remembered a single I had forgotten to add and I would have to reorder the entire thing. So basically, I ranked the songs without keeping track of how many there were. Once I got down to adding numbers to the rankings, I found out that I had more than my intended and traditional 200. The number 200 has always felt natural for me when concerning singles. It's a perfect cutoff point to prevent anything that I care little about or can't defend from sneaking in. But when I looked at some of the songs I ranked below 200, I couldn't stand to exclude them because I felt there was a lot of strong stuff. Which brings us to 250 singles this year. How did I know that 250 was the right number? My #251 would have been Flo Rida's "Right Round." I felt that then was the time to quit.
1. Noisettes - Wild Young Hearts
The joy of "Wild Young Hearts" lies in its simplicity. It tells a story that we've heard before many times. Lead singer/bassist Shinga Shoniwa plays the role of a regretful heartbreaker who can't be tamed, and to make matters even more familiar, it's all done with a 60's inflection, but it's the song's simplicity that makes it so perfect. It's an immaculately crafted pop tune that could sound just as fresh today as it probably will 10 years from now. It makes no appeal to be more complex than it needs to and would rather use sincerity as its currency. Shoniwa gives a typically affected performance, but the rarely seen somber side she displays highlights a diversity that further marks her status as one of the best frontwomen in rock today. The record doesn't rely solely on her charms though. There are so many little touches sprinkled throughout that makes "Wild Young Hearts" so special. The simple "la la la's" that you can rarely go wrong with for a song of this type. The minor chord changes on the chorus. The infrequent appearance of distortion in what could easily pass as a retro tune without. It all makes for the most infectious song of 2009.
2. Röyksopp F/ Robyn - The Girl And The Robot
Sounding like the love child of Giorgio Moroder and Depeche Mode's "Enjoy The Silence," "The Girl And The Robot" is one of those irresistibly slick electronic dance tunes that's as heavy on groove as it is melody. It has an icy atmosphere to match its detached subject matter—it's literally about a loveless relationship between a girl and a robot—and it feels like the perfect combination of content and sound. Robyn is one of the best at injecting blood and sincerity into electronic backgrounds and can provide even the coldest soundscapes with warmth. As silly as the line, "I'm in love with a robot" may read on paper, once you've been taken through the journey of the song, you can't help but wonder why she won't leave the nickel-plated bastard already.
3. Kanye West - Paranoid
Personally, this is my favorite Kanye song. I do understand it's borderline blasphemous to hand that title to a song from 2008's 808's & Heartbreak and also amidst a bounty of other great hit singles and album tracks. The competition for best Kanye song is not easy, but "Paranoid" is probably furthest from people's minds when the discussion comes up. I do believe he's had stronger rhymes on other songs, but the appeal here isn't how he raps. "Paranoid" is such a rich song in regards to arrangement and melody and it's one of his most emotional ones, despite how fun it might sound. The song is also one of the rare instances where Auto-Tune actually enhances the gravitas of the vocal performance, instead of coming of as gimmicky. There's that slight bend to the voice that Auto-Tune adds that gives a pained effect that Kanye probably wouldn't have been able to accomplish on his own. In the end, the song might have been a little too different for some of West's hip hop/pop leaning fans since it was one of his few singles to not make any major noise on the charts, but as far as synthpop goes, and music in general, its in a class of its own.
4. Priscilla Renea - Dollhouse
"Dollhouse" is one of those songs that's hard to categorize, but not any less enjoyable. It's a hybrid of pop, rock and R&B with one of the most explosive choruses of the year. When it hits for the first time, the energy is almost too much to take. I know it was for me when I saw Priscilla Renea perform it at Lollapalooza. I had never heard of her before and she opened the set with this song. Its catchiness caught me off guard and by the time the song was over, I had a huge smile on my face. The metaphor of comparing her relationship to that of a doll who's being controlled also brings a smile to my face. There's an innocence to it, but it's also creative and sidesteps any current trends by embracing the figurative rather than the literal. Sure, it's simple, but we live in a time where metaphors in pop songs are not rewarded as heavily, and when one comes along that gels as well as "Dollhouse" does, cynicism will only get in the way of appreciating a treat as smart as this one.
5. La Roux - Bulletproof
This song is relentless in so many ways. From the the fast tempo to Elly Jackson's rapid rhythmic vocal delivery to that knockout of a chorus, it's as if the song is piling on so much good stuff that it won't be satisfied until you submit and admit that it's a great tune. La Roux borrows heavily from the pages of the Human League and Yaz playbook, but it doesn't come off as much of a tired retread as it probably should, not when it sounds so fresh and reinvigorating. This might have been what the aforementioned synthpop groups might have sounded like if they had today's technology and that concept is intriguing in itself to see it executed. Like the rest of their album, La Roux understands that a great synthpop song isn't built soley on the quirkiest beeps and boops, but just how well the song itself would hold up without all the synthesizers and drum machines. That chorus would be a winner regardless of what instruments are surrounding it.
6. Chrisette Michele - Epiphany (I'm Leaving)
"Epiphany (I'm Leaving)" reminds me a lot of the R&B I used to hear in the late 80's and early 90's. I'm talking about the slow burn kind that was synthetic but still had soul. Patient without being boring. Sort of like the kind of stuff Miki Howard and Chante Moore used to do. Even from the way Chrisette Michele stylizes her vocals, this song shares a kindred spirit with the past. There is a slight hip hop inflection that keeps it rooted in the now, so it's not a complete throwback and remains contemporary enough to sound fresh. But when you strip it down, this is old folks' music. Your parents will probably like it, but no matter what the age range, it's hard to deny that the song has an overall haunting, hypnotic feel, even if its message is supposed to be uplifting and that of empowerment.
7. Fefe Dobson - I Want You
My fascination with Fefe Dobson hasn't always been on solid ground. When she first appeared on the scene, I felt her music was generic, in spite of the obvious attitude and spunk she had. The talent was there, but not much else was memorable. Then along came Sunday Love, the scheduled sophomore album which never got released. With more mature themes and a crunchier pop/punk sound, I had to eat crow and finally admit that Dobson was an artist capable of creating something great. "I Want You" removes any remaining doubt and seals the deal that Dobson has what it takes to be mentioned in the same breath as the Pinks, Kellys and Avrils of the world. It's an equally sugary and raucous affair that channels Joan Jett into something that even the youth of the iGeneration can relate to. Dobson even tries her hand at a punk snarl with just enough tunefulness for TV and commercial spots, but not too perfect so as to lose the party vibe. By far the catchiest thing she's ever done.
8. Jay-Z F/ Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind
What's so great about music, or art in general, is the way that it can transport you. You may never get a chance to live the lush life or have your heart torn to a million shreds, but with the help of a good book or film, you can come closer than you ever have before to knowing what it feels like. "Empire State Of Mind" is one of the great transportive works of our time. I've lived in Chicago all my life and have never been to New York. I'm as proud as they come when it comes to my city, but whenever I listen to this song, I feel Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' pride so much to the point where I feel like a New Yorker myself. The images and emotions they evoke are so vivid that it can only be inspired from a place filled with love. If any further proof is needed of the song's transportive qualities, it reached #1 here in the country and landed in the top 10 for several other countries. Odes to hometowns have been hits before, but so rarely do you get one that makes a connection on a global scale. Jay-Z has perfected the art of the victory lap anthem (see: "Encore," "Run This Town," "The City Is Mine"), but after a career that's spanned a decade-plus, he's delivered his best one.
9. VV Brown - Leave!
I suppose we have Amy Winehouse to thank. Ever since 2007's Back To Black it seems that just about every other female artist from the UK has jumped on the retro bandwagon. With Duffy, Adele, Remi Nicole, Rox and even the Shinga Shoniwa-fronted Noisettes, it's easy to see that there's a trend going on. So far, things have been very fruitful, at least from where I stand (after all, Noisettes are responsible for my #1) and VV Brown has been one of the best as far as singles go. 2008's "Crying Blood" was a rollicking soulful affair and the follow-up, "Leave" continues on with that same energy. It's doo wop with a dash of Brill Building pop thrown in, but performed with a manic sensibility instead of the laidback approach that most of Brown's contemporaries use. While she does use the sounds of years past, VV Brown completely understands that she is making pop music for the 21st century and her music comes off as a bridge between two eras instead of as an education.
10. Keri Hilson F/ Kanye West and Ne-Yo-Knock You Down
Sometimes with superstar collaborations, you get the feeling that their only purpose is to make money. The end result is usually something that merely sounds decent, but nothing that keeps you excited long after it premieres. The beauty of "Knock You Down" is that it was obviously created to be a huge hit, based on name basis alone, but it comes off as genuine despite the star wattage. You've got arguably the hottest R&B male star/songwriter in Ne-Yo and one of hip hop's most recognizable figures with Kanye. Then there's Danja behind the boards, whose resume is no less glossier. The song should sound fantastic with credentials like that and it's one of those rare collaborations that more than lives up to its promise. It probably helps that all three vocalists share a dialogue with each other in the song that only adds to the cohesiveness of it all. The track itself is delightfully bounce-heavy that's paired along with a gorgeous hook as sweet as candy.
11. The Bird And The Bee - My Love
Bleeding hearts of the world: you have a new anthem.
12. Electrik Red - Friend Lover
And the award for best non-Prince Prince song of '09 goes to...
13. Le Kid - Mercy Mercy
Those who find favor with "Can't Speak French" by Girls Aloud should find much to like here as well.
14. Lily Allen - The Fear
Lily gets her electropop on but still holds on to her sarcasm.
15. Basement Jaxx - Raindrops
Brixton's greatest house duo goes psychedelic.
16. Ebony Bones - The Musik
The kind of post-punk party you wished you were around to see the first time.
17. Passion Pit - The Reeling
One of the year's catchiest songs is also one of its creepiest.
18. Basement Jaxx - My Turn
A rare mellow moment from Basement Jaxx with surprising depth.
19. Kelis - Acapella
A hardcore dance track ode to her newborn child from R&B's resident chameleon.
20. The Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
21. The Roots - How I Got Over
And why doesn't Black Thought sing more often? The man has got some soul.
22. Dirty Projectors - Stillness Is The Move
Disjointed indie attempt at R&B that's beautiful and enchantingly awkward.
23. Ciara - Like A Surgeon
All my life I've waited for a female to create something sexually on par with LL Cool J's "Back Seat." I'm going to declare this is it.
24. The Big Pink-Dominos
The song is like one big wave and the chorus hits like a tsunami.
25. Britney Spears - Radar
Her best single since "Toxic."
26. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Come Saturday
Oh so noisy and oh so melodic.
27. jj – From Africa To Malaga
Afropop that sounds like it was created for the winter.
28. Cam'ron - I Hate My Job
Hard-hitting soulful track with nothing but truth coming from Killa Cam.
29. Solange - T.O.N.Y.
I don't think any of my one-night stands ever got inspired to write a song this awesome. Sigh.
30. Howling Bells - Cities Burning Down
Ghostly with some tones of dream pop.
31. Paramore - Brick By Boring Brick
Furiously catchy like only Paramore can do.
32. Tanya Morgan - So Damn Down
Hip hop for swingin' lovers!
33. Weezer - (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
The birth of popabilly?
34. Tinted Windows - Kind of a Girl
Power pop all-stars make good on promise and deliver with old school flair.
35. jj - My Life, My Swag
Further proof that Sweden is awesome: they can come up with something as dark as this and can still kick the ass of whatever your country has to offer.
36. St. Vincent-Actor Out Of Work
The most immediate chorus on the album also features some of Annie Clark's most biting lyrics.
37. Miike Snow - Animal
Smooth electropop with a dash of 60's psychedelia.
38. Mayer Hawthorne - Just Ain't Gonna Work Out
Some of the best work that Smokey Robinson never did.
39. Drake - Best I Ever Had
Radio ready hip hop that doesn't dumb down the wordplay.
40. Alicia Keys - Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
Alicia takes a trip to the dark side.
41. Pet Shop Boys - Love etc.
Another winner by Xenomania, but subtle enough to let Neil Tennat's wit shine.
42. The Big Pink - Velvet
Their best attempt yet at capturing Jesus and Mary Chain.
43. Kanye West F/ Young Jeezy - Amazing
Moving throughout but the subdued way Jeezy's verse starts is most surprising.
44. Diane Birch - Nothing But A Miracle
Yes, good things can still come from Tapestry, even in this day and age.
45. Clipse F/ Pharrell - I'm Good
Further proof that songs of triumph belong to hip hop.
46. Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You
47. The Field - The More That I Do
For some reason, this songs makes me think of children losing their mind.
48. Animal Collective - My Girls
Feels like an actual song and not just one of their experiments in trippiness.
49. Beyonce F/ Kanye West - Ego (Remix)
One of Ye's best verses of the year.
50. Grizzly Bear-Two Weeks
The background vocals may seem chilling, but the song itself is bathed in warmth.
51. Method Man & Redman - Mrs. International
I'm not surprised that older artists usually make the best odes to the ladies.
52. Muse - United States of Eurasia
Gloriously epic with shades of Queen and Rush.
53. Kid Cudi F/ Kanye West and Common - Make Her Say
One of the most colorful productions of the year.
54. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
The new Blondie? Career trajectory is almost parallel at this point.
55. Chrisette Michele - Blame It On Me
I'm pretty sure I heard tears on this track.
56. Phoenix - Lisztomania
Is it too late for this one to be in a commercial? I'd even take a movie trailer.
57. Arctic Monkeys - Cornerstone
Vulnerable suits them quite well actually.
58. Annie - My Love is Better
Annie brings the rawk with a little help from Alex Kapronos of Franz Ferdinand.
59. Doves - Kingdom of Rust
Just when they seem to slip from your mind, they always come back with something strong and undeniably British.
60. Little Boots - New In Town
"No, I don't have a penny, but I'll show you a real good time." If you're talking about performing this song, I can dig it. Unless there was something else you were hinting at...
61. Phoenix - 1901
Cadillac got it wrong because the best part of the song is actually right before the chorus.
62. Ellie Goulding - Under The Sheets
Smartly arranged pop in the same vein as Rachel Stevens and Annie.
63. Camera Obscura - French Navy
No one does swooning romantic songs better.
64. Blue Roses - I Am Leaving
Tender effort made more ethereal by mixing acoustic guitar, harmonica and keyboards.
65. The Lonely Island F/ T-Pain - I'm On A Boat
"I fucked a mermaid" is the funniest line of the year.
66. Jay-Z F/ Kanye West and Rihanna - Run This Town
We all know that Jay-Z can steal the show from Yeezy if he wants to. Just saying.
67. Toddla T ft. Herve & Serocee - Shake It
Title says it all.
68. Metric - Sick Muse
The vitriol is offset by a stunner of pop chorus.
69. Drake F/ Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem - Forever
Everyone holds their own, but Eminem's twisty flow on this track boggles my mind. But in a good way.
70. Miley Cyrus - Party In The U.S.A.
I Surrender Part II: The Sweetest Submission
71. Vistoso Bosses - Delirious
Reminds me a lot of Ghost Town DJ's "My Boo," but slightly more charming. This is a good thing.
72. Mos Def-Casa Bey
One of the best beats Mos has had in years.
73. The-Dream - Rockin' That Thang
Dude really has got a thing for Prince. The sound of the drums and synthesizers bear an uncanny resemblance to the Purple One's 80's work.
74. Music Go Music - Warm in the Shadows
ABBA meets Talking Heads.
75. Ms. Brown - Wonderland
Makes you wonder why no one ever tried marrying R&B with arena rock before.
76. Atlas Sound - Quick Canal
One of 2009's most beautiful tracks.
77. Corinne Bailey Rae - I'd Do It All Again
The saddest she's ever sounded. Truly heartbreaking.
78. Addeboy vs. Cliff - Beep My Beep
Synth heavy banger that leaves a lot to the imagination.
79. Buraka Som Sistema F/ Deize Tigrona - Aqui Para Voces
I will personally buy you a stick of gum if you can't bust a sweat to this.
80. Jay-Z - D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)
Why is Jay-Z awesome? Because even when he's playing the role of curmudgeon, he still sounds relevant.
81. Kristinia DeBarge - Goodbye
Jay-Z has the higher ranking song, but Kristinia makes better use of Steam's hit.
82. Kings of Convenience - Mrs. Cold
The sonics on their songs always sound elegant. No exception here.
83. BBU - Chi Don't Dance
But if this song makes me want to dance, then what does that say? Very sneaky, boys.
84. Mika - We Are Golden
As long as Britain exists, rest assured there will be bombastic and flamboyant pop music.
85. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll
It can't bother me that Yeah Yeah Yeahs sound so glossy now when they put so much energy into the songs.
86. The Sounds – No One Sleeps When I'm Awake
I wish I could tell you that this sounds different than any other song by them, but you and I both know that we don't want that.
87. Slaughterhouse - The One
Underground MC's can make hot singles for the club too.
88. Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
I find it impressive that her songs can sound so eerie but yet full of life at the same time.
89. Sondre Lerche - Heartbeat Radio
One of indie rocks' most underrated singer-songwriters shows once again why he's one of the most consistent.
90. Method Man & Redman - Ayo
This reminds me of high school. Then I have to remind myself it's actually from 2009.
91. Major Lazer - Hold The Line
A stuttering surf rock-inspired riff powers this into euphoric dance territory.
92. Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
The first step of hopefully many in the right direction.
93. Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
I Surrender Part III: The Great Hipster Backlash
94. Metric - Gimme Sympathy
Was very disappointed in Live It Out, so I'm glad to have these guys back on my radar again. All it took was a couple of quality songs. I've always been the forgiving type.
95. Little Boots - Remedy
Because this song is so sick? Wocka wocka wocka!
96. Ryan Leslie - You're Not My Girl
Add some funk. Add some swagger. A dash of sleaze. Presto.
97. Electrik Red - So Good
Just gonna start referring to these girls as Vanity 3000 from now on.
98. Gucci Mane - Lemonade
I'm more of a blue guy, but those kids on the hook are swaying me.
99. Pictureplane - Goth Star
The chopped up samples only add to the creepiness and I love this song for it.
100. Kelly Clarkson - I Do Not Hook Up
I thought that the more you drink usually leads to more hook-ups, but I'll take your word for it Kelly.
101. Grizzly Bear - While You Wait for the Others
102. Jamie Foxx F/ T-Pain - Blame It
103. Green Day - 21 Guns
104. Norah Jones - Chasing Pirates
105. Kristinia Debarge - Sabotage
106. J*Davey - Sloow
107. Air - Sing Sang Sung
108. Clipse F/ Kanye West - Kinda Like A Big Deal
109. Sleigh Bells - Crown on the Ground
110. Pixie Lott - Boys & Girls
111. Japandroids - Young Hearts Spark Fire
112. T.I. F/ Justin Timberlake - Dead And Gone
113. Fuck Buttons - Surf Solar
114. Maxwell - Pretty Wings
115. Azari & III - Hungry for the Power
116. Akira Kiteshi - Pinball
117. Friendly Fires - Skeleton Boy
118. Floating Points - Love Me Like This (Nonsense Dub)
119. Portishead - Chase the Tear
120. UGK - Da Game Been Good To Me
121. Rye Rye F/ M.I.A. - Bang
122. Charles Hamilton - Brooklyn Girls
123. Asobi Seksu - Me & Mary
124. Yo Majesty - Don't Let Go
125. Frankmusik - Better Off As Two
126. Michachu & The Shapes - Golden Phone
127. Twista - Wetter (Get It Wet Pt. 2)
128. Pitbull-I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)
129. Fever Ray - If I Had a Heart
130. Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow
131. Fuzzy Logik F/ Egypt - In the Morning
132. Asher Roth - Lark On My Go-Kart
133. A Camp - Stronger Than Jesus
134. Rihanna F/ Young Jeezy - Hard
135. White Lies-Death/Crystal Castles Remix
136. The Antlers - Two
137. Röyksopp - This Must Be It
138. Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
139. VV Brown - Shark In The Water
140. Joy Orbinson - Hyph Mngo
141. Gossip - Heavy Cross
142. Speech Debelle - The Key
143. DJ Quik & Kurupt - 9x's OUtta 10
144. Jeremih - Birthday Sex
145. Puffy AmiYumi - Hiyori Hime
146. Michachu & The Shapes-Turn Me Well
147. Annie - Songs Remind Me Of You
148. Melanie Fiona - It Kills Me
149. Regina Spektor - Laughing With
150. Chris Brown F/ Lil' Wayne - I Can Transform Ya
151. Noisettes - Never Forget You
152. Passion Pit - Sleepyhead
153. Priscilla Renea - Hello My Apple
154. Bell X1 - The Great Defector
155. Jemina Pearl F/Iggy Pop & Thurston Moore - I Hate People
156. Miranda Lambert - Dead Flowers
157. Mew - Introducing Palace Players
158. Trey Songz - I Invented Sex
159. The Thermals - Now We Can See
160. Girls Aloud - The Loving Kind
161. Major Lazer - Keep It Going Louder
162. Pink - Please Don't Leave Me
163. The Juan MacLean - One Day
164. Noisettes - Don't Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go)
165. Matt and Kim - Daylight
166. Keri Hilson F/ Lil' Wayne - Turnin' Me On
167. Kid Sister - Right Hand Hi
168. Matias Aguayo - Rollerskate
169. Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Could Work
170. Jesse McCartney - Crash and Burn
171. DJ Quik & Kurupt - Hey Playa (Moroccan Blues)
172. Sade - Soldier Of Love
173. Guido - Orchestral Lab
174. Shakira - She-Wolf
175. Emmy The Great - First Love
176. Big Boi F/ Gucci Mane - Shine Blockas
177. Britney Spears - If U Seek Amy
178. Lisa Mitchell – Coin Laundry
179. Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again
180. Chester French - She Loves Everybody
181. The Very Best - Warm Heart of Africa
182. Rihanna - Russian Roulette
183. 50 Cent - I Get It In
184. Adam Lambert - For Your Entertainment
185. Girls - Lust For Life
186. Gui Boratto - No Turning Back
187. Kleerup - Longing For Lullabies
188. Atlas Sound - Walkabout
189. Dizzee Rascal - Dirtee Cash
191. Demi Lovato - Catch Me
192. Beyonce & Lady Gaga - Video Phone
193. Wave Machines - Punk Spirit
194. La Roux - Quicksand
195. Los Campesinos! - There Are Listed Buildings
196. N.E.R.D. - Sooner Or Later
197. WhoMadeWho - The Plot
198. Florence + the Machine - You've Got The Love (The xx Remix)
199. Karen O and the Kids - All is Love
200. Missy Elliott F/ Pharrell and Teyana Taylor-Put It On You
201. Teedra Moses - To Hell With It
202. Modest Mouse - Satellite Skin
203. Glasvegas - Flowers & Football Tops
204. New Era – Pockets on My Pannies
205. Mariah Carey-Obsessed
206. Clipse-Door Man
207. Cam'ron-I Used To Get It In Ohio
208. Sophia Fresh F/ Kanye West - What It Is
209. Animal Collective - Brother Sport
210. Röyksopp - Happy Up Here
211. Trey Songz - LOL :-)
212. The Bangz - Boys With Tattoos (We Jerkin')
213. Dragonette - Pick Up The Phone
214. Neko Case-People Got a Lot of Nerve
215. Speech Debelle - Spinnin'
216. Future of The Left - Arming Eritrea
217. Eminem - We Made You
218. P.O.S. - Drumroll (We're All Thirsty)
219. Hurricane Chris - Halle Berry (She's Fine)
220. Gucci Mane - Wasted
221. The Dream F/ Kanye West - Walkin' On the Moon
222. 1990s - 59
223. Shystie - Pull It (Ill Blu Funky mix)
224. The xx - Crystalised
225. Pink - Bad Influence
226. Ladytron - Tomorrow
227. Christina Milan - Chameleon
228. Julian Casablancas - 11th Dimension
229. Fabolous F/ The-Dream - Throw It In The Bag
230. Bat For Lashes - Sleep Alone
231. Kristinia Debarge - Future Love
232. Jay Reatard - It Ain't Gonna Save Me
233. Franz Ferdinand - No You Girls
234. Amerie - Why R U
235. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Young Adult Friction
236. Stush - We Nuh Run
237. Vitalic-Your Disco Song
238. Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes
239. Nous Non Plus - Loli
240. Rose Ellinor Dougall - Fallen Over
241. Fall Out Boy - America's Suitehearts
242. The Alchemist F/ Maxwell & Twista - Smile
243. Ghostface Killah F/ Raheem Devaughn - Baby
244. Pink Dollaz - Pockets Never Hungry
245. The Cribs - Cheat On Me
246. Speech Debelle - Go Then Bye
247. Jesse McCartney - Crash and Burn
248. The Drums - Let's Go Surfing
249. Ke$ha - Tik Tok
250. Ladyhawke - Magic