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10 Top Songs of 2010

2010 has been a colorful year, particularly for the pop genre. Several new-entries made it to the charts this year, adding to the vast variety of hits to choose from, and making this one tough list to compile. But hey – anything for the readers. So here it is: our list of the top songs of 2010 based on chart performances, Grammy nominations and over all popularity. A link to each song is provided at the end of every description.

California Gurls – Katy Perry Feat. Snoop Dogg

California Gurls - Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg

“California Gurls” spread like wildfire through pop music fans all around the world, owing in part to “Daisy Dukes, bikinis on top”. The funky beach-ballad retained the top slot on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks in a row and topped the charts in several countries.[Listen]

F**k You! – Cee Lo Green

Fuck You - Cee Lo Green

Cee Lo Green’s hit 2010 pop single can adequately described as smart, catchy & funny, the humor, of course, lying in the contrast between the foul lyrics and docile mood of the song. The song has earned Record of the Year and Song of the Year nominations for the 53rd Grammy Awards to be held in 2011. It has a couple of remixes, one of which features 50 Cent. [Listen]

Nothin’ on You – B.o.B Feat. Bruno Mars

Nothin' on You - B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars

2010 saw the debut of singer and record producer Bobby Ray Simmons Jr. with “Nothin’ on You”, a soft and sweet hip-hop track featuring Bruno Mars (Peter Gene Hernandez). The song has been nominated for Record of the Year along with two other Grammys for the upcoming Grammy Awards. [Listen]

Love the Way You Lie – Eminem Feat. Rihanna

Love The Way You Lie - Eminem feat. Rihanna

“Love the Way You Lie” is an example of the class of music produced when two of the best in their respective genres form a duo. The song structure is somewhat resembles that of “Airplanes” by B.o.B – an engaging rap bout followed by a contrasting, soft chorus. The song topped the charts in over 20 countries. [Listen]

Baby – Justin Bieber Feat. Ludacris

Baby - Justin Bieber feat. Ludacris

YouTuber turned pop and R&B star, Justin Bieber exhibited much growth as a singer this year, with what might be his best single yet. The track landed a place in the top ten charts of several countries around the globe and in July of this year, ‘Baby’ became the most viewed YouTube video of all time. The video currently has over 407 million views! [Listen]

Airplanes – B.o.B Feat. Hayley Williams

Airplanes - B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams

“Airplanes” starts with a soft piano riff overlapped by the voice of Hayley Williams of Paramore, breaking into a simple but gripping chorus contrasted by a spell of rap. The success of Bobby’s hip-hop single led to a sequel (Airplanes II) featuring Eminem in addition to Hayley Williams. Airplanes II has been nominated for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for the upcoming Grammy Awards. [Listen]

Bad Romance – Lady GaGa

Bad Romance - Lady GaGa

Although released in October of 2009, the hit single that made people go “Gaga, ooh la la!” last year, continued to maintain much of its popularity throughout 2010 and cashed in on its critical acclaim by earning Lady GaGa a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. [Listen]

Not Afraid – Eminem

Not Afraid - Eminem

2010 saw a new Eminem with the release of the stimulating rap single, “Not Afraid”. The single has been nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Solo Rap Performance for the 53rd Grammy Award scheduled for the first quarter of 2011. [Listen]

Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars

2010 debutant, Bruno Mars (Peter Gene Hernandez) took to the charts with his soft single “Just the Way You Are”. After retaining its position on the Billboard pop chart for 20 weeks and counting, the song snagged a well-deserved Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. [Listen]

Like a G6 – Far East Movements

Like a G6 - Far East Movement

This mood and melody of this catchy, fast-paced electro-hop track fits very well with its lyrics – pour enough booze down your gullet and you’ll be flying like a jet. The song remained on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks straight, nipping back shortly after for another spell at first place. [Listen]

Author Sameed Khan

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