Putting together three or four minutes of musical perfection is no mean feat, but 2009 has thrown up some sparkling gems from the pop rubble. Here’s our pick of the singles of the year, headed up by tales of celebrity and exuberance from LA…
1 – Lily Allen – The Fear
Difficult second album? Not a jot of it. Not only did Lily Allen produce a stellar sophomore long-player, it also contained this slice of fried pop gold which meant best single was all done and dusted by February with caustic lyrics to boot: “I’m not a saint and I’m not a sinner but everything’s cool as long as I’m getting thinner.” Genius.
2 – Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
With Boom Boom Pow and I Gotta Feeling topping charts around the world for an eternity this year, the Black Eyed Peas achieved global chart domination in 2009. Plus, with I Gotta Feeling they spat out the feel-good tune of the year. Put it on and you’re guaranteed to have a good night. Museltof!
3- Jay-Z ft Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind
No Beyonce on his The Blueprint 3 album, Jay-Z instead opting to employ the services of Alicia Keys on this single – and to great effect. He struts through the verses and Alicia brings the chorus home in a sexy, sleek style. We’re still singing this months on, testament to its staying power.
4 – Dan Black – Symphonies
Orchestral, sweeping pop that consumed us from the off with its searching verses and uplifting chorus. It didn’t bother the charts much, but it kept our office stereo employed constantly.
5 – Gossip – Heavy Cross
If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Another slice of Standing In The Way Of Control angst from the Portland trio coursed through our speakers this year and we lapped it up. Crackin’ voice, that Beth Ditto.
6 – Miike Snow – Animal
Which song to choose from such a glitteringly gorgeous album was the only question for this Scanda-American threesome? We opted for the original single, full of warm calypso beats and arching cool.
7 – La Roux – In For The Kill
Just like Miike Snow, we could have chosen Bulletproof or Quicksand for the red-headed duo – but we plumped for the original and the best. In a year when the 80s truly returned, In For The Kill spearheaded the charge with its Erasure-style beats.
8 – Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers
Some say that 2009 was the year that Dizzee sold out, but whatever, it certainly had its plus points as the boy from Bow ricocheted up the charts with this bangin’ tune along with summer hit Holiday. There’s nuffin crazy bout him.
9 – Jack Penate – Tonight’s Today
The surprise package of 2009, Jack Penate announced his sizzling electro return with some uber-tight trousers and this fizzing pop tune. It deserved better than a peak of no.23, but in a world where Taylor Swift has won every award going there’s scant justice.
10 – Michael Buble – Haven’t Met You Yet
2009 was also the year that we truly met Michael Buble. Cool, suave and possessing some oddly robotic dance moves, he transformed from 2D X Factor dueter to a 3D pop star with this corking tune and in the process charmed us all. Vive Le Buble!