We’re in July now (very much stating the obvious), which means that we’re over half way through the year. This can only mean one thing: it’s time for a ‘best of the year’ list. Today’s list is the twenty best songs of the year. Some of the selected songs are ‘obv.com’s’, some are ‘okay.com’s’ and the rest are ‘who-spiked-your-drink.com’s’. Feel free to comment below as to whether you agree or not.
20. Dance Again (featuring Pitbull) – Jennifer Lopez
19. Born To Die – Lana Del Rey
18. Boyfriend – Justin Bieber
17. 110% – Jessie Ware
16. Can’t Say No – Conor Maynard
15. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
14. Let It Go – Alexandra Burke
13. Starships – Nicki Minaj
12. Kiss The Stars – Pixie Lott
11. Waiting For The Feeling – Bright Light Bright Light
10. How We Do (Party) – Rita Ora
09. Timebomb – Kylie
08. What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) – Kelly Clarkson
07. Primadonna – Marina & The Diamonds
06. You Bring Me Joy – Amelia Lily
05. RIP (featuring Tinie Tempah) – Rita Ora
Taken from her début album Ora (released in late August), RIP is Rita Ora’s début single. Although this track does nothing to stop the inevitable Rihanna comparisons, it is the sort of début single that is going to get you noticed. Written by Drake, this track possesses one of the catchiest choruses of the year. Pair that with the sample from the Chase and Status remix of Nneka’s Heartbeat and you have a massive song. Although the Rihanna comparison is obvious, this track also draws comparisons to Crazy In Love by Beyonce (although nowhere near as good) in that they are both strong, confident anthems, the kind of which are rarely seen in début singles.
04. Where Have You Been – Rihanna
Where Have You Been is the millionth (? – it’s easy to lost with her) single to be lifted from Rihanna’s latest album Talk That Talk. Earlier in the year, Ms. Fenty amassed a heap of controversy, mainly over Birthday Cake-gate, and the public were starting to fall out of love with her. However, Where Have You Been well and truly got the public back on side. The song can only be described as massive, with a post-chorus breakdown that even the RAC wouldn’t be able to fix. Coupled with a few great performances and that video (you can’t say you haven’t tried to learn the dance), and you have a perfect single campaign.
03. Call My Name – Cheryl
If there was one dance routine to rival that of Rihanna’s, it would be this from Cheryl. Taken from her third solo album A Million Lights, Call My Name signalled a new dancier direction for Ms. Tweedy. Produced by Calvin Harris, this song very much uses the ‘number one smash’ formula that Harris has cleverly concocted. With a simple yet massive chorus and the best intro of the year, Call My Name is the best thing Cheryl has put her name to post Girls Aloud. It also gave Cheryl the now infamous swan dive, which should really open the Olympics this Friday (she doesn’t even need to perform – just swan dive).
02. Young – Tulisa
It was mentioned earlier how there will be some ‘who-spiked-your-drink.com’ moments, and this is could be one of those moments. Admittedly Young is a very ‘marmite’ song, but there is something very amazing about it. Tulisa has had a rough year due to her sex-tape [insert applicable joke here], and Young is the song that she needed. This song is extremely generic, but since when has generic been a bad thing. Given the circumstances, the whole ‘I’ve made mistakes but haven’t we all’ message is somewhat a perfect pop moment. Despite recently claiming she only released this to get to number one, Young is exactly what Tulisa should be releasing. Saying that, the follow-up (Live It Up) is also brilliant and may trouble the upper regions of the end of year list)
01. Hot Right Now (featuring Rita Ora) – DJ Fresh
So Hot Right Now by DJ Fresh is number one. The reason this is number one is because it’s so addictive and therefore you have to dance when you hear it. This song is a song you can mosh/rave/slut drop/shake your feet too. This is arguably the most universal song in the top five, with it’s drum and bass influence as well as a super-catchy chorus. This track also unleashed Rita Ora on the world, so it has to be given credit for just doing that. The song has also amassed 29 million views on YouTube, and is one of the fastest selling songs of the year, which thus proves why it deserves it’s place at number one.