December 28th, 2010
03:56 PM ET
When you dig through the myriad ways to examine the top songs of 2010 in our 'Top Hits' interactive two things quickly become clear: We’re all Katy Perry and Rihanna fans, whether we admit it or not, and “Tik Tok” could easily be our song of the year for its endurance alone. (And because we’ve always wanted to try brushing our teeth with a bottle of Jack, but that’s another story.)
The hit, topping the chart on January 2, stayed in the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for an astounding nine weeks. The only artist who came close to Ke$ha’s reign was Eminem, this year’s redemption story, whose “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna stayed atop the Hot 100 for seven weeks.
Em’s album “Recovery” was a critical and fan favorite in 2010, and the track, telling the story of dangerous love, was a highlight. MTV said the song, which made it onto the network’s list of top 10 tracks in 2010 at No. 9, is “a masterwork of unfiltered angst, full of violence…and threats (or promises), and the fact that it resonated to such a degree with the record-buying public…is both a testament to its power and more terrifying than a dozen songs about stuffing someone in a trunk.”
But back to Katy Perry and Rihanna. We’re not sure if these two are planning to take over the world anytime soon, but judging by their chart-dominance this year, they’re fairly close to it. Rihanna’s single “Rude Boy” was among the strongest - and, perhaps, sexiest - singles on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed at No. 1 for five consecutive weeks.
And that’s not all: Her fifth album release, “Loud,” gave her a wave of success this year with “Only Girl (In the World)” and “What’s My Name,” featuring Drake, each landing atop the chart as well.
RiRi’s BFF Katy Perry has had an awesome year both personally and professionally, as the Mrs. Russell Brand has had three singles top the charts, each for more than a week. This year’s contender for the song of the summer, “California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg), surfed the chart at No. 1 for six weeks, and her contribution to a great “Glee” performance, “Teenage Dream,” stayed in the top spot for two weeks.
Perry’s latest single, “Firework,” has assumed the position as well for two consecutive weeks (and, according to Billboard, it looks like she’s scored a third).
Interestingly, some of the biggest hits this year weren’t No. 1's, most notably Cee-Lo Green’s viral video sensation, ”Forget You”/“F- You” (depending on how profane you’re feeling today). Numerous “Best of 2010” lists include this track, because it's the song everyone can relate to and would like to sing to at least one person in particular, not to mention the Grammy nods it earned the artist.
And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Kanye West in here somewhere – obviously his ego wouldn’t go for that. But following the fall-out of 2009, Mr. West delivered some tracks that backed up his bravado, making his album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” into more than a critical darling – it was an event. While “Power” has been counted as a best song of the year by some critics, others stand behind the not-exactly-an-apology anthem, “Runaway,” as a hands-down best track of 2010. Oddly, that one didn’t top the charts, either.
Of course, there are many, many more: Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” featuring Beyonce; B.o.B.’s two huge hits, “Airplanes” with Hayley Williams and “Nothin’ On You” with Bruno Mars (who himself was a standout star, especially with "Just the Way You Are"); Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now”; and Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own.”
If we had more room, the list could go on, but we’ll toss it to you: What do you think were the best tracks of the year? Don’t feel limited to the ones that showed up at No. 1, but do feel free to play around to find out who earned bragging rights on Billboard.
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