This is admittedly a subjective list based on judgments of quality instead of sales figures or radio airplay. A number of songs have expanded reviews. Click on the word 'Review' to read more information about the song. This list should be a great conversation starter. Feel free to agree or to disagree. Either way, there is a lot of great pop music to be found on this list. It's complete with an amusing accompanying music video. For the fourth single from their smash hit album, the Black Eyed Peas turned to this song with a dual personality. It begins as stripped down hip-hop then slides into a jazzy groove for the end section.
The result was another 1 pop hit for the group. Barbados born Shontelle proved that she was not a one-hit wonder with this plaintive ballad that placed higher up on the charts than her first hit "T-Shirt" did. When she was only ten years old, Willow Smith, daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, released this song that went viral on the internet. It's uptempo and extremely catchy, but it can seem a bit simplistic and terribly repetitive as well.
In an unusual twist, Timbaland sings here. This song also helped keep Katy Perry in the pop spotlight while fans waited for her next album. Luke , and Benny Blanco. All three are masters of contemporary pop. Taylor Swift 's "Today Was a Fairytale," debuted at 2 on the pop singles chart. It was written and performed specifically for the soundtrack to the film Valentine's Day and features Taylor Swift in pop mode singing about a nearly perfect day. Two of the top teen-oriented artists collaborated on a track that sounded like pure summer fun when it first appeared in the spring of Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber toured together later in the year.
Two teen favorites collaborate here for an outstanding teen dating song. This one is a prime candidate for next year's prom list. Jesse McCartney takes the approach here of not messing with a formula that works.
He says that it is the song on his upcoming album Have It All that is most similar to the previous Departure collection. It was originally recorded by the Oklahoma rock band Aranda. The year-old star of Nickelodeon's show iCarly embarked on pursuing a mainstream pop career this year. The song is centered on the sweetness of young love. This appealing dance-pop song was initially recorded as a demo by Usher.
However, he rejected the song for himself and suggested that his protege Justin Bieber do a recording of the song. Ultimately, there are now versions with both Usher and Justin Bieber taking lead vocals while the other provides backup support.
Borrowing a hook from Janet Jackson's "Again," Iyaz proved here he is no one hit wonder. A debut single as massive as 's "Whatcha Say" is a hard act to follow. However, "In My Head" is catchy enough it did the trick turning into another big hit for Jason Derulo. The song climbed all the way to the top 10 in the United Kingdom. A little promotion from the hit TV show Jersey Shore and surefire raps from Pitbull helped bring Enrique Iglesias back into the pop top 10 for the first time in nearly ten years.
This is one of the top party hits of the year. Jay-Z's haunting song is built around Alphaville's song "Forever Young. Hudson, a protege of Kanye West.
Linkin Park headed in the direction of more synth textures and less rock guitar on this lead single from the A Thousand Suns album. The album and single were a commercial disappointment for the band in a year in which rock did not fare well at all in music sales.
Australian duo Yolanda Be Cool built a worldwide pop sensation around a sample of a s Italian pop song. It is quite repetitive but good for a solid smile the first few times through.
Flo Rida collaborated here with one of the hottest pop-dance producers, David Guetta. The result was another extremely catchy pop hip-hop song that brought Flo Rida his fifth top 10 pop hit in the past three years. Taylor Swift's first single from the massively successful Speak Now was somewhat disappointing seeming a bit too similar to previous hits. Fortunately, "Mine" is one of the weaker tracks on the album. The first single from Michael Jackson's posthumous album does feel a bit incomplete but is clearly in the mode of other classic uplifting Michael Jackson anthems.
Wiz Khalifa makes his debut in the pop mainstream with a musical celebration of the colors most associated with his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Norwegian duo StarGate produced the song. The first single from Jay Sean's first album after his massive breakthrough in with "Down" is musically more of the same and nearly as catchy. This year's most valuable featured artist Nicki Minaj adds her personality to the project. The song climbed on to the Billboard Hot after being released independently on iTunes.
Adam Lambert headed to the Max Martin hit factory here. It is catchy but slightly faceless. The accompanying music video is more distinctive than the song. The Black Eyed Peas continue to march to the beat of their drummer.
On this track producer, J. Rotem takes him in a pop dance direction. It also came complete with a controversial video. It features a rap from Nicki Minaj performing as her alter ego Roman Zolanski. Sean Kingston collaborated with the StarGate production team for the first time here.
It keeps him on the dance floor and became one of his biggest hits. It even caused the re-united Buggles to create their cover version of "Check It Out. It was a 1 smash hit helped by a strong rap assist from Ludacris. Showing off his versatility rapper B. He worked with hot producer Benny Blanco in putting together the record.
Shakira's official anthem for the World Cup combines African and Latin elements for a truly international pop sound. Trash pop at its finest.
The duo 3OH! Good trashy fun or irritating? Most audiences did have a strong opinion. Usher returned to the dance floor following his massive hit "OMG. Somalia born Canadian rapper and singer K'Naan gained worldwide acclaim with this anthem. It was used extensively by Coca-Cola in advertising surrounding the World Cup. Teen star Selena Gomez moved into a more adult dance-pop sound here.
It continued her hit streak and likely picked up some new adult fans to go with her solid teen base. Drake previewed his debut album Thank Me Later with this powerful meditation on the impact of his rise to stardom over the previous year.
Irish band the Script made their US pop breakthrough with this song. Witty wordplay and midtempo pop rock proved tremendously appealing on pop radio. Ultimately "Breakeven" was certified platinum for download sales. This sexy and intense song of desire and lust from Alicia Keys was made even more powerful in the music video by tackling interracial dating as the primary plot element.
Drake turns a quest for love into something sounding like a near desperate search. The controversial video contains a surprise ending that will shock the first time through. Nicki Minaj was easily the featured rapper of the year. This delightfully catchy song is what came out.
The inspirational lyrics are inspired by her son Knight. If you feel that you tend to run into the song "Secrets" nearly everywhere, it's probably not your imagination. It is a grand, sweeping ballad in the tradition of the group's first major hit "Apologize.
Matisyahu's spiritually uplifting prayer for peace in our world was used extensively as a theme song for NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics. The Cash Money hip-hop label rolled out its superstar list of young rap artists to put together this clever collaborative effort.
Nicki Minaj , Drake, and Lloyd are among those featured here. Honey sweet vocals on the hook by Bruno Mars helped it become a top 5 smash.
This lead single from Justin Bieber's second album gets a lot of the credit for making him truly a world pop superstar. It proved he can deliver a hit single that instantly sounds timeless in its appeal.
The lead single from Sara Bareilles' album Kaleidoscope Heart delivers more of the literate piano-based pop that animated her breakthrough "Love Song. Watch the music video to enjoy Chris Brown's immense dancing talent as well.
Ultimately "Bulletproof" amounts to a bit of an "I Will Survive" for a new generation. Romanian musician and producer Edward Maya created an international pop sensation with this adaptation of an Azerbaijani song.