Monday, December 21, 2009

The Top Five Top 40 Songs of 2009

With only a week and a half left in 2009, I figured it’d make sense to look back and recap the top 5 singles of the year. I based the ranking on two main factors - longevity on the charts and reaction from the crowd when it comes on. Here’s the list, starting from 5 and going all the way down to 1:

5. Calle Ocho - Pitbull

I forgot whether this track actually went to #1, but it was everywhere when it was hot. In fact, it was even featured in the trailer for another Vince Vaughn abomination. When you reach that status, you know the country loves you. The track itself was alright, but the song it samples from is what drives it.

4. Just Dance - Lady GaGa

This song is where it all began for the burlesque performer with the distinctive wardrobe. One of my guilty pleasures from earlier in the year, and it was a big hit on the dancefloor. These days, if you play it, you probably get a lot of eyes rolling and people saying, “Oh no; not this again.” And that’s not a bad thing - it tells you how big it was. Give it a year or two when it’s officially “old school” by today’s standards, and people will love it again.

3. Poker Face - Lady GaGa

Any track with a sticky hook and a hard electro beat is bound to get radio play, and this single officially made Lady GaGa more than a one hit wonder. My dad always used to say that achieving greatness is all about repetition, and that slow string of stuttered P’s made this a song to remember. Plus, when you get a quasi-successful hiphop single sampling your track when it’s still fresh, you know you’ve made an impact.

2. Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas

The first single off their adamantium album* The E.N.D. was a dancefloor staple this past spring and summer. While it never materialized under my watch, I could see the Jersey Shore cast battling to this song because the hook has the perfect sound effect for fist to face impact. For awhile, it looked like this would be the biggest hit of the year until...

1. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas

If nothing else, this group has its finger squarely on the pulse of today’s music fans. Don’t believe me? Look up all the YouTube videos of kids and adults getting down to this song. You can’t consider yourself a true sellout as a working DJ if you haven’t played this at least 25-30 times in the last few months. So easy to mix in, a caveman could do it, and that thick guitar intro gets everyone’s attention from the get-go. Best of all, they learned from the one flaw in Montell Jordan’s This Is How We Do It and made this an everyday and every night crowd pleaser. Easily the signature song of 2009.

Honorable mention goes to Empire State of Mind, which has really gained traction in the latter part of the year, and is a definite contender for 2010. You even get people from Boston singing along when this comes on, and that’s saying something.

Anyway, as the first year of this blog draws to a close, I’d like to thank you readers out there who make Beat Match City worth writing. It’s been fun sharing knowledge and interacting with people from across the nation and around the globe. As we grow, I’m looking forward to making this site even more of a resource for DJs and music fans. So keep reading, keep writing in, and keep spreading the word so we can do it even bigger and better in 2010.

* - Yes, going adamantium is something I made up. It means “bigger than platinum.” Should be appearing in Webster’s in the next year or two.

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