Ashley’s Favorite Big, Dumb Pop Songs of 2009

4 Jan

I was going to do a list of my favorite songs of 2009, but who needs that when there was so much FANTASTIC pop music this year that I haven’t said a word about?  Ok, so pretty much I’m completely embarrassed by this list, but I would be in denial if I didn’t make it.  You see, this year wasn’t just a year where I really immersed myself into new music, but it was also the year where I came back around to loving pop music.  It was a good time to do so, because, honestly, the genre has changed a lot, or maybe I just have a more ironic sense of humor nowadays.  Either way, for three months this year I worked at a restaurant that forced me to listen to pop music for five hours straight each day I worked, and this particular station replayed the same songs again and again and again and again.  Where I should have grown to hate the music, it actually ended up accompanying me through many of the events that transpired the rest of the year.   So here’s a top 15 that would, if not for slave labor in an ice cream shop, never have been!

15. Owl City – Fireflies – There is no reason why I should like this song, it is nothing but proliferation on the radio that brainwashed me into doing so.  Owl City’s insistance that they’ve never heard of the Postal Service also makes it inadvertently fantabulous.

14. Gives You Hell – All-American Rejects – The simple fact that AAR wrote a song I can even get the slightest bit of pleasure out of is a testament to how kind of awesome this song is.  Sure, it got annoying by the end of the year, but, in the beginning it was mindless fun.  Plus…THIS VIDEO!

13. Whatcha Say – Jason Derulo – First I hated it, now I love it, probably because I, thankfully, don’t hear it on the radio NEARLY as much as I used to.  It’s the female vocals on this track that really sell it for me.

12. Use Somebody – Kings of Leon – This isn’t exactly a pop song, but I only ever hear it when listening to pop radio, so it goes on the list.  Now, this song has been a great source of strife between my boyfriend and I, mostly because he despises my liking of it.  Once already during his trip out here, we’ve almost crashed the car in his effort to turn the channel when it’s come on. (In fact, while the youtube video was loading just now, he walked out of the room.  Ass.)

11. Dont Trust Me –  3OH!3 – This song taught us all a great lesson this summer:  Don’t trust a ho. And if you got a beef with that, well, I’m a vegetarian, and I ain’t f”ing scared of you.

10 Replay – I-Yaz – This is a rather new song, actually, and I’m not completely familiar with it yet, but I know it brings a smile to my face when I hear it, mostly because the lyrics are really just…adorable.  It’s a pretty good love song for what it is.

9. Halo – Beyonce – While my love for her music has waned, I can’t deny that I find this song particularly good.  Not the video though…that is just bad.  Funny story, when I first heard this song, I thought it was by Rihanna, and was going to go slap that girl if she was singing about Chris Brown…oh yeah.

8. Waking Up In Vegas – Katy Perry – I think I’m beginning to have a sick obsession with songs about people getting drunk and doing stupid things.  This right here is the very image of a big, dumb pop song…HOORAY.  Also, it joins the trend of some absolutely superb videos from this year:

7. My Life Would Suck Without You – Kelly Clarkson – Basing my ranking of this more on what I felt about it the majority of the year then how I feel about it now.  It’s grown very irksome these days with how overplayed it is.   But at the beginning of the year, it made me smile every time I heard it.

6. Right Round – Flo Rida – How DARE someone do this to “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)”!!! Where do they get off?! This is sacrilege of the highest degree! WHY!  I’m going to…I’m going to go right over there and–….and–….wait…wait, this is kinda catchy…I mean….I kinda like this…OH FUCK!  Also…KE$HA!

5. Knock You Down – Keri Hilson – Perhaps it’s the somewhat adorable (there’s that word again) nature of the lyrics here, or maybe it’s just Kanye’s revelation that this situation is bad…real bad…Michael Jackson, that, in spite of how badly I wanted to feel otherwise, made me love this song.

4. You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift – Like with a song a little later on this list, I wanted to go ahead and pick “Love Story” as my Taylor song, but, as it turns out, unbeknownst to myself, that song was released in 2008.  Oh well, that’s what’s so great about Taylor, she has a whole group of songs *almost* as good.

3. Tik Tok – Ke$ha – My namesake! Ok, well, I re-stylized my name after her anyways…Anywho, this song is just….crunk crunk…skeet skeet.  Exactly.  Anyways, I love this song, and as a result, Animal is my most anticipated album of 2010 (Aim high) and I can not wait to go pick it up tonight at Target at midnight…Fuck yeah.

Fuck. Yes.

2. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga – I wanted to choose “Just Dance”, in fact, it was kind of the whole reason I started this list in the first place.  I used to party to this song with friends at the beginning of this year, and it was the whole reason I got back into pop music in the first place.  Alas, it was released as a single in 2008, and though I heard it for the first time this year, I’m not going to use it.  That’s not to say that “Bad Romance” doesn’t have a place on this list, or is just a placeholder FOR “Just Dance”, no, in fact, “Bad Romance” has proven to me that not only is Lady Gaga going to be round a little while longer at least, but also that I actually really like her music.

1. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas – As stated in my top 90 albums list, this song was the theme music to my summer, it’s a fantastic party song, and when you hear it under those circumstances (partying) it really does absolutely fit the bill.  I had more to say, but I forgot what it was because my computer crashed and I lost half of this document.  Sorz.

EW! The version of this song in the video is the album version.  What a shame, the single is SO much better.

Ok, I have a confession, I started this list on January 1st.  I really wanted to be done with anything 2008 related by now, but, well, I needed to get this finished, Circumstances got in my way.  I hope you enjoyed, it’s time to kick off 2010 right, and oh will I, tonight.  BE THERE.

And, since I spent a lot of time talking about it, here is my list of favorite songs from 2009:

20. Aeon – Antony & The Johnsons

19. Deuteronomy 2:10 – The Mountain Goats

18. VCR – XX

17. Brother Sport – Animal Collective

16. The Sweetest Thing – Camera Obscura

15. Two – The Antlers

14. The Great Defector – Bell X1

13. I And Love And You – The Avett Brothers

12. Primary Colours – The Horrors

11. Walking the Dog – fun.

10. I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy  Tonight – U2

9. Time Bomb – Dave Matthews Band

8. Lisztomania – Phoenix

7. Song Away – Hockey

6. Collect Call – Metric

5. Daniel – Bat For Lashes

4. Swimming in the Flood – Passion Pit

3. Kingdom of Rust – Doves

2. Life Itself – Bruce Springsteen

1. Hysteric – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

8 Responses to “Ashley’s Favorite Big, Dumb Pop Songs of 2009”

  1. E-Pizzle 04/01/2010 at 21:18 #

    What, no Battlefield or Party in the USA? Lol and I may have illegally downloaded Ke$ha’s album last night. …oops?

  2. Cassie 04/01/2010 at 22:04 #

    If you like the female vocals on “Whatcha Say,” you should check out Imogen Heap. It’s her song that’s looped in the background.

  3. bono212 05/01/2010 at 05:22 #

    Eric, I Love You.

    Cassie…I’m kind of embarrassed I didn’t already know that :doh:. Will have to check that out then.

  4. Taylor Swift 13/01/2010 at 11:08 #

    I hate to be a stickler but my song “You Belong With Me” first appeared on my album Fearless, which was released on November 11th of the year 2008, making its placement on this list null and void.

    And I take offense to you referring to my music as “big and dumb.” You will be hearing from my lawyers.

  5. bono212 13/01/2010 at 16:28 #

    Dear Miss Swift,

    If you couldn’t tell, the only criterion for inclusion on this list was that the *single* version of a song be released in 2009, as this was more a best of pop radio, and, without a single, the likelihood of a song being heard on such radio would be rather low.

    As for the reference as “big and dumb”, well…blame my boyfriend.

    Now, I have a question for you, why did you release “Fifteen” as a single rather than “Hey Stephen”. Shame on you, Taylor. Shame.

  6. John 18/01/2010 at 10:19 #

    Ashley, stop insulting Pop stars already!

  7. bono212 19/01/2010 at 07:57 #

    I will NEVER STOP. Never.


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