Monthly Archives: February 2014

Kelly Clarkson – My Life Would Suck Without You

First Hit #1: February 7, 2009 After a ton of breakup songs, we have a getting back together song, celebrating a relationship that is flawed but rewarding, like so many relationships. Behind it, we have the first and best of … Continue reading

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Lady Gaga feat. Colby O’Donis – Just Dance

First Hit #1: January 17, 2009 Lady Gaga is a marketing concept. With her love of crazy dresses and inventive publicity, she is being sold as an avant garde pop artist that is pushing the boundaries of the genre. So … Continue reading

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Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)

First Hit #1: December 13, 2008 Beyonce ends 2008 the way she began 2007, with a repetitive song that has its own sort of weird appeal. Of course, most people are familiar with the first lines and the chorus. The … Continue reading

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Britney Spears – Womanizer

First Hit #1: October 25, 2008 After a surprisingly long time away from the top position, Britney Spears returns, and she’s heard a few Rihanna records. I’m not saying it’s a knockoff of Umbrella, but it does the same tricks, … Continue reading

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T.I. feat. Rihanna – Live Your Life

First Hit #1: October 18, 2008 A crowd can enliven a situation. Take a club banger like Live Your Life, lots of elements are kind of annoying on their own. The robotification of Rihanna, the whining about fame combined with … Continue reading

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Pink – So What

First Hit #1: September 27, 2008 Pink’s tribute to post breakup acting out is surprisingly childish. Not lyrically, but musically, it’s based on a melody reminiscent of a taunting children’s song, and while Pink’s rough-hewn vocal and the electric guitar-driven … Continue reading

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T.I. – Whatever You Like

First Hit #1: September 6, 2008 A celebration of material excess, T.I.’s Whatever You Like is really kind of what everyone complains about when they complain about rap. It’s still kind of fun in a sing-song way, but it’s quite … Continue reading

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