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TBR’s Best Singles of 2010: Part Three

Alright folks! Less than 24 hours for me till the big night. I really can’t believe that 2010 is over in just a few hours! That means we all should enjoy ourselves for one last time this 2010. And my New Year’s gift to you is the full compilation of the blog’s BEST SINGLES of 2010 in 1 single FILE.

Below is this year’s biggest 10 singles according to my single-hotness-o-meter. Never mind, just enjoy!

NICKI MINAJ feat. EMINEM – Roman’s Revenge

Nicki is surely pop and hip hop music’s biggest newcomer this year. She has everything going on for her, a successful début album selling almost 700,000 copies in just a few weeks. Outstanding image that would challenge Lady GaGa’s creativity. I’m starting to believe she’s gonna be the most successful hip-hop female artist ever. And mind you, behind all those angsty rapping skills – she has a marvelous singing voice. Just brilliant.

ELLIE GOULDING – Starry Eyed

There’s something about Ellie’s voice that will always pull you in when you hear her sing. With the early 2010 hit, ‘Starry Eyed’ her vocals combined with an electropop dance undercurrents it’s undeniable she deserves all the glitter and spotlight she’s been getting this year.

 

DAFT PUNK – Derezzed

I’ve been always looking up to Daft Punk as Electrodance Gods. Their influence over today’s pop musical geniuses are clear in myriad ways. ‘Derezzed’ is a perfect example about how they deserved their titles. IDK, but it’s just f*cking brilliant!I just wish there should’ve been an extended mix or something. That 1:44 glory is epic.

KATY PERRY – Teenage Dream

Miss Katy Perry had an absolute blast this year didn’t she? Her sophomore album, ‘Teenage Dream’ was a massive success and all of her singles are gaining its own platinum certifications worldwide. Her best song off ‘TD’ luckily is a single and it’s every teenager’s anthem this year that’s why it totally deserved a spot right here in the top 10. Well done Katy!

JESSIE J – DO IT LIKE A DUDE

Jessica Cornish has just began her fight in the music industry late this year when she released her début, ‘Do It Like A Dude’ and I tell you, she’s got it. Already winning an award for the next year is somehow a statement this British lady is going to be big. ‘Do It Like A Dude’ – her preliminary offering never failed to introduce Jessie’s character as a singer. Her vocal range is versatile and if you haven’t heard her other songs – I suggest you do it first before you criticise me for putting her in the top 10.

HURTS – Wonderful Life

The band’s eccentricity has always been a major plus for them. Being good pals with Australian pop goddess Kylie Minogue, HURTS has managed to pull off their Disco Lento style. ‘Wonderful Life’ gives off a synthy, melancholic pop greatness engulfed in Theo Hutchcraft’s suave vocals – it’s really not bad at all.

BRUNO MARS – Just The Way You Are

No ample amount of words can describe how amazing this track is. Although I’m pretty tired of it because of overplaying.

ROBYN – Dancing On My Own


Robyn. Oh Robyn. She’s just the best out there isn’t she? The heartbreak dance queen stomped every club in the world with her fantastic, melancholic and bass thumping beats of ‘Dancing On My Own’ alongside with the stunning performance of the ‘Body Talk’ series. Who cannot resist this pop marvel?



EMINEM featuring RIHANNA – Love The Way You Lie


Eminem killed it this year. Period.

 

CEE LO GREEN – Forget You (F*ck You)

Alright folks, it’s our #1 song of the year. I mean, who wouldn’t agree? Even though it’s a track about resentment, ‘Forget You’ or ‘Fuck You’ ironically redirects us from its message to something enjoyable from beginning to end. Incorporated with Cee Lo’s ever soulful vocals, ‘Fuck You’ has every quality a ‘song of the year’ can have. Brilliant.

AND THAT, I BID EVERYONE a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! You can now download the FULL Playlist HERE.

If you failed to see the rest of the countdown here it is:

PART ONE(30-21)
PART TWO(20-11)

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TBR’s Best Singles of 2010: Part Two

Time for part two of our Best of 2010 list folks! Hope you enjoyed listening to the first 10 yesterday.

LENA – Satellite

The German winner of this year’s Eurovision might not be the favoured to win the whole thing but her little piece of pop goodness never failed to deliver. Feeling proud of her fake British accent while singing this European hit kinda worked out for her own good. It’s a catchy track that even non-Europeans can absolutely enjoy. And 28 million hits on YouTube? That’s not bad at all.

KANYE WEST feat. PUSHA T – Runaway

Although I have to admit, I hadn’t been able to catch up with Kanye’s full material to date, ‘Runaway’ the 9 minute highly acclaimed track caught me in my first listen. The lyrics are superb and the beat is ‘so-so’ – it can get as much controversy it likes but I will still stand by my decision that I’ll hate Kanye West forever. Although I’m in between when it comes to his music though.

MIKE POSNER – Please Don’t Go

Mike Posner has been under my radar since that swaggery anthem ‘Cooler Than Me’ surfaced earlier this year. I mean he’s absolutely not hard to like. An eyecandy, silky with a lil’ bit husk recording voice and an ample amount of swagger – he’s the next R&B lad who just gives off catchy, radio friendly tunes you’d be most likely to listen in full once it pops out on shuffle. Although his debut album speaks otherwise – Mike deserves another chance. Loads of chances, I must say.

P!NK – Raise Your Glass

P!nk continues to be one of my favourite pop/rock singers of her generation today. Well, I think most of us do like her that much. ‘Raise Your Glass’ is a squeaky piece of pop glory, with all of P!nk’s signature track bits – it’s actually too impossible not to like.

 

THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Make Me Wanna Die

She can be trashy all she wants but heck, she makes good music with those scary looking blokes.

SIA – Clap Your Hands

Like Robyn, Sia remains one of the most underrated pop stars to date. And with ‘Clap Your Hands’ plus the magnificence of her latest LP, ‘We Are Born’ – she doesn’t deserve it.

 

TAIO CRUZ – Dynamite

This just shows that the Brits can do it as well. Plus, it’s a good song – you can’t deny that!

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA – One

Okay. You might have guessed by now that I’m a sucker for Dance music. Oh well, you can’t blame me. Tunes like these keeps me alive! And I know you too as well.

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB – Something Good Can Work

Maybe you’re wonderin’ what the heck are a Northern Irish indie band doing in this dance-music filled playlist? Oh well, something good can really work in yeah?

RIHANNA feat. DRAKE – What’s My Name?

‘Oh Na Na, What’s My Name?’ – that line has been stuck in my head for quite sometime. I have no idea why most of pop songs today that are big has some big hooks lying around their tracks. Maybe she’s back to the old Rihanna that we used to love that’s why she’s not easy to be liked these days.

CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR PART THREE!

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TBR’s Best Singles of 2010: Part One

Okay folks, this is THE BEAT REVIEW’s Top 30 of 2010 List. I can’t make the effort to select up to 100 because you all know how hard that is to carry out and I’m so preoccupied with a lot of stuff.

Since I sporadically posted monthly playlists throughout the year, might as well give you the last rundown of the 30 best songs that defined this year. 2010 has been an amazing year for most genres of music. We saw comebacks that flop so hard, amazing new artists that has shown tremendous potential and the comebacks that proved they are really worth of the music limelight.

My last treat for y’all is the ability to download all 30 songs towards the end of the three-part series. The first part will be published today (#30 – 21), the second part on the 29th (#20 – 11) and the third part on the 30th (#10-1). So be sure to check out the blog on the next 3 days to see who’s in or who’s out in our 2010 Year-End list.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Giving Up The Gun

The American rock quartet has proven their eccentricity to be something very useful to their advantage. ‘Giving Up The Gun’ – Contra‘s most pop sounding tune is a brilliant one. And it represented their album’s premise perfectly.

MINI VIVA – One Touch

Mini Viva, one of British pop music’s biggest frustration this year may have split up but their last single as a duo, ‘One Touch’ proved to be their best. Every bit of pop music sweetness sums up this track and we’re still in mourning over the loss of one of the best pop duos that never came.

PLAN B – Prayin’

Plan B’s combination of hip-hop and soul never didn’t jive in together especially with the Mark Ronson’ sounding production – ‘Prayin’ is one heck of an anthem.

 

ROSANNA – Waterfall

Popjustice Hi-Fi first ever release is absolutely a treat to the senses. A piece of melancholic classic Swedish pop tune – it cruises its way to your playlists in just a glance. Like a Waterfall, Rosanna should be flowing through the mainstream with ease with this kind of pop genius.

 

SKY FERREIRA – Obsession

Sky is the exact epitome of a natural-born popstar. She’s got the looks, the voice and everything unconventional you can imagine. Maybe if the tweens listened a lot more to this lass, the world might be a better place to live in.

 

DRAKE feat. ALICIA KEYS – Fireworks

Drake’s own style of producing hip hop music might be meh for others but the truth is, he has an amazing singing voice and a one heck of rapping skills. Combined with Miss Alicia’s soulful vocals, ‘Fireworks’ sets its pace uphill as it reaches the skies with its magnificence.

ELIZA DOOLITTLE – Pack Up

The 50’s dancehall influenced track is a nice introduction on how things work for Miss Eliza Doolittle. The British songstress cleverly instills classic decades music into her cotton candy flourished music pieces. It might not be an original concept but the fact that she pulls up a fight in the pop charts is a nice way to say that at most points, ‘it works’.

FAR EAST MOVEMENT – Like A G6

The only Asian group so far to top international charts has proven their abilities in their début effort, ‘Free Wired’. The catchiness of ‘Like A G6′ is clear way to say that hip-hop music isn’t for black and white people only. It absolutely knows no race at this point.

GORILLAZ – Stylo

Damon Albarn and his animated friends came back with a bang this year. One of Gorillaz’ catchiest tracks ever, the basslines are superb with Mos Def’s perfectly fitted verses towards the endings of the track – it surely does deserve a spot on our list.

KE$HA – WE R WHO WE R

We can’t deny that Ke$ha always comes up with infectiously addictive tunes that always put out a good fight in the pop charts but the truth is, I always associated the word ‘AUTOTUNE’ with the word, ‘KE$HA’. It just won’t turn out good if the two weren’t together.

CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR PART TWO!


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Single Review: Matt Cardle – When We Collide

So series 7 of the UK X Factor is officially over. And by that it means, we finally have a new winner – a new winner we would like not to suffer the fate of Steve Brooks, Shayne Ward (almost), Leon Jackson and the recent Joe McElderry whose new single btw peaked at #68 in the UK charts this week. Anyway, that also means we will not see Cheryl and we’ll be Danii-less until next year. The good thing is One Direction didn’t win and the ‘person who came out of her shell’ Rebecca came 2nd which isn’t really a bad thing since she’d be off to a proper mega career soon. Then there’s Matt Cardle, the once sleeveless Painter-Decorator from Essex who seems to have loads of likable things about him. Although we didn’t expect this, his untimely cover of Biffy Clyro’s ‘Many of Horror’ is a very clever and risque thing to do and we applaud him for that.

It seems that Matt is one of the favourite acts to win since the series started and week by week he gave us stunning big performances in which he utilised his huge vocals to his advantage. So the winner’s single, a cover of an ‘underrated’ track which we seldom get from ‘The X Factor’ with an intended name change just to suit the music buying public’s preference is a brilliant one. Although personally, I prefer the original he did a solid, well-arranged version that will probably zoom into the charts without a doubt. And for the record, it’s a big relief that we won’t have to worry about this winner’s capability of superstardom or eligibility for the Christmas #1. It’s already given.

RELEASED: December 12, 2010 (UK)

LABEL: Syco Music

 

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MUSIC VIDEO: Ke$ha – We R Who We R

As much as I think this is way overdue. I still totally dig this track. The video as usual is still the typical Ke$ha. Still doing what she knows and does best – PARTYING. Hopefully, we’ll see Ke$ha stripped down into something more serious next time. *cough* *cough* ‘The Harold Song’ – would be totally nice. I must say.

 

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MUSIC VIDEO: Cheryl Cole – The Flood

I kinda predicted the video would actually look like this because I don’t want to see another crappy studio shot video. And this I must say is Cheryl’s best yet. Pure, emotional and beautiful as usual. But her voice is still crap compared to Nadine’s. Just sayin’.

 

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SINGLE REVIEW: Bruno Mars – Grenade

It’s highly justifiable that Bruno Mars is one of the best male artists to come out and shower us with amazing talent and music this year. He’s name got the biggest impact as his début single, ‘Just The Way You Are’ became a monster single and went number 1 across the globe. The Filipino-Puerto Rican crooner has a stunning voice and magnificent songwriting skills that carves into the hearts of every girl who hears him. ‘Grenade’ for example is straight to the heart with enough conviction and power to put chills running down on your spine.

‘Grenade’ – another track that speaks of his thoughts about the opposite sex but is somehow opposite to the message of ‘Just The Way You Are’. The big powerful impact of the tracks instruments has provided an extreme atmosphere to the message of the track itself. Bruno sings with enough disappointment in ‘I would go through all this pain, take a bullet strike through my brain…’ – an assuring line that he would do everything for the woman he loves and still won’t get the love he deserves. It’s kind of depressing if you’d look into it but it’s a brilliant song incorporated with an amazing vocal that gives him an assurance that he can do a lot more things than what we know. Mega.

And check out the super cool video below:

 

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