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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.


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!


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.



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!


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.



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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.


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.


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’.


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.


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.


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.



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People making lists…

Alright ladies and gents, it’s time for a proper blog post. Just to update you for what’s going to happen to the blog. I know I haven’t been doing my blogging duties these past few months LOADS of MUSIC coming in and there’s so little to no time to even say something about a track.

So it’s a little more than 2 weeks till the month and year is over so I’m making my final playlist for the year. To be fair, this will contain 30 outstanding tracks this amazing year has heard. I’ll put up the compilation for download with semi-commentaries on each track and this will be available for an unlimited time.

I’m sure a lot of you have been making your lists on who’s the best and the hottest this year and I think we may agree to some or most of them right? Rest assured this is a promise and I’m really putting in my full effort on this final project of the year. Be sure to check the blog on DECEMBER 26th, 2010 12AM GMT for the complete list.

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Most Played Songs of 2008

Hey guys, I just though I’d post my most played songs list on iTunes. Here are the top 40:

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haha. i’m bored. deal with it. HAPPY NEW YEAR guys!

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Christmas Chart: I’m dreaming of a WHITE CHRISTMAS!

In time of the Yuletide season, I’ve decided to come up with a christmas chart. Yeah, I know it’s bizarre cause’ I’m not making any weekly charts or something. This is one of the new things I’d like to come up with THE BEAT REVIEW next year. Anyways, I’m tired so here it is.

December 25, 2008

1. Gabriella Cilmi – “Warm This Winter”
2. Mariah Carey – “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
3. Alexandra Burke – “Hallelujah”
4. Leona Lewis – “Run”
5. Beyonce – “Single Ladies”
6. Girls Aloud – “The Loving Kind”
7. The Saturdays – “Issues”
8. Lady GaGa – “Christmas Tree”
9. Kaiser Chiefs – “Good Days, Bad Days”
10. Jessica Mauboy – “Burn”
11. Madonna – “Miles Away”
12. Justin Timberlake ft. T.I – “If I Talk”
13. Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil’ Wayne – “Let It Rock”
14. Katy Perry – “Hot N Cold”
15. Geraldine McQueen – “Once Upon A Christmas Song”
16. Ne-Yo – “Mad”
17. P!nk – “Sober”
18. David Archuleta – “A Little Too Not Over You”
19. Diana Vickers – “White Flag”
20. James Morrison – “Songs For You, Truths For Me”

* starting the first week of January, I’ll be counting down the hottest songs in my library and the music scene.

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TBR Year-End: 20 Songs of 2008

1. Leona Lewis – “Run”
Luckily, I first heard this song about the end of 2007 when Leona did this cover on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge last year. I wasn’t sure about this song when I first heard it. I knew it was a Snow Patrol cover but I didn’t get the chance to listen to it. Then I saw that the song will be included in Leona’s re-release of Spirit. I heard it once more and I fell in love with it. I don’t know why but this song just gives me the chill.

2. Beyonce – “Single Ladies”
Surprisingly, when I first reviewed this song I was like it’s just a silly “Get Me Bodied #2” and then after of course, getting into the hype of Beyonce’s fame I was shocked to see myself actually inlove with this song. Queen B’s inhuman dancing skills just freaked the shite out of me. It’s irresistible in many ways. Yeah, why won’t you be proud of being single? Put a shiny ring on it.

3. Leona Lewis – “Better in Time”
It’s not surprising to see another Leona in the top 20. I just can’t seem to get over with this lass. She’s just amazing and I can’t seem to put words to describe how much I adore her. This song has one of the best messages in it and I’m happy to see her having success from being a pizza girl.

4. Duffy – “Mercy”
Yeah, yeah. I’ve played this song on my iTunes a LOT since I first heard it way back in February of 2008. She’s one of the hottest female singers of today deviating from the others who are just making themselves in the charts with the usual high-range vocals. Yet she delivers this dancy, soul anthem that’s just infectious.

5. Kaiser Chiefs – “Never Miss A Beat”
I never had the chance to make the review about this song because when I heard it, the song was released at least a month already. It’s upbeat and nonsense lyrics actually captivated my senses. I love how they performed this song. It’s just infectious with no reason.

6. Adele – “Chasing Pavements”
It’s one of the songs that moved me. I loved it unreservedly. Adele’s soulful vocals just pierced through my heart.

7. The Ting Tings – “Shut Up and Let Me Go”
Thanks to an iPod advert, their music went mainstream. Their electro-pop, slash rock and dance vibe just paid off. It’s a nice offering packed with infectious lyrics and melody.

8. Girls Aloud – “Untouchable”
Honestly, I didn’t actually like this song when I first heard it. Thanks to my mate jizzka, after a few listens I immediately got hooked on it. It’s effortless pop sound incorporated with the girl’s impeccable vocals are perfectly blended together.

9. Muse – “Supermassive Black Hole”
Yeah yeah. I loved it because of Twilight. I had the soundtrack and it’s my favourite track. A nice pop rock anthem suited for the movie. It has the certain angst that I liked with supernova lyrics such as “I’m your supermassive black hole”.

10. The Script – “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”
The U2 inspired music of this Irish trio just caught my attention. Their well-crafted lyrics with much suited melody is just impressing as it would be. Thanks to Danny O’Donaghue’s raspy but charming vocals, I’m a fan.

11. Lady GaGa – “Just Dance”
Her music has been described as the “future of pop” and I would somehow agree to that understatement. This danceable infectious tune earned a #11 spot for me because I loved how the song was constructed in a way that it wasn’t too trying hard. She definitely has the potential of becoming an international superstar.

12. Gabriella Cilmi – “Save The Lies”
Even though it didn’t do any good in the pop charts in the UK and Australia, I totally love this song. It has this certain quality, maybe because it’s upbeat filled with Gabriella’s rich yet mature vocals. She’s one of the best singers of her age and I love love love her music. I’m buying her CD this December.

13. The Killers – “Spaceman”
It’s football-arena “oohhs” are just what I liked in this song. Of course, I was caught up by the hype of The Killer’s comeback album which isn’t as much as I would expect it to be. Anyways, even though the album isn’t on my top 20 list this year, I’m still trying to make the album a grower on me.
14. Oasis – “The Shock of Lightning”
I’m pretty much in love with the speedy hype theme of the song. As the song title implied, it sounded like it was in a hurry. Even said so, I loved it so much that I had to play it more times as I would expect I would play it. One of the songs I genuinely loved in the album.

15. The Virgins – “Rich Girls”
Thanks to Gossip Girl and to my mate Jizzka, I was able to get hold this New York indie-ish band. It’s somehow retro beat charmed my meticulous taste. It’s danceable to the point that it could be played in major clubs in the metro. It has this certain disco-ball atmosphere clouding in.

16. MGMT – “Time To Pretend”
Again, Gossip Girl had influenced some of my music this year. They’re artsy music which sounded like a college-experiment gone good is quite impressive.

17. Katy Perry – “I Kissed A Girl”
Of course, everybody loved being kissed by Katy Perry, don’t we? Yeah, I’m all caught up with this controversial song that made me actually like it. The lesbian image worked for Katy and as well as the guys who just love to see girl-to-girl action which is quite weird.

18. Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”
Ruling the world isn’t much a good idea for Chris Martin. I would say they did rule somewhere else, the music charts. For a certain week or two the group had dominated the UK and US charts with their single “Viva La Vida”, take note of their platinum selling album. They’re singing of cavalry choirs and being a little bit tyrant in some point.

19. Estelle featuring Kanye West – “American Boy”
R&B isn’t for Americans only, now the Brits are enjoying a somehow equal success with this latest import. Estelle is proving of her soul, much efforted vocals singing of how she loves the American boys. It’s charming enough to be infectious and to be on my list.

20. The Ting Tings – “That’s Not My Name”
The lyrics are quite stupid but I loved their dance-funk style. It’s close enough for them to be one of the best acts this year. Yeah, she can’t sing so what?


The Killers – “Human”
Beyonce – “Halo”
The Saturdays – “If This Is Love”
Girls Aloud – “Love Is The Key”
Lenka – “The Show”
Lenka – “Knock Knock”
Gabriella Cilmi – “Sweet About Me”
Adele – “Hometown Glory”
MGMT – “Kids”
The Kooks – “Do You Wanna”
Rihanna – “Disturbia”
Ne-Yo – “Mad”
Alexandra Burke – “Hallelujah”
Coldplay – “Lost”
Katy Perry – “Hot ‘N Cold”
The Pussycat Dolls – “When i Grow Up”
Britney Spears -“Circus”
MuteMath – “Spotlight”
Kings of Leon – “Sex on Fire”
James Morrison – “You Make it Real”
Hilary Duff – “Holiday”
The Script – “Breakeven”


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