Perry & Rihanna: 2010 Top Pops
When it comes to hit singles, 2010 was quite a year and no one knows that better than upstart Bruno Mars. The singer-songwriter has either written or appeared on three of our Top 10 Songs of 2010, but will Mars take the top spot?
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5. Just the Way You Are, Bruno Mars
The award for most beautiful song of the year goes to Bruno Mars and his loving ode, Just The Way You Are. If every person in a couple sang this to their better half, 2010 would have been a fight-free year. Rarely does a love song strike a chord that is so pure as Mars does in Just the Way You Are. The lyrics are a love poem that would make Shakespeare nervous he had competition. In the end, don't we all want someone who loves us Just the Way You Are!
4. Only Girl (In the World), Rihanna
Rihanna's first single off her latest album, Loud, proved to be another smash for the Barbados-born singer. When Only Girl (In the World) hit number one in the fall of 2010, Rihanna tied Britney Spears for having the most number one singles this century. Upon first listen, we have to be honest, this song wasn't high on our list of Rihanna hits. After several sessions of experiencing Rihanna's dance-hall mastery on Only Girl (In the World), the single shoots towards the top of Rihanna's all-time singles. Just try to listen to Only Girl (In the World) and not find your feet moving to the beat. After a few minutes, getting up out of your seat is a requirement as Rihanna has crafted another piece of Ear Candy as no one else can.
3. F*** You, Cee-Lo Green
Never has a song sounded so fabulous while being so maliciously fuming. Cee-Lo Green released F*** You in two formats, the way he meant it to be heard and a softer, gentler version entitled Forget You. Glee and Gwyneth Paltrow rocked the Forget You version, while the Grammy Awards wisely nominated the expletive-ridden version for all the major awards. F*** You by Cee-Lo is another example of a classically put-together pop song that ruled the charts in 2010. Between Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Cee-Lo, pop music is in terrific hands when it comes to the science of songwriting.
2. Firework, Katy Perry
Sure, Katy Perry ruled the summer with California Gurls and Teenage Dream is another perfectly composed pop song from Perry, but Firework sets itself apart because of its message of harnessing the power of self. Comparing one's potential to releasing fireworks on the Fourth of July is poetic perfection. With its three-part structure, with all three sections of the song insanely rich, Firework is the rare song that requires hundreds of listens before it even remotely becomes truly understood. Firework also could be listened to over and over in one sitting, another rare feat in pop music. Boom, boom, boom, brighter than the moon, indeed Ms Perry!
1. Love the Way You Lie, Eminem and Rihanna
Controversial and intensely personal, Love the Way You Lie paired Eminem and Rihanna for the first time in their careers. The result was the unabated smash of 2010. Sitting atop our Top 10 Songs of 2010, Love the Way You Lie by Eminem and Rihanna is a song of our times -- equally powerful as it is sensitive. Rihanna again finds herself on the SheKnows top songs of the year list, but what is the most surprising about this track is the raw honesty shown by Eminem describing the push and pull of a volatile relationship while Rihanna brings the inescapably unforgettable hook.