10. Plan B - "Prayin’"
9. Brandon Flowers - "Crossfire"
8. Lady Gaga - "Telephone" (ft. Beyoncé)
7. Rihanna - "Rude Boy"
6. Gorillaz - "On Melancholy Hill"
5. Kanye West - "POWER"
4. Janelle Monáe - "Tightrope" (ft. Big Boi)
3. Cee-Lo Green - "Fuck You"
2. Duck Sauce - "Barbra Streissand"
1. Robyn - "Dancing On My Own"
What makes a great pop song is it’s radio friendliness, ability to reach the general casual music listener, great songcraft, lyrics and production, resonance with the current times and music scene, and Sweden’s Robyn has it all. A truly underappreciated treasure, “Dancing On My Own” is Robyn’s biggest hit to date, and part of the reason it’s been so sorely overlooked in my opinion I think is it’s lack of warmth for the British public to truly accept it, and simply too popular for most underground music listeners to give it a chance, it lies somewhere in the middle. A refreshingly dark take on the dancefloor theme and orientation of so many songs of 2010, the top quality sinister and icy production mirrors Robyn’s torn lyrics and vocals perfectly, truly heart-wrenching for anyone willing to give it a chance. The superior album version exemplifies these ideas even further (as opposed to the radio edit that made it all over the radio for a brief time).The new-wave sounding synths which open the song sound truly menacing and immediately give it gravitas and purpose. As it progresses towards the chorus the song truly opens up, strengthening Robyn’s vocals and as their contents become even more poignant. As the percussion develops into the second chorus and synths collide just before the bridge the song achieves further weight, truly drawing the listener in to it’s cold, torn beauty. Robyn may only have a small but dedicated group of fans, but for them this year must have been a real treat. I feel as if giving the #1 spot to any of the other top 5 would be a cop-out. This song was an absolute delight.
What did you think of my choices? What was your favourite pop song of 2010?
Oh, and here is the original video which was the inspiration behind this list: