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By Bill Lamb, About.com Guide
Leona Lewis further established herself as a pop star on both sides of the Atlantic with this beautiful ballad.
It can get a bit irritating (see the 2008 Annoying Songs list), but the Pussycat Dolls big hit of the year is also very catchy. Enjoy in small doses.
For those missing Avril Lavigne this year, Irish singer Lesley Roy was a breath of fresh air.
In a big year for solo male singer-songwriters, Matt Nathanson was one of those who stood out. The use of his music on various TV shows didn't hurt his career at all.
The Jonas Brothers were red hot in 2008, and this glitzy rocker was a significant part of the success equation.
The first song ever written by Boys Like Girls as a group climbed aboard pop radio and became the group's 3rd top 40 pop smash.
Colby O'Donis was one of 3 breakthrough artists this year (Kardinal Offishall and Lady GaGa were the others) to benefit from an Akon boost.
If Eric Hutchinson's laid back, cheerful pop-soul doesn't make you smile, I'm not sure there is any pop music that can.
After 10 years together, O.A.R. have broken into the mainstream with a song that simply would not let go once it began to sink into the consciousness of pop fans.
Ne-Yo lends his magic touch here and the results are significantly better than New Kids on the Block on their own.
Bill Lamb Top 40 / Pop Guide
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