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Top 100 Pop Songs 2009

The Best of the Year

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This is admittedly a subjective list based on judgments of quality instead of sales figures or radio airplay. A number of songs have expanded reviews - click on the word 'Review' to read more information about the song.

This list should be a great conversation starter and feel free to agree or disagree. Either way there is a lot of great pop music to be found here.

100. Katy Perry - "Thinking Of You"

Katy Perry - "Thinking Of You"
Courtesy Capitol Records

Katy Perry turned to ballad territory for her third single from the album One of the Boys. It was a pleasing diversion, but the song does not hold up to the quality level of her uptempo singles.

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99. Jay-Z - "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)"

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3
Courtesy Roc Nation

Auto-tune did seem to be an overdone musical technology in 2009. Jay-Z decided to take it head on in his first single from the album The Blueprint 3.

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98. Flo Rida featuring Nelly Furtado - "Jump"

Flo Rida - R.O.O.T.S.
Courtesy Atlantic

Flo Rida continued his inimitable blend of pop and hip hop with this energetic single. He brought Nelly Furtado along to help perk up the interest of pop fans.

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97. Jessie James - "Wanted"

Jessie James - Wanted
Courtesy Mercury Records

Someone must have been thinking there is more gold to mine in pop-country crossover beyond Taylor Swift's massive success. Shania Twain did it in the late 90's and early part of this decade. Jessie James went looking for stardom with this appealing rock-edged take on country-pop.

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96. The Fray - "Never Say Never"

The Fray - Never Say Never
Courtesy Epic

Colorado pop-rock band The Fray will tug at heartstrings with this big power ballad. The song helped the group overcome any fears of a sophomore jinx with their second album.

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95. Jesse McCartney featuring T-Pain - "Body Language"

Jesse McCartney featuring T-Pain - "Body Language"
Courtesy Hollywood Records

If you have a good formula working, why change. Jesse McCartney built here on a foundation provided by his breakthrough hit "Leavin'" from the album Departure.

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94. Whitney Houston - "Million Dollar Bill"

Whitney Houston
Courtesy Arista Records

There is no particular new ground broken here, but the sound is clearly that of the Whitney Houston pop fans fell in love with in the past. A smooth midtempo dance groove lets that voice glide over the song in effortless fashion.

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93. Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat - "Lucky"

Jason Mraz
Photo by Larry Busacca / Getty Images

There are no grand musical fireworks here from these two stars. Instead, it is the laidback, feel good tune you would expect from the individual work of both Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.

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92. Linkin Park - "New Divide"

Linkin Park - New Divide
Courtesy Warner Bros.

Linkin Park was the perfect band to choose for music accompanying a movie about the toy robots Transformers. This became one of the top rock radio hits of the year.

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91. Soulja Boy Tell 'Em feat. Sammie - "Kiss Me Thru the Phone"

Soulja Boy Tell 'Em - isouljaboytellem
Courtesy Interscope

Soulja Boy proved here that he is a bit more than simply a rap novelty act. He is in smooth R&B loverboy mode here.

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