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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.