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By Bill Lamb, About.com Guide
Usher returned to the dance floor following his massive hit "OMG." This time it was with surefire pop melodies from Max Martin and a guest rap from Pitbull.
Somalia born Canadian rapper and singer K'Naan gained worldwide acclaim with this anthem. It was used extensively by Coca-Cola in advertising surrounding the 2010 World Cup.
Teen star Selena Gomez moved into a more adult dance pop sound here. It continued her hit streak and likely picked up some new adult fans to go with her solid teen base.
Drake previewed his debut album Thank Me Later with this powerful meditation on the impact of his rise to stardom over the previous year.
Ke$ha's world in which the ordinary becomes sexy and the trashy becomes exceptional continued here. "Take It Off" was the fourth consecutive top 10 pop hit from her debut album Animal.
Irish band the Script made their US pop breakthrough with this song. Clever wordplay and midtempo pop rock proved tremendously appealing on pop radio. Ultimately "Breakeven" was certified platinum for download sales.
This sexy and intense song of desire and lust from Alicia Keys was made even more powerful in the music video by tackling interracial dating as the primary plot element.
Drake turns a quest for love into something sounding like a near desperate search. The controversial video contains a surprise ending that will shock the first time through.
Nicki Minaj was easily the featured rapper of the year. For her first major solo pop hit, she samples the Annie Lennox song "No More I Love Yous" for a hook.
"Rocket" sounds like Goldfrapp took a wide range of 80s pop influences and threw them in a blender. This delightfully catchy song is what came out.
Bill Lamb Top 40 / Pop Guide
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