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Top 100 Pop Songs Of 2010


30. Matt and Kim - "Cameras"

Matt and Kim - Sidewalks
Courtesy Fader

Matt and Kim's punk dance pop reached an even wider audience this year with their album Sidewalks opening at #30 on the album chart. Their music is undeservedly overlooked by mainstream pop radio and audiences.

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29. Paramore - "The Only Exception"

Paramore - "The Only Exception"
Courtesy Fueled By Ramen

The biggest hit yet from the raucous punk pop band Paramore is a reflective, bittersweet ballad.

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28. Mumford and Sons - "Little Lion Man"

Mumford and Sons at Lollapalooza 2010
Photo by Matt Ellis / Getty Images

"Little Lion Man" is the debut single from British folk rock band Mumford and Sons. It has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song as well as the group being nominated for Best New Artist.

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27. Usher featuring will.i.am - "OMG"

Usher - "OMG"
Courtesy LaFace

It didn't seem to automatically make obvious sense for a collaboration, but will.i.am brought out the splashy born entertainer in Usher. The result went straigh to #1.

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26. Eminem - "Not Afraid"

Eminem - "Not Afraid"
Courtesy Interscope

Eminem previewed his Recovery album with a track that is truly inspirational. The result was a #1 debut on the pop singles chart.

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25. Kylie Minogue - "All the Lovers"

Kylie Minogue - Aphrodite
Courtesy Parlophone

"All the Lovers" sounds like a grand culmination of Kylie Minogue's international pop success. This is beautiful, swirling disco pop that sparkles and shimmers in your ears.

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24. Maroon 5 - "Misery"

Maroon 5 - "Misery"
Courtesy A&M

Maroon 5 tightened up their sound here and provided more depth to the instrumental track with the guidance of legendary pop rock producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange.

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23. Enrique Iglesias featuring Ludacris and DJ Frank E - "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)"

Enrique Iglesias - "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)"
Courtesy Universal

Despite what might seem gimmicky about the use of the "f" word in an alternative version of this song, "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" shows Enrique Iglesias in the club dance mode that is his musical comfort zone.

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22. Coldplay - "Christmas Lights"

Coldplay - "Christmas Lights"
Courtesy Capitol Records

It was a year later than fans originally expected, but when Coldplay's Christmas record finally appeared, it sounded like a potential perennial holiday hit. The song begins in a melancholy tone but ends up proudly hopeful for the future.

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21. Rihanna - "Only Girl (In the World)"

Rihanna - "Only Girl (In the World)"
Courtesy Def Jam

Rihanna introduced her Loud album project with this, well, loud and proud demand for potential lovers. It was a powerful return to club ready dance pop by one of the world's top pop artists.

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