Thank you as ever for the comments guys, moving on!
70. Avicii - Levels
A very recent hit to kick off today, and it's the non Flo-Rida version of the dance hit. It just has an irresistably catchy hook and I can't help but smile when it comes on. The brilliantly old school Etta James vocals compliment it just beautifully and the first time you heard it, you just knew it was going to be big. Should have been bigger than the very similar rap version as far as I'm concerned, and much better than the Leona Lewis 'collaboration' he had a hit with earlier in the year.
69. Sean Paul ft. Alexis Jordan - Got 2 Love U
This is a song that really didn't look like being a hit to me. Only Capital were really supporting it but from my first listen, I thought this was brilliant, there is something just very likeable about it that hooks you. I love Alexis' vocals on it, particularly the 'I-i-i-i-i-i' parts, very mysterious and interesting. Songs like this need a very catchy hook to be a success and they certainly hit that on the head, with both the chorus part and the repetitive 'got 2 love u' refrain. Not Alexis highest this year, but it adds to a healthy set of end of year hits for the new look Sean.
68. Kelly Rowland - Down For Whatever
12. Breathe (with Blu CANTRELL) (2003)
52. Come Over (with ESTELLE) (2008)
69. Got 2 Love U (ft. Alexis JORDAN) (2011)
71. We Be Burning (2005)
Kelly had an impeccable record on this chart, only ever scoring top 10 hits (though of course she had songs which didn't chart
) so this kind of breaks the run. It was definitely too good not to chart, it's very decent and catchy dance material, but it's nowhere near the level of classic to me that both Commander and When Love Takes Over remain. Kelly had better singles this year than this for me too, so keep an eye out for whether she can keep the top 10 hits coming! I thought her performance on X Factor was largely excellent, though many sadly disagreed.
67. McFly - That's The Truth
02. Commander ( ft. David GUETTA) (2010)
06. When Love Takes Over (2009)
68. Down For Whatever (2011)
McFly are one of the most frequently charting acts on my end of year chart, from their debut records in 2004 right through to now. That's The Truth was one my favourite tracks from the brilliant and underrated 'Above The Noise' album and sadly it was only a hit by the skin of the teeth, but it makes it here among the middle of their end of year charting singles. It's very subtle and quite grown up for them, a very mature, solid pop record. This didn't need the supposed gimmicks of the predecessors 'Party Girl' or the star power of Taio on 'Shine A Light', just a great straightforward pop song with a great big singalong chorus.
66. Alexis Jordan - Good Girl
27. Obviously (2004)
31. Party Girl (2010)
35. Five Colours In Her Hair (2004)
37. Lies (2008)
62. Room On The Third Floor (2004)
64. I’ll Be OK (2005)
67. That’s The Truth (2011)
70, Shine A Light (with Taio CRUZ) (2010)
79. The Ballad Of Paul K (2005)
84. You’ve Got A Friend (2005)
89. That Girl (2004)
100. I Wanna Hold You (2005)
And here is Alexis again! This was a very instant song for and at the time I thought the 'BOOM!' parts in the verses were the best thing ever. Personally I find this much better than Happiness, so this is when I properly fell in love with her. It has the most brilliant 'slow chorus, but stay on the dancefloor!' part when she cried 'you might mistake me for a heaaaaaaartbreaker'. I love what Alexis did this year in making quite subtle, cool dance records as opposed to balls out, obvious dancefloor hits, and this was the best of them for me.
65. Wretch 32 ft. Josh Kumra - Don't Go
66. Good Girl (2011)
69. Got 2 Love U (with Sean PAUL) (2011)
Wretch has had quite a diverse crop of singles so far, from the grimey 'Traktor' to the obvious dance hit 'Unorthodox', and this is the more straightforward urban side for him. While Wretch is great, Josh Kumra really owns this, his voice on the chorus is just absolutely sublime. Also key is the background vocals 'yea-aah-aayy' which are quite haunting but very fitting at the same time. Not to take anything away from Wretch, his rap is great as ever, a much more laid back one than on his other records. The line that sticks out for me is 'together we're gonna make history, why would you wanna be elsewhere?'. A real highlight for this guy.74. Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris - We Found Love
Another poll option falls, and it's a song I thought was rubbish on first listen. I just thought this had no substance whatsoever, but it's a song you couldn't escape and the more I heard it, the more it grew on me - it was unavoidable. Now when I hear the 'yellow diamonds' beginning, it almost feels quite classic. Calvin Harris once again works absolute magic on this, and while the chorus is very simple, it really really works. It's not up there amongst Rihanna's best singles (though she does sound very nice indeed) but it is absolutely one of the best songs to get on the dancefloor to. Her lowest charting that's made my end of year chart though. Sorry to those who voted for it!
06. Umbrella ( ft. JAY-Z ) (2007)
17. Take A Bow (2008)
28. Unfaithful (2006)
64. We Found Love (ft. Calvin HARRIS) (2011)
63. Chase and Status ft. Tinie Tempah - Hitz
01. Dance Wiv Me (with Dizzee RASCAL and CHROME) (2008)
32. Flashback (2009)
50. I’m Not Alone (2009)
64. We Found Love (with RIHANNA) (2011)
74. Off The Record (with Tinchy STRYDER and BURNS) (2011)
90. Acceptable In The 80s (2007)
This song is very very cool, and Tinie really shines. The opening verse
Baa baa black sheep, rock star, rap G
Make enough dough to own a black card, that's deep
I've been getting real f*****g friendly with the banks man
And I don't mean Phil, Carlton, Hilary or Ashley.
Papz see me up in the vicinity and flash me
I'm the definition of definitive and catchy
The only thing that's bigger, quicker, slicker
More black and more upper London is a taxi
is just perfect. So slick, amazing rhymes, so succint, so well delivered. The rest of the song is great too, with a very strong, biting and catchy chorus. But that verse is the one I will always go back to. Tempah really has a very distinctive vocal and there's never any filler in what he says, even if it's not profound, it's clever, or it's catchy, or it's funny. Great stuff, and of course Chase and Status are masters of production. This marks their first hit on my end of year countdowns, but it's a decent charting hit!
62. Keri Hilson - Pretty Girl Rock
10. Pass Out (ft LABRINTH) (2010)
63. Hitz (with CHASE & STATUS) (2011)
78. Earthquake (with LABRINTH) (2011)
86. Til I’m Gone (ft. Wiz KHALIFA) (2011)
Keri gets her yearly end of chart hit, sitting pretty in between 2009's 'Energy' and the bigger 2010 hit 'I Like'. This year I was lucky enough to see a short set by Keri and she performed this and killed it. Similarly to the last write up, the opening section
My name is Keri, I'm so very
Fly oh my, it's a little bit scary
Boys wanna marry, looking at my derrière
And you can stare but if you touch it Imma bury
Pretty as a picture
Sweeter than a swisher
Mad 'cause I'm cuter than the girl that's with you
I don't gotta talk about it baby you can see it
But if you want I'll be happy to repeat it
is killer. It just smacks you in the face and makes you sit up and pay attention. Some people have said it makes Keri conceited but I think it makes her ballsy and I love it. The whole song is great, but the video is even better, it was all very well done and should have been an empowering to women anthem, though it wasn't the hit it should have been though. Was great to see it live, however, and good to see Keri ticking along with the hits.
61. The Script - If You Ever Come Back
30. I Like (2010)
62. Pretty Girl Rock (2011)
86. Energy (2009)
Finally for today, one of my favourite groups, The Script, with one of my album highlights from their second record. Was so glad to hear this get radio play and become a single, but sadly it went the same way as the latter singles from their debut and served only to help sell the album as opposed to becoming a hit in it's own right. I actually found this hard to get into at first due to the long lines in the verses that seem quite oddly structured before the beat sets in, but the chorus was undeniable even from first listen. Just a perfect breezy, radio hit that sits perfectly in the Script's brilliant set of easy listening hits.
61. If You Ever Come Back (2011)
73. Breakeven (2008)
94. For The First Time (2010)