200. Hinder - Use Me
The top 200 kicks off with the return of Hinder, who had one of my top 10 songs of 2006 with "Lips Of An Angel". While this was a huge rock hit, it wasn't one of my absolute favourites... however, the follow-up, "Without You", is, and it'll be much higher... but how high?
199. Duffy - Mercy
A lot of people will have this in their top 10 of the year... however, on my chart, she fell rather short, and one of the year's most creative newcomers only gets #199 for the year! Still, she has a lot of potential to stick around, including Grammy nominations... so hopefully she'll remain successful on her next album!
198. Fall Out Boy f/John Mayer - Beat It
It's been a disappointing year for Fall Out Boy on my chart, as the lead-off single from their latest album, "I Don't Care", burned out quickly and missed out on the top 200 of the year! However, THIS Michael Jackson cover managed to make it!
197. Enya - Trains and Winter Rains
Enya's latest album has a winter theme, and of course it does include Christmas songs on it... this song, the lead-off single, is pretty much as expected from her, and just manages to make the top 200.
196. Jordin Sparks f/Chris Brown - No Air
Another one that many people will have in their top 10's... this one, one of the year's biggest hits and biggest duets, also fell short for me, but both artists have songs coming up later on.
195. Buckcherry - Don't Go Away
Their biggest hit to date, "Sorry", just missed out here as it was split between 2007 and 2008, but this one from the follow-up album "Black Butterfly", just managed to make the top 200.
194. Menudo - Lost
Who would've seen it coming? A new incarnation of the classic Latin boyband was formed in 2008, and released this song, one of the year's surprise hits.
193. Ryan Star - Right Now
Originally from the TV series "Rock Star: Supernova", Ryan Star is the first contestant from that series to make my chart with a song that continues to rise on my chart, and as such, could very well appear again in 2009.
192. Geraldine McQueen - The Winner's Song
This spoof of reality show winning songs, by the brainchild of British comedian Peter Kay (who plays the role of Geraldine on "Britain's Got The Pop Factor...") ironically became a bigger hit than most of the actual winning songs on my chart!
191. Mariah Carey - Touch My Body
Quite possibly the biggest disappointment of the year for me has been Mariah's "E=MC²" album era, as it failed to have a standout moment like "The Emancipation of Mimi" did. This charted for me on early hype, and fell off my chart very fast, but still managed to make my year-end top 200.
190. Delta Goodrem - In This Life
Here's a holdover from 2007, a song that spent 3 weeks at #1 then, and my favourite from the Aussie soapstar/singer. Its run spilled over into 2008, as it became a minor US hot adult contemporary hit.
189. Switchfoot - This Is Home
From the latest "Chronicles of Narnia" film, Switchfoot returned in 2008, yet did not match the success of "The Beautiful Letdown" album. Still, it managed to be their biggest hit in over 2 years on my chart.
188. Plain White T's - Natural Disaster
While they failed to have a hit of "Hey There Delilah" proportions, the Plain White T's still managed to rank with 2 songs on my top 200.
187. Robin Thicke - Magic
This became the blue-eyed soul singer's biggest hit to date on my chart; he'd been hitting sporadically for about 6 years before this, but this was the one that really resonated for me.
186. Hedley - Old School
If there's any band that has been overplayed on Canadian radio this year, it's Hedley. While they did have a top 5 hit on my chart in 2006 with "Trip", nothing on their latest album, "Famous Last Words", stood out to that extent for me, but this song about reminiscing about the past made the top 200 at least.
185. Madonna - Give It 2 Me
A lot of artists managed to disappoint in 2008 for me, and one of the biggest ones was Madonna. After 4 straight top 10's from "Confessions On A Dancefloor", nothing from the "Hard Candy" album did anything near that, but she still managed 2 songs in my top 200, this one included.
184. Jimmy Eat World - Always Be
One of the most successful modern rock bands this decade has been Jimmy Eat World. Their biggest hit to date, "The Middle", reached #1 on my chart in 2002; since then, they've had several moderate hits, this being one of them.
183. Britt Nicole - Believe
2008 was a breakthrough year for contemporary Christian singer Britt Nicole; this was not her debut single, but it was the first off her album "Say It" that managed to reach my chart.
182. Augustana - Sweet and Low
Last year, they had the hit "Boston". Since then, they haven't been able to have the same success, but this song was a minor hit.
181. Kreesha Turner - Lady Killer
One of my favourite Canadian newcomers of the year has been Edmonton-based singer Kreesha Turner; this was one of my favourites from her, a funky tune that has a British feel to it. How high up will her biggest hit, "Don't Call Me Baby", be?
180. Britney Spears - Radar
Despite cancelling the fourth single from her album "Blackout", it still managed to hit the top 30 on my chart, much like everything she's made my chart with! She still has three songs to come, including 2 #1's... how high will they be?
179. Declan Galbraith - You and Me
His voice may have changed in the past few years, but Declan Galbraith, who turns 17 later this week, has kept up the same quality in his music. His latest album includes a few original songs as well, this being one of them... and as it's still rising up my chart, it should be able to make my 2009 chart too.
178. Plain White T's - 1, 2, 3, 4
And here's the other Plain White T's song to make it! It's probably their best attempt at following up "Hey There Delilah", even if it failed to match up to the big hit's success.
177. Cyndi Lauper - Into The Nightlife
Another surprise comeback this year was Cyndi Lauper! The singer, best known for her 80's hits, made a dance/pop comeback in 2008, and this shines as one of her finest moments since her heyday, as girls STILL just wanna have fun!
176. Sara Bareilles - Bottle It Up
Unfortunately, her breakthrough single "Love Song" was split between 2007 and 2008 for me, and therefore, didn't make either list. This song, the follow-up, however, DID manage to make it. She's currently rising up my chart with a collaboration with OneRepublic, which may make my best of 2009.