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WAPS Presents The 50 Greatest Pop Songs Of 2009!

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

It’s been a busy year in pop, and WAPS has been delighted to guide you through it!

Looking back over our articles prompted us to compile a rundown of 2009’s best pop songs – you know, because there really aren’t enough lists flying around at the moment…and with this in mind, we whittled a shortlist of almost 200 tracks down to 50. There were arguments, believe us, but here they are.

We hope you’ll agree that our selection represents the year in pop rather well, and we apologise if your favourite song or artist fell by the wayside. The list is presented in alphabetical order by artist because we think each track is equally important (not very scientific, but there you go.)

Finally, to celebrate our Top 50, Nokia Music have generously supplied us with two vouchers – worth 50 songs each! – which we are giving away to two lucky readers (one per winner). If you’re a winner you could download our entire Top 50 from the Nokia music store – or 50 entirely different tracks, the choice is yours!

To be in with a chance of winning*, all you have to do is leave a comment telling us your favourite track of 2009 and why you love it. The winners will be selected at random.

* Nokia Music Store is only supported on PC with Internet Explorer. Prize draw open only to UK residents. Competition closes at 31st December 2009. Terms and conditions apply.

Alexandra Burke ft Flo Rida – Bad Boys

With the public behind her and celebrity backing from Beyonce, X Factor 2008 winner Alexandra Burke couldn’t go wrong with her first ‘proper’ single, ‘Bad Boys’ -and yet for some curious reason Flo Rida was roped in for a cameo. If you’re reading, Flo, she’s not called Alexander. Mispronunciation-issues aside, ‘Bad Boys’ was a pop song you couldn’t help but bounce along to. Swanky video, too.

Alphabeat – The Spell

Exuberant Danish pop group Alphabeat bounced back from label limbo with their strongest single to date. ‘The Spell‘ was an irresistible take on early 90s dance acts such as Black Box and Snap, but sadly failed to translate into mega chart succes

Beyonce – Halo

Although ‘Halo‘ pretty much marked the point that Ryan ‘One Republic’ Tedder’s sound became overly familiar to the world and his wife, nobody minded because the sound was coming from Beyonce. Emotional pop of the highest order.

Beyonce – Sweet Dreams
A ferocious slab of electropop that showed Beyonce – sorry Sasha Fierce – at her most deadly. Ms Knowles stole the show with her rendition of this single at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards.

Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow

WAPS declared BEP’s ‘Boom Boom Pow‘ almost unlistenable the first time round, yet by the end of the summer it was rarely off our ipods. A bizarre dancefest of epic proportions that kickstarted six months of world domination from the Peas.

Britney Spears – 3

An odd year for Britney – her ‘Circus’ tour ran to 97 dates and made millions, while its star released a series of increasingly lackluster singles that she failed to promote. ‘3‘ was the only new one, and was intended to showcase her frankly unnecessary ‘Singles Collection’. The pervy ode to threesomes divided fans, but WAPS loved it.

Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone

Scottish producer/electro-bod Calvin Harris was unavoidable in 2009, and unfortunately so were his vocals – but his refusal to hire a guest vocalist didn’t stop ‘I’m Not Alone’ from storming to the top. His mega-wacky Jedward stage-invasion, however, may yet become his defining career moment. D’oh.

Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love

What is there to say about Cheryl Cole that you haven’t heard already? How about: ‘Fight For This Love‘ is actually brilliant and deserved to be a number one smash. It also resulted in one of the best X Factor performances of the year. Shame her album’s a bit ropey, but hasn’t she got lovely hair?


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Sally Shapiro: Love in July (video)

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

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If you like Royksopp and Annie, then Sally Shapiro will be your cup of tea. The Swedish singer is releasing a new single titled ‘Love in July‘, out July 14th (US), 17th (UK). The single comes with a super cute video too.

If you want to find out more about Sally, check out Hard Candy’s interview.


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Royksopp ft Robyn: The Girl And The Robot (video)

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

L.O.V.E. Robyn (and her cool haircut).

‘The Girl And The Robot’ is out June 15th 2009.

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Royksopp ft. Robyn ‘The Girl & The Robot’ [Live on Senkveld]

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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Apparently this was Royksopp’s first live TV performance in SEVEN years! Great guest spot from Robyn. She always has such good hair, doesn’t she?

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Royksopp: Happy Up Here (marching band version)

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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To celebrate the release of their third album ‘Junior’, Royksopp have given the world a marching-band version of current single ‘Happy Up Here’. Bizarre…but really cute.

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Royksopp’s Brilliant New Video: ‘Happy Up Here’

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

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Absolutely wonderful in every way. Well done, Royksopp!

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Royksopp ‘Happy Up Here’ (Fan-Made Video)

Monday, January 19th, 2009

In time of recession, there’s nothing like a song like this for putting a smile on your face. Possibly. Look it’s quite good, basically. 
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‘Happy Up Here’ is released on March 9th, followed by the album ‘Junior’ on March 23rd.

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Royksopp Confirm New Album: ‘Junior’

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Royksopp clearly like a good party...

Royksopp clearly like a good party...

Exciting news for fans of chilled-out Norwegian electro duos: Royksopp is back!

The sexy twosome return on March 23rd with ‘Junior‘, their third album and first since 2005’s ‘The Understanding’.

What makes this news even more WAPS-tacular is that they’ve brought some friends along with them, namely: Robyn, Lykke Li, Anneli Drecker and Karin Dreijer-Andersson (The Knife). Yay!

A single, ‘Happy Up Here’, precedes the album on March 9th, but if you can’t wait that long you can currently download a strange little freebie (entitled ‘Happy Birthday’) from their website.
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Here is the full tracklisting for ‘Junior’:
1. Happy Up Here
2. The Girl And The Robot
3. Vision One
4. This Must Be It
5. Röyksopp Forever
6. Miss It So Much
7. Tricky Tricky
8. You Don’t Have A Clue
9. Silver Cruiser
10. True To Life
11. It’s What I Want

‘Happy Up Here’ single release date 09th March 2009
‘Junior’ album release date 23rd March 2009

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