1. Girls Aloud- Long Hot SummerThe first single off of the new album, and what single it was! A great riff allowing the girls to showcase their brand of innuendo filled one liners that raise the temperature of every listener. Damn fun to dance to when highly intoxicated as well.
2. Kanye West- Gold DiggerMany people claim that 50 Cent is the biggest rapper in the game (not his friend) at the moment. This is pure bollocks- it's quite clearly Kayne. Kayne West ropes in a Jaime Foxx Ray Charles impression for this amazingly fresh slice off of Kayne's second album. I wish I was as cool as Kayne.
3. Kelly Clarkson- Since U Been GoneA-mazing. That's all to be said
4. Arcade Fire- Rebellion (Lies)A band like this shouldn't be a good singles band. They are the sort of band that shouldn't make sense in the single form. They are just to crazy whilst building an album that flows together to make a good sound. Yet through all of this they managed to do it, they released a single that caught everyone by suprise. Those that had heard the band before went scurrying to the record collection to listen to the band again and those that hadn't ended up in a record shop quick smart asking for "that band that did that crazy song" I just heard on the radio.
5. LCD Soundsystem- Daft Punk Is Playing At My HouseFirstly, the best named single of 2005. Secondly a damn fine song.
1. Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone.Are you sick of this song yet? I don't care. Everything about "Since U Been Gone" metaphorically turns my metaphorical crank. The lyrics, the instrumentation, and the production are all perfect. This is indisputable. I didn't even get a weird look when I bought this album. Yeah, I bought this album.
2. Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.On their second release, the mega alliance finally started writing the songs that should have been on their debut. What they're capable of is outstanding - dreamy verses, fucked up rhymes, and oodles of style. Great pop that manages to stand out and push forward. And the first Ipod commercial that actually made me want an Ipod.
3. Madonna - Hung UpBeating the obvious challenges that arise for any forty-seven year old pop star, Madonna proceeded to pwn most everyone this November. From the tidy Abba sample to the catchy chorus, "Hung Up" is spotless. She even plays DDR in the video. When I first heard this song I declared it to be "the best thing to ever happen to humankind, ever." I was wrong, but only just.
4. Kanye West - Gold DiggerI'm not sure how moral it is to get Jamie Foxx to pretend he's singing a Ray Charles song, but by now it should be pretty apparent that Kanye doesn't care about that sort of thing. His adventurous look into the world of prenuptials and cheatin' skanks was more fun than any of his singles yet. Basically, if you don't like this song, you don't care about black people.
5. Hilary Duff - Beat of My HeartFuck you.