BEST OF 2010 – The Top 10 Pop Radio Songs of 2010

by Winston "Stone" Ford

Let’s face it. We all listen to radio. Even with our iPods and Pandora and such, we still manage to turn on that dial, at least once and a while. And between the annoying DJs and canned McDonald’s commercials, there was some great music.

Contrary to popular belief, pop music is not dead. In fact, it’s probably more dominant now than it’s been in a long time. And for a change, pop music is exciting again. There is the merging of cultures–gangstas like Snoop Dog collaborating with Katy Pery and a genuine experimentation in music not seen in a while. On top of that, there are underground artists like BOB and Wiz Khalifah who ascended into radio territory.

And 2011 is only going to get even better for the genre, with EDM producers getting into the game, and UK rappers like Tinie Temptah crossing over.

Even though radio listenership is still dropping as we move toward an iPod generation, there are still gems to be found on the dial, like the 10 tracks below.


Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are

If I were a millionaire (er billionaire lol) I would hire Bruno Mars to sing at my wedding. The dude just knows how to craft amazing hooks better than anyone can right now.


Far East Movement  – Like A G6

Not gonna lie, on a radio filled with guilty pleasures, this is the guiltiest of them all. The lyrics make no sense, and anyone who made under 7 figures had to Google what a G6 was. But on a pop level, it’s a great track, and I turn it up every time I hear it in the car.


Katy Perry feat Snoop Dog – California Girls

Katy Perry is a meh to me. She’s not that attractive and here singing skills are suspect. Yeah I said it. But the combination of solid pop production (which included Reston, VA’s Benny Blanco) and Snoop “I really don’t care” Dogg is a surefire winner.


Cali Swag District – Teach Me How To Dougie

It almost seems that the infectious Teach Me How to Dougie picks up where the Soulja Boy dance left off–albeit with some laid back West Coast swagger. The group, who doesn’t even have an album released in 2010, took over clubs and dance floors, athletic fields and family reunions nationwide. Not bad.


Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow

Wiz Khalifa has evolved into a force to be reckoned with. I remember when the dude used to send me his tracks on MySpace and now he’s selling out shows. Amazing. And the fact that Black And Yellow has worked its way to radio means that the Taylor Gang movement is real.


Willow Smith – Whip My Hair

It takes a 9 year old girl to show some of these wack R&B singers what’s up. (cough, Keri, cough). Willow Smith’s whip my hair has become a Black headbanger anthem, and the 9 year old actually has the swagger to pull it off. But she’s a Smith. Are you surprised?


Waka Flocka Flame feat Wale and Roscoe Dash – No Hands

Even though my jury is still out on Wacka Flocka Flame, No Hands is quite possibly, the best Southern hip-hop track to come out this year. Funny thing is, Waka is overshadowed (naturally) by Rosco Dash and Wale, who’s effort is better than anything on his last album.


Chris Brown – Deuces (Remix) feat. Drake, T.I., Kanye West, Fabolous, & Andre 3000

he sad thing about Chris Brown is that the dude was completely overshadowed on his own single. It’s all good, because Kanye West’s choice lines along with a return of Andre 3000 were a much needed addition to that track.


Miguel feat J Cole – All I Want is You

There is something about this track from newcomer Miguel that is just….well, different. Salaam Remi killed it on this one. The subtle vintage guitars, the infectious baseline, and the soulful vocals bring something to the game that we haven’t seen in male R&B.


BOB feat Bruno Mars – Nothing on You

Sure BOB will be credited with this track, but it’s Bruno Mars that makes this song great. His infectious hook (Nothing on Youuuuuuuu) was the perfect line to for guys to sing to their girls all over the world.

  • @Stellaskid

    Eminem & Rhianna??

    • Stone

      I usually like Ri but I thought that was one of the more annoying songs of 2010. I know I’m in the minority on that one.