Best #1 single of the year retrospective: 2009

The year is now 2009. With Beyoncé’s carry-over excluded due to winning the 2008 poll, we have 12 songs to vote on this year, which included the single longest continuous #1 run by one act in the history of the chart.

What’s your favorite?

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I like some Black Eyed Peas and some Alicia Keys. Went with Alicia – actually, “Empire State of Mind” is the only song I can confidently identify from that whole list.

Finally…after so many years of despair (most of the 1970s, 1990s, and 2000s), 2009 is the year that music achieved perfection. This is the dawn of the Kesha Era. “Right Round” earns the first-ever perfect score in the world-famous Ponch8 Music Rating System and crushes all other songs on this list.
In the Second-Place-is-the-First-Loser Consolation Prize for Best Non-Kesha Song, “Empire State of Mind” edges “Just Dance” and “Down.” Somehow Eminem just didn’t have it this year. * Relapse* was his worst album.

“My Life Would Suck Without You,” produced by abuser/rapist Dr. Luke, gets an AUTOMATIC ZERO score and finishes dead-ass last, like all Dr. Luke songs that don’t feature Kesha. Fuck Dr. Luke.

Lady GaGa - Just Dance. Not close - she runs away with it.


IMO, this was not a good year for pop. A few of these I don’t even recognize. The Black Eyed Peas’ songs just annoy me (how they topped the chart for 26 weeks eludes me). Flo Rida’s “interpretation” of You Spin Me Round does the original disservice. Britney Spears singing about being DPed is awkward and gross. “Fireflies” is listenable but not that great. Kelly Clarkson’s song is tolerable power pop along the lines of what we’ve come to expect from songwriter Max Martin. Jason Derulo misuses the Imogen Heap sample in a big way, but at least the lyrics work in that you really do pity/feel sorry for the guy. There’s something ironic about the fact that this, his breakout hit, is about him being sorry for being unfaithful and pledging to do everything for his girl once he becomes a star - and now that he is, he’s putting out stuffy old songs about the buttocks and bragging about how much ass he gets on the road.

I went with Poker Face - it’s a good song, not as good as some songs of hers that didn’t make #1 (“The Edge of Glory” and “You And I” come to mind), but it shows what she’s capable of and the Boney M sample is catchy as hell.

A brief note on The Artist Formerly Known As Ke$ha, just in the event that anybody brings it up - the young lady’s real name is Kesha Rose Sebert, and she was known as such early in her career. She adopted the dollar-sign spelling in 2006 and used it until March of this year, when she revered to her birth name. Since the dollar-sign spelling was in use during the time that all her #1s to date charted, I will use this spelling up until the 2014 poll, and in the event that she charts any more #1s in the future I will use the original spelling unless she chooses to change it to something even weirder at some point. (I’m just glad Prince didn’t have any #1s in the mid-'90s so I didn’t have to figure out how to deal with his name at the time.)

I went “Poker Face” as well. And I agree the number ones this year are kind of a mediocre bunch, especially after the last few years.

Jay-Z & Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind

It’s a song that puts a smile on my face which is something that is extremely rare with post-2000 pop. Plus, the main melody has more than four notes.

As a bonus, I get to vote for Alicia Keys for the second time and I’m more than fine with that.

I Gotta Feeling is the only other song that I recognize and there’s no way I’m voting for that…

I don’t like much modern pop but Poker Face is catchy as hell.

Went with Poker Face as well.

Between Owl City and Britney Spears; Ms. Spears prevailed. Second vote for Britney since the 1999 poll. I never considered any other songs here.

It was bound to happen- I honestly don’t know ANY of the songs on this list, and must recuse myself from voting at all.

Not a great year. Went with Poker Face.

I voted for Kelly Clarkson becuase it’s the only one of these songs I could still stand listening to at all.

I cannot, for the life of me, see how Lady Gaga could be ahead of the only song that is at all vote-worthy on this list, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’s “Empire State of Mind”.

I often don’t understand people at all.

  1. “Poker Face” is a good song.

  2. I didn’t recognize “Empire State of Mind” by name. Otherwise, I actually would have voted for it. It is actually much better than the field, I must admit.

Different strokes for different folks, but while I went with Ms.Spears, I easily would have went with Lady Gaga. Never cared for the Jay Z and Alicia Keys collab. Granted Gaga has better songs and these two entries have aged barely six years later.
But still it was Lady Gaga’s year.

Holy hell, am I out of touch. I’ve only heard “Empire State of Mind” and “Poker Face.” And I cannot in good conscience vote against Alicia Keys.

Oof… as with other posters, for me this one came down to Empire State of Mind v. Poker Face but then got stuck there, it’s tough to decree superiority here. Gaga burst onto the scene just huge in late 08-early 09, was very fresh; while Jay-Z/Alicia were already proven top rankers and showed it. Either without the other would have been an absurd runaway. I ended up going for “Empire” but I’ll be quite happy if “Poker Face” makes it instead.
Meanwhile, the BEPs can just go Boom Boom Pow themselves. That they stayed at #1 half the year is… confusing? disheartening? And as Og is my witness, I had no idea “3” had made it even close to #1, much less *opened *at #1 (though only for the one week); it barely registered for me in that year. I mean, I dig the notion of a Britney sandwich as much as the next guy or girl (and I should if we’re to work together as a team :smiley: ) but this? I’m a bit surprised to read now that it actually got very good critical reaction at the time.

I would like to announce “My Life Would Suck Without You” as the winner of the Stupidest Song Title Contest. It has beaten out every single other song in any of these polls over the last 60 years for this…honorable…title.

In other news, I, too, voted for “Poker Face.”

“Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter”, “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”, “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)”, and “Medley: Intro Venus / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I’ll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do You Want to Know a Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You’re Going to Lose That Girl / Stars on 45” would like to have a word with you.