this is an utter pain. We're supposed to say stuff like "We know you hate lists, but…" or "Come on, everyone loves a good list…" and nudge your shoulder and clink our glasses or something chummy like that, but we at Stylus are truth-seekers, so let's just look this one right in its steely eyes and take a deep breath. We have a strong belief in the emotional depth of humankind. We understand: you love the list, you hate the list; you love to hate the list. One moment, the list makes you surge with bitterness, another, it renders you soft, placid, almost euphoric; like a lover, the spectrum of your emotion and dedication is tested sometimes to the point of exhaustion. We love to make it, we hate to make it; we love to hate to make it. Everyone performs their requisite metaphors about quantifying their appreciations (the irreconcilable differences between fruits seems to be perennially useful); we toss around apologies in hopes of sopping up some kind of sympathy, but really it's just a thorough exercise in method acting as the obsessive, spreadsheet-keeping, trap-minded, calculating, coldly statistical culture-gobblers we're supposed to be.

Honestly, it's a little like this. Every year around August, the emails start. "Don't forget the Stylus year-end singles list." In the waning summer, the mere suggestion of December sends a chill down our spines. Correspondence on the staff message board begins to tense; strange overtures begin to creep from deep within the thicket of homoerotic fraternizing and fantasy football talk, we are silently and individually compelled to their horrors. Then comes the voicemail. Much of it is the sound of heavy breathing, usually from the mouth. It's never been specifically attributed to the editors or the list itself, but the pace and frequency of the messages, growing progressively more intense until they reach a searing whinny around Thanksgiving, seems almost unmistakably bound to a looming, collective desires of Stylus's spirit to present a gleaming, gently perfect retrospective come December.

In the wake, there are regrets. Some of us are tearful: "My completely goofball pick that clearly had no pull with anybody didn't make the list; this only reinforces the alienation I feel at Stylus." Some of us are outraged. Frankly, it's usually the British staff members. Go figure. Most of us, though, are happy in a quiet, conclusive way. As snow begins to fall outside and we anticipate the fresh dawn of a new year, the Singles List reminds us of the beautifully compact moments in life, the satisfaction we feel when a song resonates with the architecture of great pop form, and the comfort of re-treading the recent past, already faded into the next Singles Jukebox list or torrent of yousendits. We commend each other with backhanded compliments and surly, near-constructive criticism. We drink, we web-board, we love just a little bit, and then we slowly turn our sights to the horizons, another list scarred into our hearts; we are tired, we are at peace.

Love and kisses,
Stylus Magazine

The Mountain Goats – This Year

What strikes me most about this song is the optimism that reverberates through every sung lyric and strummed chord. Considering that our protagonist is an under-aged alcoholic with a penchant for scotch and an abusive home, this is no mean feat. But this is the same optimism that has burned through all of our own veins. This (with all respect to Broken Social Scene) is the true anthem for a seventeen-year-old, girl or boy. You’re a year away from the glorified age of eighteen, the year that freedom begins and the year you can get as close to or as far away from your life as you could want. You’re just waiting for time to catch up with you. And you are gonna make it through this year if it kills you.
[Matt Sheardown]

Lee Ann Womack – Twenty Years and Two Husbands Ago

Womack’s brand-new-you’re-retro album There’s More Where That Came From re-established one of country’s finest femme voices in a big way this year (including winning her CMA Awards for Album and Single of the year), and from first listen, there was no doubt as to the album’s standout cut. “Twenty Years” is a perfectly sung, beautifully string-soaked declaration of independence with not just one of the year’s best titles but also one of its best choruses: “Water under the bridge/I guess that’s all life really is.” Sometimes the simplest poetry is also the purest. Bravura in every way, this is the country single of 2005.
[Thomas Inskeep]

Young Jeezy feat. Fat Joe and Jay-Z – Go Crazy

Like Tom Brady, Bob Horry, or George W. Bush, Young Jeezy overcomes competitive disadvantage through sheer indefatigable confidence. Already a success story as a promoter and exec before he dropped a single major-label verse, Jeezy treats the rap game like a long-vanquished foe. Listen to how the hook starts on “Go Crazy” (“when they play a new Jeezy”), like Da Snowman’s been around forever and this is just his latest jam, joined here by the Hov-for-hire himself, Jay-Z, who has his own reasons to sound redolent with wealth and satisfaction in case you hadn’t noticed. Perhaps it could be read as disrespectful that Jeezy comes off just as cush as Jigga, but then again the former isn’t gunning for the latter’s reign over clubs, charts or clitorises, just cementing his status as a nuts-and-bolts aficianado of streetwise kingpin-rap. Reports that Fat Joe appears on the track were unconfirmed at press time.
[Josh Love]

M83 – Don’t Save Us from the Flames

The video provides a suitably adolescent context to what is otherwise a sonnet about violent death surrounded by quiet-loud musical pyrotechnics. During one’s more cynical moments, a lot of indie music feels like nothing but abstract melodrama. “Don’t Save Us From Flames” not only survives such an accusation, but revels in it: Sonic Youth "Schizophrenia" coda, multi-tracked sighs from My Bloody Valentine’s "What You Want," some 4AD shit I've never heard and maybe some Manheim Steamroller, all flung together in hopes of scoring a few romantic and/or pharmaceutical epiphanies and at least one scene in The OC.
[Anthony Miccio]

Spoon – I Turn My Camera On

Mercifully jettisoning the slightly smug indie-ness of “The Way We Get By” (etc), Spoon’s “I Turn My Camera On”—and its accompanying treasure chest of b-sides—was the surprise package of the year, mostly because it was everything that we’re not conditioned to be excited by these days: a skeleton of a song, just tittering drums and vibraphone with a dripping tap bass and guitar line and, every now and again, a smattering of movement and “ooh” and collision of sounds including a hand-clap from down the hall or a rusty pick-scrape… then back to that dripping tap again. Monotony has never been so thrilling.
[Clem Bastow]

Goldfrapp – Ooh La La

Slithering and tense basslines riding atop one another like strict machines, each awaiting the chorus to unlock from one another build the foundation upon which Goldfrapp’s lead single from her Supernature album. Taking its cues once again from electro, disco, and glam, cottoning together the sound of Alter Ego, Giorgio Moroder, and Gary Numan’s greatest moments, “Ooh La La” was the dirtier, seamier precursor to Madonna’s “Hung Up,” a three-and-a-half minute sexual schaffel of the most pleasurable kind. Whoever is still waiting for Goldfrapp to go back to the wispy trip-hop of her debut album better sit tight, girl’s grown up and it’s clear she’s not going to be settling down for a while yet.
[Charles Merwin]

Animal Collective – Grass

For a slight moment, it’s completely predictable: the chiming guitars sound like faceless indie rock and the vocals are sweet and smooth. It sounds like, well, a real single. But before long the pop façade is stripped away to reveal four eccentrics frantically beating drum kits, shrieking erratic harmonies, layering birdcalls, and sticking a chorus of wordless yelping and shouting in the middle of everything. With “Grass” they play tug of war between typical pop dynamics and the skewed perspective of experimental music, and start a fight with messy, absurd musical ideas and the guise of conventional formulas. Which side wins? We do.
[Ryan Potts]

Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek

2005 was the year artists made music by making as little music as possible. The Ying Yang Twins whispered. Everyone in Texas slowed down their tracks to reveal yawning gaps of silence between the beats. Even Jay-Z released an incredible amount of material, while having apparently retired. But Imogen Heap topped them all by creating one of the year’s best songs without using a single instrument. “Hide and Seek” stuffed a grab bag full of inconsequential phrases into a vocoder and emerged with an extraordinary distillation of pure, icy wonder. Heap’s vocals ebb and flow, lapping like liquid and withdrawing into nothingness before returning to flood the listener with its choir, accusing, “You say you only meant well, well, of course you did,” and evaporating into the resigned coda: “You don’t care a bit.”
[Jonathan Bradley]

Sugababes – Push The Button

Electronic pop has spent the last few years in dingy fetish basements being as self-consciously sleazy as possible, with mixed results. The Sugababes dragged us blinking into the sunlight in 2005 with a song that dared to suggest that pop and sex could actually be playful and fun rather than a big sinful depraved big deal. Never have the words "my sexy ass" sounded so carefree. It's also arguably the best song ever written about how oblivious stupid boys can be in the face of advances as blatant as those demonstrated in the memorable video. All this, plus an idiosyncratic approach to the English language, and that ascending bridge into the chorus help make “Push The Button” the aural equivalent to being told that you can actually eat as many cakes as you like without rotting your teeth.
[Joe Macare]

Roll Deep – The Avenue

Whatever Grime is—or perhaps was—post-So Solid never seemed to make much of an impression outside the capital or even past pockets of the internet. Sure Dizzee was on a few playlists, but that was about it. Then came “The Avenue.” Performed by the Rascal's former "posse," it clearly has little to do with grime. Instead, it’s the most delightfully effervescent of modern British pop, Orange Juice re-imagined for the new century. That maddeningly infectious hook half-inched from The Maisonettes at first seemed to overpower, but as the summer wore on and “The Avenue” was seemingly heard on every street in Britain, the mix of cheek, charm and bashfulness in each rap became apparent. This is the sound of Wiley, the ice man himself, leaping over the fence and getting the ball back from The Wire-reading Mr. Wilson to create the warm, vibrant and playful sound of the British summertime.
[Paul Scott]

Helen Love – Debbie Loves Joey

Pop may not have reigned o’er the charts in 2005, but as all good pop fans know, this doesn't mean there wasn't some great music available if you looked for it. For Helen Love, we didn't have to listen to Swedish radio or buy Polish pop magazines—they (not she—they're a band) were just down the M4, in Wales all along. Combining girly lo-fi indie pop with hyper-active synth-fuelled electro to make this infectious piece of utter brilliance, “Debbie Loves Joey” was the sound of the summer for all discerning pop fans in 2005.
[Jessica Popper]

Juelz Santana – Mic Check

Lately, Juelz has been executing blasts of pure rap joy like “Mic Check” with ease. Take this line: “The rap Ali, jab I weave / Then come back with the same jab times three.” He’s probably talking about his relentless spirit, but he could also be noting his fearless method of using same-word rhymes. When the woozy horns at the outset kick off the first verse by morphing into high-pitched flutes accompanied by stomps and handclaps, it’s apparent that Juelz just wants to have fun (even if it involves activities that some squares might object to). One of the most exciting pop moments of 2005, it proves that celebrations of exuberance like “Mic Check” are becoming the norm, rather than the exception.
[Ross McGowan]

Paul Wall feat. Big Pokey – Sittin' Sidewayz

In a genre where selling yourself is both art and necessity, Paul's had a threefold bill to tender: as a rapper, a white rapper, and the proprietor/grillmaster of Houston's TV Jewelry. At this point in the game, race has ceased to factor for the People's Champ: he's a longtime ally of the indie label Swishahouse, a Texas mixtape fixture with erstwhile partner Chamillionaire, and on his major-label debut, his po'-faced princess-cut mug gets a coat of extra bleach. As for the roles of rapper and businessman, well, they coincide, don't they? "Sittin' Sidewayz" finds Paul waxing financial over the year's most mellifluous beat: a Mobius strip of a guitar run over some squelching, Dirty South bass. Juggling his phrasing to meet the bars, and waxing constant charisma, he's no gangbanger, but his grind's just as real. And then Big Pokey brings it home chill, with multiple reminders that he is "the dude with the metal that get hot as a kettle". By the end of the track, Mr. Wall's sold us another title: king of the parking lot. This is your summer, Texas.
[Brad Shoup]

Ying Yang Twins – Wait (The Whisper Song)

Academic conferences debating post-feminism, moral relativism, the myth of the “sexualized black male,” and a serious discussion of lines like, “beat the pussy up?”


Celebrated by marching bands, strip club DJ’s, and Clear Channel honchos long enough to lift the song’s creators, binary stars of macabre club-underworld thump, into minor fame?

Double check.

“Wait” covered every base possible this year because after all the scrutiny and critical manipulation it still kept its horrible shape: a nebula of flatlined bass drums, finger snaps pulled from the ether of a paradise lost and bulldozers taunts (does the inflection on “walkin’ round the club with your thumb in your mouth” sound haunting to anyone else?) from twisted males on the prowl.

There’s a reason you can hear the beat from a quarter mile away: it’s always been in the crevices of your mind, “Wait” just lets the beast out.
[Evan McGarvey]

Rachel Stevens – I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)

This was the year, this was the song. I’d always been something of a reluctant poptimist—I appreciated the philosophy, I admired the intellectual reasoning ... but we were still talking about crappy chart songs, right? Only teenage girls like that nonsense. Enter Rachel Stevens. Oh Rachel, my beautiful Road to Damascus moment in the universal quest for pop equality. An unlikely source to weaken my resolve, perhaps—yet “Negotiate With Love” found the cracks and “I Said Never Again” brought the whole rotting structure crashing down. It’s those drums, you see. Those damn tribal drums, lifted straight from the Adam Ant world of percussion. And it’s that Siouxsie-in-a-parallel-universe intonation of the chorus. And it’s the delicious production flourishes. And, *and*, AND ... it’s the unavoidable truth that this tale of surrender to all-consuming lust is worthy of any goth-perv band you care to mention.
[Peter Parrish]

Mariah Carey – We Belong Together

For a few months it couldn't be avoided, but who would want to? The biggest song of the year with no competitors for miles, Mariah's comeback was so perfect PR gurus couldn't have manufactured it; this was a performance so evocative that there wasn't a soul alive who didn't sing along with the radio when (in its most memorable moment) a distraught Ms. Carey sings along with the radio (how meta!) and we all know how she feels. Only difference was, none of us dared to change the station.
[David Drake]

Will Young – Switch It On

“Switch It On” came from nowhere and surprised everyone who heard it—a schizophrenically eclectic barrage of Dolly Parton, Talk Talk-style apocalyptic harmonica breakdowns in the chorus, “Faith” by George Michael and some Bo Diddley too, all as re-imagined by Basement Jaxx. It was Will Young’s very own psychotherapeutic primal scream, and we couldn’t believe it was him when it first hit the airwaves. Factor in a psychedelic-rock guitar solo, some punishing beats, and the opening melody from “Footloose,” by the way. Will Young is the guy from Pop Idol, remember—and “Switch It On” was the wildest, most unexpectedly brilliant single of the year.
[Nick Southall]

LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations

The contradiction at the heart of LCD Soundsystem is as follows: James Murphy's lyrics are so often about himself or other people being uptight and yet the music that LCD Soundsystem make, at its best, is unmistakably, gloriously body music. “Tribulations” boils these contradictions down into five minutes of danceable angst / angsty dance. It's a song for going out and getting 'faced to and dancing like a broken robot, and it's a song for listening to a few days later when you remember the terrible things you did and can take no comfort from the fact that everybody makes mistakes. Don't tell the latest batch of grumpy old nostalgia kings, but it's a better “Blue Monday” than “Blue Monday” itself.
[Joe Macare]

Richard Hawley – The Ocean

A song about being on holiday with your family isn't ostensibly the most exciting of propositions, but on the centrepiece of Coles Corner Hawley totally nailed that combination of tranquility and bittersweet nostalgia that its lyrics idealise. This is helped by his improbably rich, Johnny Cash-like croon and the fact that the whole thing feels like it could've been made fifty years ago anyway, but the crucial factor is the absurd amount of patience he devotes to building up to the climax. As it lumbers gently along, various embellishments are subtly added to the arrangement, and when it finally reaches its startlingly affecting peak there's this real sense that it's earned it; as that immense descending guitar figure rings out and his vocal finally leaps clear of its baritone mumble to shout "here comes the wave," it's simultaneously the most reassuring thing in the world and utterly heartbreaking.
[Fergal O'Reilly]

Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To

One could toss the first 19 seconds, which make it seem like some kind of serious rock thing, if they didn't make the rest of it such a delightful surprise. Not many people can create a perfect song to strut to, but this is among the elect of the genre, alongside "Stayin' Alive" and several Rolling Stones tunes, only it has a way of moving toward you and then poutily backing off. It's only drunkenly pretending to be coy, and we know it's really a slut, but we love it anyway and we pretend right back that the act works so we can get some of that sweaty, smoochy action.
[Hillary Brown]

Tori Alamaze – Don’t Cha’

When the original "Don't Cha" began to hit mixtapes and clubs back in the early months of '05, it was an anomaly. Glacial organ, sour tom drums, and what sounds like a metronomic triangle cast a vacuum of resigned melancholy over the song, while at the core Alamaze remains defiantly sexy over a tight bump-n-grind rhythm. ‘Tis the unity of the morbid and the erotic as well as the mournful and the sensuous that lifts the track to an emotional complexity rarely heard on R&B; radio. Perhaps not so surprisingly, these rich sepia tones were converted to a more palatable brown when The Pussycat Dolls' version of "Don't Cha" hit #1 in the UK and #2 in the US. While the Dolls version is admittedly the more approachable one, their addition of a Busta Rhymes rap, twice the instrumentation, and six miniskirts deflates the emotional dynamic of the song, and glosses over its inherent and conflicted sadness. Don’t we deserve a richer experience than that?
[Michael F. Gill]

Missy Elliot feat. Ciara – Lose Control

Misdemeanor insists on attacking from all angles: she wants to win you with her sass, wow you with her mind, and fuck you with her words. “Lose Control,” the lead single from the dubiously uneven The Cookbook finds an absent Timbo, but a willing Neptunes unit behind the boards firing off cybo-synth loops and Ciara providing the a cappella breakdowns. It may not be the shimmering heap that was, “Get Ur Freak On” but as a user’s guide for genre bending to your very own soundtrack, it works just fine.
[Daniel Rivera]

Sway – Up Your Speed

Those of you had been paying attention would already have had Sway’s name written, underlined, double-underlined, and highlighted in your “Most likely to blow in 2006” notebook. For those of you who hadn’t, he fired this warning shot roughly half an inch from your face to make sure you were paying attention. Spitting on both occasions like he gives a damn, he brought supremacy in two flavours. The original cut jacked the Formula One theme and relocated the action in a retail car park somewhere off the M25 where New Era-capped car modders were racing against each other. The remix, on the other hand, was a good ol’ fashioned posse cut where all your favourites brought their unique selling points to the table. Bruza with his “burping the National Anthem” cadence, Skinnyman with his amazing knack of not only looking but kind of rapping like a slapstick music hall comedian, that one dude who says “It’s a “Speed” sequel like Keanu Reeves,” and the boy Sway, running matters. He’s got jokes, he’s got rhymes, he’s got skills, he’s got prospects.
[Dom Passantino]

Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.

Trying to get synergy from parts as divergent as Damon Albarn’s cartoon vanity project and half-drawn verses (“Laughing gas these haz-mats, fast cats”) from De La Soul is a really bad idea. Talking about windmills and a card game (“is everybody in?”) is even worse. And no one said having bridges where a digitized overlord cackles was acceptable in the least.

Damn it, was “Song 2” really that long ago?

Stop treating it like a “pop” single and the actual heartbreak sets in. Between the languidly picked bass, speedy cuts between sun-kissed guitar strums and fatalistic De La Soul spots, you finally learn that the whole shebang is about some corporation that’s going to take the entire world’s pain away. B-52’s “Rock Lobster” gets sent to the methadone clinic. “Melancholy town where we never smile / And all I wanna hear is the message beep?” Okay, now it just sounds like Joy Division. Take my feelings away, take them away god damn it!
[Evan McGarvey]

Feist – Inside and Out

“No way, I’ll never give in, our love has got the pow-uhhr”—and just like that all popular music’s other attempts at sex this year were doomed to a slightly embarrassing failure. She’s got mercury in her veins, as inertia sets her gliding between piano rumbles and string squeaks, with a voice like cracking frozen chocolate, her every quivering ‘r’ and slipped ‘i’ thawing it that little bit more. It’s got slink like no amount of crunk-wagon jumpers could ever hope for, and then there’s that bit in the middle, the tension that bursts with every chorus erupting into everyone in the studio having a nervous breakdown at once: “No girl can love you more! And that’s what I’m cryin’ for! You can’t change the way I feel insiiiiiide…” And it’s when that ends and it all tumbles into the last verse, things are back to normal, and that’s when the real genius reveals itself—it’s all just spinning that bit too far off the axis to be the Pussycat Dolls or what have you, the transitions can’t get out of the way of each other, she’s no bloody idea if she’s coming or going, just that she ain’t no vision, she’s the girl! Who! Loves! YOU! Ace.
[William B. Swygart]

Lindstrøm – I Feel Space

“I Feel Space” is one of those records that does exactly what it declares it will. It is the marriage of the insistent low-end throb of Moroder-style electronic disco (“I Feel Love”) to a lambent, almost bathetic, melody that could be taken straight from seventies French disco group Space. Like the music of Space this is a track that is always a hairs breadth away from being saccharine but which just stays as the darkest, moistest muscovado. “I Feel Space” is a record where each part feels inevitable, as if it couldn’t unfold any other way, every synth swirl, handclap, and bongo hit having hung perfectly in the blackness of space forever. It’s an anthem that has brought tears to my eyes just by the beauty of the entrance of the sibilant hi-hats.
[Patrick McNally]

Backstreet Boys – Incomplete

Usually when I go home for Thanksgiving my high-school friends and I get together for a mini-reunion. But this time, it was only me and two other people—seems everyone's starting to celebrate with their adult friends. But we made the most of it and ended up at the local pool hall. This pool hall is wonderful, populated as it is by old men that look like they chain-smoke 24 hours a day and the kind of teenagers who started smoking and having facial hair and boobs before everyone else, all squeezed into a walled-off smoking room that, inexplicably, has decals of Shrek the ogre and Nemo the fish on the windows. It also pipes in music that's essentially Radio Disney without the annoying DJ chatter and commercials, and at one point, it played the Backstreet Boys' "Incomplete." Now, obviously this made me very happy, but what I began to realize was that during the chorus, other people in the pool hall were singing along. They weren't singing the whole thing, and they definitely weren't singing very loud. But they were singing, almost involuntarily, and without any particular embarrassment. And if this song can make teenage hoodlums and weather-beaten old men sing along to the Backstreet Boys, who are you to resist its charms?
[Mike Barthel]

Bloc Party – So Here We Are

It’s easy to knock Bloc Party. The hysterical endorsement of the NME is an albatross around their necks, while their brows are so furrowed by global political concerns that senior Al-Qaeda operatives might well end up hiding in their foreheads. But when the echo-heavy hook prefacing “So Here We Are” floated across the bleak January airwaves this year it became apparent that Bloc Party weren’t just another bunch of identikit post-punk chancers. It’s a ballad ferchrissakes, the natural heir to Radiohead’s “No Surprises.” At this very moment sullen adolescents are probably plucking its hook—inexpertly—in draughty music rooms up and down the British Isles. That’s why Bloc Party really matter, for all their goofy pomposity.
[David G. Jones]

Basement Jaxx – Oh My Gosh

Just when you think it’s safe to dismiss this pair of Londoners as “so 1999,” ‘long comes a single that positively tears your face off. In terms of catchiness, “Oh My Gosh” easily rivals “Hung Up” as this year’s “Toxic” equivalent. The heavenly salsa wiggle and the ooey-gooey, saccharine goodness of the vocal output, courtesy of songstress Vula Malinga and rapper Skillah (as well as a handful of in-house Jaxx vocalists providing backup), make “Oh My Gosh” a welcome and worthy edition to the boys’ 2005-released singles compilation and essential to any year-end dance mix.
[Will Simmons]

Vitalic – My Friend Dario

All my fragmented memories of summer hedonism encapsulated in one ubiquitous rave anthem and its astonishing, pummeling break. 8 AM at the Sónar festival in Barcelona, hearing it drop just as I realised that the extra-bright light wasn't strobe trickery but daylight; bouncing around London super-club Fabric to an astounding Vitalic live set, this song spun out and out and out into infinite ecstasy; hosting a civilised tea party which inevitably degenerated into 3 AM guzzling of port and throwing moves around my living room; watching the crazed dancefloor reaction every time I played it at trendy London night Forget About The Sugar. Every time, collective communal jouissance and ridiculously glorious pleasure.
[Alex Macpherson]

Girls Aloud – Biology

Playing the introductory blues-vamp like a rag doll, Girls Aloud’s “Biology” sheds the ruse faster than you can name your favorite White Stripes b-side. Let’s just say that “Jolene”’s great and all, but if making pop for pop’s sake can be allowed, “Biology” is on the prog-pop manic fringe where conventional song structure is thrown out the window for “a fire of pure desire.” And Girls Aloud know how much you like your pop bloated so they threw in all the subconscious ooh’s in the chorus, psychedelic vocal reverb in the blues-refrain, and an analog-synth bassline to make sure you’ll never ask for more.
[Nate Deyoung]

Antony and the Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone

This quivering song of longing and confession sounds like the most intimate cry of every heart at 3 AM. His own echoing entwining backing vocal silhouettes him in the gloom sounding as supple as the keys he caresses and the flawlessly imperfect tiny stall at 1:14 is the soft gasp of breath, trembling lip, and swell of tears. Ending with a coda of a hammering heart, like the pounding heights of a thousand "A Day in the Life" piano notes, Antony carves his initials into our wooden hearts.
[Scott McKeating]

Rachel Stevens – Negotiate With Love

This bears the distinction of earning the year’s highest score on the UK Singles Jukebox—and with good reason, as it encapsulates all the noblest qualities of that much beleaguered old war-horse: Manufactured Pop. Observe, if you will, the classic dynamic tension at work here. Strutting her stuff on the telly, we have the dutifully pouting yet curiously absent FHM-babe cipher that is Rachel: emotionally disengaged, pleasantly under-performed, not quite getting it. But of course, she’s the decoy. Some of us have almost tuned her out, concentrating our attention on the sharp, inventive, gleefully over-performed composition/arrangement/production job. As with Xenomania’s work with Girls Aloud, you sense that these are people who know and love their pop music, its history and its heritage. Indeed, there are so many witty little nods and references on show, that you almost feel yourself being personally nudged and winked at from behind the mixing desk. Thus, while Rachel woos the masses (with conspicuous lack of success, judging by this year’s lousy chart positions), so her backroom boys flatter the cognoscenti, the poptimists, and the gentlemen of a certain age who never quite stopped loving Kim Wilde and Dollar.
[Mike Atkinson]

Booka Shade – Mandarine Girl

Arguably the best house single of the year and one that has only increased the profile of Berlin’s Get Physical label, “Mandarine Girl” is as simple of a tale as they come: the Mars rover climbs solemnly over a pile of murmuring space rock only to find that the New Red Earth is populated by dancing bodies of steam, jacking off-kilter over a thumpadump beat with a slip of inwardly-sloping static showing from under its molten smock. It’s as dreamy as it is dancey, a gradually ascending euphoria tempered by an insistent, ominous undercurrent and hesitation so subtle it’s chilling, a near-perfect evocation of the feeling of fear and thrill intertwined that comes with delving into the unknown.
[Mike Powell]

R. Kelly – Trapped In The Closet

If the idea of a continuous multi-song suite that has thus far expanded over 12 parts and 40 minutes appearing on a singles list bugs you, then you can consider this entry representative for Chapter 1. After all, it got the most radio and video-play of all the story's chapters, and remains one of its most cohesive and legitimately suspenseful. But if you have a problem with R.'s brilliant and frequently hilarious musical soap opera being praised at all, then that's where you're out of luck, because no one else at his level of fame came up with such a ballsy idea this year, and actually carried it out to such unpredictable extremes.
[Al Shipley]

Ciara feat. Ludacris – Oh

It’s no coincidence that the third—and best—single released from Ciara’s Goodies is also the opening track of Diplo’s extraordinary Live in Montreal 2004 set. With its quaking low end, that ominous synth loop crawling up from somewhere deeply dirty, and, of course, a never-sexier Ciara purring “’’Round here, we ridin’ sloooow,” “Oh” is a fool-proof party-starter. For his part, Ludacris’s guest verse is absolutely dynamic. Though his mere presence on a track may not command quite the level of awe inspired by hip-hop’s busiest retiree, this, coupled with Usher’s “Yeah,” makes a damn persuasive case for Luda as the MVP of guest raps. “Call up Jazze, tell him pop the bottles ‘cause we got another hit (hit, hit) / Wanna go platinum? I’m who you should get (get, get, get).” No argument here.
[Josh Timmermann]

Kanye West – Gold Digger

Though it wasn’t as ‘what the fuck was that?’ as Outkast’s “Hey Ya,” “Gold Digger” was without a doubt the crossover hit of the year that really made you, the listener, like something special was going on. Ignoring Jamie “Award Show Audience Participation” Foxx’s brief cameo at its beginning, “Gold Digger”—from its thumping beat to the inspired reverse psychology of its Ray Charles sample, “She gives me money / When I’m in need”, to that odd synthesised saxophone (or whatever it was) to, yes, the Hype Williams pin-up video that one-upped the neo burlesque movement, “Gold Digger” was that rare thing: a zeitgeist-pleasing moment in pop music that was actually worthy of its hype. And, it’s excellent for dancing.
[Clem Bastow]

M.I.A. – Bucky Done Gun

I have a weakness for sloganeering in song, whether it’s John Lydon-Rotten or the Gloria Estefan of “Get On Your Feet.” Imagine J.J. Fadd, Bill Conti, and Missy Elliott going head to head in the ring and you have an idea what M.I.A. pulls off on “Bucky Done Gun.” Her politics as opaque as her nail gloss, she possesses the instinct you can’t buy: if you’re not legible, then your beats better be. I counted at least four different hooks in “Bucky Done Gun,” as authoritative a case for the virtues of multiculturalism as Tiger Woods. She may yet prove to be as obnoxious; that’s what happens when your politics remain opaque, no matter how strong your beats.
[Alfred Soto]

Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl

It didn't do much to alter Stefani's reputation as an annoyingly persistent trend-hopper, but "Hollaback Girl" effectively channeled the singer’s bratty energy into a pop phenomenon. Part of its genius is that she takes the same sort of spartan, martial beats that enlivened Destiny's Child's "Lose My Breath" (assembled here by the Neptunes) but situates them in the context of an actual high-school pep rally, with all the usual girl-on-girl drama that ensues. After all, "this shit is bananas" is, in addition to the year's most ridiculously sublime catchphrase, an almost viable cheerleader chant. What really elevates it, though (and why Diplo's favela-flavored remix frankly doesn't work), are those synthetic parade horns that, in their constant swelling, provide an unexpectedly somber undercurrent. Maybe you cringed when you heard it repeated at the mall by preteens in sequins—just be thankful it hasn't yet been co-opted by Chiquita.
[John M. Cunningham]

Madonna – Hung Up

Condemning Madonna for unevenness is like complaining that fresh cow’s milk is unpasteurized: when it comes back from the lab it’ll taste better, so relax. She hires an au courant DJ, trolls through her extensive vinyl collection, adds romantic and cosmic banalities, and loses the English accent. With each listen, “Hung Up” butted ever closer beside “Don’t Tell Me,” “Like A Prayer,” “Open Your Heart,” and “Into the Groove”—those inexhaustible moments of pleasure without which life seems hardly worth the bother. The giddy shamelessness of yore now calcified into a will-to-power whose attractiveness is dependent upon whether she and Lourdes are dancing to French techno (Music) or watching CNN (American Life), “Hung Up” demonstrated that Madonna could respond to her audience’s wish to cannibalize her/their past with the acuity of the showbiz survivor she’s fast becoming, and with precious little cant (just skip the album’s last third, ok?). As for the ABBA sample, well, the song doesn’t need it (as the spartan relentlessness of Tracey Young’s remix proved). Besides, Madonna has a better voice than Frida or Agnetha, you know.
[Alfred Soto]

The Killers – Mr. Brightside

Brandon, a young Mormon who rocks Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits Of The 80s the way Hanson pumped that Time-Life ‘60s box set, knows he's got the wherewithal to make it and he's feeling just fine but it looks like somebody even cooler got the girl he wants and its making him sick (layyymeeegooo) but hey! Isn't this wimpy adolescent anguish all part of the big beautiful new wave scheme, anyway? If he can harness these emotions in the grand swirl they deserve, he'll have a big hit, become a celebrity, and Sophie Muller will help him make vaginas explode as he topples checkers boards in slo-mo. Few have used the fact that they’ve neveeeerrrrrr to such glorious effect.
[Anthony Miccio]

Mike Jones feat. Slim Thug and Paul Wall – Still Tippin’

Let’s face it: you could line up Tony Yayo, Baby, and Ja Rule, and we’re probably still looking at a top ten single. But let’s take a moment and be thankful for what we’ve been given. The track is credited to Mike Jones, but it’s his bookends—Slim Thug and Paul Wall—that gift wrap the codeine-drip squiggle, the aggressive piano burps, and the sterile drum snips and send it to hip-hop Valhalla. The schticks are Magic Marker simple, but they complement each other remarkably well: Slim Thug is tall, and he likes cars. Paul Wall is short, and he owns a lot of shiny jewelry. The track’s supposed star, Jones, is a change-of-pace, already running his R-E-S-P-E-C-T gig, even though this is, you know, his first single. Thugga’s patience and restraint on the chorus is the easiest ring-tone sell ever, and Wall is the best jewelry merchant ever to take a guest verse. The beat, though, is what tips the bottle back. The increase in custom shop-requests this year to make cars slower, more purple, and, like, drippier was not a coincidence.
[Andrew Gaerig]

My Chemical Romance – Helena

Did you ever wonder what happened to those theater kids in your high school? You know, the ones who weren't annoying and didn't usually command attention in the plays, but were dark and artistic in a compelling sort of way without ever being too ridiculous. Well, at least five of them grew up to be My Chemical Romance, and "Helena" is their masterpiece—a (literally) funereal work of pitch-perfect adolescent frustration and morbidity, easily the most psychologically twisted and horrendously beautiful track ever to be a TRL #1. "Helena" was the song that raised the curtains for 2005, and it continued to bring the house down all the way into the summer, most likely because it took pop listeners that long to try to comprehend why they liked it so much. Let's hope we never figure it out completely, though—no great work of drama should ever be totally understood.
[Andrew Unterberger]

Snoop Dogg feat. Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson – Signs

a/k/a the one where Snoop references Ibiza, Charlie interpolates his own “Early in the Morning,” and Justin sings “don’t fuck with me.” The Neptunes, as ever, provide Snoop with the finest bedding on which to lay his rhymes, but this time, it’s plush Earth, Wind & Fire-worthy disco-funk. It’s Chad & Pharrell’s best production job since, well, the last Snoop single they helmed (“Let’s Get Blown,” for those keeping track at home). As always, the rhymes trip off Snoop’s tongue like the rest of us breathe air, and, honestly, who better to provide the backing vox than J.T. and Uncle Charlie? Singles don’t come much more perfect than “Signs.”
[Thomas Inskeep]

The Futureheads – Hounds Of Love

To describe this as a cover is, at best, misleading and perhaps even insulting; China Drum merely covered “Wuthering Heights,” The Futureheads took the nervous sensuality of the original and ratcheted up the intensity to almost unbearable levels. Bush's coquettish "oooh oooh ooh" becomes the 'Heads wolfish gang chant, what was just a small detail is blown-up Pop Art style; a gut punch that holds the whole thing together. It's at once a collection of devastating moments; the way the vocals run over and under each other, the way the bass line jerks into life, the admissions of cowardice, the way the guitars rear up, pushing ever forward. A delirious rush into oblivion; innocent, lustful, confused, afraid, and joyous, roaring out of the mythic British wilds to inspire mass shouting, swooning, and untold shoe throwing.
[Paul Scott]

The Game feat. 50 Cent – Hate It Or Love It

Cool and Dre, the heirs to the throne of "soulful," whip up a batch of the stuff for The Documentary, 50 sings the hook and drops the best verse and (somehow) an underdog is on top: The Game, who few rap heads could ID a year ago, was suddenly pumping out of every amateur club DJ's speakers with one of the year's strongest singles. Of course, unlike his other major hit "How We Do," it didn't belong in club speakers (as it appeared on an episode of CSI: Miami) and not just because the bass sounds murky when overamplified where "How We Do" sparkled; the rappers' performances are too convincingly heartfelt and personal and REAL. Forget the Candy Shop, this was headphone rap from club kings, and damn if it wasn't refreshing.
[David Drake]

Robyn – Be Mine!

"You looked happy, and that's great... I just miss you, that's all." If that one line, delivered with little-girl-lost-in-the-supermarket fragility by Robyn three-quarters of the way into "Be Mine!" doesn't strike you like a butcher's knife being driven directly into your heart and every single memory you hold dear in it, then arrange for someone to throw half a ton of soil over you now, because you're effectively dead. Musical moment of the year without question, but what's truly special is how Robyn manages to craft a perfect song even before she gets to that spoken word, 1960s girl group middle-eight. The opening line ("It's a good thing tears never show in the pouring rain") tells more stories than your three favourite bands have managed in their careers combined. That string section, where they appear to have attached their bows to the hairs on the back of your neck, and pull them up as far as they'll go. And Robyn. You remember the last time you had your heart broken? Robyn was there, taking notes. Like emo if it was made by human beings.
[Dom Passantino]

Amerie – 1 Thing

We weren’t sure what it was about “1 Thing” that kept it in our heads and on the airwaves for so long, but whatever it was, we liked it. As if the breathless, compartmentalised melody and the nagging “na-na-nana” hook weren’t enough to lure us in to the year’s biggest and best R’n’B smash, there were those insistent, clattering, bashing, cantering drums (which seemingly made up the entire arrangement apart from the vocal)—“1 Thing” was so infectious that even arch miserablists Elbow couldn’t resist covering it, and of such quality that they couldn’t muck it up either. Dancefloors and radio stations spent the entire year gagging for it, and so did we.
[Nick Southall]

Three 6 Mafia feat. Eightball & MJG with Young Buck – Stay Fly

In a year that the viscous Houston sound went national and a pinched Ray Charles hook had a seemingly interminable sit on top of U.S. charts, the kings of Memphis did one better and stitched the two vibes together, drizzling a Willie Hutch hook over the warped skitter of DJ Paul and Juicy J's syrupy cinematic hymns. The sense of tension in the song is incredible, each verse ricocheting off soft-focus hiccup guitar and gleaming synth-strings sent up like flares, knotting itself deeper into syncopation before hitting the massive yawn of the chorus where the whole thing just spills out on to the streets splayed, bruised blue and purple, a surge of dope-dazed grandeur. It's hard to tell who on the song loves getting high more, but it's totally beside the point; by the time MJG spits his last line about ejaculating, you realize that in orgies, everybody wins.
[Mike Powell]

Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone

I didn’t love it the first time I heard it. It felt a little too contrived, too predictable. The American Idol puppetmasters finally woke up and realized teenage girls like shiny, screamy rock songs just as much as interminably cathartic ballads, if not more. Here’s what market research and focus grouping had wrought.

The brilliance of “Since U Been Gone” revealed itself the 37th time I heard it, not the first. The damn thing’s not remarkable so much as indelible, the hook no less exhilarating now than it was over a year ago (when several of our pollsters first heard it and promptly put it on their ’04 lists). Ashlee and Avril had done chick-rock dress-up well but only satisfied pockets of their potential audience—Kelly went further, delivering a defiant tough-girl gesture that still sounded welcoming to all. Narrowly tuned to salve a broken heart, its giddiness simply can’t be denied, making it perfect for road-trip sing-alongs, besotted karaoke nights, playground double-dutch (it sounded great on Kidz Bop 8), and yes, even ironic indie-rock patronage.

Maybe the song’s hipster cache’s been somewhat overstated, but still it’s hard to recall a hit eliciting such widespread approbation from our shabby little corner of the world that didn’t involve Missy Elliot or Big Boi. Even our college-rock heroes themselves were flummoxed in the face of its power, as evidenced when I saw Ted Leo earlier this year and a slew of fans clamored and flat-out demanded he perform his now-infamous cover of Ms. Clarkson’s insta-classic. The pop-punk troubadour refused, claiming he didn’t want his rendition becoming a gimmick, a sideshow that’s always expected of him. Deep down in his pop-loving heart, however, I’m convinced Ted played the song once as an admiring goof, but realizes he could never in a million years pull it off as well as an American Idol.
[Josh Love]


Mike Atkinson
01. Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
02. Hard-Fi - Hard to Beat
03. Antony & the Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone
04. Saint Etienne - Side Streets
05. Rachel Stevens - Negotiate with Love
06. Basement Jaxx - Oh My Gosh
07. Goldfrapp - Ooh La La
08. Snoop Dogg feat. Justin Timberlake - Signs
09. Sugababes - Push the Button
10. Madonna - Hung Up
11. Kylie Minogue - Giving You Up
12. The Long Blondes - Appropriation (By Any Other Name)
13. Mylo - In My Arms
14. Robyn - Be Mine
15. Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To?
16. Vitalic - My Friend Dario
17. Amerie - 1 Thing
18. X-Press 2 (feat. Kurt Wagner) - Give It
19. Sons & Daughters - Taste The Last Girl
20. Rilo Kiley - It's a Hit

Mike Barthel
01. Maxi Geil - Making Love in the Sunshine
02. Roman - I Found Love
03. R. Kelly - Sex in the Kitchen (Remix)
04. Missy Elliot feat. Ciara - Lose Control (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)
05. Rihanna - Pon De Replay
06. Amerie - 1 Thing
07. Vitalic - My Friend Dario
08. Robyn - Be Mine
09. Backstreet Boys – Incomplete
10. Rachel Stevens - I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)
11. Bratz - So Good
12. Art Brut - Good Weekend
13. Brooke Valentine - Girlfight
14. Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
15. Ludacris - Pimpin All Over the World
16. Juliet - On the Dance Floor
17. Weezer - Beverly Hills
18. System of a Down - BYOB
19. Akon - Lonely
20. Basement Jaxx - Oh My Gosh

Clem Bastow
01. Kanye West – Gold Digger
02. Aberfeldy - Love Is An Arrow
03. The Drones - Shark Fin Blues
04. Faker - Hurricane
05. Four Tet - Smile Around The Face
06. Backstreet Boys - Incomplete
07. Damian Rice & Lisa Hannigan - Unplayed Piano
08. Children Collide - Amphibious
09. Destiny's Child - Lose My Breath
10. Spoon - I Turn My Camera On
11. Ricki-Lee - Sunshine
12. Clare Bowditch - On This Side
13. Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
14. Franz Ferdinand - Do You Wanna
15. Die! Die! Die! - Ashtray! Ashtray!
16. Lindsay Lohan - First
17. Jamiroquai - Feels Just Like It Should
18. Test Icicles - Boa Vs Python
19. Ashlee Simpson - Boyfriend
20. The Darkness - One Way Ticket

Jonathan Bradley
01. Mike Jones ft. Slim Thug and Paul Wall – Still Tippin’
02. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
03. Wolf Parade – Shine A Light
04. Ciara ft. Ludacris – Oh
05. M.I.A. – Bucky Done Gun
06. Imogen Heap – Hide And Seek
07. Slim Thug - Diamonds
08. The Futureheads – Hounds Of Love
09. Juelz Santana – Mic Check
10. Three 6 Mafia – Stay Fly
11. Crime Mob – Stilletos (Pumps)
12. Art Brut – Emily Kane
13. Damian Marley – Welcome To Jamrock
14. Robyn – Be Mine
15. Amerie – 1 Thing
16. Ying Yang Twins – Wait! (The Whisper Song)
17. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
18. Bloc Party – So Here We Are
19. My Chemical Romance – Helena
20. R. Kelly – Trapped In The Closet

Hillary Brown
01. Luda feat. Bobby Valentino – Pimpin’ All Over the World
02. R. Kelly – Trapped in the Closet (Parts 1-12)
03. Kanye West – Gold Digger
04. Of Montreal – Wraith Pinned to the Mist
05. The Killers – Mr. Brightside
06. Amerie – 1 Thing
07. BEP – My Humps
08. Akon – Lonely
09. Roll Deep Crew – Shake a Leg
10. Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To?
11. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
12. Kelly Clarkson – Behind These Hazel Eyes
13. Backstreet Boys – Incomplete
14. David Banner – Play
15. Tegan & Sara – Walking with a Ghost
16. The White Stripes – My Doorbell
17. Bobby Valentino – Slow Down
18. Ying Yang Twins feat. Pitbull – Shake
19. John Cale – Perfect
20. Madonna – Hung Up

Todd Burns
01. Booka Shade – Mandarine Girl
02. The Futureheads – Hounds of Love
03. Lee Ann Womack – Twenty Years and Two Husbands Ago
04. Three Six Mafia – Stay Fly
05. Daso - Daybreak
06. Patrice Bäumel - Mutant Pop
07. Nôze - Kitchen
08. Paul Wall – Sittin’ Sidewayz
09. Jeff Samuel - Endpoint
10. My Chemical Romance - Helena
11. Jesse Somfay - We Breathe The Stars Through Each Other
12. Nathan Fake - Dinamo
13. Golden Red - Falling Sickness
14. Donnacha Costello - No Matter What I Do / Bear Bounces Back
15. Onur Özer - Freakdisko EP
16. Luciano - Bomberos
17. Brian Aneurysm - Das Element Des Menschen
18. Ricardo Villalobos - Chromosoul
19. Gary Allan – Best I Ever Had
20. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone

Ken Cheesy
01. Art Brut – Formed a Band
02. Kanye West – Golddigger
03. Collapsing Opposites – Mirror Stage
04. Six Organs of Admittance – Home
05. Imogen Heap – Hide and Seak
06. Gustav – We Shall Overcome
07. Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower – Angry Young and Rich
08. Against Me – Don’t Lose Touch
09. Chin Up Chin Up - Collide the Tide
10. LCD Soundsystem – Movement
11. The Merediths – Marmalade Maggie
12. The Knife – Heartbeats
13. The Citizens – Deck Full of Jokers
14. The Owls – Even Now
15. Black Mountain – Modern Music
16. Dirty Projectors – Jolly Jolly Jolly Ego
17. Goon Moon – Apartment 31
18. Shooting at Unarmed Men – The Pink Ink
19. K’naan – Soobax
20. Bedouin Soundclash – When the Night Feels My Song

John M. Cunningham
01. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
02. Robyn – Be Mine!
03. Snoop Dogg ft. Justin Timberlake – Signs
04. Lindsay Lohan – First
05. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
06. Broken Social Scene –7/4 (Shoreline)
07. Amerie –1 Thing
08. The Killers – Mr. Brightside
09. M83 – Don't Save Us From the Flames
10. 50 Cent ft. The Game – Hate It or Love It
11. Death Cab for Cutie – Soul Meets Body
12. Basement Jaxx – Oh My Gosh
13. Missy Elliott ft. Ciara – Lose Control
14. Lady Sovereign – Random
15. Rachel Stevens – Negotiate with Love
16. Ciara ft. Ludacris – Oh
17. Nine Inch Nails – Only
18. Queens of the Stone Age – Little Sister
19. Stars – Ageless Beauty
20. LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk is Playing at My House

Nate DeYoung
01. Tori Alamaze - Don’t Cha’
02. Animal Collective - Grass
03. Basement Jaxx - Oh My Gosh
04. Baxendale - I Built this City
05. Booka Shade - Mandarine Girl
06. Captain Comatose - To My Song
07. Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
08. The Field - Things Fall Down
09. Girls Aloud - Biology
10. Mike Jones - Still Tippin’
11. R. Kelly - Trapped in the Closet
12. The Killers - Mr. Brightside
13. Andre Kraml - Safari
14. Lindstrom - I Feel Space
15. Mountain Goats - This Year
16. My Chemical Romance - Helena
17. Rich Boy - Get to Poppin’
18. Robyn - Be Mine
19. DJ T - Funk on You
20. Three 6 Mafia - Stay Fly

David Drake
01. Three-6 Mafia, Young Buck, 8Ball and MJG – Stay Fly
02. T.I. – A.S.A.P.
03. Daddy Yankee – Rompe
04. Booka Shade – Mandarine Girl
05. TOK – Footprints
06. Mariah Carey – We Belong Together
07. The Game feat. 50 Cent – Hate It or Love It
08. Rex the Dog – Frequency/I Look Into Midair
09. Young Jeezy – Soul Survivor
10. Z-Ro feat. Paul Wall and Lil Flip – From the South
11. Geto Boys – The G-Code
12. 50 Cent feat. Mobb Deep - Outta Control (Remix)
13. Royksopp - What Else Is There? (Thin White Duke Remix)
14. Gucci Mane feat. Young Jeezy – Icy
15. Robyn – Be Mine
16. Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson and Justin Timberlake – Signs
17. Bobby Valentino - Slow Down
18. Vybz Kartel – Why, Why (Concubine Rhythm)
19. Lindstrom – I Feel Space
20. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone

Andrew Gaerig
01. Mike Jones – Still Tippin’
02. Three Six Mafia – Stay Fly
03. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
04. Fall Out Boy – Sugar, We’re Going Down
05. Young Jeezy – My Hood
06. T.I. – U Don’t Know Me
07. Caribou - Yeti
08. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
09. White Stripes – Blue Orchid
10. Paul Wall – Sittin’ Sidewayz
11. R. Kelly – Trapped in the Closet Chapter 1-5
12. Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To?
13. Gwen Stefani - Cool
14. Madonna – Hung Up
15. Spoon - I Turn My Camera On
16. Slim Thug - 3 Kings
17. David Banner - Play
18. Kanye West - Gold Digger
19. The Hold Steady - Your Little Hoodrat Friend
20. The Faders - No Sleep Tonight

Michael F. Gill
01. Lindstrom - I Feel Space
02. Justus Kohncke - Elan
03. Robyn - Be Mine
04. Tori Alamaze - Don't Cha
05. Baxendale - I Built This City
06. Sharon Jones & The Dapkings - How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?
07. Johnny Dangerous - King Of Clubs
08. Nasty Crew - Nasty Bonanza
09. Rachel Stevens - Negotiate With Love
10 Basement Jaxx - Oh My Gosh
11. Nathan Fake - Dinamo
12. Alyoa - It's Been Too Long
13. Jesse Somfay - This Fragile Addiction
14. Lo Fi Fnk - Change Channel
15. Crazy Titch - Singalong
16. Booka Shade - Mandarine Girl
17. Rachel Stevens - So Good
18. Roisin Murphy - If We're In Love
19. Ellen Allien - Your Body Is My Body
20. Amerie - One Thing

Todd Hutlock
01. Spoon - Sister Jack
02. LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
03. The Futureheads -- Hounds Of Love
04. Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot
05. Hot Chip - Over And Over
06. Annie - Wedding Song
07. The Juan Maclean - Tito’s Way
08. Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To
09. Architecture In Helsinki - Do The Whirlwind
10. M.I.A. - Bucky Done Gun
11. Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
12. Bloc Party - Banquet
13. Audion - Just Fucking
14. Feist - Love You Inside & Out
15. British Sea Power - It Ended On An Oily Stage
16. The Stands - Do It Like You Like
17. Black Mountain - Druganaut
18. Black Dice - Smiling Off
19. LCD Soundsystem - Tribulations
20. Four Tet - Sun, Drums And Soil

Thomas Inskeep
01. Three 6 Mafia featuring Young Buck & Eightball & MJG – Stay Fly
02. Snoop Dogg – Let's Get Blown
03. Snoop Dogg featuring Justin Timberlake and Uncle Charlie Wilson – Signs
04. Pussycat Dolls – Don't Cha (Ralphi's Hot Freak Radio Mix)
05. Lee Ann Womack – Twenty Years and Two Husbands Ago
06. Omarion – Touch
07. Ying Yang Twins – Wait (The Whisper Song)
08. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
09. Rev Run – Mind on the Road
10. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
11. Missy Elliott featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop – Lose Control
12. Madonna – Hung Up
13. Ludacris featuring Bobby Valentino – Pimpin’ All Over the World
14. nine inch nails – Only
15. Roll Deep – The Avenue
16. Lee Ann Womack – I May Hate Myself in the Morning
17. Gary Allan – Best I Ever Had
18. Fantasia – Free Yourself
19. The Game & 50 Cent – Hate It Or Love It
20. Buddy Jewell – If She Were Any Other Woman

David G. Jones
01. Hood – The Negatives
02. Architecture in Helsinki – Wishbone
03. Bloc Party – So Here We Are
04. Josh Rouse – Winter in the Hamptons
05. Frank Black – I Burn Today
06. Sufjan Stevens – Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, IL
07. Malcom Middleton – Loneliness Shines
08. Low – California
09. I Am Kloot – Over My Shoulder
10. The Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)
11. Mercury Rev – Vermillion
12. Sebastien Tellier – La Ritournelle
13. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – Roberta C (Version)
14. British Sea Power – It Ended on an Oily Stage
15. The Futureheads – The Hounds of Love
16. The Go! Team – Bottle Rocket
17. Patrick Wolf – Wind in the Wires
18. The Mountain Goats – Dilaudid
19. Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla
20. The Flaming Lips – Mr Ambulance Driver

Josh Love
01. Amerie – 1 Thing
02. Robyn – Be Mine
03. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
04. Madonna – Hung Up
05. Shooter Jennings – 4th of July
06. The Killers – Mr. Brightside
07. My Chemical Romance – Helena
08. Brad Paisley – Alcohol
09. The Game ft. 50 Cent – Hate It or Love It
10. Dierks Bentley – Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do
11. Young Jeezy ft. Jay-Z and Fat Joe – Go Crazy (Remix)
12. Keith Anderson – XXL
13. Bloc Party – Banquet
14. Toby Keith – As Good As I Once Was
15. Trick Daddy ft. Lil Kim and Cee-Lo – Sugar
16. Beck – Girl
17. Three 6 Mafia ft. Young Buck and Eightball and MJG – Stay Fly
18. Feist – Inside and Out
19. Rachel Stevens – Nothing Good About this Goodbye
20. Lee Ann Womack – I May Hate Myself in the Morning

Joe Macare
01. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
02. Roll Deep – When I’m ‘Ere
03. LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations
04. Tatu – All About Us
05. Amerie feat. Eve – 1 Thing
06. Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch
07. Sugababes – Push The Button
08. Ciara feat. Missy Elliott – 1, 2 Step
09. Vitalic – My Friend Dario
10. Snoop Dogg feat. Justin Timberlake & Charlie Wilson – Signs
11. Ciara feat. Ludacris – Oh
12. The Kills – Love Is A Deserter
13. Juelz Santana – Mic Check
14. Le Tigre – After Dark
15. M.I.A. – Bucky Done Gun
16. Goldfrapp – Ooh La La
17. Mike Jones feat. Paul Wall & Slim Thug – Still Tippin’
18. Missy Elliott feat. Ciara & Fatman Scoop – Lose Control
19. Kanye West – Diamonds From Sierra Leone
20. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl

Evan McGarvey
01. Three 6 Mafia – Stay Fly
02. Mike Jones – Still Tippin’
03. Young Jeezy – Go Crazy
04. Amerie – 1 Thing
05. Ying Yang Twins – Wait (The Whisper Song)
06. Spoon – Sister Jack
07. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
08. T.I. – ASAP
09. David Banner – Play
10. R. Kelly – In The Kitchen
11. Slim Thug – 3 Kings
12. Paul Wall – Sittin’ Sidways
13. White Stripes – Blue Orchid
14. Tony Yayo – So Seductive
15. Baby/Birdman – Neck of Da Woods
16. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
17. R. Kelly –Playa’s Only
18. M.I.A. – Galang
19. Hold Steady – Your Little Hoodrat Friend
20. Chris Brown feat. Juelz Santana – Run It

Ross McGowan
01. The Game – Hate It or Love It
02. Cam’ron – Down and Out
03. Three 6 Mafia – Stay Fly
04. Snoop Dogg – Signs
05. 50 Cent – Outta Control (Remix)
06. Tony Yayo – So Seductive
07. Juelz Santana – Mic Check
08. Juelz Santana – There It Go (The Whistle Song)
09. R. Kelly – Trapped in the Closet Pt. 1
10. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
11. Bloc Party – Banquet
12. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
13. Young Jeezy – Go Crazy
14. Interpol – C’mere
15. Daft Punk – Technologic
16. Cassidy – I’m a Hustla
17. Prefuse 73 – Hideyaface
18. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
19. Destiny’s Child – Girl
20. Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To

Scott McKeating
01. Amerie – One Thing
02. Antony and the Johnsons – Hope There's Someone
03. Robbie Williams – Tripping
04. Robbie Williams – Advertisng Space
05. Mariah Carey – We Belong Together
06. Backstreet Boys – Incomplete
07. Kanye West – Gold Digga
08. Destiny's Child – Lose My Breath
09. The White Stripes – Blue Orchid
10. Madonna – Hung Up
11. Athlete – Wires
12. Kasabian – Club Foot
13. Damien Marley – Welcome to Jamrock
14. The Futureheads – Hounds of Love
15. Gorillaz – Dirty Harry
16. The Game feat. 50 Cent – Hate It Or Love It
17. Bjork – Triumph Of A Heart
18. Tony Yayo – Seductive
19. Coldplay – Talk

Patrick McNally
01. Lindstrøm – I Feel Space
02. Jamie Lidell – Multiply
03. Amerie- 1 Thing
04. Rachel Stevens – Negotiate with Love
05. Booka Shade – Mandarine EP
06. Polmo Polpo – Kiss Me Again and Again
07. Ciara - Oh
08. Long Blondes - Appropriation (By Any Other Name)
09. Rich Boy – Get to Poppin’
10. LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations
11. Lil’ Kim - Lighters Up
12. Girls Aloud – Wake Me Up
13. Justice – Waters of Nazereth
14. Hot Chip – Over and Over
15. Ghostface – Be Easy
16. Six Cups Of Rebel - Arp She Said
17. Pink Grease – Strip
18. Motiivi:Tuntematon - 1939
19. Kanye West – Gold Digger
20. Soundtrack of our Lives – Heading for a Breakdown

Alex Macpherson
01. Ciara ft Ludacris – Oh
02. Daddy Yankee – Gasolina
03. Kanye West – Gold Digger
04. Vitalic – My Friend Dario
05. Tomas Andersson – Washing Up
06. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
07. Amerie – 1 Thing
08. MANDY vs Booka Shade – Body Language
09. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
10. MIA – Bucky Done Gun
11. Etienne de Crecy – Fast Track (Vocal Mix)
12. Petey Pablo – Vibrate
13. Sugababes – Push The Button
14. tATu – All About Us
15. Madonna – Hung Up
16. Snoop Dogg ft Justin Timberlake & Charlie Wilson - Signs
17. Unorthodox ft No Lay – No Help Or Handouts
18. Pitbull – Toma
19. Ebony Eyez – In Ya Face
20. Tiefschwarz - Issst

Ian Mathers
01. The Futureheads – Hounds Of Love
02. Robyn - Be Mine
03. Three 6 Mafia - Stay Fly
04. Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Stars Spill Out Of Cups
05. Slim Thug – I Ain’t Heard Of That
06. Snoop Dogg – Signs
07. My Chemical Romance – Helena
08. Ciara – Oh
09. Relient K – Be My Escape
10. The Bravery – An Honest Mistake
11. The Game / 50 Cent – Hate It Or Love It
12. Ok Go - A Million Ways
13. Richard Hawley - The Ocean
14. Mike Jones – Still Tippin’
15. Juliet – Avalon
16. T'Pain - I'm Sprung
17. Jamie Lidell – Multiply
18. Mattafix - Big City Life
19. !!! - Take Ecstasy With Me/Get Up
20. The Music – Breakin’

Charles Merwin
01. My Chemical Romance - Helena
02. Stars – Ageless Beauty
03. Goldfrapp – Ooh La La
04. Lee Ann Womack – Twenty Years and Two Husbands Ago
05. Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch
06. Helen Love – Debbie Loves Joey
07. Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek
08. Roll Deep – The Avenue
09. Aberfeldy - Love Is An Arrow
10. Girls Aloud - Biology
11. Three Six Mafia – Stay Fly
12. Feist – Inside and Out
13. Kelly Osbourne – One Word
14. Richard Hawley – The Ocean
15. Brad Paisley - Alcohol
16. M83 – Don’t Save Us From The Flames
17. Damian Marley - Welcome To Jamrock
18. The Go! Team – Bottle Rocket
19. Black Eyed Peas – My Humps
20. Field - Things Fall Down

Anthony Miccio
01. Trick Daddy feat. Cee-Lo & Ludacris – Sugar
02. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
03. The Killers – Mr. Brightside
04. M83 – Don’t Save Us From The Flames
05. Natalie – Goin’ Crazy
06. Queens Of The Stone Age – Little Sister
07. Pitbull feat. Lil Jon – Toma
08. Robyn – Be Mine
09. R. Kelly – Sex In The Kitchen
10. Rilo Kiley – Portions For Foxes
11. Keane – Somewhere Only We Know
12. Akon – Lonely
13. Usher – Caught Up
14. Avril Lavigne – Nobody’s Home
15. Thomas, Rob – This Is How A Heart Breaks
16. 50 Cent – Just A Lil Bit
17. Bowling For Soup – Almost
18. LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations
19. Fat Joe feat. Nelly – Get It Poppin'
20. White Stripes – Blue Orchid

Fergal O’Reilly
01. Richard Hawley - The Ocean
02. Vitalic - My Friend Dario
03. Snoop Dogg - Signs
04. Sway - Up Your Speed
05. Antony and the Johnsons - Hope There's Someone
06. Futureheads - Hounds Of Love
07. LCD Soundsystem - Tribulations
08. Rachel Stevens - Negotiate With Love
09. Sebastien Tellier - La Ritournelle
10. Robyn - Be Mine
11. Roisin Murphy - If We're In Love
12. Teedra Moses - Be Your Girl
13. Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
14. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
15. Madonna - Hung Up
16. Bertine Zetlitz - Ah Ah
17. Erasure - Don't Say You Love Me
18. Amerie - 1 Thing
19. Mario - Let Me Love You
20. Stereophonics - Dakota

Edward Oculicz
01. Ashlee Simpson – La La
02. Rachel Stevens – Negotiate With Love
03. Rachel Stevens – I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)
04. Richard Hawley – The Ocean
05. Mark Owen – Believe In The Boogie
06. The Delgados – Girls Of Valour
07. Robyn – Be Mine!
08. Girls Aloud – Biology
09. Patrick Wolf – The Libertine
10. Feist – Inside & Out
11. Rebecca Lynn Howard – That’s Why I Hate Pontiacs
12. The Futureheads – Hounds of Love
13. Cowboy Troy – If You Don’t Wanna Love Me
14. Roisin Murphy – If We’re In Love
15. Vitalic – My Friend Dario
16. t.A.T.u. – All About Us
17. My Chemical Romance – I’m Not O.K. (I Promise)
18. Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch
19. Roll Deep – The Avenue
20. Sugababes – Push The Button

Peter Parrish
01. Rachel Stevens - I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)
02. The Futureheads - Hounds of Love
03. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
04. Art Brut - Emily Kane
05. Depeche Mode - Precious
06. Architecture in Helsinki - Do The Whirlwind
07. Stars - Ageless Beauty
08. Rachel Stevens - Negotiate With Love
09. Bloc Party - So Here We Are
10. Daft Punk - Robot Rock
11. Jem - They
12. The Delgados - Girls of Valour
13. Juliet - Avalon
14. Goldfrapp - Ooh La La
15. Echo & The Bunnymen - Stormy Weather
16. Cut Copy - Future
17. Madeleine Peyroux - You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
18. The House of Love - Gotta Be That Way
19. Hood - Negatives
20. Bratz Rock Angels - So Good

Dom Passantino
01. Feist – Inside and Out
02. Robyn – Be Mine
03. Sway – Up Your Speed
04. Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake ft Charlie Wilson – Signs
05. Simone Cristicchi – Studentessa Universitaria
06. Amerie – One Thing
07. Bubba Sparxxx – The Other Side
08. T.I. – Bring Em Out
09. The Game ft 50 Cent – Hate It Or Love It
10. Cliff Richard – What Car?
11. Mark Owen – Believe In The Boogie
12. Do Me Bad Things – Liv Ullman On Drums
13. Girls Aloud – Biology
14. Mattafix – Big City Life
15. TaTu – All About Us
16. Roll Deep – The Avenue
17. Helen Love – Debbie Loves Joey
18. The Faders – No Sleep Tonight
19. Adam Green – Emily
20. Edan – Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme

Jessica Popper
01. Rachel Stevens - I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)
02. Will Young - Switch It on
03. Madonna - Hung Up
04. Robyn – Be Mine
05. Backstreet Boys - Incomplete
06. Andy Bell - Crazy
07. Helen Love - Debbie Loves Joey
08. Head Automatica - Beating Heart Baby
09. Annie - Heartbeat
10. Rachel Stevens - So Good
11. Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
12. Freeform Five - Electromagnetic
13. Girls Aloud - Long Hot Summer
14. Royksopp - Only This Moment
15. Groove Coverage - Poison
16. Rachel Stevens - Negotiate With Love
17. Gwen Stefani - Rich Girl
18. Girls Aloud - Biology
19. t.A.T.u - All About Us
20. Patrick Wolf - Tristan

Ryan Potts
01. Four Tet – Smile Around the Face
02. Sigur Ros – Hippipolla
03. Kings of Leon – The Bucket
04. The Arcade Fire – Wake Up
05. The Futureheads – Hounds of Love
06. M.I.A. – Bucky Done Gun
07. Animal Collective – Grass
08. Regina Spektor – Us
09. Caribou – Yeti
10. M83 – Don’t Save Us from the Flames
11. The Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
12. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
13. The Blood Brothers – Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck
14. New Pornographers – Twin Cinema
15. Black Dice – Smiling Off
16. Devendra Banhart – I Feel Like a Child
17. Antony & the Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone
18. Liars – It Fit When I was a Kid
19. Go! Team – Bottle Rocket
20. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone

Mike Powell
01. Three 6 Mafia et al – Stay Fly
02. My Chemical Romance – Helena
03. Booka Shade – Mandarine Girl
04. Silver Jews – How Can I Love You If You Won’t Lie Down
05. R. Kelly – Trapped in the Closet 1-5
06. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
07. Game – Hate It or Love It
08. The Killers – Mister Brightside
09. Animal Collective – Grass
10. Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Justin Timberlake – Signs
11. Tori Alamaze – Don’t Cha
12. Lindstrom – I Feel Space
13. Mike Jones et al – Still Tippin’
14. Young Jeezy – Go Crazy (feat. Jay Z)
15. Robyn – Be Mine
16. Antony and the Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone
17. Futureheads – Hounds of Love
18. Lee Ann Womack – I May Hate Myself In the Morning
19. Gorillaz – Dirty Harry

Daniel Rivera
01. M.I.A. – Bucky Done Gun
02. Antony and The Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone
03. Annie – Me Plus One
04. Fannypack – Keep It Up
05. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – In This Home On Ice
06. Madonna – Hung Up
07. Natasha Bedingfield – These Words
08. Kanye West – Diamonds from Sierra Lone
09. Mike Jones (Ft. Slim Thug and Paul Wall) – Still Tippin’
10. Kelly Osbourne – One Word
11. The Game (Ft. 50 Cent) – Hate it Or Love it
12. Ashlee Simpson – Boyfriend
13. LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations
14. Of Montreal – So Begins Our Alabee
15. Missy Elliott (Ft. Ciara and Fat Man Scoop) – Lose Control
16. Spoon – I Turn My Camera On
17. Interpol – Evil
18. Sigur Rós – Glósóli
19. Common – Go
20. Sean Paul – We Be Burnin’

Paul Scott
01. Joy Zipper - 1
02. John Cale - Perfect
03. Kim-Lian - Teenage Superstar
04. Bloc Party - So Here We Are
05. Sway - Up Your Speed
06. Compactrisk - Drop It Like It's Huey
07. The Futureheads - Hounds of Love
08. Helen Love - Debbie Loves Joey
09. Lovebites - You Broke My Heart
10. Art Brut - Emily Kane
11. Mattafix - Big City Life
12. Cliff Richard - What Car
13. Mark Owen - Believe In The Boogie
14. Stars - Ageless Beauty
15. Roll Deep - The Avenue
16. Girls Aloud - Biology
17. The Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
18. The Coral - In the Morning
19. Lemar - Dont Give It Up
20. Status Quo - The Party Ain't Over Yet

Matt Sheardown
01. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
02. My Morning Jacket – Off The Record
03. The Mountain Goats – This Year
04. Antony & The Johnsons – Fistfull Of Love
05. Sigur Ros – Glosoli
06. Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch
07. Chemical Brothers feat. Q-Tip – Galvanize
08. Madonna – Hung Up
09. Art Brut – Good Weekend
10. LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
11. Buck 65 – Devil’s Eyes
12. MIA – Bucky Done Gun
13. Cuff The Duke – Take My Money And Run
14. Bloc Party – Banquet
15. Feist – One Evening
16. Maximo Park – Apply Some Pressure
17. Kanye West – Diamonds From Sierra Leone
18. KT Tunstall – Big Black Horse And The Cherry Tree
19. Black Mountain – Druganaut
20. The White Stripes – My Doorbell

Al Shipley
01. Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
02. Amerie - 1 Thing
03. R. Kelly - Trapped In The Closet
04. Three 6 Mafia f/ Young Buck and 8Ball & MJG - Stay Fly
05. My Chemical Romance - Helena
06. The Game f/ 50 Cent- Hate It Or Love It
07. Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
08. Ying Yang Twins - Wait (The Whisper Song)
09. Cassidy - I'm A Hustla
10. Missy Elliott f/ Ciara and Fatman Scoop - Lose Control
11. Ludacris f/ Bobby Valentino - Pimpin' All Over The World
12. Shakira f/ Alejandro Sanz - La Tortura
13. Ying Yang Twins f/ Pitbull - Shake
14. Dem Franchize Boyz f/ Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat and Bow Wow - I Think They Like Me (So So Def Remix)
15. John Legend - Ordinary People
16. Lil Kim - Lighters Up
17. Snoop Dogg w/ Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson - Signs
18. The Killers - Mr. Brightside
19. Tweet - Turn Da Lights Off
20. Natasha Bedingfield - These Words

Brad Shoup
01. Three Six Mafia featuring 8-Ball and MJG, Young Buck – Stay Fly
02. Trick Daddy featuring Ludacris, Lil’ Kim, Cee-Lo – Sugar (Gimme Some)
03. The Mountain Goats – This Year
04. Paul Wall featuring Big Pokey – Sittin’ Sidewayz
05. Lee Ann Womack – I May Hate Myself in the Morning
06. The Game and 50 Cent – Hate It or Love It
07. LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
08. Da Back Wudz – You Gonna Love Me
09. Usher – Caught Up
10. Okkervil River – No Key No Plan
11. Rascal Flatts – Fast Cars and Freedom
12. Impaled – Preservation of Death
13. Ghostface featuring Trife Da God – Milk ‘Em (Ricci Rucker version)
14. The Decemberists – Sixteen Military Wives
15. Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder – DARE
16. Spoon – I Turn My Camera On
17. D4L – Laffy Taffy
18. Amerie – 1 Thing
19. Ghostface – Be Easy
20. Kreator – Impossible Brutality

Will Simmons
01. M.I.A. – Bucky Done Gun
02. Róisín Murphy – Sow Into You
03. Amerie – 1 Thing
04. Sean Paul – We Be Burnin’
05. Röyksopp feat. Karin Dreijer – What Else Is There?
06. Jamie Lidell – Multiply
07. The Herbaliser feat. Jean Grae – Generals
08. Bertine Zetlitz feat. Kwame Ogoo - "Ah Ah
09. Junior Senior feat. Bertha Barbee & Johanna Fateman – Itch U Can’t Scratch
10. One Self – Blue Bird
11. Roots Manuva – Colossal Insight
12. Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas – Turkish Delight
13. Lady Sovereign – 9 to 5
14. Four Tet feat. Percee P – A Joy
15. Basement Jaxx feat. Vula Malinga – Oh My Gosh
16. David Banner feat. Lil’ Boosie & Magic – I Ain’t Got Nothin’
17. Spank Rock – Backyard Betty
18. Out Hud – One Life to Leave
19. Madonna – Hung Up
20. The Go! Team – Bottle Rocket

Alfred Soto
01. The Killers – Mr. Brightside
02. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
03. Gorillaz feat. De La Soul – Feel Good
04. Madonna – Hung Up
05. Snoop feat. Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson – Signs
06. M.I.A. – Bucky Done Gun
07. Alicia Keys – Unbreakable
08. Annie – Heartbeat
09. Basement Jaxx – Oh My Gosh
10. 50 Cent – Just A Lil Bit
11. Ciara feat. Missy Elliott – 1-2 Step
12. Interpol – Evil
13. LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing in My House
14. Kelly Osbourne – One Word
15. Mariah Carey – We Belong Together
16. Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To?
17. The Killers – All The Things That I’ve Done
18. Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx – Gold Digger
19. The Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes – Dontcha
20. Rob Thomas – Lonely No More

Nick Southall
01. Will Young – Switch It On
02. Guillemots – I Saw Such Things In My Sleep EP
03. Kanye West - Gold Digger
04. Bloc Party – So Here We Are
05. Jem – They
06. Amerie – One Thing
07. System Of A Down – B.Y.O.B.
08. Missy Elliott – Lose Control
09. Sugababes – Push The Button
10. Roll Deep – The Avenue
11. Girls Aloud – Biology
12. Ciara – One Two Step
13. Elbow – Forget Myself
14. Ashlee Simpson – La La
15. The Chemical Brothers – Galvanise
16. Gorillaz – Dare
17. Lady Sovereign – Hoodie
18. Basement Jaxx – Oh My Gosh
19. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
20. Jamiroquai – Feels Just Like It Should

William B. Swygart
01. The Futureheads - Hounds Of Love
02. Richard Hawley - The Ocean
03. Sleater-Kinney - Entertain
04. Feist - Inside & Out
05. Girls Aloud - Biology
06. My Chemical Romance - Helena
07. Roots Manuva - Too Cold
08. Do Me Bad Things - Move In Stereo (Liv Ullman On Drums)
09. The Delgados - Girls Of Valour
10. Roll Deep - The Avenue
11. Vitalic - My Friend Dario
12. Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To?
13. Dancing DJ's vs. Roxette - Fading Like A Flower
14. Open Hand - Tough Girl
15. Ben Folds - Landed
16. Three 6 Mafia - Stay Fly
17. Giant Drag – Kevin Is Gay
18. Field Music - You Can Decide
19. Kate Bush - King Of The Mountain
20. Vincent Vincent & The Villains – On My Own

Josh Timmermann
01. Lady Sovereign – 9-5
02. Kelly Osbourne – One Word
03. Natasha Bedingfield – These Words
04. Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
05. Ying Yang Twins – Wait (The Whisper Song)
06. Ciara feat. Ludacris – Oh
07. Feist – Inside and Out
08. Girls Aloud – Biology
09. Mike Jones feat. Paul Wall & Slim Thug – Still Tippin’
10. Ashlee Simpson – Boyfriend
11. The Game feat. 50 Cent – Hate It or Love It
12. Lady Sovereign – Random
13. M.I.A. – Bucky Done Gun
14. 50 Cent – Just a Lil’ Bit
15. R. Kelly – Trapped in the Closet, Pts. 1-5
16. T.I. – Bring ‘Em Out
17. Trick Daddy – Sugar (Gimme Some)
18. Rihanna – Pon de Replay
19. Lady Sovereign – Hoodie
20. Spank Rock – Put That Pussy on Me

Andrew Unterberger
01. The Killers – Mr. Brightside
02. Doves – Black and White Town
03. Three 6 Mafia f/ 8Ball & MJG – Stay Fly
04. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
05. My Chemical Romance – Helena
06. Mike Jones f/ Slim Thug & Paul Wall – Still Tippin'
07. Regina Spektor – Us
08. Juelz Santana – Mic Check
09. Rob Thomas – Lonely No More
10. Depeche Mode – Precious
11. Michael Mayer – Lovefood / Slow
12. Tori Alamaze – Don't Cha
13. Lindstrom – I Feel Space
14. Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To
15. Nathan Chase – The Ghost That Feeds
16. Tom Vek – Nothing But Green Lights
17. Mylo – In My Arms
18. M83 – Don't Save Us from the Flames
19. Gorillaz f/ Shaun Ryder – DARE
20. Amerie – 1 Thing

Editor's Note: The votes of each writer are weighed equally with the #1 vote receiving 20 points, the #2 19, and so on. Some writer's ballots were not included in the final tally due to missed deadlines.

By: Stylus Staff
Published on: 2005-12-05
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