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Christian Hoard's Best of 2010

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Singles

1. Ke$ha, "Tik Tok"
She's almost as polarizing as Kanye — people really hate this song, which I take as more proof of its genius. I like to imagine she and Dr. Luke kept listening to playback and going, "Not dumb enough!"

2. Robyn, "Dancing on My Own"
The most perfect of all the perfect songs she gave us in 2010.

Critic's Picks: Jody Rosen's Best Albums and Songs of 2010

3. Die Antwoord, "Enter the Ninja"

4. Kanye West, "Power"

5. The National, "Bloodbuzz Ohio"

6. Les Savy Fav, "Let's Get Out of Here"
Archers of Loaf-style guitar clamor plus raw boy-voices singing, "we got mouths, let's make 'em moan." Overtly horny indie-rock — sort of rare, right?

Critic's Picks: Will Hermes' Best Albums and Singles of 2010

7. Far East Movement, "Like a G6"
The song puking one stall over from "Tik Tok."

8. Lindstrom & Christabelle, "Lovesick"

Rolling Stone's Best of 2010: Music, Movies, Videos, Photos and More

9. Spoon, "The Mystery Zone"

10. Gucci Mane, "Lemonade"

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Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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