“Crazy in Love” Beyonce featuring Jay-Z — So unconvincing but so very catchy at the same time. The horns in the background are money, which is exactly what Jay-Z is going to be making for a long, long time.
“P.I.M.P.” 50 Cent — The man’s been shot in the face. You have not. That aside, this song isn’t as good as “In Da Club,” but its steel drum beat is indeed hot. And in the video he has an iPod. Oh, 50, you are a pimp!
“Senorita” Justin Timberlake — I especially like the part where he tells the audience what to chant. It’s sort of eerie, but in a Neptunes-produced-boy-band-star sort of way, not in a brainwashing-the-youth-of-America-through-summer-pop-hit thing.
“Miss Independent” Kelly Clarkson — Her stardom was established by a popular vote in which more people participated than the most controversial presidential election in American history.
“There There” Radiohead — Maybe their best song since Paranoid Android, maybe the best hit rock song since 1992. On top of that, they named their new record “Hail to the Thief.” And they’re the best band since the Beatles.
“Ignition” (remix) R Kelly — This song didn’t come out during the summer, but it is so very sexy it doesn’t matter. R Kelly’s voice sounds so smooth, especially over the insanely tight beat, that it also doesn’t matter he’s an indicted sex offender.
“Where is the Love” Black Eyed Peas featuring Justin Timberlake — Who do these people think they are? The Black Eyed Peas aren’t A Tribe Called Quest, and they’re certainly not De La Soul. They’re not even N*Sync. They should drop the whole faux optimism and go back to their mediocre rap-pop. Damn hippies.