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Top Singles through third quarter
Damn, katstevens scooped me.

1. Rihanna "Disturbia"
2. Ashlee Simpson "Little Miss Obsessive"
3. Ashlee Simpson "Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)"
4. Heidi Montag "No More"
5. Robyn "Who's That Girl?"
6. September "Cry For You"
7. Gwen Stefani "Early Winter"
8. V.I.C. "Wobble"
9. Britney Spears "Break The Ice"
10. Buraka Som Sistema f. Pongolove "Kalemba (Wegue Wegue)"
11. Taylor Swift "Should've Said No"
12. Ashley Alexandra Dupré "What We Want"
13. Danity Kane f. Missy Elliott "Bad Girl"
14. Paula DeAnda "Marching"
15. Cansei De Ser Sexy "Rat Is Dead (Rage)"
16. Santogold "L.E.S. Artistes"
17. Michelle Williams "We Break The Dawn"
18. The Knux "Cappuccino"
19. Scooter "The Question Is What Is The Question"
20. Vein f. Pitbull "Get Up Stand Up"
21. Booka Shade "Control Me"
22. Wiley "Wearing My Rolex"
23. Cyndi Lauper "Into The Nightlife"
24. Alphabeat "Boyfriend (Pete Hammond Mix)"
25. Mz Bratt "What Would We Do?"
26. Keri Hilson "Energy"
27. Ne-Yo "Closer"
28. Marit Larsen "If A Song Could Get Me You"
29. Girls Aloud "Theme To St. Trinians"
30. Gabriella Cilmi "Sweet About Me"
31. María Daniela Y Su Sonido Lasser "Pobre Stupido"
32. Young Jeezy f. Kanye West "Put On"
33. Madonna f. Justin Timberlake "4 Minutes"
34. Sway f. $tush "F Ur X"
35. Jordin Sparks f. Chris Brown "No Air"
36. Menudo "Lost"
37. Cherish f. Yung Joc "Killa"
38. Flyleaf "Breathe Today"
39. Pitbull f. Lil Jon "The Anthem"
40. Buraka Som Sistema f. M.I.A., Saborosa, Puto Prata & DJ Znobia "Sound Of Kuduro"
41. M. Pokora f. Verbz "They Talk Shit About Me"
42. Ciara f. Ludacris "High Price"

Strange year. Good year, but a lot of the best songs aren't being released as singles. Vanessa Hudgens - well, to call her by her full name, Vanessa Anne Hudgens Of All People - has four of my favorite tracks, one of which is only a TV commercial, none of which have been promoted as singles. Jordan Pruitt's worst song is her single. Annie's best song isn't a single, Krystal Meyers' best song isn't a single, María Daniela's best song isn't a single, Cassie's best song isn't a single. Etc. (This would always happen in country, but that's because my sensibility isn't particularly a matchup to the country audience's. Now it's happening all over.) Also, I finally decided to disqualify Robyn's "Be Mine!" since I wanted to open the space for something that hadn't made my top 20 three years ago.

Anything through #17 would be fine as a number one; on the other hand, I can imagine finding ten singles better than "Disturbia" in the next three months; my top ten this year is joyous but hardly dominating.

Is this the year in which male vocalists finally catch up to females? Not according to this list, but you're welcome to make the case for the testicle possessors in the comments. Also, albums (to come in a few days) may tell a different story.

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There's been a lack of HUGE female r&b club bangers this year, which skews it in odd ways (inc towards the men). Looking at my favourite girl-r&b tracks this year...'American Boy' is the biggest, the closest to the traditional r&b summer smash. Jazmine Sullivan and Jennifer Hudson deal more in ballads and midtempo jams than bangers. Kat DeLuna failed to set the world alight, inexplicably. Ciara brought the bangers to the internet and no further, and has gone with a generic T-Pain midtempo thing as the official single. Mariah Carey could've really walked the summer jam competition this year but effed up her singles schedule. There are some great bangers on the Janet album but no one cared.

The Ne-Yo album is pretty amazing though.

So "High Price" isn't a single? [Checks Wiki.] Damn, you're right. Well, further evidence for my contention that the greatness of the year seems to be in the nonsingles (and the great ones that are singles aren't hitting, most of 'em).

Bugger I forgot to put Ciara in my list :(

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