The top eleven love songs that we couldn't stop listening to in 2010.
We could say something like, "2010 was another great year in music, and the stars were out in full-force to infiltrate the airwaves with hit love songs that we couldn't stop listening to..." That might work, but we'll save you the melodrama and just get to the list. Here are the songs that have been setting our collective hearts aflutter for the past twelve months, in case you managed to get them out of your head in the first place.
"Baby" by Justin Bieber. Yes, J-Biebs. The kid literally took over the world this year. His face was on every television screen, computer monitor and copy of Tiger Beat magazine. And our guilty pleasure was listening to him sing about love scorned. "Are we an item?/Girl, quit playin'/We're just friends?/What are you sayin'?" We couldn't help but feel bad for Justin. It's not like we've ever been in those shoes, though. Duh. Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber Share Pancakes Together, Maybe More
"Mine" by Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift does sing-your-heart-out love tunes better than anyone, and "Mine" was perfect. We love hearing her break-up anthems, bleeding ballads and revenge songs, but we do occasionally like to be happy, too. The story about young love on this track made us swoon a little. Too sweet.
"Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars. We all get a little insecure sometimes, and that's probably why this song dominated the charts this year. Bruno basically told us (and his lady love) what we knew all along: That we're amazing just the way we are. The reminder is always appreciated.
"Mama's Song" by Carrie Underwood. Carrie got married! It was a big year for our girl, but we're ecstatic she had time to croon about Mr. Right on this tear-jerking tune. (Tears of joy, friends.) "He is good, so good/He treats your little girl like a real man should." That's all we'll ever ask for. We're happy Carrie's found it. No Pregnancy Plans For Carrie Underwood...Yet
"Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna. A love song gone bad, this track chronicled the downfall two people in one very toxic situation. Em managed to capture the horrific emotion of an abusive relationship, while also creating a cool rhythm with his raps and RiRi's crooning on the chorus. All that angst? We couldn't stop listening.
"Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry. "You make me feel like I'm living a teenage dream/The way you turn me on, I can't sleep." The song exploded onto the charts this year, which seemed pretty apt. We sort of get the feeling Mrs. Russell Brand is living her very own teenage dream right this very instant, don't you? Katy Perry Takes Russell Brand’s Name
"OMG" by Usher. Usher used this text acronym to croon his way into our hearts this summer. We spent those blistering months with the windows rolled down, reciting "Oh my gosh/I'm so in love/I found you finally/You make me wanna say 'O-O-O...'" And we didn't even feel ridiculous doing it. OK, maybe a little.
"Hey, Soul Sister" by Train. This was hands-down the best love song for lifting moods. It has that stellar dance-worthy beat. The lyrics spoke to how a person can absolutely captivate you. "I'm so obsessed/My heart is 'bout to beat/Right out my untrimmed chest." We get the meaning.
"Break Your Heart" by Taio Cruz. This song frustrated the heck out of us. We didn't really get why Taio made up his mind from the beginning that he was going to be an anti-compromising, selfish heartbreaker. Ugh. We keep telling ourselves it's only a (quite catchy) song.
"Your Love Is My Drug" by Ke$ha. This one's just another single about the hopeless addiction that love sometimes is. However, the Queen of Trashy-Glam just sang it so well. "I'm all strung-out/My heart is fried/I just can't get you/Off my mind." We loved it. Love Is An Addiction, Breakup Like Withdrawal
"Telephone" by Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce. Haven't we all been there? Out with the girls, and some guy just won't leave you alone. Gaga and Beyonce reminded us that needy men are never attractive. Actually, there is one exception: When you can pen a chart-topping hit single about their behavior. Then, all is forgiven.
What was your favorite love song of 2010?