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
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"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.
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"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.