The end of 2010 is almost upon us, which is why MTV News is rounding up the Top Songs of 2010. We had over two dozen MTV News staffers submit their own personal lists of their 25 favorite songs, and from those lists we derived a master list whose top 10 will be slowly rolling out over the course of this week. Check out one of the 25 lists below, with an argument or two for the greatness of some of the under-appreciated tunes of the year.
By Deanna Caligiuri and Vanessa WhiteWolf
1. "OMG," Usher
Deanna Caligiuri: OK, now let's get serious.
Vanessa WhiteWolf: The production still blows my mind on the millionth listen.
DC: You can break this song into 10 parts. There are 10 different ways to move your ass.
VW: Literally! You can do so many dances.
DC: I am not joking when I tell you I have an entire choreographed dance in my head to this song. It starts with a slow grind, then beat comes in, rip off the jacket, pop and drop it low.
VW: That little background noise that plays that sounds like a crowd cheering? When it drops out, it's like "Get out of the way!"
DC: I envision about 30 dancers just jumping around a stage. And then it slows again! I can't get enough of this song.
VW: It's spectacular. Best song of the year.
DC: And when will.i.am comes in he sounds so different. It's fresh. I literally want to design an entire talent show around who can choreograph and perform the best dance to this song.
VW: You would win, obviously.
2. "Telephone," Lady Gaga
VW: Let's start with the fact that we had a premiere party for the video and watched it about 10 times. This is likely the most played song on my iPod this year.
DC: The transition between the intro and the first beat? Literally I died. Dead. Passed away.
VW: When she starts punching the air while on the pay phone?
DC: The video had everything to do with my growing obsession. She is pissed, and she is serious about this dance she's about to do. The dance down the jail walkway? I can't take it. And then the beat that comes in with Beyoncé's part is perfect. She's not taking calls from you because she'll be dancing.
VW: The fact that it's a song entirely about not wanting to answer a phone while you're out at a club? Amazing.
3. "Only Girl (In the World)," Rihanna
DC: I would like to say that the common thread between all these songs we've picked to discuss is the very specific way each one of them makes you feel and makes you move.
VW: We love to move.
DC: "Only Girl" is a prime example. It starts off really low key...
VW: But then going into the first chorus, when the beat starts to pick up? Super sick.
DC: Rihanna's voice is kind of raw, and the lyrics are really tough.
VW: It's a very strong take on a love song. Like, "I'll make you so happy, but you have to make me feel like the only girl in the world."
DC: The beat seriously makes me want to be on a pogo stick. That's ridiculous, but it's true. It makes me want to pump my fist "Jersey Shore"-style.
VW: I'm totally beating the beat.
4. "Alejandro," Lady Gaga
5. "Nothin' on You," B.o.B
6. "B.M.F. (Blowin Money Fast)," Rick Ross
7. "Monster," Kanye West featuring Jay-Z, Bon Iver, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj
8. "Deuces," Chris Brown
9. "Hot Tottie," Usher featuring Jay-Z
10. "Black and Yellow," Whiz Khalifa
11. "Dog Days Are Over," Florence & the Machine
12. "Meet Me Halfway," Black Eyed Peas
DC: When I first heard this song, I had no idea it was BEP.
VW: I didn't either. I had to Google the lyrics! The video is admittedly bizarre. But it's such a good song.
DC: Until you hear it loud, and you really listen to the beat and Fergie's voice? It's angelic.
VW: Agreed. I just think this was such an underrated song.
13. "Animal," Miike Snow
14. "Airplanes," B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
15. "I Like It," Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull
16. "Fancy," Drake featuring Swizz Beatz and T.I.
17. "Runaway," Kanye West featuring Pusha T
18. "Teenage Dream," Katy Perry
19. "Shutterbugg," Big Boi
20. "Forever," Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem
21. "Lemonade," Gucci Mane
22. "Dancing On My Own," Robyn
VW: I have to admit that the only thing i can think about is the "Gossip Girl" scene. It literally changed the song for me. It's the most awesomely yearning, vulnerable song.
DC: Yearning! Yes.
VW: The beat is amazing.
DC: I often run to this song and i just see the vision in the lyrics: the girl on sidelines dancing watching the love of her life with his new girl.
VW: It's technically a song about stalking, and it's fantastic.
DC: But the bitch is still dancing.
23. "1901," Phoenix
24. "Little Lion Man," Mumford and Sons
25. "You Be Killin' Em," Fabolous
26. "Teach Me How to Dougie," Cali Swag District