1. Dana International - Mifrats Ha ahava (The Love Bay)
Now that the worlds leading superstar tranny is fully functioning once more, Dana can even afford to slide out fierce gems like this in between albums. Her wasp-like vocals sting sharp and convery glamour drowning in terrified adrenaline. Embracing her euro-trance heritage and determination for ignoring the language barrier is a winning formula, and repeating her fetish for casting local rent boys for the video is going to get her into trouble one of these days. 2007-8 was such a strong year for her, the excitement continues in 2009 with a new album in the works and the a new (Isreali unfortunately) reality TV show, which began filming last year.
02. Kylie Minogue - The One (Single Edit/Freemasons Extended Edit)
Kylie's constant craving for Dannii's approval reached an all-time high, begging Danoushka to give her the thumbs up whilst cranking up the cringe factor, although once again copying her younger sis by working with the Freemasons a whole 2 years before Dannii eventually gets around to doing the same.
03. Cyndi Lauper - Into The Nightlife
Cyndi's tooth-pics her way through the verses with no urgent destination until the unindicated chorus blows into orbit, escaping her craziest chorus since the excitement of repeating "they just'a wanna." The sheer joy of Lauper firing from all cylinders is overwhelming and really subsides any analytical frustration one feels when considering her career as it "turned out" as is often said when one discusses "the 80s icon." Definately a Believe for 2008, but that's selling her achievement short. Lauper dabbled in dance as far back as 1993's Hat Full of Stars, incorporating beats and crudely discerning instruments (e.g, Some Like Me's classroom ribbed wood impliments, and here we have Lauper jangling her keys to hurry up the verses). A tacky video full of gays - I can't think why it bombed. Live, Lauper was a force to be reckoned with, her juttering striking animation was unpredictable and in the front row after she touched my hand I was awe struck for life. Taken from the career-best Bring Ya To The Brink album, which I really ought to have reviewed: Echo, Lay Me Down, Set Your Heart, Grab A Hold and Rain On Me were equally drool-worthy.
04. Solange - I Decided (Part II)
Solange was pregnant by the age of 12 yet "didn't do what the fast girls do," leaving one blushing to figure out just what on earth even she is turning her nose up at (double anal perhaps?). The frothy, exuberant giddiness, a la the glossy lubrication from dance whores Freemasons, is a far cry from the barren hollers of "all my single ladies!" - Solange has a pram to push so wastes no time in figuring out her objectives.
05. Michelle Williams - We Break The Dawn
Sulky, self-satisfied verses celebrate Michelle's nocturnal sex-drive, outside, where she "ain't stoppin for no one." Tell that to the police 'Chelle - Bouncy can't dress up as one in order to bail you out everytime.
06. Cyndi Lauper - Same 'Ol Story
Rowdy Lauper swears like a trouper on a chorus where she is the most unrestricted she has sounded since her hey day and that is a fact.
07. Kate Ryan - Ella Elle L'a
Soon to be flying over to the UK via "KateRyan Air," I cannot wait: this is flashy and sung with the kind of attitude that makes feeling good about yourself at the expense of others seem oh so thrilling.
08. Sia - The Girl You Lost To Cocaine (Stonebridge Edit)
Sia's pounding drug damage anthem will be played at funerals for years to come; she leaves the competition in dust, literally.
09. Lady Gaga - Just Dance
Entering pop world appeared to have been very easy for Gaga, but even if her image is genuine or not at least we know her nose is. The teetering guitars set this apart, and Gaga flexes the same muscle again on her fresh 2009 UK #3 hit Poker Face, which is even better.
10. Moby - Disco Lies
Shayna Steele practically chortles in joy as she vexes her anguish over a lying lowlife lover. The work-shy Freemasons gave this song a second shot in the UK where it eventually peaked at number 140, penetrating deeper in Belgium where it rose to number 4. I prefer the originals shredding synths ready to rip her ex to shreads presumably - Steele's operatic revenge was a defining moment of 2008.
11. Solange - Sandcastle Disco
Sung like an easy, breazy cover girl via instructions from Tyra Banks, Solange holds her nerve a second time and the results were practially on par with Deee-Lite's Thank You Everyday never mind her royal thighness Beyonce.
12. The Killers - Human
Pale and heterosexual skinny white boy Brandon Flowers became anorexic and flaunts it better in the new video to Spaceman.
13. Britney Spears - Piece of Me
There's enough to go round, we've all seen it. Sharp and dedicated to articulating the sheer ridiculous media ejaculations from early 2008, Bloodshy & Avant could not have predicted such a literal personification. It stays flat yet shifts gears in the most pleasing alterations.
14. Britney Spears - Womanizer
Sizzling electro heat deep-fries Britney's wanton appetite for sizing up her male equivalents. "Daddy-O" and "I got you crazy" are all we needed to hear.
15. Ladyhawke - My Delirium
Bristling, punky guitar-pop along the lines of Nicola Roberts singing Kool Thing by Sonic Youth. Like a commercial, anthemic PJ Harvey.
16. Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
These bitches really delievered this time, although not really singing "I wanna have boobies" the choreography at least exploited this inadvertant gimmick. Nicole's PVC high kick whipped Girls Aloud's cottage cheese asses as far as I am concerned - what other popstar(s) right now could out-fierce the 'Vegas' dance breakdown from the video?
17. Mylene Farmer - Dégénération
Mylene's qualified kinkiness justifies falling asleep during eccentric sex as a "sexy choma."
18. Roisin Murphy - Movie Star
Murphy's inner Annie Lennox flares up, which is just as well given the Eurythmics star now thinks it's okay to cover Ash and Keane instead of getting her act together. Murphy still isn't excused for befriending tragic scene queens for the video.
19. Infernal - Downtown Boys
Like taking a delightful, drunken stroll through Amsterdams gay scene seeing what's about. This plods around just fine whilst we all wait for another Paris To Berlin or Keen On Disco.
20. Alanis Morissette - Underneathe
Shimmering production light up Morissette's isolated sadness into the prettiest thing she has recorded since Thank U. After being dumped in favour of Scarlette Johansson I am surprised she didn't kill herself.
21. Donna Summer - Stamp Your Feet
Like an airvent re-activating Donna's bodily function of dancing to her own music, Summer doesn't let anyone off the hook and was even arrested for kicking homeless people with "no rhythm." "Gotta stay in the game!" she hollered in the back of the police van driven by Diana Ross.
22. Infernal - Whenever You Need Me
More-of-the-same thought-povoking fuck-buddy balladry.
23. Infernal - Electric Light
"I want my heels sky high" could almost bring back fond memories of losing my virginity, but that's not for here.
24. Take That - Greatest Day
Slobbering Gary Barlow remebers his best 'Drive-Thru' McDonalds experience.
25. Ladytron - Ghosts
Vocals that lurk from below and a stark euphoria tremor together magnificently.
26. Beyonce - Put A Ring On It
Clearly 'cola bottle' Jay-Z is put off by her thighs like everyone else and can't keep it up. "Put a belt on it" more like it if rumours are to be believed. The hollering throuhgout the verses suggest she's been watching the Lion King too much; all is forgiven when the chorus flares up.
27. The Saturdays - Up
This stutteringly clumsy production was one of 2008's surprises seeing as I really can't stand these 5 wannabe WAGs. They would all go solo in a second if a record company gave the right offer - I don't like groups consisting merely of people who clearly see it as a foothold to nothing in particular. With these girls, except the one with the big forehead who I like and perhaps the one who can sing, it is more transparent than a tranny taking a pregnancy test: "It's a boy!"
28. Ladytron - Runaway
Slithering vocals that caress and snap at you are familiar reasons why Ladytron are so seductive - this is not their finest yet showcases their style and function.
29. Kate Ryan - L.I.L.Y
Generic euro-pop elevated by old-looking Ryan's appealing warmth and sensual husky tones. I love dance singers with limited ranges; she has conviction that goes a long way.
30. Kelly Rowland - Work (Freemasons Edit)
Rowland proudly flashes her bulge in the video, but the out-of-work Freemasons don't discriminate on whatever strand of the Beyonce brand they can get.
31. Girls Aloud - Can't Speak French
Xeonomania's production suddenly elevated to a new level of sophistication as if they'd discovered Mylene Farmer or something. Genuinely romantic and enticing - naturally, they murdered this one live.
32. Beyonce - If I Were A Boy
Nipping wannabe singers' careers in the bud is a bad habit for Beyonce, snatching this one from BC Jean. It rips off Joan Osbournes' One of Us and Fergies' Big Girls Don't Cry and yet delivers one of Beyonce's few arousing vocals. "Everything you had was destroyed" almost sympathises with every ex-bandmate she ever had, oh what pain she must have to suffer.
33. Mariah - Loving You Long Time
Maz will do anything it takes to get customer-priority from her local Chinese take-away service, so much so that she recorded a special non-patronizing song in honour of her love for deep-fried duck.
34. Pussycat Dolls - I Hate This Part
Saved by a remix.
35. Miley Cyrus - See You Again
Saved by a remix.
36. Annie - I Know Ur Girlfriend Hates Me
Curdled and faintly throbbing Richard X production that gives the whisper-siren another pop at being flavour of the month 4 years after she was the first time. She'll pop back up in 30 years time singing Milf Like Me - she's that edgy.
37. Kate Ryan - I Surrender
Not her best, but ingredients wise, summery dance music is forgiving to even songs without much of a decent tune.
38. Alphabeat - Fascination (Bimbo Jones Remix)
It may have outgrew its welcome, so thank God the Bimbo Jones remix rectified the situation just in time.
39. The Ting Tings - Great DJ
40. Brandy - Human
A nice ballad for Brandy to listen to in the car whilst obiding by the speed limit.
41. More, More, More - Dannii Minogue
She was so busy sunbathing, her moans for "more" are now legendary in Ibiza; so what if she was too tired to record the verses?
42. The Saturdays - If This Ain't Love
Like a sentimental Page 3 model ballad, as if facing facts when it comes to shagging footballers who are married to Cheryl Cole. The verses sound horribly servile, yet it's nice I suppose. A twee, wistful dance track.
43. Alphabeat - Boyfriend
A bouncy rhetorical showdown that's not exactly believable when you look at the 7ft tall supermodel singing this. Oh wait.. After failing to persuade the female singer to introduce them to the male lead singer whilst in London gay club Ghetto, my friend flatly told her "you're just a one-hit wonder and will fade away quicker than Aqua," before spinning on his heels and mincing off apparantly. Touche!
44. Gabriella Cilmi - Save The Lies
Cilmi's powerful screaching revved up one of the best revenge dance songs of 2008.
45. Britney Spears - Break the Ice
Carefully sung verses showing off a rare indication of vocal talent from Ms. Spears. Sadly, this was the final chapter from the truly remarkable Blackout era.
46. Hot Chip - Ready for the Floor
Fey and addictively contrite Gameboy nostalgia on the dancefloor.
47. Madonna feat Justin Timberlake - 4 Minutes...
... to the menopause
48. Kylie Minogue - Wow
A genuine tribute to her Step Back In Time days. The 3 seconds of Italo-piano keys are the best bit of course. Like vintage Alexia meets Daft Punk.
49. Robyn - Who's That Girl
Probably 3 years old by the time it was released, this was a stop-gap release that no one paid any attention to but it's self-loathing was still effective.
50. Paris Hilton - Paris For President
The T-Rex sillouette figured queen of insincerity can't win, but sticking up for The Gays was the best thing "we've" had since Madonna's Truth Or Dare.
51. Ladyhawke - Back Of The Van
52. Alphabeat - 10,000 Nights'
53. Ladyhawke - Paris Is Burning
54. Leona Lewis - Forgive Me
Limp finger-snapping from Leona, flattering close-ups and cod-reggae aspirations aside, Leona was getting on with it admirably if not spectacularly.
55. Ladyhawke - Dusk Till Dawn
56. Kylie Minogue - In My Arms
Unable to move her forehead, Kylie needed a quick briefing before recoring. "How do you describe a feeling?" she asked in cold terror. Her thin mettalic vocals work so well on the syngeing production from Calvin Harris, tredding the delicate web-like tremors. Oddly melancholic and reassuringly longing. Christ, Kylie's not so bad after all.
57. Rihanna - Don't Stop the Music
Makes one yearn for Gloria Estefan to get back on the treadmill and do her thang.
58. September - Cry For You
59. Santogold - LES Artistses
60. Christian Falk feat Robyn - 'Dream On
61. Usher - Make Love In This Club
No wonder dancefloors are so sticky.
62. Utah Saints - Something Good 08
63. Paula Abdul - Dance Like There's No Tomorrow
64. Freemasons - When You Touch Me
65. Gabriella Cilmi - Sweet About Me
66. Samantha Mumba - Gotta Tell You '08
Best listened to at my local gym avoiding eye-contact with skinheads whilst trying to perv on them. The Mumba probably only agreed to do this to woo some local chav she fancies.
67. Jeniffer Hudson - Spotlight
68. Kleerup - Longing For Lullabies
69. Christina Aguilera - Superbitch
Oh really, Christina, this is what you come up with? Presumably she turns into a "superbitch" when she realizes Stripped was 7 years ago. It does appeal, but this was stagnant and half-baked. Her wig looks like albino pubes sprayed out of a can.