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Best of 2010: Singles #20-16

Singer Janelle Monae attends the 2010 Keep A

Singer Janelle Monae attends the 2010 Keep A Child Alive's Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan. (Sept. 30, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

#16 Janelle Monae

Welcome to the Backstage Pass year-end countdown. Happy holidays! Last week, we looked at the best albums of 2010. This week, we tackle the singles.


20. Rocket Summer, “Japanese Exchange Student” (Island): Bryce Avary's interesting take on stardom is also a pretty moving sing-along.

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19. Jenny and Johnny, “Big Wave” (Warner Bros.): Only Jenny Lewis could make the bank bailout sound this adorable.

18. Glee Cast, “Teenage Dream” (Columbia): It took the “Glee” kids' removal of all of Katy Perry's vocal tics and bad approaches to make me realize this is a pretty great song.

17. Superchunk, “Digging for Something” (Merge): Mac McCaughan says this comeback for the indie-rock veterans was “almost too catchy.” But that's like being “almost a billionaire” – in other words, pretty darn great.

16. Janelle Monae feat. Big Boi, “Tightrope” (Bad Boy/Wondaland): Musically brash and flashy, Monae freshens up '60s soul and puts some futuristic style into today's hip-hop.


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