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Top 50 Singles 2009 (20-11)

And so, after some delay, we hit the top 20. In it, there’s pop, and there’s stuff that sounds pop in my head but might not be. There are lots of excellent songs though, which I guess is the point of this thing, right?

Clicky below. And click back a few entries for parts 1-3. Yes!

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Royksopp – This Must Be It


Sometimes a song exists on record, and it’s pretty pleasant, y’know. It’s Royksopp, kind of doing a less good version of the Girl and the Robot but with Karin Knife instead of Robyn, fair enough. Nothing special. Then it gets a video like this and suddenly it all makes sense. Not that the video actually makes sense, of course. It’s nuts. Hairy topless dude riding a drumkit motorbike. More topless dudes drumming in a field. It shouldn’t work, but it more than works. It turns an ordinary track into a last days of summer anthem, something actually rather glorious. Nice work video man.

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Royksopp ft. Robyn – The Girl & The Robot


Hallelujah! An official video has finally emerged for this one. An undoubted highlight of Royksopp’s patchy third album Junior, this is a track plainly built around Robyn’s style, rather than Robyn guesting on a Royksopp-esque track, and all the better for it.

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New La Roux, video-free legends, genre confusion, and bleeps


Let’s kick off with a bit of audio-only action from two pop scene stalwarts who it’s still very much OK to love. First up, WHY on earth is there no video for what is surely Saint Etienne’s most pop single in years. I guess it’s the same reason their latest best of has been repeatedly delayed (I wrote at length about it months ago) and that people ignore Tales from Turnpike House. Yes, it’s because the world is WRONG. All of it, all of you. Anyway, there’s also some more Xenomania-assisted tuneage from them Pet Shop Boys, for your video-free enjoyment. I’ve only given it a couple of “spins” but it’s ticking the boxes so far. It’s quite camp and silly. What, really?

On with the show below, kicked off by that La Roux vid I was waiting for last week…

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