1. Gorillaz- Stylo
Easily dismissed on the first listen for adhering to the Gorillaz signature "first single" style this offers much more. The most memorable baseline of the year is a good starting point but Bobby Womack's electric vocal transports the song to "another world in the universe". Oooooh!
2. Brandon Flowers- Crossfire
A more subtle affair than Flowers' big singles with The Killers but to great effect.
3. Scissor Sisters- Invisible Light
Massive, massive disco tune.
4. Goldfrapp- Alive
The most perfect piece of electropop on a near flawless album.
5. Lindstrøm and Christabelle- Lovesick
Taking electro tempo down a bit this has been accused of being indie-dance circa-1990. Nothing wrong with that.
6. Swedish House Mafia- One
This should so not work. Pharrell's vocal sounds like it was conceived and recorded in five minutes, the riff is simple enough you can play it on an iphone synth and then the intro is basically a reworking of the breakdown from Fatboy Slim's "Rockafeller Skank". Much better than the sum of it's parts.
7. Robyn- Dancing On My Own
I had this idea that I would quote negative reviews of the songs on this list but after pages and pages of googling I gave up. Who could have something bad to say about Robyn at this point?
8. Deadmau5- Some Chords
The electronic underground buzz act of the year proves he has songwriting chops.
9. Little Boots- Mathematics
The US didn't get Hands until March of this year. This circling, dizzy track creates the perfect formula for "a heart plus a heart".
10. Freezepop- Doppelganger
Expanding their synthpop pallet the narrative involves a run-in with an ex with a definite type.