“Raise Your Glass” is a song by American singer Pink, released as the lead single of her first compilation album, Greatest Hits… So Far!!! The song celebrates the first decade since Pink’s debut in 2000 and is dedicated to her fans who have been supporting her over the years.
The song was released in October 2010 by LaFace Records, JIVE Records, and RCA Records, to gain both critical and commercial success, being acclaimed by most music critics and described as a party anthem, and reaching the Top 10 in several countries, including the United States, where it became her third number-one single.
The song is written by Pink, Max Martin and Shellback and is produced by the latter two, who are responsible for many of Pink’s biggest hits, and who also worked with Pink on her following single, “Fuckin’ Perfect.” The song is featured in a TV spot for the 2011 film Bridesmaids and in the theatrical trailers for What’s Your Number? and New Year’s Eve.
In 2011, “Raise Your Glass” was ranked at number thirteen on the “Top 40 Year End Chart” based on Mediabase.
“Only Girl (In the World)” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her fifth album, Loud (2010). The album’s lead single, it was released on September 10. Crystal Johnson wrote the song in collaboration with producers Stargate and Sandy Vee. Rihanna contacted Stargate before Loud’s production and asked them to create lively, uptempo music. “Only Girl (In the World)” was the first song composed for the album, and the singer decided to include it on the track list before she recorded her vocals. Backed by strong bass and synthesizer, it is a Europop song that incorporates elements of Hi-NRG and rave in its composition. In its lyrics, Rihanna demands physical attention from her lover.
Critical response to “Only Girl (In the World)” was positive; a number of critics praised its composition and Rihanna’s decision to move away from the dark themes of her previous album, Rated R (2009). The song reached number one on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100 chart two weeks after Loud’s second single, “What’s My Name?”, peaked at number one. It was the first time in the chart’s history that an album’s lead single reached number one after its second single. In the United Kingdom the song spent two weeks at number one and is the nineteenth-bestselling single of all time by a female artist, with over a million copies sold. The song peaked at number one in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Ireland, and reached the top five in France, Germany and Switzerland.
Rihanna performed “Only Girl (In the World)” on Saturday Night Live in the United States, The X Factor in the United Kingdom and a shortened version at the 31st Brit Awards. Anthony Mandler directed the song’s music video, in which Rihanna is alone in an open natural landscape. The video suggests that she is the only female in the world, echoing the song’s title and lyrics, and critics praised its bright, colorful theme. “Only Girl (In the World)” won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011.
“What’s My Name?” is a song recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, for her fifth studio album Loud (2010). Featuring guest vocals from Canadian rapper Drake, the song was released as the second single from Loud on October 29, 2010 through Def Jam Recordings. The electro-R&B song was produced by the Norwegian production duo StarGate, and was written by the duo along with Ester Dean, Traci Hale, and Drake. Lyrically, it incorporates themes of sexual intercourse and romance.
“What’s My Name?” topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, giving Rihanna her sixth number-one single in 2010, as well as her eighth overall on the chart. The song also topped the charts in Hungary and the United Kingdom and reached the top five in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Slovakia. The song received a nomination at the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
An accompanying music video, directed by Philip Andelman, portrays a romantic encounter between Rihanna and Drake in a grocery store along with romantic scenes between the pair and Rihanna walking through Manhattan’s Lower East Side. “What’s My Name?” was promoted with live performances, including Saturday Night Live in America and the series seven finale of The X Factor in the United Kingdom.
“We R Who We R” (abbreviation for “We Are Who We Are”) is a song by American recording artist and songwriter Kesha from her first extended play (EP), Cannibal (2010). The song was released as the EP’s lead single on October 22, 2010. It was written by Kesha, with Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Ammo. Production of the song was completed by Dr. Luke, Blanco, and Ammo. In the wake of news that bullying had led to multiple suicides of gay youth, Kesha wrote the song in hopes that it would become a pride anthem. The song is intended to inspire people to be themselves, and as a celebration of anyone deemed quirky or eccentric.
Musically, the song is a dance-pop song that incorporates elements of electropop and techno; it uses a synth-infused beat as a backing with sounds interpreted as hand claps. Kesha’s vocals have been described as a talk-singing style that use layered Auto-Tune in some parts and vocoders.The song has been compared to her debut single “Tik Tok” (2009), as it has a similar musical structure.
“We R Who We R” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the 17th song in the chart’s history to do so. The song also reached number one in the United Kingdom, Kesha’s first number one solo single there, and topped the charts in Australia for three weeks. It also attained top-five positions on the Canadian, Japanese, and New Zealand charts. The song became Kesha’s fifth consecutive solo top ten hit in the United States, Canada, and Australia. As of March 2016, the song has sold over 4.1 million digital copies in the United States.
The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Hype Williams and was filmed in downtown Los Angeles. The video is presented as an underground party and has been described as showcasing a darker and sexier side of Kesha compared to previous videos. The song has been performed in North America at the 2010 American Music Awards, and on her worldwide Get Sleazy Tour.
“Like a G6” is a 2010 song written and performed by Far East Movement, The Cataracs, and Dev, with the latter two being credited as featured artists. It is the lead single from Far East Movement’s third studio album Free Wired, and production was handled by The Cataracs. For the chorus, Dev samples a verse from her own single “Booty Bounce”, which was also written and produced by the Cataracs.
“Like a G6” peaked at number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for three nonconsecutive weeks. The song also topped the charts in New Zealand and South Korea, and reached the top ten in Australia, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland and Slovakia.
The song was the first single by Asian-American artists to hit number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, and the first by any artists of Asian descent since Kyu Sakamoto’s 1963 single “Sukiyaki”.
Although the song is credited as “Far East Movement featuring The Cataracts and Dev,” on iTunes all 3 artists are the lead artists.
“Just the Way You Are” is the debut solo single recorded by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars. It is the lead single from his debut studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010). The song was written by The Smeezingtons, Khalil Walton and Needlz and produced by The Smeezingtons, and Needlz. It was released in the United States to Contemporary hit radio on August 10, 2010. The track was added to BBC Radio 1 A Playlist in the United Kingdom, and was released in the United Kingdom on September 19, 2010 as “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)”.
The debut single received positive reviews from critics, who considered it a stand-out track on Doo-Wops & Hooligans and praised The Smeezington’s production. It won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 2011 ceremony. The song peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Top 40 charts and charted in the top five in other countries. It was certified 9 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and 6 times by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Worldwide, it was the best selling digital single of 2011 with sales of 12.2 million copies. So far, it has sold over 13.7 million copies worldwide becoming one of the best selling digital singles of all time. In 2012, Dominican musician Karlos Rosé covered the song in bachata as his debut single which peaked at number-one on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart.
The music video, directed by Ethan Lader, was released on September 8, 2010 and features Peruvian born Australian actress Nathalie Kelley. The official remix features rapper Lupe Fiasco and is included on the deluxe edition of Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Mars performed “Just The Way You Are” on The Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour (2010–2012) and The Moonshine Jungle Tour (2013–2014), and was also performed at his Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show. The song has been covered by various recording artists. “Just the Way You Are” also inspired Meghan Trainor’s debut single “All About That Bass”. The song is featured in the movie Pitch Perfect.
“Teenage Dream” is a song by American singer Katy Perry. It was released as the second single from her third studio album of the same name on July 23, 2010. Perry and Bonnie McKee wrote many songs with youthful themes in mind, but they were rejected by producers Benny Blanco and Dr. Luke. Blanco showed them The Teenagers’ single “Homecoming”, and McKee imagined “Teenage Dream” as a throwback song to the euphoric feelings of being in love as a teenager. They met with Max Martin in Perry’s hometown of Santa Barbara, California and started writing the track at Playback Recording Studio, which Perry later described as a pure moment for her. After Perry recorded her vocals, McKee presented her idea and the chorus was rewritten. Perry also described the song as reminiscent of her youth while contemplating her future marriage to Russell Brand.
Musically, “Teenage Dream” is a mid-tempo pop song with a retro sound. It is styled in the genres of power pop and electropop, while taking influence from other genres such as disco and pop rock, while there are slight elements of hard rock during the chorus. Perry starts the song in a high-pitched voice while her vocals grow stronger as the song progresses. Lyrically, “Teenage Dream” discusses being with a lover who makes one feel young again. The song has topped the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Perry’s third number-one single on that chart, and her second consecutive number-one single after “California Gurls”. “Teenage Dream” has been certified seven times platinum in the United States, as well as receiving platinum and multi-platinum certifications in other countries.
A music video for the song was filmed in various locations around Perry’s hometown in Santa Barbara, California and was directed by Yoann Lemoine (a.k.a. Woodkid). The video showcases Perry being in love with her high school lover. Perry has performed the song on Saturday Night Live, the 2010 Teen Choice Awards, 53rd Grammy Awards and other occasions. “Teenage Dream” was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, becoming Perry’s third nomination in the category. Rolling Stone listed the song as the fourth best song of 2010 and second best song of the 2010s by Billboard. The song is featured in the Best Buy edition of Just Dance 3. The song has been covered numerous times appearing on such as American Idol, The Voice, and Glee.
“Love the Way You Lie” is a song recorded by the American rapper Eminem, featuring the Barbadian singer Rihanna, from Eminem’s seventh studio album Recovery (2010). The singer and songwriter Skylar Grey wrote and recorded a demo of the song alongside the producer Alex da Kid when she felt she was in an abusive romantic relationship with the music industry. Eminem wrote the verses and chose Rihanna to sing the chorus, resulting in a collaboration influenced by their past experiences in difficult relationships. Recording sessions were held in Ferndale, Michigan, and Dublin, Ireland. Backed by guitar, piano and violin, the track is a midtempo hip hop ballad with a pop refrain and describes two lovers who refuse to separate despite being in a dangerous love–hate relationship.
Interscope Records released the song in August 2010 as the second single from Recovery. Critics praised its melody but were divided on thematic aspects such as poignancy and accuracy. Eminem promoted the single with performances at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and festivals. The music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, stars Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox in a violent relationship and shows Eminem and Rihanna in front of a burning house. The clip had a mixed reception due to scenes of domestic violence. Reporters suggested that the song and its accompanying video were influenced by Eminem’s and Rihanna’s relationships with their respective ex-lovers Kimberly Scott and Chris Brown.
Critics listed “Love the Way You Lie” among the best tracks of 2010 and of Eminem’s career. The song won many awards and received five Grammy nominations. It is Eminem’s best-selling single and ranked number one on several record charts, including the United States’ Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks. The single sold six million copies in the US and was the best-selling song of 2010 in the United Kingdom. Musical acts such as Cher Lloyd and The Band Perry have performed cover versions. Rihanna has said that the theme of domestic violence, a topic on which she claims many people do not have insight, is what makes the song effective. She later recorded “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)”, narrated mostly from her perspective.
“California Gurls” is a song recorded by American singer Katy Perry for her third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). The song features verses from rapper Snoop Dogg. Both artists co-wrote the song with Bonnie McKee and its co-producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin, with additional production from Benny Blanco. According to Perry, the song is an answer song to “Empire State of Mind” (2009), by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. “California Gurls” is a midtempo disco-pop, and funk-pop song, with influences of new wave, and electropop. Its lyrics are an ode to the state of California, in which both Perry and Snoop Dogg were born and raised.
“California Gurls” garnered positive reviews from music critics, with the majority of them labeling it a “summer anthem”, as well as complimenting its production and chorus. Originally intended to be sent to mainstream and rhythmic airplay on May 25, 2010, the song debuted on May 7, 2010, after clips from the Teenage Dream album were leaked online. It was subsequently released to iTunes on May 11, 2010 as the album’s lead single. The song was a worldwide success, peaking at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks, giving Perry her second US number-one single in and Snoop Dogg his third. The song reached number-one in ten other countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
A music video for the song was released on June 15, 2010, and features Perry and her dancers as pieces of a board game, set in the fictional “Candyfornia”. Perry has said that the inspiration behind the video was artist Will Cotton, who was also the artistic director of the video. It has been noted that the video is influenced by several other works, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and the board game Candyland. On December 2, 2010, the song received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. In 2012, Billboard ranked the song number one on a special The 30 Summer Songs of All Time listing.
“Not Afraid” is a song by American rapper Eminem from his seventh studio album Recovery (2010). It was released as the album’s lead single on April 29, 2010, by Interscope Records. “Not Afraid” was first revealed as a single by Eminem via Twitter, after which the song debuted on radio. To promote the single’s release, a freestyle rap, “Despicable”, was released on the Internet and received attention for its tone and lyrical content. “Not Afraid” was written and produced by Eminem, Boi-1da, Jordan Evans and Matthew Burnett; keyboardist Luis Resto was also attributed with songwriting credit. According to Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg and music critics, “Not Afraid” carries a positive message and depicts Eminem’s change in direction from drugs and violence. The hip hop song features a choir that assists Eminem in a heavily layered chorus and vocals are sung over a guitar, synthesizer and piano; no Auto-Tune was used on the sung vocals, but many reverberation tools were.
“Not Afraid” received mixed to positive reviews from music critics, who praised the song for being anthemic in nature and carrying a positive message. The song did, however, face criticism for its sudden change in theme from previous singles, and was considered to be less affecting than some of his other songs. Despite mixed reception, “Not Afraid” became the 16th song in Billboard history to debut on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number one; it also debuted as a chart-topper in Canada. In June 2014 the song was certified 10× Platinum by RIAA, making Eminem the first artist with digital diamond awards for two songs. “Not Afraid” has earned Eminem MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards Japan, Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards and Detroit Music Awards.
The song was accompanied by a music video, which Rich Lee directed in May 2010. New York City and Newark, New Jersey were chosen as settings to shoot the video. Reviewers praised the video as it followed the lyrics and praised the video for such depictions. However, the product placement in the video by Nike shoes and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones was criticized. In 2010, Eminem performed “Not Afraid” at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2010 (E3 2010), Oxegen 2010, T in the Park 2010 and the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. He has also performed the song at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, Lollapalooza and the V Festival. Rolling Stone ranked it the 24th best song of 2010.