ChokLitFactory Exclusives: Top 25 Songs of 2009 – PART I

The wait is OVA! We finally have the long-awaited LIST of 2009 for all you ChokLit fiends haha!

2009 was a decent year for R&B music and Urban artists. Unfortunately, we did not see a lot of new roads being paved or new acts breaking through, though  artists like K Michelle, Young Steff and K’Jon made some decent headway. 2009 was really the year of the veterans. Maxwell hit us back just like he said he would with a much anticipated album, Ne-Yo showed the us how to be a Gentleman, Mimi showed us she was imperfect, Alicia fell in love while R.Kelly came back for his crown. Meanwhile, in the Urban/Pop world, Rihanna brought some heat, Beyonce maintained her crown, TheDream survived the sophomore slump, while Ryan Leslie quietly retained his genius. Lets get on with the list already! Let me know your thoughts on these!

25. Charlie Wilson – There Goes My Baby – Besides being a homemade tribute to Snoop Dogg and his wife’s marriage, Charlie Wilson lands the perfect song for his syrupy drawl with this hit song. Written by Babyface and originally recorded by Calvin Richardson, Charlie definitely does the song justice.


24. Musiq Soulchild – So Beautiful – Musiq managed to lie mostly under the radar this year with the release of his album Onmyradio during the end of 2008. I blame his lead single Radio that didn’t go over well with fans. Luckily, So Beautiful was that type of song that his fans were waiting for. One of those feel good, chill & reminisce songs. So Beautiful is a great addition to Musiq’s catalog.


23. Ne-Yo – Never Knew I Needed – During an impromptu interview about the meaning of the title song to The Princess & the Frog movie, Ne-Yo explains, “It is about two people who feel like they know what they want…know what they need in life, then realize through meeting each other that they don’t know what they need…the realization becomes that what they need is love and they find that with each other“. That is a pretty spot-on description of the relationship of the two main characters from the movie. Ne-Yo writes and performs the song and does a very good job writing a clean, PG-rated song with substance. The soundtrack to the film was released in November 2009.


22. K Michelle – Fakin’ it – Memphis-bred K Michelle has made a bit of a presence for herself oh the Mixtape circuit with songs like Self-Made featuring Gucci Mane, but her standout track has been Fakin’ It. It features Missy Elliot as a musical co-signer and is produced by up-and-coming production team Hitz Committee. In the song, K Michelle sings about faking ‘it’ for the man she loves but who is clearly clueless in the bedroom. The message is not Choklit-approved, but the song is dope!

*Sidenote: Here is some footage of K Michelle doing a stripped-down performance that showcases her talent. This is an Artist!!! Great voice!


21. Young Steff – Slow Jukin’ – Even though newcomer Young Steff had a serious hit on his hands with this song, and we  sung our praises for the young 20 year old dancer/singer, his career did not really jump off as we had hoped. Still, Young Steff has a bright future ahead of him. Slow Jukin is that song them 16-year olds be playing while slow-grinding on each other, tryin to act all grown. While all the 25-year olds be gettin’ their grind on behind closed doors 😉

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20. Beyonce – Halo – This was a big song for Beyonce and is one of the standout tracks from her latest album, I Am….Sasha Fierce. It is one of those internationally admired tracks with effortless vocals by B and airy, lovey-dovey lyrics. Makes you feel all….warm inside. Yes, I am exaggerating 🙂 Seriously though, #noshade. this is a great song – 65 million views on YouTube can’t be wrong!


19. Chrisette Michelle – Epiphany – Though this wasn’t my favorite song on Chrisette’s near flawless album, Epiphany is important because it served as an Epiphany in Chrisette’s career where people really started to take her seriously as an artist and she began to cross over into the mainstream. Especially after her defeating heavyweight Ciara on the Billboard charts earlier in the year. I’m glad Chrisette has been given a chance to shine off pure talent and good music. #getitgirl!


18. Mariah Carey – H.A.T.E.U – Mariah released a solid album last year with Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, that she wrote and produced with TheDream and Tricky Stewart. H.A.T.E.U was one of the standout tracks from the album, describing the process of rebuilding after a relationship has gone wrong. TheDream recorded a vocal guide to the song earlier last year that we covered. We liked Dream’s version better.


17. Mary J. Blige – I Am – Mary J. Blige released her latest album, Stronger with Every Tear – still capitalizing on her maturity and growth since her days of self-loathing. Mary teams up with Be Without You writer Johnta Austin to bring us I Am. The song is typical Mary 2.0; strong, mature and honest lyrics with a catchy melody.


16. Pleasure P – Under – Pleasure P had an eventful year that ended on a high note when he was nominated for two Grammys for his efforts on his debut album, Introducing Marcus Cooper. His second single from the project, Under is a great song for P’s vocal range, written by Tank. The lyrics creatively speak of P drowning in his partner’s…love.


15. Electrik Red – Devotion – This song was never officially released as a Single from Electrik Red’s debut album, How to be a Lady Vol. I, but it is a standout track from the album and from 2009. It is sexy, smartly produced and written. And yes, i know I placed this song over Mary, Beyonce and Ne-Yo – but you have to hear this song!!

Ok that’s the first half – comments, suggestions and rants are all welcome 🙂 Check back in tomorrow for the final 15, including the top 5 songs of 2009.

Read Part II of Top 25 Songs of 2009


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  1. You know- call me crazy- but I actually did like a lot of the songs on Electrik Red’s album. And that track is one of my faves (as well as On Point because homegirl is goin hard on ol buddy in that song) And thanks for putting me up on K Michelle, she sounds cool and I can mos DEF relate to that song. smh

    • Hahah I’m sayin though?? Electrik Red’s album was solid! A lot of ppl hate on them, but I think they have some potential. And On Point is my jam too – Binkie is a trip!
      Glad to hear I put someone on to K Michelle, hopefully 2010 is a better year for her!

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