ChokLitFactory Exclusives: Top 25 Songs of 2009 Part II

So we hit you with the first 15 hot ones of 2009, and now we have the top 15. This group of songs are a bit more uptempo and more well-known songs from either veteran artists or  newcomers who broke through with a hit record. Included in the list of newcomers is Keri Hilson who rose from her role as a resident songwriter to being a resident hit -maker and artist. Melanie Fiona also made a name for herself in 2009, hoping to make an even bigger name for herself in 2010. But instead of me spoiling the suspense, keep reading the find out who makes it to number one!

14. The Dream – Rockin’ that Shit – TheDream is another artist who had a great year professionally and personally. Not only did he marry his pregnant sweetie, Christina Milian, he was promoted over at Def Jam due to his ability to score hits for Def Jam’s many artists. In 2010 TheDream will release his last solo album *tear* Love King. Rockin That Shit was the ish when it was released early last year. Heavy syths and a thumping bass complement Terius’ soft vocals. TheDream can create a melody like a beast and this song exhibits this. And if you don’t remember, the remix to this song was even better.

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13. K’Jon – Oceans – Detroit native K’Jon scored a big hit with his serene feel-good song Oceans. In it, K’Jon uses the metaphor of sailing with reaching one’s goals and happiness in life. A very nice song, with some nice vocals from K’Jon.

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12. Keri Hilson, Kanye West & Ne-Yo – Knock you Down – We predicted this song would be Keri’s last chance to hit it big and that’s just what happened. Knock You Down is Keri’s biggest hit to date, in North America and abroad. Alongside the Chris Robinson-directed video with guests Kanye and Ne-Yo making appearances, this song helped solidify Keri as a force in the Industry to be reckoned with.

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11. Dirty Money – Love Come Down – Diddy has really been feeling himself musically lately. While working on his latest album, Last Train to Paris, he hooked up with former Danity Kane member Dawn Richard and singer/songwriter Kaleena to form the group, Dirty Money. Since their formation, the group has been releasing some really promising music, the best being Love Come Down, a homage to the Total days of Bad Boys with Kaleena providing some sexy vocals over a banging beat and a Jay-Z sample from H to the Izzo.

Keep reading for the remainder of the list!

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10. Rihanna – Russian Roulette – Despite rumblings of Satanism, suicidal symbolism and overt sexuality surrounding her latest project, Rated R has proved to be Rihanna’s most well-received offering to date. Her lead single, Russian Roulette, written by Ne-Yo and Chuck Harmony, is one of the most menacing pop songs of the year. Rihanna really steps up her vocal chops on this song as well.

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9. Melanie Fiona – It Kills Me – Naturally, we had to show some love to Toronto native Melanie Fiona and not just because she is a fellow Canadian. Melanie has the beauty and the talent to back it up. It Kills Me is a vocally strong match to the stirring vocals of a story often told. Lucky for Melanie, this song is getting a lot of airplay and she is finally getting a lot more shine on her – go Melanie!

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8. Usher – Papers – I’ve had my doubts, but is looks like Usher is slowly but surely making a proper comeback worthy of an R&B Prince for his upcoming album Raymond vs. Raymond. Papers was released as a buzz single near the summer’s end and has become quite popular on the R&B charts. The song, co-written by Sean ‘The Pen’ Garrett, references Usher’s current divorce proceedings with former wife Tameka Raymond. Good vocal performance by Usher.

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7. Whitney Houston – Million Dollar Bill – Although the Grammys decided to show her no love, we want to commend Whitney Houston for pulling it together and finally releasing an album worthy of her talent. Of course we will never get the Whitney that existed in her heyday, but we take what we can get. Million Dollar Bill was one my favorite songs on the album. Whitney pairs with Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz (possibly the newest must-have couple/production duo) while singing the praises of having a man who makes her feel like a million dollar bill. The song has a retro feel and really utilizes Whitney’s vocal chords – or what is left of them.

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6. Trey Songz – I Invented Sex – Trey Songz has had a huge year that rewarded him well for his constant grinding and his commitment to making good music. Even more, Trey has become a bonafide sexy symbol; the video for this song solidifying this fact.

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5. R.Kelly feat. Keri Hilson – Number One – R.Kelly started off 2009 a little shaky, being verbally attacked by Trey Songz, being shunned by his former fans and continually being the butt of every “piss on a female after sex” joke. But Kelly proved the naysayers wrong when he released Number One, an ode to the best sex one can have with that special person. Keri Hilson provides some much-needed sex appeal, replacing Ciara as the go-to ATL songtress. Keri’s vocals are a welcome Choklit treat on this already steamy song.

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4. Ryan Leslie – I Choose You – Ryan Leslie quietly released another stellar album this year with Transistion. I Choose You is stripped down, honest and alluring. Ryan’s vocals are great on the song, but it’s stripped down nature and poignant lyrics will be what wins you over.

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3. Keyshia Cole & Monica – Trust – One of the best R&B duets in a long time, R&B Diva Monica pairs up with good friend Keyshia Cole with a stirring song that pays tribute to the importance of Trust in one’s relationship. Monica shut things down in the song and video and reminding those who knew her from her 90s, that she is still here and still relevant. Keyshia also held her own on this best single choice from her latest album.

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2. Alicia Keys – Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart – It is no secret that I consider this song to be one of the better songs I’ve heard in a long time. Alicia has really outdone herself with her new album and has positioned herself in a class on her own for today’s female artists. In this song, Alicia tugs at the heartstrings of anyone who has ever suffered a heartbreak and had to sleep alone at night with its memories.

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1. Maxwell – Pretty Wings – Maxwell might just be the quiet storm of 2009. He literally came out of nowhere to promote a sold-out, sought-after concert series that was popular among many women and R&B fans. In 2009, he released the haunting and somber Pretty Wings, unlike anything currently on the radio. The best part about his music is that it is un-apologetically Adult music; something that is lacking from current Artists. Maxwell has returned with the face of R&B on his back, and for this we thank him.

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ChokLitable Mentions:

Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain: Blame It – Jamie Foxx & T-Pain had the biggest song of 2009, but when I crafted the list, it totally skipped my mind! *kanye shrug*

Electrik Red – So Good – Electrik Red broke out of the mold with this spunky retro ode to something so good it can’t be good for you…

Goapele – Milk & Honey – Goapele tiptoes back into the game with a strong and sensual first single.

Ryan Leslie – You’re Not My Girl – Ryan Leslie has so much spunk in this lively modern day ode to the Eff buddy

Letoya Lucket feat. Ludacris – Regret – Letoya reminds an ex what he was missing as Ludacris has her back. This song has been getting a lot of radio love.

So that’s the year in review!! What did you think? Thoughts & comments are welcome. We will look at the year’s best albums and producers tomorrow 🙂

Read Part I of Top 25 Songs of 2009

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. NIIIIIICE! I agree 100% with this list

  2. It’s such a great list… TRUST is in it’s place, it’s a niiice song!!!


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