1. ‘Bleeding Love’ – Leona Lewis
Whoever would have thunk something with the stank of Simon Cowell on it and the shame of X Factor to live down could turn out so darn good. Creepy, weirdy and frankly not at all what we were expecting.
2. ‘Grace Kelly’ – Mika
There’s not much Mr. Mika could do to make us love him more than we already do (except maybe wear this special underwear we have bought him and…) This was his kick-off single and it kicked off. Mad, Queeny (as in like Queen) and magnificent.
3. ‘Let Me Know’ – Roisin Murphy
Soundly vaguely like a disco classic you’d never heard before (we’re sure there’s a sample in there somewhere if only we could dig it out), this showed that the less-than-divine Ms. M may be a rude daft cow but she can still turn it out.
4. ‘Irreplaceable’ – Beyonce
Easily her best since ‘Crazy in Love’, this was a drag queen’s dream (oh, yeah, it’s B – the wannabe drag queen). More attitude than was strictly helpful made this one of the vengeance records of all time.
5. ‘Valerie’ – Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse
She may have been getting a little on the irritating side recently (honey, if you need ice lollies at four in the morning, get a friend to go get them.) Doesn’t take away from this brilliant cover of a – what! – Zutons song. Lady lezzers must dig that non-change of the name, btw.
And the worst…
1. ‘Headlines’ – Spice Girls
Even the title sounds like some shit shampoo range. We wanted the Spice Girls back because they’re funny and noisy and crass. This was trying to be all classy and was creepily ‘erotic’. Lowest-selling Child in Need of all time people and a giddy number 11 in the charts. Whoops!