According to Entertaiment Weekly, the following songs were rated the best songs of 2009. As a lyricist, I decided to do a brief analysis of these songs and what they mean to us. See these thoughts after the jump.
#1. Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
“Me I’m out that BedStuy
Home of that boy Biggie
now I live on Billboard
and I brought my boys with me
Say what up to Ta-ta
Still sipping Mai Tais
Knicks and Nets give me high-5
N**ga, I be Spiked out
I could trip a referee”
This song is saying that going to school and learning English means nothing. You can speak in ebonics, make racist comments and still have the number one song in this country.
#2. Paparazzi by Lady Gaga
“Shadow is burnt, yellow dance and return
My lashes are dry- But the teardrops I cry
It don’t have a price
Loving you is Cherry Pie
‘Cause you know that baby I-
I’m your biggest fan
I’ll follow you until you love me
Baby there’s no other superstar
You know that I’ll be your
Lady Gaga is telling us that as long as you rhyme “Cry” with “Pie,” you can have a hit single that gets people “High.” Sigh.
#3. Lisztomania by Phoenix
Think less but see it grow
Like a riot like a riot oh!
Not easily offended
Know how to let it go
From the mess to the masses”
The French popsters pass the G test as they mix poetry with a catchy tune. Let’s not forget that English is not their first language.
#4. Knock You Down by Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo
“I was flyin’, now I’m crashin’
This is bad, real bad, Michael Jackson
Now I’m mad, real mad, Joe Jackson
You should leave your boyfriend now, I’mma ask him”
It’s not clever to rhyme “Jackson” with “Jackson.” Nor is it clever to rhyme “bad” with “real bad.”
#5. Two Weeks by Grizzly Bear
“I could see it as you turned to stone
Still clearly I can hear you say
Don’t leave don’t give up on me
Two weeks and you ran away
I remember don’t lie to me
You couldn’t see that it was not that way
Swear I never gave up on you”
Suddenly a band named Grizzly Bear sound like John Keats.