@ZackTeibloom We’ve got an east coast-west coast battle going down here. It’s the New York state of mind against the Paparazzi obsessed L.A. Will it be the freaky Lady Gaga moving onto the final four with “Paparazzi” even though “Pokerface” is still alive? Or will Jigga man take over more than the east coast and create a national state of mind. He killed auto-tune.* I think he can take out Gaga.
“Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z f. Alicia Keys
@ZackTeibloom Good things happen when you pair up with Alicia Keys. If you’re Jack White, you get the most bad-ass Bond song in a couple decades. If you’re Jay-Z, you get a strong nominee for catchiest song and a New York anthem that’s good enough for Derek Jeter. Hagel originally had this song going all the way before admitting that it was because he lived in NYC and heard this song non-stop. Andy is gonna tell you how “Paparazzi” was impossible to avoid in L.A. Well, I lived in Chicago and Austin this year and all I heard was “Empire State of Mind.” The Alicia Keys parts soar. Gaga may have LA but Jigga runs NY and all parts in between.
“Paparazzi” – Lady Gaga
@AndyShore Unlike most of the songs in our Catchiest Songs of 2009 contest, the music is not what makes “Paparazzi” catchy. Ask most people to hum this song, they may struggle. The melody is not what makes this song catchy. Neither is the beat. What makes “Paparazzi” so catchy is simply the amount of airplay it got. You can’t hear a song so many times, without getting it stuck it your head. Impossible. I caught myself singing along to this song, more times than I’d like to admit. in LA, it would play on multiple radio stations at once, over muzak in any store or restaurant and countless times from my roommate. So, if Zack doesn’t think Paparazzi is one of the Catchiest Songs of 2009 he can blame @MattSilver and the LA culture.
*OK, he didn’t kill auto-tune. You’ve listened to the top songs of the year. But he tried…