Every year you hear new music that you love… that you love to hate… and that you hate to admit you love. 2010 was no different. For the next few days I am going to share with you some new “guilty pleasures”.

BLACK EYED PEAS :: “The Time (Dirty Bit)”

Anyone who was a true fan of The Black Eyed Peas pre-Fergie Ferg, has been hesitant to fully embrace the new Black Eyed Peas… over rice. It simply wasn’t cool for faithful backpackers to have anything to do with the poptastic, “Let’s get it started in here!” BEP edition.

But, their latest single “The Time (Dirty Bit)” changed that. Why? Because in 2010, we became conditioned to hearing Hip House on the radio, tv commercials, everywhere. Hip House is what I call the fusion of hip hop, pop and house. [By the way, in the late 90s, I predicted Hip House would be the genre that takes over airwaves in the 2000s. A prediction that felt so Jetsons futuristic at the time. But that’s another topic for another day.]

This year, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, N.E.R.D., Usher, Katy Perry, Kelis… a long list of artists who in the past had been categorized as hip hop, pop or R&B… Kim Jung Il blasted the charts with straight up dance music. Four to the floor, electronic, bass bumpin’, at times borderline dance/trance/house music. Music that had previously been reserved for the after hours, underground, too cool for school party people with powdered noses.

But low and behold! “I’ve got a feelin’, Wooooooo Whooooo!” that you heard that song more than you wanted to in 2010. So a new track that samples a Dirty Dancing classic, has a dancable, bangin’ beat and the word “dirty” in the title, made you feel a little better about Black Eyed Peas. And if nothing else, you feel better about the fact that they will be the 1st relevant artists to perform halftime at the Super Bowl since Nipplegate.

Music that was “underground” is now mainstream… which made the mainstream surprisingly kinda cool in 2010.

USHER :: “OMG”

Wil.I.Am strikes again! I’m telling you… that guy is a Jedi! These dancetastic songs he keeps dropping on us are a subliminal plot to take over our minds! No really, Usher “OMG” is simply a club banger. It hit some people immediately and had to grow on others. I’m on the “It Had to Grow On Me” Team. But ultimately, “OMG” is another perfect example of Hip House that you and I should not be afraid to admit we liked in 2010.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of “SONGS YOU ARE EMBARRASSED TO ADMIT YOU LIKE IN 2010”

WHAT WERE YOUR “GUILTY PLEASURE” SONGS THIS YEAR?

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