1. Pharrell, “Happy” – Number One on Billboard this week, and not bad (it was dismissable until it wasn’t). It’s no “Hey Ya” or “I Gotta Feeling” (or, would you believe, “Moves Like Jagger”) but I can’t say I wouldn’t mind testing it at a wedding this spring to find out for sure.
2. Katy Perry, “Dark Horse” – Number Two on Billboard this week, and plodding. Reminds me of the awkward time my dad got up to give a speech at a family party, and said in tribute to my grandmother who was in her ’90s and in attendance, “You couldn’t kill this woman with an axe.” Except that here the grandmother is Art of Noise’s previously indestructible “Moments in Love,” which Perry kills with an axe, and then some.
3. Pitbull feat. Ke$ha, “Timber” – Number Ten on Billboard this week, and after sitting at Number One for what felt like an agonizing century–well, see #1.
4. Broken Social Scene, “Almost Crimes” – Stratospheric, greasy post-punk which picks up the shards left on the ground by Roxy Music’s “Re-Make/Re-Model.”