Song of the Year

“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I.

“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I.

You can’t help but two-step to Thicke’s summer smash, which danced its way to the No. 1 spot for a record 12 weeks. 

“Fine China” – Chris Brown

“Fine China” – Chris Brown

Building off the King of Pop’s sonic blueprint, this is a throwback to ‘80s grooves wrapped around an ode to Breezy’s pensive lady love. 

“Love and War” – Tamar Braxton

“Love and War” – Tamar Braxton

Braxton’s heart-wrenching single shows us that adding holy matrimony to the mix raises the stakes. 

“Poetic Justice” – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake

“Poetic Justice” – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake

Hip hop’s two brightest young stars forgo the usual rap bravado to eloquently bare their souls to an ever elusive love interest. 

“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

JT’s mid-tempo leader from The 20/20 Experience stacks synths and contorted drums with a sophistication suitable for upscale attire.   

“Diamonds” – Rihanna

“Diamonds” – Rihanna

Rih Rih shed her pop skin in place of a sonically-stripped lead single for this luminous love track produced by Stargate.