1. Beyoncé, "Crazy in Love." A Top-Ten hit in something like 325 countries.
2. The Raveonettes, "That Great Love Sound." We're entering the era of the two-piece bands, usually one male, one female. We're also entering the Garage Rock Revival era, a sound promoted very hard by Steve Van Zandt on his syndicated radio show. This is a great example ... there are plenty more.
3. Kelis, "Milkshake." Seriously, what am I going to say about this song that you haven't already thought up in your own head?
4. Carla Bruni, "La noyée." Ladies and gentlemen, the First Lady of France!
5. 50 Cent, "In Da Club." As good a place as any to demonstrate how fully hip-hop has entered the mainstream. 50 Cent is (was?) a key figure in the later days of gangsta rap. As has often been pointed out, he actually lived a lot of the life described in the music. My wife is a 55-year-old white lady who listens to oldies channels and couldn't tell the difference between 50 Cent and E-40 if her life depended on it. But if the opening hook of this track comes on, she'll start dancing and shaking her shoulders to the music and sing "it's your birth-day!"
6. Jay-Z, "99 Problems." Two words: Fuck Oasis.
7. OutKast, "Hey Ya!" Not gangsta rap. OutKast is one of those rap acts that seem safe to play around your grandmother. Think, oh, I don't know, Arrested Development. The difference is, OutKast are good.
8. Pink, "Trouble." Co-written by Pink and Tim Armstrong, which I mention only because Rancid are big fans of the San Jose Earthquakes, and I'm always looking for a chance to mention the Quakes.
9. Jet, "Are You Gonna Be My Girl." How many iPods do you suppose this song sold?
10. The White Stripes, "Seven Nation Army." Probably the most famous of the two-piece, male/female bands. I'm not as big of fan of them as some folks are ... well, I'm not a big fan of Meg White's drumming. But you could say she's the Moe Tucker of her day, and I love me some Moe, so I should probably revisit this one.