12-09-2016  3:37 am      •     
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1. ``Blame It,'' Jamie Foxx (featuring T-Pain): If Jay-Z is right, and Auto-Tune is really D.O.A., Jamie Foxx's ``Blame It'' with T-Pain was a heck of a send-off: This politically incorrect, glorified alcohol ad was also the perfect party starter that aged like a fine wine.
2. ``The Point of It All,'' Anthony Hamilton: An amazing love song anchored by perhaps the most soulful voice of this generation. Hamilton captures all the emotion of this song's moving lyrics without over-singing and, with simplicity, he delivers something that is magical and beautiful.
3. ``Pretty Wings,'' Maxwell: A luscious, bittersweet ballad that was the perfect re-entry for Maxwell after an eight-year layoff.
4. ``Boom Boom Pow,'' Black Eyed Peas: Hello? They deserve it just for introducing the phrase ``you're so two-thousand-and-late'' into the lexicon. Thank you, Fergie!
5. ``Shuttin Detroit Down,'' John Rich: Rich's tone may be low-key, but the anger, frustration and bitterness is on high-tilt in this stirring anthem about what the collapse of the economy has done to the working class.
6. ``Poker Face,'' Lady Gaga: Lady Gaga may be single-handedly responsible for making disco music cool again, and this song was her best calling card, with a pulsating beat and that irresistible, stuttering hook.
7. ``Empire State of Mind,'' Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys: Any song that gets the Yankees their 27th championship merits a mention, but Jay-Z created an anthem that united more than New Yorkers with a mix of his classic braggadocio, plus a soaring chorus courtesy of Keys.
8. ``Gunpowder and Lead,'' Miranda Lambert: Lambert has always been one of the more feisty among country's young, blond entertainers -- and among the most talented. Here, she displays both qualities with her firecracker of a song directed to those no-good, cheating, women-beating men.
9. ``Chocolate High,'' India.Arie and Musiq Soulchild: This duet using chocolate and a love metaphor was sexy and sweet without being too sugary, and the blend of India and Musiq's voice is a recipe that never fails.
10. ``There Goes My Baby,'' Charlie Wilson: That clear tenor that made so many hits for the Gap bands still works wonders, as it does for this classy song that sounds like a throwback from a more soulful era.

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