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DS Top 50 Singles of 2009: #30-21

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Can you handle some more? Taking in everything from indie to electro to good old-fashioned arena rawk, today's batch of tracks is as eclectic as Lady GaGa's dress sense - though hopefully a bit less bonkers. Talking of GaGa, we've now counted down 30 of our top 50 singles and she's yet to contribute a single "muh-muh-muh-mah"... whatever could be going on?


30. The Veronicas: 'Untouched'
Released: May UK chart peak: 8

They'd already released a couple of albums Down Under, but Aussie twins Jess and Lisa Origliasso finally made it to Blighty in 2009. If there's more where the vamptastic electro of 'Untouched' came from, let's hope they start racking up those air miles. [DB]


29. Mini Viva: 'Left My Heart In Tokyo'
Released: September UK chart peak: 7

The debut from Mini Viva - a.k.a. lively Northerners Britt and Frankee - proved once again that a day without a Xenomania pop song is like a doughnut without the post-gobble guilt, a silent trump without the private smirk, a Daily Mail diatribe without the... we'll stop there. [NL]


28. Arctic Monkeys: 'Crying Lightning'
Released: July UK chart peak: #12

The decision to work with stoner-rocker Josh Homme upset fans of the Monkeys' screwball pop, but this sinister stomper was equal to any of their previous indie jangles. Throw in some classic Alex Turner lyrics about "gobstoppers" and you've got a real tasty treat! [AF]


27. Calvin Harris: 'I'm Not Alone'
Released: April UK chart peak: #1

Simon Cowell's second least fave artist made himself unignorable with this rave-pop symphony in two parts. 'I'm Not Alone' was the sound of tweaked heartstrings all mixed up with the best night out you've ever had. [MN]


26. Cheryl Cole: '3 Words'
Released: December UK chart peak: #4

'Fight For This Love' may have been catapulted to the top on sheer momentum, but this delightful follow-up - all cascading loops and sexy, breathy vocals - showed there was more to solo Cheryl than we first thought. [MN]


25. VV Brown: 'Shark In The Water'
Released: July UK chart peak: 34

VV Brown's press profile may have exceeded her sales figures, but 'Shark In The Water' justified a good chunk of the hype. With a chorus that sounded almost as good on the radio as Sir Terry Wogan (sob!), this was 2009's great No.1 that never was. [DB]


24. Lily Allen: 'The Fear'
Released: January UK chart peak: 1

VACANCY: Era-defining popstar required to replace incumbent plotting sabbatical. Experience marrying hummable melodies to commentary on modern life a must. Ability to rhyme "packing plastic" with "f*cking fantastic" advantageous. R. Nicole need not apply. [NL]


23. Florence and the Machine: 'Rabbit Heart'
Released: June UK chart peak: #12

OK, so the Brits panel are as reliable as the Royal Mail, but they got it spot on with Florence Welch. Her debut disc Lungs was a riveting listen from start to finish, with the quirky lyrics and Kate Bush-style holler of 'Rabbit Heart' a definite highlight. [AF]


22. Jordin Sparks: 'Battlefield'
Released: July UK chart peak: #11

Arena rawk dead? Pah! Produced by Ryan Tedder - him again - 'Battlefield' was a triumph of more is more: desk-rattling drums, screeching axe, Steinman-ish piano, a mighty Sparks vocal and hooks that got you in the chops like Peggy Mitchell's slappin' 'aaand. [NL]


21. Freemasons ft. Sophie: 'Heartbreak'
Released: June UK chart peak: #13

They'd already worked their filter-shifting magic on Kylie and K.Ro - and now Freemasons helped Our Soph to channel her inner club queen. The result? A camp and throbbing stomper that was impossible to resist at 9pm, 12am, 3am... [DB]


Selections and commentary by David Balls, Alex Fletcher, Nick Levine and Mayer Nissim.

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