27 Best Songs From 2009

Dead and Gone – T.I. Feat. Justin Timberlake

The powerhouse team-up of rapper T.I. and Justin Timberlake – both of whom were enjoying considerable success and popularity at the time- made Dead and Gone one of the top songs of 2009. The song is sung from the perspective of a man whose life choices lead to loss and his desire to make a new start.

Chicken Fried – Zak Brown

Zac Brown's Chicken Fried has sometimes been the subject of debate. Is it an ode to Southern culture or a checklist of redneck stereotypes? Wherever you may fall on the topic, it's undeniable that the song was a hit in 2009, so it must have resonated with plenty of people.

Circus – Britney Spears

By 2009, Britney Spears had already been a pop star for over a decade and had seen some challenging times in her life. The press had called her career done many times in the previous years, but Britney showed them she wasn't down for the count. Her single ‘Circus' became a chart-topper that showcased her talents and conveyed that she was the master of her own destiny.

Love Story – Taylor Swift

In 2009,  singer-songwriter Taylor Swift was 19 years old and had already been ruling the country genre for several years. While Love Story was not her official foray into pop music, the song did manage to get crossover play on non-country radio stations.

Its universal theme of young, forbidden love resonated with audiences of all types but set itself apart by giving the couple in the song a shamelessly happy ending rather than a tragic one.

Birthday Sex – Jeremih

Chicago-based musician Jeremih wasn't shy about the lyrics of his 2009 song Birthday Sex. He made clear what he intended to give the lady for her birthday, and female listeners everywhere wished they were in her position.

The song peaked at number 4 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and received heavy radio airplay and digital downloads.

21 Guns – Green Day

Some fans thought that pop-punk giants Green Day had flamed out after the success of 2004's American Idiot, but the band came back swinging in 2009 with their single, 21 Guns. This arena-rock style power ballad may have gotten the crowds singing and swaying along, but that doesn't detract from its serious message about patriotism and the consequences of war.

Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

This song about loneliness and longing is made all the more brutal by frontman Caleb Followill's heartfelt vocals. It reached the top ten on Billboard's Adult top 40 and Mainstream Top 40 charts.

Big Green Tractor – Jason Aldean

Big Green Tractor - Jason Aldean

Not every girl is impressed by a man in a high-end sports car; for some, their chariot of choice is a John Deer. Jason Aldean's song Big Green Tractor sings of the joys of rural romance, where simple pleasures like tractor rides and spending time under the stars make the perfect date.

Daniel – Bat For Lashes

British Synthpop performer Bat For Lashes (real name Natasha Khan)wrote and recorded this song about remembering a first love. Its vintage 70's sound reminded many people of early Stevie Nicks, and while it didn't chart high in the U.S., it did receive critical acclaim and became a favorite among the growing hipster movement.

Empire State of Mind – Jay Z Feat. Alicia Keys

Even if you've never been to New York, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' song Empire State of Mind will make you feel pride for the city. 

Between Jay-Z's rap that name-checks famous New York locations and celebrities, and Alicia Keys' powerful vocals, the song was a ready-made hit and jumped to the Top of Billboard's R&B charts.

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