27 Best Songs From 2009

Her Diamonds – Rob Thomas

After breaking from Matchbox 20 to pursue his solo career, Rob Thomas focused on writing songs that were intimate looks into his own life and experiences. Her Diamonds explores the struggles of Thomas' wife, Marisol, who has an autoimmune disorder. The song captures the helplessness and pain we experience when a loved one has a chronic illness.

I'm Yours – Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz sings about the joys of blossoming love in this sweet, reggae-tinged ballad. The song climbed to the top of the adult contemporary charts thanks to its sweet lyrics and Mraz's likable personality.

The Fear – Lily Allen

This scythe-pop tune from British singer-songwriter Lily Allen received critical accolades and healthy radio play in the U.S. and abroad. While not as popular as some of the big stars of the day, Allen gained respect for being unique and original and for delving into subject matter usually avoided in pop music.

The Fear criticizes the culture of consumerism and fame-chasing. It's sung from the perspective of a famous person losing herself to the trappings of wealth and popularity.

Gives You Hell – All American Rejects

It's safe to say that millions of teens experiencing their first breakup in 2009 vented their emotions by rocking out to Gives You Hell. The energetic track describes feelings of contempt for someone and the desire to see them get their comeuppance.

The song made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 that year and was nominated for Best Rock track for the Teen Choice Awards.

According to All American Rejects' Tyson Ritter, the song is about “this a-hole, it's a dude who will never know it's about him. It's kind of this tongue-in-cheek way of looking at someone you hate….and it's giving them the finger”.

I Run To You – Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum – now known as Lady A – was at the top of the country charts in 2009 with I Run to You. This song is about relying on a loved one during difficult times. The video for the song avoids the obvious theme of romantic love and focuses on the chain reaction of “paying it forward,”; doing good deeds for others after a good deed has been done for you.

Let It Rock – Kevin Rudolph and Lil Wayne

Kevin Rudolph's song Let it Rock was meant to be an angry song about injustice and hypocrisy, but thanks to its anthemic chorus and hard-driving rock sound, it became one of the biggest party anthems of 2009.

Hot N Cold – Katy Perry

You can't make a list of top 2009 songs without Katy Perry's Hot n Cold. Most people could identify with this song about an indecisive lover on some level, but it was also simply a fun jam you could play in your car on the way to work.

Perry arrived on the scene with everything it takes to be a mega pop star. She had a quirky personality, a unique voice, and well-written pop songs, and her model-like looks didn't hurt either. 2009 turned out to be the year she'd kick off what turned out to be a long string of hits.

Then – Brad Paisley

Country music is known for its breakup songs, but it also happens to be very good at songs about true, lifelong love.

Brad Paisley's ‘ Then,‘ tells the story of a man reminiscing about his relationship with his wife. It starts with their first meeting and runs through the course of their relationship. At each point, he thinks he can't love her any more than he already does, but as time goes on, his heart expands to love her even more.

The song was a hit, making it number 1 on Billboard's U.S. Hot Country Songs. It's often played at weddings and anniversaries.

She Wolf – Shakira

Latin pop star Shakira released one of her most famous songs, She Wolf, in 2009, in both an English and a Spanish version. The song became a hit thanks to its throwback disco sound and the video featuring the star showing off her signature dance moves in a sexy bodysuit.

She Wolf is all about harnessing feminine energy and being your authentic self, a message that was very fitting for a time when women in music – and other fields – were finding their voices and going after what they wanted.

Top Songs From 2009, Final Thoughts

These were the best songs from 2009. It was a year to remember for sure, especially due to the music released that year. No matter what kind of genre you bop to, this list is sure to put some memories working in your mind.

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