1.Florence and the Machine - SpectrumWhether the luminescent original version, or the elegantly amped-up Calvin Harris remix, "Spectrum" was the year's most addictive hit of pop euphoria.
2. Girls Aloud - Beautiful Cause You Love Me
Truly enough to make the words "big ballad" seem utterly insufficient.
It may seem a bewitchingly pretty trifle on first listen, but further investigations reveal intriguing layers of retrospection and reflection.
3. Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
4. Ed Sheeran - Drunk
It has the benefit of not only being one of the year's most heart-twisting ballads, but also possessing one of the greatest music videos ever.
5. Leona Lewis ft. Childish Gambino - Trouble
6. Robbie Williams - Candy
A winning, seemingly effortless, coy and charming comeback.
7. Cheryl Cole - Call My NameThere are better songs on A Million Lights (such as the title track and "Last One Standing"); however, this was last summer's most irresistible anthem.
8. Alexandra Burke - ElephantWith its unusual structure and sharp, sassy lyrics, this song really didn't get its due on the charts.
9. Olly Murs ft. Flo-Rida - Troublemaker
Just ridiculously catchy. I know it's a controversial statement, but this might actually be the catchiest Olly Murs song ever.
10. The Saturdays - 30 Days (JRMX Radio Remix)
I love the extra panache lent to the already-delightful Sats song by this charismatic remix.
11. Queen of Hearts - Tears in the RainThe edge has to go to the original version for its effervescently haunting feel; yet, the Damn You Mongolians remix intrigues with its subtle breakdown.
12. Girls Aloud - Something NewThe most important pop comeback ever got a fantastic start with this girl power anthem.
Just try resisting that "D-d-d-d-NA" hook. Good luck with that.
13. Little Mix - DNA
14. Marina and the Diamonds - Power and ControlAnother fascinating, romantically doomed misadventure in the life of Electra Heart.
15. Charli XCX - You're the OneFar from a cookie cutter major label songstress as one writer notoriously alleged, Charli continues to impress with her angsty pop magic.
16. Matt Cardle - It's Only LoveCheesy and extremely effective emotiveness.
17. Cinnamon Girl - FriendsAn attention-grabbing debut indeed.
18. Parade - Light Me UpThis winsome, bubbly track was a free download, which makes one wonder what's next for the resilient girl group.
19. Cheryl Cole - Ghetto BabyThe somewhat absurd video notwithstanding, this Lana Del Rey-penned slow burner was a memorable highlight of Cheryl's latest album.
A super-fun blast of retro-adorable.
20. Little Mix - Wings
21. Keane - DisconnectedStereotypically Keane-tastic, but still highly enjoyable.