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Chapter 259: Poker Face

00s pop

In the 17 years since it was released, I’ve never seen a song hit the culture like “Hey Ya.” Radio played it on repeat; my mom had to pull the car over to finish listening the first time she heard it. Was the draw the ingenious pseudo-11/4 time signature, the instantly memed breakdown, or the sheer electricity of Andre’s performance? All of these songs have a similar immediacy, between the heart-on-sleeve “Delilah”, “Hollaback Girl”’s cheerleader chic, and Lady Gaga’s breakthrough single, as a punster still trying to hide her naturally goofy energy by being cooler than cool (ice cold).
1. Adele

Rolling In the Deep

2. Gwen Stefani

Hollaback Girl

3. Jason Mraz

I'm Yours

4. Lady GaGa

Poker Face

5. Gnarls Barkley


6. Plain White T's

Hey There Delilah

7. Andre 3000

Hey Ya!

8. Taylor Swift

You Belong With Me

9. Gwen Stefani

The Sweet Escape (ft. Akon)

10. Coldplay

Viva La Vida