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Top 10 Songs That Ought to Be on Your Playlist

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These days, most people do not buy too many albums. This means that the individual song is now the king of music more than anything else. It's easy to get a string of individual songs and build a playlist that will keep you tapping your toes for a long time. If you're not sure what songs you want to throw on your iPod or put on your computer next, here's the top 10 songs that bought to be on your playlist.

1. Owl City – Fireflies

It's techno meets pop, and the song is infectious from the first moment you hear it. It's been getting a lot of radio play, and even after the radio gets tired of it, you will have the song to refer back to when you just want to feel good.

2. Bob Dylan – Knockin 'On Heaven's Door

This classic song is light and airy; which helps since the topic is a little sad. Bob Dylan's voice is bluesy and clear, soulful and filled with rich meaningful tones.

3. Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow

OK, so the song title is not going to needlessly go down in record books as "Most Meaningful Song Title", but the song is still fun. It's upbeat, and perfect to give a little lift to your playlist.

4. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Under the Bridge

It's a slow song that touches on a lot of hard themes, but the guitar hangs through the song and really stays with you. If you tend to sing along to songs, this is definitely one you want to hold onto.

5. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance

Bad Romance is more of a modern song, and if you're a fan of Lady Gaga's catchy songs and fast hitting beats, this is definitely worth adding to your playlist.

6. Madonna – Hollywood

Madonna is called the Queen of Pop for a reason – she knows exactly what she's doing. While critics say the song is not deep enough, sometimes that's the fun of music – it does not have to be deep at all. Add this is you want something a little playful.

7. James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good)

If you add this little number to your playlist, you'll definitely be feeling good – this is a classic example of the funk sound that dominated to late 60s and early 70s, and it's perfect to round out your playlist.

8. The Eagles – Hotel California

This is one of the sadder songs on the list, but the guitar styling and vocals make it worth adding to your playlist all the same. After all, you can always skip the song and come back to it later when you're looking for something slower.

9. Rhianna – Umbrella

Rhianna's strong vocals make "Umbrella" a treat that you'll enjoy listening to again and again. You'll never look at an umbrella the same way after listening to this sweet song about love and support.

10. Credence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son

Credence Clearwater Revival – CCR for short – is Southern rock at its best, and "Fortunate Son" is upbeat enough to keep you going without falling into the pop formula. It's definitely classic rock, and if you're a rock fan, this definitely describes a space in your playlist.

Source by Dimitri Konchin

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