Music writer Neil McCormick chooses the ten biggest pop songs of 2008
1.'Yes We Can'
The Black Eyed Peas rapper turned an inspirational Barack Obama speech into an uplifting hip hop anthem, with a little help from celeb friends including John Legend, Herbie Hancock and Scarlet Johanson. The resulting internet sensation helped crystallise Obama's appeal for the youth vote.
As the veteran singer-songwriter returned to the live arena, his greatest song became part of the soundtrack of the year. An epic, gospel tinged ballad of failure and transcendence, it has been recorded and performed by over 100 different artists. Even Simon Cowell fell under its spell, choosing it for the X Factor winner's bid for the Christmas number one. Lord save us.
The little Welsh soul singer became inescapable with this warmed up Northern Soul stomper, pitched somewhere between vintage Aretha Franklin and Lulu.
4.Never Gonna Give You Up
The phenomenon known as rickrolling swept the net, taking unsuspected searchers to a cheesy video of the 80's pop star singing his long forgotten hit. Tens of millions were rickrolled, culminating in Astley winning Best Act Ever at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
5.That's Not My Name
The Ting Tings
An irresistibly bolshy feminist anthem from the minimalistic duo, turning them into pop sensations before they'd even written a whole set's worth of songs. Shouted with glee by crowds at festivals around the country. Woe betide the man who calls Katie White "darling".
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova Irish busker wins Best Original Song Oscar shock. Low budget indie film 'Once' made international stars of Hansard (the leader of obscure, long serving rock band The Frames) and 19-year-old Irglova. Life imitated art when they fell (slowly) in love.
7.I Kissed A Girl
A bit of cynical lesbian exploitation, perhaps, but there was no resisting this perfect slice of electro stomp bubblegum pop. Number one all over the world, it turned the witty, glamorous and engaging Perry into pop's favourite new naughty girl.
8.Viva La Vida
Coldplay A demonstration of how the internet has shifted pop cultural power to the consumer. The title track of the bestselling album of the year became such a download favourite, it gave Coldplay their first US number one before it was even released as a single.
9.Quantum of Solace - alternative Bond Theme
This inspired YouTube sensation by British comedian Cornish put the official Jack White theme in the shade. "Sometimes I wish Roger Moore would come back / With an underwater car and a little jet pack." Don't we all.
10.Ode to the Motherland
Lin Miaoke and Yang Peiyi Cute little 9-year-old Lin Miaoke was watched on TV by billions singing China's song for the opening ceremony. Only she wasn't singing at all. It turned out that she had been lipsyncing a performance by another child, Yang Peiyi, deemed by the Politburo not attractive enough to represent China. So much for the Olympian spirit.