Top Ten By Nikki Hall
1. Usher – Burn
USHER LANDED his opportunity of a lifetime when he was only 14 years old. The choirboy auditioned for L.A. Reid, co-founder of La Face and was immediately given a contract. Between then and now, Usher has had several top 10’s worldwide and has performed with most R& B and Hip Hop superstars.
His latest single, Burn, is one of the most emotional and soulful singles to date, except, of course, for You Got It Bad. If you don’t listen to the lyrics, you’re not going to like it. It is a story about Usher breaking up with his girlfriend. Although he is not happy, he knows he has to move on. But his ex is taking it harder than he thought she would. To make things easier on both of them, he basically tells her that he doesn’t want her anymore, and to get out. “You know that it’s over/ You know that is through/ Let it burn/ Let it burn/ Got to let it burn”. But, then after she’s gone, the reality of being alone starts to hit him. After telling her that he didn’t want her, he realises that, in fact, he misses her and that he has made a big mistake. “I know I made a mistake/ Now it’s too late/ I know she ain’t comin back/ What I gotta do now/ To get my shorty back?”. We’ve all been there Usher, but you got to let it Burn.
Usher’s voice on this single sounds so much better than on Yeah!, which really wasn’t for him. This boy can sing those tunes and make you go share his pain. And he proves that on this single with his epic performance. He gains extra points on this single for having the talented Jermaine Dupri as producer.
2. Belle and Sebastian – Wrapped Up in a Book
3. Brandy – Who is She 2 You?
4. Angel City – Touch Me
5. Phixx – Wild Boys
6. Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme
7. Beyonce with Luther Vandross – The Close
8. Avril Lavigne – Happy Ending
9. Beenie Man – King of the Dancehall
10.Bowling for Soup – 1985