The list author says: "As much as I love fun music with a nice beat I'm a lyrics person at heart. Chances are most of the artists here are going to be singer-songwriters but I'll just apply any that I've been diggin' lately. Will contain no personal ratings."
"Bad Boy's first all-guy group. This was their debut and it is filled with lovely, heartwrenching ballads, a couple of nice uptempos and some great mid-tempos. Although at times the lead vocalist comes off as whiny, the group as a whole blend great harmonies. Key track: Call My Name"
"I honestly must say these chicks didn't do much for me early on. However, I gave in and tried their superior sophomore effort and was blown away. They play piano and guitars and actually have some heavier riffs than the other Disney stars. TRUST ME. Not throwaway material. Key track: Collapsed (New Version)"
"She *finally* hit one out the park. Almost every track is amazing and this feels like a contemporary classic on our hands. People who didn't like the belting on B'Day may have a few complaints, but otherwise this is her most solid disc. I prefer the deluxe but these days most people are on a budget so this is good enough. Key track: Rather Die Young"
"David's 2011 sophomore effort is pretty damn good. There are mostly mid-tempo rockers here but the emotion is at the forefront. I'm hoping the listed track is a single at some point. Key track: Goodbye To The Girl"
"Beautiful R&B disc with a few uptempos, many mid-tempos and wonderful ballads. If there is a God, then they sure did bless this woman with golden, soaring pipes. My favorite work of hers. Key track: You Gets No Love"
"Gavin's eponymous debut featuring love-sick, puppy-eyed lyrics with a couple of inspiring tunes for good measure. Also contains a fab stripped disc with said 11 tunes and a Sam Cooke cover. Key track: Chemical Party (stripped)"
"Got this late November/early December 2011 and it is now (out of 150+ CDs) one of my favorites. A great blend of uptempos, midtempos and ballads of the pop, R&B and dance genres. Simply amazing. Key track: Kissing A Fool"
"A good R&B CD with some pop overtones. This man has such a gutsy, soulful drawl it just flat out amazes me. The material is good but could be better if he connected with his material a bit more. I have hope for him though. One to watch. Key track: The Pieces Don't Fit Anymore"
"This was MY album back in late 2010 and continued to be well into 2011. It's so damn good I'm already waiting anxiously for another effort. The grooves vary in tempo and I'm so glad she called her own bluff in wanting to retire from the industry. Key track: Love You Long Time"
"Again, varying tempos but the mid and uptempos are the best. I actually never thought this disc could make one of my lists but overall this effort is worth it. Not as uneven as her debut (which I enjoyed) and just stronger all-around. Had to grow on me. Key track: Feeling Good"
"Sweet ballad after sweet ballad, this album mixes slow songs with fast ones perfectly. The genres covered are pop, R&B and dance pop. This is Jessica's best album to date although her second album is close in quality. Key track: I Wanna Love You Forever"
"I've been listening to this one a lot lately after getting a good fill of Sweet Kisses. It's somewhat more of the same as her debut, but with more urban leanings and more dance pop flavor. It's more upbeat than her first disc but there are plenty of ballads too. Key track: When You Told Me You Loved Me"
"This is probably the best piano-based pop music I've ever listened to. His voice is just good enough--just vulnerable enough--to have me coming back for more time and again. Mostly mid-tempos but a few uptempos and ballads. Stellar piano work. Key track: Perfect"
"Almost received as much play as his first studio record. I ordered it very soon after I got used to his first. The difference between each record is that this one is a bit more upbeat and less serious. I liked it a lot but I didn't love every track. Key track: Four Years"
"Sure, make fun of it if you want to. But this album is really good. It shows attitude and at its best it's really good, infectious pop. Not her best effort but good all the same. Love you, Mandy. Key track: Walk Me Home"
"Mandy's second disc brings joy to my face every time. Every track is a hit besides that sappy love song penned by the ubiquitous Diane Warren. Anyway, enough balling. Full of mid-tempos (I seem to like them, eh?) and a couple of ballads and uptempos. This is by far her best pop-oriented release. Key track: Only Took A Minute"
"I'm actually a little letdown by this release. It is too poppy for its own good. Now I'm a fan of pop music but the production just doesn't suit this soulful man's vocals. Not a total bust, some tracks offer a little something. Key track: Let Me Do It Over"
"Ne-Yo's very best to date. 8 straight-to-the-point R&B thrills and 2 OK dance cuts. A contemporary classic in my eyes. I'm getting sick of it now but that doesn't make the songs any less impressive. Key track: Genuine Only"
"A divine, inspired collection of songs that praise Jesus and His name. I'm not religious but this album gets under my skin in such a good way. Features pop and dance tunes when upbeat and a few powerfully-delivered ballads. Hard to believe she was merely 15 recording this. Key track: Hide Me"
"Rachael's so beautiful and her second album dazzles. It's more pop than her first CD but also contains ballads that are vocally-charged and beautiful. Vocally, she's already a "diva" in her own right. Contains pop, pop rock and nice slow jams. Key track: I'm All Yours"
"Definitely my favorite Lampa album since it features more pop rock than any of her first two releases. The tender songs here also feel like some of her most heartfelt material. I don't think she belts as much here as she did on other releases but that's totally OK. Still a hit. Hard to pick a favorite too since they're all so good. Key track: You Never Know"
"What a voice on this girl. She belts and croons with the very best of them and can imitate Mariah's infamous whistle register to great effect. This record has a mix of R&B grooves, ballads, a bit of urban dance material and some rapping to boot! Key track: You Were The One"
"The adorable Canadian girl with the best lips. Pop rock with some edge. Very cutesy lyrics about a girl dealing with high school themes. Very fun record and addictive as hell. One of my favorite listens in 2011. Too bad this girl is not bigger. Key track: Heart Of Glass (yes, it's a rockin' remake!)"
"Stacie's first record was full of religious tunes praising God, staying true to Him and noticing how a friend is feeling insecure, or sad and in need of God's hand. I'm not religious but the vocals are on point and the beats are pop, R&B and dance which I love. Great achievement. Key track: My Confidant"
"Her second official album, this set features Stacie moving further away from her spiritual roots and diving into more delicious pop gems with some R&B tones for kicks. The latter genre fully blossoms on her 2006 disc. Key track: I Promise"
"Hands down Stacie Orrico's best record. While she switches the longer held notes for seducing croons, the material is gold and that much richer for it. While Stacie's first disc had a mix of sounds praising God this one is straight ahead Rhythm and Blues. Lacks some variation in sound, but is a solid release. Key track: Easy To Luv You"
"This is my second favorite listen in 2011. I always knew of it since its release but never got around to it. Anyway, this is Switchfoot at their most depressing and desperate. I love the pain in the lyrics. There is balance though as the upbeat numbers have more hope. My favorite Switchfoot record and I don't think that'll EVER change. Key track: Happy Is A Yuppie Word"
"I got this at the end of last year (2011). It's my new favorite Taylor album right ahead of her first self-titled disc. The upbeat tracks are cute but the slow songs are usually filled with pain which I enjoyed. Very realistic look on love during those tracks. Key track: Enchanted"
"A very cutesy, girl-on-girl concoction. Oo, that sounded naughty! There is more than the pretty cover and the awesome, glossy pictures in the booklet: these girls are sad! The tempos have some range but mostly fit at the middle pace. All tracks contain their complaints. But they make it sound so good with harmonizing and the blend of country with pop rock sensibilities. Key track: Hard To Love You"