#8 – Lily Allen – “Smile” – (2006)

“Smile” was Lily Allen’s first single and biggest hit. It has a catchy, bouncing beat and sassy, cheeky lyrics delivered in a even-toned voice. The chorus “At worst I feel bad for a while, then I just smile” is easy to pick up. It was a #1 in the U.K. – rightfully so as Lily Allen was a huge star around the time this came out and a kind of musical darling of London (perhaps that’s overstating it a little). Anyway, this is one of the best examples of this decade’s sound.

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