Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood

For weeks, I have been unimpressed by every new song I've heard. Uninspired arrangements, soulless, digi-tweaked performances, asinine lyrics, a waste of sound waves... And then, one morning, I checked out VH1's Top 20 Countdown. Which song snapped me out of my music funk? Believe me, I was surprised too.

Before He Cheats, a perfect pop/country nugget performed by Carrie Underwood, green-screened in the appropriately dramatic video, with broken glass and debris whipping behind her.

After one listen, I knew every note of the melody and every word. That, my friends, is catchy. Slickness and all. Well done, Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins. This song is a bulls-eye.