Amazon's newly released list of The Best Songs of 2010 shows some refreshingly good taste--although it agrees with the general consensus that the best song of the year was Cee-Lo's joyously insulting "Fuck You," it also includes a few tracks that have been overlooked as other media outlets are chalking up their best of the year lists--like Mark Ronson's sugary "Bang Bang Bang," The Dead Weather's uber-hip, excellent "Hustle and Cuss," and Stars' snappy "We Don't Want Your Body." (There are, of course, exceptions to this praise--the list also includes, bewilderingly, Ke$ha's "TiK ToK").
And sitting pretty at #65 (above Eminem and Fistful of Mercy, below Avi Buffalo and Katy Perry) is Seattle's own State of the Artist, the youthful trio of young MCs that capturedReverb'shearts this year.
The song being honored is among the slickest on SOTA's ultra-slick Members Only debut album, Seattlecalifragilisticextrahelladopeness. "Hey Hey" features guest rhymes from P. Smoov of Mad Rad and Fresh Espresso and a sexy hook sung by Shaprece, but ultimately it's the three SOTA Boys--Parker, TH, and Hyphen8d--who hustle the song along with an ease and airiness perfect for any night out on the town. Amazon made a good choice in representing the local hip-hop scene in their list. "Hey Hey"'s got pop, aplomb, and class--making it look just right sitting next to the likes of master songsmiths like Robyn and Kanye West.