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When Love Takes Over

David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland

One Love (2009)

This was definitely a big year for David Guetta. The DJ, who had previously had quite a bit of club success with songs like “Love is Gone,” crossed over in a major way in 2009, producing the biggest chart hit of the year (Black Eyed Peas’ rather dreadful “I Gotta Feeling”), earning his first top ten in his own right (“Sexy Bitch” with Akon), and hitting a personal artistic best with “When Love Takes Over.” The song made me wonder why Kelly Rowland was never able to really kick her career into high gear like Beyonce, as she’s got an incredible voice and a good musical instinct (she also guests on 2 other songs on Guetta’s excellent “One Love” album). Right from the song’s opening piano arpeggio, it’s got you falling in love with it, while the lyrics convey that weird way that love can be both suffocating and liberating (“Head underwater / now I can’t breathe / it never felt so good”). This was the raise-your-hands-in-the-air club jam of the summer.

Also check out: “Rock That Body” by the Black Eyed Peas, also produced by Guetta – the only truly great song from their “The E.N.D.” album