The Top 10 Everything of 2009
TIME charts the highs and lows of the past year in 50 wide-ranging lists.
* Top 10 Songs
10. "Mad World" by Adam Lambert
By JOSH TYRANGIEL Tuesday, Dec. 08, 2009
"Talent is a trend," goes the old record-company proverb, and Adam Lambert proved it repeatedly on the reality talent show that no one remembers he didn't win. In particular, Lambert's performance of this slowly building Tears for Fears track shows off his ability to interpret a song and create dramatic tension — a lost art in pop music. It also helps that he holds his notes with remarkable clarity and has such obvious vocal star power that America couldn't help but make him the ... well, whatever.