What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell like a top 40 single. -Shakespeare
  1. Miss Independent: Kelly Clarkson vs Ne-Yo
    Think about Ne-Yo's ideal woman. Is she about to pay off the loans on her car and home? Are her bills paid on time? If you guessed any of those you'd be right. Kelly might have the anthem here, but Ne-Yo wins with heart. Winner: Ne-Yo
  2. As Long As You Love Me: Backstreet Boys vs Justin Bieber
    Justin's is an earnest claim that no matter the circumstances, he'll be fine [insert song title]. BSB's brings a more mature perspective, implying themes of grace and forgiveness for the past [insert song title]. Winner: BSB
  3. Creep: TLC vs Radiohead
    Radiohead doesn't get quoted by Michael Keaton in "The Other Guys," but it is the better song here. Winner: Radiohead
  4. California Gi[u]rls: the Beachboys vs Katy Perry
    Katy Perry has arguably the catchier song and definitely wins in a "song-of-the-summer" contest but The Beachboys take it for me with their acknowledgement and appreciation for girls from all over the country. Winner: The Beachboys
  5. Always: Bon Jovi vs Blink-182
    Bon Jovi makes a lot of hyperbolic promises in his sappy power ballad. Blink-182 get out their angsty hopeless-romantic 80s twinged love while simultaneously making one of the top 10 music videos of all time. Winner: Blink-182
  6. Wish you were here: Pink Floyd vs. Incubus
    No contest Pink Floyd wins this. And I will Hunger Games anyone who says otherwise.
    Suggested by   @magebloom
  7. I Kissed a Girl: Jill Sobule vs. Katy Perry
    A minor hit for Jill Sobule in the 90s, Jill sing about exploring her sexuality and kissing a girl. Katy's major hit in the 00s was radio friendly but utterly lightweight pop song with little emotional resonance. Jill's music video also featured male model Fabio as Jill's boyfriend. Winner: Jill Sobule
    Suggested by   @eatthelove