Leona Lewis' 'Bleeding Love': The song of 2008?

Leonalewis_lRegular PopWatch readers may recall that earlier this year we engaged in a not-so-harmonious debate over whose single would take the title of "Song of Summer 2008." And while names like Katy, Rihanna, Estelle, and Duffy lit up our comment board, many readers weren’t sure whether "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis (pictured) had the staying power to make it through Labor Day weekend. Well, if iTunes downloads are any indication, the songstress’ soulful ballad might actually be the most popular song of the year. "Bleeding Love" topped iTunes’ 2008 best-selling singles list while Lewis’ UK brethren Coldplay scored the top-selling album spot with Viva La Vida.

Obviously digital sales are only one piece of the "it song" puzzle, so tell us, PopWatchers, what is your ditty of 2008? Did Perry’s "I Kissed a Girl" (which also made iTunes’ top 10 singles list) leave you craving the taste of cherry Chapstick all year long? Or did Rihanna (who made the list twice) and her "Disturbia" grab you like a thief in the night? And while you’re at it, what album (if you still listen to entire records) was your most-played of the year?

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  • kerry

    Duffy, Rockferry.

  • TPFly

    The song I’ve been humming to this day is Coldplay’s Viva La Vida. Bleeding Love seems like an overproduced, Oprah-endorsed Mariah throwaway.

  • Marcus

    Viva la Vida is definitely my most listened to this year.

  • SmillerGrace

    Bleeding Love: Written By Jesse McCartney (and the guy from One Republic)…I didn’t know any song involving him could be the song of the year. But check out his remake of “buy You A Drank”. Classic.

  • Elizabeth

    Leona’s “Better Over Time” is getting to the point it may give “Bleeding Love” a run for its money.

  • Martha

    I’ve listened to lots of great songs this year (‘Bleeding Love’ not included) but my most listened-to pop albums this year are Elbow’s ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ and John Legend’s ‘Evolver.’

  • beb

    “Bleeding Love” may have been the most downloaded song on iTunes, but it’s up against some stiff competition for Billboard’s Hot 100 song of the year. That honor is a toss-up between Leona and a few other songs:
    “Low” – FloRida featuring T-Pain
    “Whatever You Like” T.I.
    “I Kissed A Girl” Katy Perry
    “Better In Time,” unfortunately, is fading quickly, Elizabeth (it’s dropping down the Hot 100 after peaking at #11). She needs to get a third single out ASAP!
    My ditty of 2008 was “Leavin” by Jesse McCartney. It’ll be interesting to see where he ends up on the year-end chart, since the song spent nearly half a year bouncing around between #10 and #20 on the big chart.

  • Renaton

    Truth be told, although I really liked some of the releases, I actually that the most inspired work came out now, late in year.
    My favorite song of 2008: “Circus” – Britney Spears
    My favorite album of 2008: “808 & Heartbreak” – Kanye West

  • Rebekah

    Not only is Viva la Vida the top song of 2008, I would say it is one of the best songs of all time.

  • Renaton

    oh wait, change that to “Paper Planes”. That Clash sample with the gunshots and cash register effects, and it’s american capitalism critic were simply the most unpredictable recipe for a hit of the year. M.I.A. really knows what she`s doing, so thank God “Pineapple Express” helped her show people that.

  • Ben

    My song of the summer “If This is Love” by The Saturdays and “Let Me Think About It” by Freddie Le Grand (technically, I have listened to this song for over a year, but it became a serious song for the summer for me). My album that I still listen to all the time “Tangled Up” by Girls Aloud.

  • A.M.

    “Love” by Sugarland. If this song had come out of the mouth of Leona Lewis, or Bono, or Chris Martin, it wouldn’t even be a contest. Years from now, someone will have the sense to cover it, a la Whitney Huston with “I Will Always Love You,” and everyone will realize what a classic it is.
    If you can’t stand country, all I can say is give this one tune a chance.

  • Rafael

    Mercy or Warwick Avenue by Duffy

  • Dennis N.

    Bleeding Love is definitely the song of the year in terms of widespread and long-term contagiousness, but in the actual quality category, I vote for ‘Single Ladies.” I know that it still has some serious legs (pun SO intended) even though we’re unfortunately running out of 2008.
    Album of 2008: this is a purely American choice (since the album was originally released three years ago), but Robyn’s self-titled independent debut earned my vote. Not only is every song on the album a certified hit, but it’s a true statement of Robyn’s independence from confining record labels that wanted to trap her unique femininity in objectifying and marketable templates.

  • John

    Weren’t the objections to the original Songs of The Summer article that Bleeding Love had been the Song of the Spring and had already peaked at #1 on the Hot100 on three separate occasions?
    It’s been a massive hit throughout the year – 10 weeks straight at ‘#1 on both CHR/Pop (where it broke the spin and audience record) and HotAC radio plus 24 weeks in the top two on AC radio.
    Throw in the huge sales and it clearly deserves its place in the top 3 on any discussion for the year.

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