The Black Eyed Peas, "Meet Me Halfway"
The third Black Eyed Peas single from "The E.N.D." is somewhat of a departure from previous hits "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling," which collectively spent a record-breaking 26 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. While the Peas' circa-3008 production aesthetic is still at the forefront, "Meet Me Halfway" boasts a slightly breezier, more downtempo beat and a vintage Madonna-inspired chorus: "Can you meet me halfway/Right at the borderline/Is where I'm gonna wait for you." Fergie elongates each note for a sensual vocal and offers a nice complement to co-producer Will.i.am, who handles the majority of the rhymes over funk guitar, hand claps and distorted pulses. Already climbing the Hot 100 with their latest, the Peas are evidently on a quest to prove that their hit parade is far from over. -Michael Menachem