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NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2011

Wondering how we listen to music in 2011? There's an app for that. (One of them, pictured, is called Jamboxx.) Shahin Edalati, ACD, Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners hide caption

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Wondering how we listen to music in 2011? There's an app for that. (One of them, pictured, is called Jamboxx.)

Shahin Edalati, ACD, Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners

This year, we couldn't sit still. Shoving a flailing ear bud into place while running for the train, flitting through Spotify playlists from passionate fans of every genre or trying to top each other on—this is how we approach listening to music now. At an alarming rate it floods our inboxes, blogs and record stores, pervasive yet more accessible than ever. Under the deluge there are songs that stand out, beg for repeat listens and eventually settle seamlessly into our lives.

To round out the year, NPR Music put together a mix with 100 of these favorite songs. Our staffers came armed with lists of the tunes that shook them up this year--the truly excellent, the roughly beautiful, the daring. Consensus emerged on several (What else do Beyoncé, Paul Simon and Blawan have in common?), while dark horse candidates stayed on the list by sheer force of love from one producer or another. It might sound jarring when a raging soca jam falls next to a haunting folk song, but that's how the year sounded to us--funny, joyful, heavy and always surprising.

This year was all about blurring the lines between genres, which seemed inevitable in a field over-saturated with sub, and sub-sub-sub classifications of type. Pop and electronic dance music reveled in its long-overdue civil union, where Rihanna's #1 pop hit was steeped in bubblegum techno. Elsewhere on the musical map, composer Judd Greenstein's charging melodies in "Change" represent dynamic new turf in indie classical, Lil Wayne sampled a song famously used in the movie Beetlejuice (when's that YouTube mash-up coming out?) and Jill Scott's "All Cried Out Redux" was probably the only beat-boxed ragtime joint you heard all year.

And perhaps above all, artists in 2011 wanted you to dance. If you found your groove to Colombian DJ Geko Jones, or hustled in step with the JD Allen Trio, or emulated Nicki Minaj's booty bounce, new adventures in beats and rhythms were incredibly present and as expansive as ever. So whether you'd rather mosh to Darkest Era or grind upon your loved one to Raphael Saadiq, we hope this mix makes you move, in whatever way makes you feel the best.

There's no way this list could include everything we liked, and it's probable we've left off a song that meant something to you. We hope you'll share your favorites of 2011 in the comments or tweet us @nprmusic.


10/10 Ensemble, "Fiji"
A 17-minute sashay through composer Michael Torke's deliriously colorful, imaginary tropical landscape. Heavy on the congas, bongos and claves, but lighthearted and sweet.

Adele, "Someone Like You"
In tonic chords and modulated phrases, Adele's offered goodbye hug perfectly captures the feeling of waking up from a broken heart: you've both moved on, it hurts, you won't forget, you'll live.

Alabama Shakes, "Hold On"
Neil Young called it "ragged glory" — the sound of a band getting it together right before your ears. Fronted by soulful dynamo/regular gal Brittany Howard, the Shakes are breaking through.

Anthony Hamilton, "Mad"
Otis Redding would have loved this tale of irresistible, bad-for-you romance, sung by one of his worthiest inheritors.

Azealia Banks, "212"
Get your headphones up: The raunchiest shut-down of 2011 features Banks' never-predictable vocal delivery over a drilling Lazy Jay house beat.

Battles, "Ice Cream" (feat. Matias Aguayo)
For a group often tagged as "math rock," the colorful Afropunk-infused "Ice Cream" is one of the year's most boisterous and off-kilter dance parties thanks to fun hooks and a killer funked up organ groove.

Beyonce, "Countdown"
An ode to married bliss that's also an exploding grab bag of sounds, from the Boyz II Men sample to a marching band.

Big Freedia, "Azz Everywhere"
A fresh tip of the hat to African-American call-and-response traditions that also provides the New Orleans bounce scene with an addictive dance floor anthem.

Bill McHenry, "La Fuerza"
A saxophonist's quartet attends a bullfight, with Salvador Dali and 'em. RIP drummer Paul Motian.

Bingo Players, "Cry (Just A Little)" (Olav Basoski Remix)
A happy house beat, Daft Punk-style synths and that sample. It's that simple.

Bjork, "Virus"
High concept multimedia experiences aside, here's a stunning minimalist song about how science and humanity (or lovers, or an iconic musician and her fans) interact.

Blawan, "Getting Me Down"
A slow jam gets the galloping sugar beat that Brandy never knew she needed.

Bon Iver, "Calgary"
The opening synth smears hint at '80s-influenced grandiosity, but tenderness and grace exudes throughout.

Cass McCombs, "County Line"
Many have tried to revive soft-rock and few have succeeded. "County Line" feels like a needle-drop on a forgotten classic: There is a dust road and you are crying.

Caveman, "Old Friend"
Newcomers marry guitar melody to wash of sound, with timeless-sounding results.

Chris Brown, "Look At Me Now" (feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne)
Busta and that bug-eyed beat: waking radio listeners from their stupor since February 2011.

Chris Thile & Michael Daves, "Sleep With One Eye Open"
Bluegrass from the dark end of the street — risky and raucous.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Same Mistake"
An exceptional return to form for the band that once launched a thousand blogs. Epic indie pop anthem that will have you shouting along in cathartic joy by that third chorus.

Cults, "Abducted"
Cute boy-girl pop that juxtaposes a sunny wall of sound songcraft with disturbing lyrics that hint at dysfunction underneath.

Danny Brown, "Scrap Or Die"
One of 2011's realest, saddest, most terrifying narratives; a zero-options, would be rags-to-riches story where a length of copper wire stands in for the glint of a happy ending.

Darkest Era, "An Ancient Fire Burns"
If you're not dreaming of driving a Camaro up a mountain to slay a dragon by the end of this song, you're doing it wrong.

Das Racist, "Michael Jackson"
Brooklyn internet thugs unleash their first legit single. True to form, it's stupid, childish and way too good to write off as novelty.

David Wax Museum, "Born With A Broken Heart"
A whirlwind treat from a loveable duo with a penchant for presenting pan-American folk with exuberant ease. Equipment: Donkey jawbone, Mexican jarocha guitar, trumpet, accordion, and — clearly — joy.

The Decemberists, "Down By The Water"
Portland folk-rockers incorporate memorable vocal harmonies from Gillian Welch and 12-string guitar from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck in this rollicking slice of down-home Americana.

Delicate Steve, "Butterfly"
New Jersey instrumentalists pluck, twang, strum and pitter-pat through the year's most epic sun-bleached back porch jam session.

Deniz Kurtel, "The L Word"
What begins as jumpy cut heard in the dance clubs of New York City circa 1989 ends saturated in some radiated strobe light out of time.

Drake, "Take Care" (feat. Rihanna)
The complex hip-hop Casanova's take on the blues, with a nod to Bobby Bland and some heavenly comfort from an ex.

E-40, "Beastin'"
The Bay Area veteran raps in a cracking and permanently quizzical tone over a beat made by video game-obsessed aliens. Brass heralds the 2-ply, Beastie Boys-quoting chorus.

Eleanor Friedberger, "My Mistakes"
Eschewing the hyperactive complexity of Fiery Furnaces while retaining the exuberant buoyancy and hooky vocal melodies. Plus a sax solo!

EMA, "The Grey Ship"
This seething and portentous gem takes a remarkable journey, worthy of every second of its seven-minute running time.

Fleet Foxes, "Helplessness Blues"
For all the talk of Fleet Foxes' echo-chamber atmospherics, "Helplessness Blues" takes about 60 seconds to reveal the meaning of life.

Fokn Bois and Jumo Daddy, "Lungulungu"
Ghanaian rappers half- and double-timing over a Hungarian-made beat that ambles with one leg, hustles with the other. Pidgin rap can be hard to understand, but it's probably the future.

Frank Ocean, "Swim Good"
The most charismatic R&B singer of the year delivers a visually rich portrait of existential torment paired with a club-worthy beat.

Garland Jeffreys, "Coney Island Winter"
The best Springsteen song the Boss didn't write this year, by a still-powerful veteran of New York's bohemian streets.

Gary Clark, Jr., "Bright Lights"
Slow-burning blues from a dazzling guitarist and popwise songwriter poised to blow up big.

Geko Jones, "Pa'la Escuela Nene" (feat. Maria Mulata)
A perfect example of why we love Geko Jones: only he could successfully mash up a classic genre like Colombian bullerengue (here featuring the fantastic vocal stylings of Maria Mulata) with thumping club beats.

Gem Club, "Twins"
A minor-key beauty from a cello and piano duo that slows the blood by filling the air between notes with sullen space.

Gillian Welch, "Hard Times"
Welch and David Rawlings sing beautifully of defiance and hope, but the net result is shot through with eternal ache.

Grouplove, "Tongue-Tied"
Last-day-of-school sunshine, five-speed bikes in the cul-de-sac, laser tag at midnight. Can this please never end?

G-Side, "Atmosphere" (feat. PH)
Deceptively subdued, nearly effortless flow hovers above a reggae riff submerged in a glitch jungle gym.

Hammers of Misfortune, "The Grain"
With a soaring, melancholic chorus, "The Grain" repeatedly returns to a powerful riff that is the stuff that headbangs are made out of.

I Wayne, "Change Them Ways"
Representative of the "new school" in roots rock reggae, Jamaica's I Wayne preaches peace and harmony. His warning to the wicked is something we can all vibe to.

Jacques Greene, "Another Girl"
Clipped beats and wordless sighs made for staring out windows until an R&B siren pulls you out of the funk to get into the funk.

James Blake, "The Wilhelm Scream"
Heart-wrenching slow jam-slash-showcase for multi-talented young dubstep writer/producer-turned frontman, over the irresistibly lethargic beat of the year.

James Farm, "Polliwog"
An instrumental with more engaging, rollicking episodes than most sitcoms out there today.

Jay-Z & Kanye West, "That's My Bitch"
Kanye goes dumb; Jay name-checks half of New York's art scene. Meanwhile, the beat grows a booty, and shakes it.

JD Allen Trio, "Mr. Steepy"
Sixteen bars, short-and-sweet. Just saxophone, bass and drums making swing go H.A.M.

Jean-Guihen Queyras, "Cello Concerto in G minor"
Antonio Vivaldi, an early supporter of the cello, gets a hand from a French virtuoso whose warm, smart reading collapses 300 years of musical history.

JEFF The Brotherhood, "Bummer"
Nashville power punk duo buries this grungy breakup song's ample heart beneath a fuzzy drone of distortion.

Jill Scott, "All Cried Out" (feat. Doug E. Fresh)
The everywoman of R&B turns a Doug E. Fresh beatbox and a touch of ragtime piano into a breezy kiss-off on which she sounds more free and brazen than she has in years.

Jonsi, "Gathering Stories"
The Sigur Ros frontman keeps adding to his whimsically gorgeous solo legacy with a creamy dollop of sunny, swirling majesty.

The Joy Formidable, "Whirring"
British trio knocks it out of the park by marrying melody with chaos while careening headlong toward a ferocious, four-minute climax.

Joyce DiDonato, "D'amour l'ardente flame"
Everyone's favorite mezzo-soprano gives this aria from Hector Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust a tender, lived-in passion.

Kate Bush, "Misty"
Sex with a snowman? Only the great Kate at her piano could paint it in colors this lovely and profound.

Katy B, "Katy On A Mission"
Katy gets harassed on her way to the dancefloor, remains focused on her priority; Britain's dubstep scene gets a human face.

Kay Ara, "Me Dough" (feat. Lil Shaker and Yaa Pono)
Kay Ara and his more established compatriots in Ghanaian rap bound over a stutter-stepping highlife sample and hold tight to a beat that drops with authority.

Kes The Band, "Wotless"
The ultimate soca jam of the year urged people to embarrass themselves dancing everywhere from Carnival parade lines to your desk at the office.

Lady Gaga, "Yoü & I"
Monster-sized ode to holding onto a piece of lost love forever and the best evidence yet that pop's queen of relentless provocation has a serious sense of humor.

Lagartijeando, "El Alto De La Paz"
You don't have to speak Spanish to understand the sexiness of this song's hook or its outrageously hip-grinding beat. Turn your swag on.

Laura Marling, "The Beast"
Spun out like one of Scheherezade's tales, this folk-metal ballad expresses a young woman's hunger and fury in no uncertain terms.

Lil B, "I Seen That Light"
In which the gleeful Bay Area purveyor of nonsense reveals a new, utterly convincing face: the humble, respectful motivational speaker with a heart (and a beat) of solid gold.

Lil Wayne, "6 Foot 7 Foot" (feat. Cory Gunz)
"Real Gs move in silence like lasagna," and other lessons in making perfectly reasonable points out of brain-melting nonsense.

Lisa Hannigan, "Home"
Featured player (on Damien Rice's O) steps front, center and widescreen, with lush instrumentation in one of the most exhilarating and beautifully sung songs of the year.

Los Tigres, "Jefe de Jefes"
The title means The Boss of All Bosses, which describes this band perfectly. There are other great Mexican bands but none as bad-ass.

Low, "Try To Sleep"
Soft and trance-inducing yet unmistakably alive, like running through grassy fields. Alan Spawhawk and Mimi Parker's harmonies have never sounded so uplifting.

Lykke Li, "I Follow Rivers"
Rhythm, mood and a declaration of undying devotion, from Sweden's answer to Stevie Nicks.

M83, "Midnight City"
There is no excusing the gratuitous saxophone solo, but we do anyway because "Midnight City" is the cursive neon sign outside the car window, and a contender for euphoria-inducing jam of the year.

Martina McBride, "I'm Gonna Love You Through It"
Country has never shied away from life's messy side, but this string-swept tearjerker about love's loyalty in the face of tragedy earns its sentiment.

Midnite, "Mongst I & I"
The legendary St. Croix roots reggae group since tells us to "keep good relations" with one another, despite the corporate greed and political discord around the globe.

Milagres, "Halfway"
A song that builds itself into a hazy trip while at the same time its exploding itself into fuzzy, synthy oblivion.

Miranda Lambert, "Mama's Broken Heart"
One of country's best young stars plays the bracingly brassy bad-girl role she was born for, spits fire in unforgettable fashion.

The Mountain Goats, "Estate Sale Sign"
A perfectly blistering John Darnielle anthem, suitable for shouting yourself hoarse after everything you hold dear has been pulverized into a fine powder.

My Morning Jacket, "Circuital"
Recorded live by a band that knows what the open road sounds like: 13 years in, Louisville's finest is still finding new tricks.

Natacha Atlas, "Batkallim" (Bombay Dub Remix)
Political prescience from an Anglo-Egyptian smartly steeped in pan-Arabic sounds: "Permit us to know freedom."

Nick Lowe, "House For Sale"
Sure, "House For Sale" functions as a sad metaphor for a relationship marred by neglect. But Lowe is such a humane songwriter that the song can't help but be shot through with hope for better days.

Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass"
The accents, the Slick Rick joke, that thing where you make up hand motions with your friends to the chorus.

Nicolas Jaar, "Keep Me There"
Gurgle, warble, boil and smoke, like a dank jazz side but a bit more baroque.

Now Ensemble, "Change"
Composer Judd Greenstein's tiny, urgent and insistent itches of melodic and rhythmic ideas explode into beauty.

Panda Bear, "You Can Count On Me"
A ghostly tapestry of cavernous Beach Boys-esque vocal harmonies, chopped beats and found sound.

Paul Simon, "Rewrite"
As a kora shimmers behind Simon, "Rewrite" goofs on a misbegotten screenplay — until it reveals itself as a heartbreaking look at delusion and momentous mistakes that can't be deleted.

Pedro Soler & Gaspar Claus, "Insomnio Mineral (Rondena)"
A father and son combine an ancient flamenco guitar technique with a non-traditional approach to cello. You wish your family sounded like this.

Purity Ring, "Ungirthed"
Sweetness, light, handclaps, bounce and a touch of menace: ears ringing, teeth clicking, ears ringing, teeth clicking.

Randy Montana, "Burn These Matches"
A big, swollen country power ballad about temptation and fidelity, shot through with regret and relief in equal measure.

Raphael Saadiq, "Heart Attack"
Three-minute soul throwback fueled by a yearning vocal and an ace backing band, all churn and grind, and as potent as it is airtight.

Real Estate, "It's Real"
Sunny with a chance of winsome, sweet-hearted melancholy. What could be better?

Rihanna, "We Found Love" (feat. Calvin Harris)
An uplifting, club-ready pop banger about hard-earned love? Or a chilling account of a relationship doomed by substance abuse and codependency? Depends on how much time you've spent with the video.

SBTRKT, "Wildfire" (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Masked producer gets an assist from Little Dragon's singer, who cements her status as indie electronic music's go-to guest vocalist of the year.

Seun Kuti, "Rise"
Slow-burning horns, swiftly moving social consciousness, and insistent grooves right out his father's playbook.

Simone Dinnerstein, "Ich ruf zu dir"
This pianist knows that what happens between the notes of this Bach cantata is just as crucial as what's written in the score.

Smith Westerns, "Weekend"
With a hot-as-a-car-hood-on-a-summer's-day guitar riff and a heart-wrenching chord progression, this song kicked off the sophomore album from these Chicago 20-year-olds in style.

St. Vincent, "Cruel"
Even on her album's catchiest song, St. Vincent's Annie Clark expresses darker feelings of fragmentation, discontent and uncertainty with sinister knife-twisting lines that pack an emotional punch.

Telebossa, "Eu Sonhei Que Tu Estavas Tao Linda"
Classic Brazilian songwriting with touches of chamber music and a subtle electronic presence, plus a surreal vocal. Like the moment after the sun sets and everything goes quiet.

Tinariwen, "Tenere Taqqim Tossam"
An awkward joint appearance on The Colbert Report probably didn't move the needle, but this collaboration between Tuareg rock gods Tinariwen and TV on the Radio makes for a sweet, soulful groove.

tUnE-yArDs, "Bizness"
Dance-ready Afrobeat rhythms built from looping drums and the powerful voice of 2011 All-Star Merrill Garbus.

Tyler, the Creator, "Yonkers"
The lurching funeral march of a thousand angry commenters, the cubist mouth architecture of a suburban nightmare, the problem with starting a fire.

The Weeknd, "The Morning"
The peaceful eye in House Of Balloons' hurricane of addiction: Abel Tesfaye exalts his indulgences like "drinking Alizè with our cereal for breakfast." It's the beautiful sound of the end of the beginning.

Wilco, "Art Of Almost"
The boldest opening statement from Wilco in ten years, "Art of Almost" asserts itself with provocative sounds and fiery riffs. This ain't your dad's "Dad Rock."

Wild Flag, "Romance"
Feminist punk superheroes reveal their secret: SHAKE! SHIMMY! SHAKE!

Wye Oak, "Civilian"
Singer-guitarist Jenn Wasner's insecurities and personal flaws are laid bare before squealing guitar and driving drumbeats.

Yuck, "Rubber"
"Rubber" begins with distortion so thick it hurts and ends with the most cathartic burst of feedback and noise you'll bliss out to this year.

  • Boogie Shoes
    Written by Harry Wayne Casey, Richard Finch (as Richard Raymond Finch)
  • The Anthem
    Written by Joel Madden, John Feldmann, Benji Madden
    Performed by Good Charlotte
    Courtesy of Epic Records
    By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
  • Every Rose Has Its Thorn
    Written by Bobby Dall, C.C. DeVille, Bret Michaels, Rikki Rockett
    Performed by Poison
    Courtesy of Capitol Records
    Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
  • Disco Inferno
    Written by Ron Kersey (as Tyrone "Have Mercy" Kersey) and Leroy Green
  • Mr. Big Stuff
    Written by Joseph Broussard, Carrol Washington, Ralph Williams
    Performed by Nikki & Rich
  • Celebrity Skin
    Written by Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson, Billy Corgan
    Performed by Hole
    Courtesy of Geffen Records
    Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
  • Higher Ground
    Written by Stevie Wonder
    Performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama (as Blind Boys of Alabama)
    Courtesy of Real World Records
  • Hongry
    Written by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
    Performed by The Coasters
    Courtesy of Atco Records
    By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
  • Them Girlz
    Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore), Julian Davis (as Julian Michael Davis)
    Performed by Cee Money & Dee Fresh
    Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
  • Peg O' My Heart
    Written by Al Bryan (as Alfred Bryan) and Fred Fisher
  • Dynamite
    Written by Taio Cruz, Max Martin (as Max Martin Sandberg), Dr. Luke, Bonnie McKee, Benny Blanco (as Benjamin Levin)
    Performed by Taio Cruz
    Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd.
    Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
  • Peter Cottontail
    Written by Steve Nelson, Jack Rollins
  • We No Speak Americano
    Written by Nicola Salerno, Renato Carosone
    Performed by Yolanda Be Cool & DCup
    Courtesy of Ultra Records
  • 305
    Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore), Jordan Yaeger, Alana Da Fonseca, Rachel Rickert, Sarai Howard
    Performed by Rae (as RAE)
    Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
  • I Want Candy
    Written by Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer, Bert Berns
    Performed by Cody Simpson
    Courtesy of Atlantic Records
  • The Pink Berets
    Written by Christopher Lennertz, Ali Dee, Julian Davis, Jordan Yaeger, Bryan Spitzer
    Performed by The DeeKompressors, featuring Rae and Chris Classic
    Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
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Most decades in popular music have been defined by genres, formats or geographies, but the 2010s can be perhaps best defined by platforms. Spotify launched in the US, as well as Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music and a Jay-Z-rebranded Tidal, and streaming figures became included in the singles and album charts. Social media broke down walls by creating direct lines of communication between artists and fans, with followers, memes and challenges on YouTube, Instagram and more recently TikTok becoming a crucial window for both fans and A&R departments.

As a result, it was a time in which music became truly global, and genres seemed to mutate and fuse. Latin and K-pop became established as major genres, EDM entered the mainstream. Hip-hop was elevated to a new level, outselling rock music for the first time, and saw subgenres like trap and SoundCloud rap acheiving mainstream success. The 2010s was also bookended by two young female artists – Adele and Billie Eilish – who in their own way personified the present and future of popular music.

Here’s our year-by-year guide to the songs we think perhaps best defined the 2010s. These aren’t necessarily our favourite songs, or the best-selling songs, but the songs that helped define the soundtrack to the last 10 years. Listen to all the picks on our Spotify playlist here.

A-side: Adele, Rolling in the Deep

Apparently, Adele's 21 or 19 albums were so popular in the UK that at one stage a copy was sold every 7 seconds. Given how quickly this song became inescapable – blaring out from wine bars, TVs, and the rolled-up windows of countless school runs – it’s remarkable just how odd Adele’s Rolling In The Deep is. A four-to-the-floor broadside from a woman scorned, the song unleashed a Delta Blues howl that the young Brit had barely hinted at, and that propelled her to the top of the charts worldwide. But it’s the backing vocals that elevate this to something extraordinary – cold and judgemental, where you might have expected warmth and heartfelt harmony. It’s a masterpiece of subverting a classic, timeless form.

B-side: Robyn, Dancing On My Own
One of the decade’s great disco bangers, this has remained a high mark in Robyn’s career so far. The first of her songs to top the charts in her native Sweden, the song was a bittersweet, voyeuristic narrative, a woman dancing alone in a crowded club while her ex and his new lover look on. It may have sounded, on the surface, life-affirming, but this was bleak, wounded pop of the highest order, and set the template for a certain brand of female empowerment through angst for the rest of the decade.

A-side: Lana Del Rey, Video Games

Lana Del Rey, The Greatest

Lizzy Grant was dead. Long live Lana Del Ray. Grant had played New York clubs for years under her own name, releasing a single album that sank without trace. A name change signalled a Year Zero. Out went casual clothes and a shy onstage persona – in came widescreen Sixties drama, dressed up like a glamorous gangster’s wife on the brink of a biblical fall. For all the accusations of artifice and manufacturing (Del Ray was accused of being a record company puppet), this homage to a sordid, swinging 60s was feverishly cinematic.

B-side: Rebecca Black, Friday
Self-recorded tracks existed long before the internet – in the 1950s, you could have your own records pressed after warbling to your heart’s content inside a vocal booth (Elvis Presley was signed after doing just that at Sun Records in Memphis in the 1950s). Rebecca Black only updated the tradition for the social media age. For the princely sum of $4,000, Black’s parents created an unwitting, auto-tuned popstar, a 13-year-old girl whose beyond-innocent tribute to the end of the week went viral – more than 167 million views on YouTube in the first four months alone. The other side of social media success reared its ugly head too: Black faced an onslaught of cyberbullying with people calling it “the worst song ever” and creating a seemingly never-ending series of parodies.

A-side: Psy, Gangnam Style

In Korean, it means “south of the river”. It’s regarded as the South Korean Beverley Hills, and home to some of the world’s priciest real estate. It even hosted the G:20 conference in 2011. But this isn’t why you know Gangnam. In 2012, Korean rapper Psy made this affluent stretch of Seoul as well-known to pop music as London, New York, Paris, Munich. The first globe-swallowing K-pop hit, Gangnam Style made Psy – the antithesis of the chiselled, good looking K-pop pin-up – into a viral star the world over. Let’s face it, you can still do the dance.

B-side: Lorde, Royals
Global popstars – with apologies to one Neil Finn – don’t tend to come from New Zealand. That all changed with the arrival of Lorde, a teenage singer-songwriter whose development had been nurtured by a local A&R since she was 12. Though the song would become a worldwide hit in 2013, it first emerged – free to download – on SoundCloud towards the end of 2012. It was the 17-year-old’s reaction to seeing conspicuous consumption in hip-hop videos and hearing a laundry list of luxury brands on rap songs, a realisation that the world you’re being sold is make believe. It’s minimal production created the blueprint for the “cutting-edge” sound of pop, and set the scene for other global successes like Taylor Swift blockbuster 1989 album.

A-side: Daft Punk, Get Lucky ft Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers

Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams

Before Get Lucky, Daft Punk had had a relatively quiet decade – their 2005 album Human After All attracted lacklustre reviews after the well-received Discovery (2001). The duo put their robotic heads down and toured for a couple of years… and then went silent. It was only in 2013 that a new song appeared. Daft Punk had met former Chic legend Nile Rodgers at a listening party in 1997, and more than a decade-and-a-half later, Rodgers would be instrumental in making their disco-flavoured Get Lucky the song of the summer. It’s not just down to Rodgers, either – Get Lucky’s sinuous melodies are ever sweeter thanks to the vocals of Pharrell Williams, who had quite the year…

B-side: Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines ft. TI + Pharrell
A song made famous thanks to 1) a video which left little to the imagination and 2) a court case involving the mischievous lifting of one of Marvin Gaye’s most irresistible hooks. Robin Thicke’s song was one of three massive hits featuring Pharrell that year (see also Get Lucky and the Despicable Me 2-featured super smash Happy). The topless version of the video for Blurred Lines was removed from YouTube after only a week but it only served to add to the song’s lustre. The line “I know you want it” only served to cause further issue as the #MeToo movement began to grow, causing it to be banned at student discos in the UK. Worse for Thicke and Williams was to come, when Marvin Gaye’s estate sued claiming the track had pilfered from the club classic Got To Get It On. The case went to trial and in 2015 the pair were found guilty of copyright infringement by a jury in 2015; the song had not sampled Gaye’s tune, but was found to have copied the feel of it – a seismic change in copyright claims which has huge implications for the industry.

A-side: Mark Ronson, Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars

Ever imagined what an updated version of Was Not Was’s Walk The Dinosaur might sound like? Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson might have pondered that very same thought. 2014’s least subtle singalong – at some point you can probably hear the moment a kitchen sink is thrown into the mix – Uptown Funk kisses itself at its prettiness and sweeps all before it with a seemingly unstoppable escalation. It’s as if two bands had an arms race over who could create the most worthy descendant of The Gap Band’s Oops Upside Your Head, and this was the end result.

B-side: Meghan Trainor, All About That Bass
A paean to the bottom end, just not the kind of bottom end audiophiles are usually obsessed with. Trainor was not a pop star herself, but a writer for hire when she penned the track, a collaboration with Kevin Kadish that took all of 40 minutes. Borrowing some of the tropes of doo-wop (Trainor had been a fan since she was introduced to it by her father), the soca-flavoured song is a no-description-spared celebration of the fuller figure.

A-side: BTS, I Need U

It’s the pop equivalent of the Marvel Universe. When it comes to immersing their fans in a manufactured world, few bands can match the creative vision of K-pop sensations BTS. I Need U, from their second album The Most Beautiful Moment In Life Part 2, was an electro-pop sideways move for the South Korean seven-piece, and a snapshot of the wider story the band teased out over the course of the album’s life, through music videos, social media posts, album art and comics. In due course, K-pop and BTS in particular would become a sensation not just in South East Asia but across the world.

B-side: Kendrick Lamar, Alright
“We gon’ be alright.” The simplest of choruses, turned into an anthem for a new civil rights movement. Inspired by a trip Lamar took to South Africa, the rapper fused beats provided by man-of-the-decade Pharrell with a wake-up call for black youth, recognising the struggle from generations past was still not done. It gained further credence when that five-syllable chorus became a chant at Black Lives Matter rallies. “We gon’ be alright” became less a throwaway optimistic catchphrase, and more than act of defiance.

A-side: Beyoncé, Formation

Beyonce’s sixth album Lemonade broke the mould when it was released with absolutely no advanced notice. The lead single Formation was an intense, uncompromising expression of both blackness and Southern-ness, the latter something Queen Bey had often been accused of forgetting by detractors. The opening verse is unequivocal, laying waste to online gossip (“Y'all haters corny with that Illuminati mess”) before unfurling a different kind of Southern flag a few lines later (“My daddy Alabama / Momma Louisiana”). The beats were insistent, almost martial; this was a Black Power anthem musically stripped back but a lyrical tour de force.

B-side: Billie Eilish, ocean eyes
Eilish came out of the blocks with real intent: Ocean Eyes was her first song, written by her older brother Finneas O’Connell, ostensibly for his band. First released on SoundCloud in November 2015, the song helped create a buzz about Eilish when she was still only 13, the lack of record company involvement making her feel like a genuine discovery. The lyrics made an instant impression, drawing parallels to Lorde: “Can’t stop staring at those ocean skies / Burning cities and napalm skies / Fifteen flares inside those ocean eyes.” By the end of the decade, Eilish would become one of the defining stars of pop music.

A-side: Luis Fonsi, Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee

From the Amazon to the Arctic Circle, Greenland to the Galapagos, this was the song of 2017. A collaboration between Puerto Ricans Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, the song’s remix added Justin Bieber into the mix – and made this song the biggest Latin smash since Macarena, some 20 years before. What was an otherwise inoffensive urban-inflected pop song, mostly sung in Spanish, instead became a battering ram that broke down the barriers that had kept Latino pop off English-speaking airwaves; they now call it “the Despacito effect”, and the likes of Demi Lovato and Camila Cabello have followed in its wake.

B-side: Ed Sheeran, Shape Of You
In the UK, you know you’ve made it when your song in used in an advert for middle class supermarket Marks & Spencers. Such was the ubiquity of Shape Of You. Sheeran was already big – stadium-filling big – by the time Shape Of You shimmied its sinuous hips across the world’s speakers in 2017. Inspired by TLC’s No Scrubs (that tune’s writers also get a nod on the credits) the song went on to become the biggest-selling single of 2017, and in 2018 became the first track to break two billion plays on streaming service Spotify. Originally conceived as a duet between Rihanna and rap star Rudimental, the head of Sheeran’s label convinced him to keep the track for himself.

A-side: Childish Gambino, This Is America

Childish Gambino, This Is America

Polymath Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) was starring in an episode of Saturday Night Live when the video for This Is America dropped (by then he’s already appeared in the Star Wars spin-off Solo: A Star Wars Story). He’d already produced a string of albums and singles, but some reviewers wondered out loud whether Glover was too busy being an actor, comedian and DJ to come up with a proper hit. Well, that changed with This Is America and its video, a film so stacked with allusions to black life in 21st Century America that it required several viewings. A visceral diatribe against American gun culture, the video is so stuffed with visual information – especially the nods to police prejudice against black Americans – it takes several views to full take in.

B-side: Ariana Grande: no tears left to cry
The American singer/songwriter hadn’t quite made the jump from star to superstardom, when her 2017 Manchester Arena concert was the target of a suicide bombing. Grande suspended the remainder of the tour and held the One Love Manchester tribute concert a few weeks later. Grande seemed to channel trauma in real time on her next album, covering her post-traumatic stress after Manchester and struggles with break-ups in an empowering way. no tears left to cry was the first single released, with the music video featuring a bee – the symbol of Manchester – an acknowledgement of strength through togetherness. Our resilience was Ari’s, and Ari’s resilience was ours.

A-side: Lil’ Nas X, Old Town Road ft. Billy Ray Cyrus

Lil' Nas X, Old Town Road

The instrumental version of this song was released in 2018, the work of Dutch beat producer YoungKio. But it would go overground thanks to a marrying of genres that still causes headscratching to this day. Rapper Lil’ Nas X snapped up the beats – which sampled banjo from a Nine Inch Nails instrumental – and bought the rights to the song for just $30; he wrote the lyrics, inspired by the tough times he was going through, in just a day. Old Town Road initially met some resistance from the country crowd; Billboard disqualified it from its country charts because it felt the song wasn’t country enough. But Old Town Road was not to be stopped; a remix version featuring Achy Breaky Heart hitmaker Billy Ray Cyrus helped propel the song into the stratosphere. Old Town Road ended up marking 19 weeks at the top of the US charts, a record. And it broke ground for other reasons, too. Lil Nas X (real name Montero Lamar Hill) came out as gay while the record was still number one in the US, becoming the only artist in history to do so.

B-side: Lizzo, Juice
It could have been a classic beamed straight from the mirrorball reflected dancefloors of the early 1980s – but no, Lizzo’s Juice was a fresh hit from 2019, the anthem for a thousand body-positive Instagram posts. The song Truth Hurts had been a sleeper hit in 2018, but it was a sinker compared to Juice; a bold as brass self-love anthem about as subtle as a Transformers film. Juice’s mile-high chorus (“It ain’t my fault that I'm out here gettin’ loose/ Gotta blame it on the Goose/ Gotta blame it on my juice, baby”) was as infectious as any in living memory.

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Top 100 Best Pop Songs Of 2011

Rihanna - "Man Down"

"Man Down" provides the soundtrack to one of the most controversial music videos of the year in which Rihanna shoots a man dead out of revenge for rape. The song is unusually downbeat for the album on which it is included. "Man Down" has a stronger reggae influence than much of Rihanna's hit msuic.

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Jessie J - "Domino"

Jessie J delivers a strong vocal performance on "Domino," but it also invited frustration that she sounds too much like Katy Perry. Despite that fact it has turned into a pop hit, and the comparisons do not detract from the quality of the recording.

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Christina Perri - "A Thousand Years"

Christina Perri contributed "A Thousand Years" to the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack. At first glance it seems a bit of an ordinary ballad, but "A Thousand Years" contains a gorgeous bridge section.

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Nickelback - "When We Stand Together"

"When We Stand Together" is the pop-rock single released to introduce Nickelback's album Here and Now. It has a strong swing to it accompanying the uplifting lyrics. "When We Stand Together" became a top 15 adult pop and adult contemporary hit.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers - "The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie"

"The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie" is the lead single from the Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You album. Anthony Kiedis says the song is not about anyone in particular, but is simply a melange of memories and people he has met along the way. "The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie" topped both the rock songs and alternative songs charts while going to the top 20 at adult pop radio.

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Maroon 5 - "Never Gonna Leave This Bed"

It may have gotten a bit buried in the "Moves Like Jagger" avalanche, but "Never Gonna Leave This Bed" is a pleasing, mellow ballad from Maroon 5's unjustly ignored album. Adam Levine has stated it is his favorite song on the album and the most honest.

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Pitbull - "International Love"

Pitbull takes his sound worldwide here. Chris Brown delivers sweet featured vocals, and the entire record is a smooth pleasure destined for both the dance floor and the radio playlist.

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J. Cole - "Work Out"

Rapper J. Cole's debut album was one of the most eagerly awaited of the year. He delivered on that promise when Cole World opened at #1 on the album chart. "Work Out" has a laidback feel that shows off influences from classic rap. "Work Out" was a top 5 hit on the rap chart.

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The Fray - "Heartbeat"

"Heartbeat" is the first single from The Fray's album Scars and Stories. The song features a big pop-rock production. The lyrics are inspired by international travels of lead vocalist and songwriter Isaac Slade.

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Big Sean - "Dance (A$$)" featuring Nicki Minaj

"Dance (A$$)" has been criticized as being a shameless stripper anthem. However, it is also clever and humorous with standout rap delivery from Big Sean. Nicki Minaj adds her inimitable sytle. The song was a top 5 rap and R&B hit.

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David Guetta - "Without You" featuring Usher

David Guetta scored a massive hit with this tribute to both slow ballads and uptempo dance music. Usher's vocals are beautiful here. "Without You" is the first David Guetta song to top the mainstream pop radio chart.

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Christina Perri - "Arms"

Christina Perri followed her "Jar Of Hears" breakthrough with this pop ballad which starts out gentle but moves into bold upbeat territory. Christina Perri's voice is arresting and distinctive here. "Arms" hit the top 15 of the adult pop chart.

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Matt Nathanson - "Faster"

Matt Nathanson carried the banner this year for sweet, singer-songwriter pop. "Faster" is upbeat and charming. The addition of horns adds depth to the mix. "Faster" became a top 15 adult pop hit.

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Beyonce - "Best Thing I Never Had"

Beyonce delivers one of the more memorable pop song lines of the year here with, "I bet it sucks to be you right now." She pleased long-term fans with a nod to other midtempo hits like "Irreplaceable." "Best Thing I Never Had" reached the top 5 of the R&B chart and topped the dance chart.

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Lady Antebellum - "Just a Kiss"

Lady Antebellum continued to straddle the pop and country worlds this year. While chosen as the lead single for the album Own the Night, it was one of the last recorded for the project. "Just a Kiss" effortlessly crossed genres topping the country singles chart and hitting the top 10 pop.

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Hot Chelle Rae - "Tonight Tonight"

"Tonight Tonight" is the breakthrough single for Nashville based pop band Hot Chelle Rae. All four band members are sons of established songwriters and performers. "Tonight Tonight" hit #1 on the adult pop radio chart while landing in the top 10 at mainstream pop.

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The Script - "For the First Time"

"For the First Time" is the lead single from the Script's second album Science and Faith. The emotional pop-rock landed in the top five on both the adult pop and adult contemporary charts. The band has said the song is about harsh reality for many people in the world that came to mind for the band after they returned from touring.

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Britney Spears - "Criminal"

The violence of the music video generated all of the headlines surrounding Britney Spears' fourth single from Femme Fatale. The song itself is the closest we get to a slow pop ballad on the album. The flute driven melody gives it all a light feel compared with the harder edged dance pop on Femme Fatale.

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Breathe Carolina - "Blackout"

Electronic duo Breathe Carolina broke into the pop mainstream with this single. It is drenched in electronic effects that propel a catchy hook. There is a strong influence of classic synthpop in the song.

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Jennifer Lopez - "I'm Into You" featuring Lil Wayne

Jennifer Lopez keeps the party going here, but the real star of this record is one of Lil Wayne's most charming featured raps. His contribution is clever and fun in radio-friendly fashion.

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Wiz Khalifa - "No Sleep"

Wiz Khalifa's "No Sleep" is one of the top laidback party anthems of the year. He collaborates here with producer Benny Blanco. Fellow Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller appears in the music video. "No Sleep" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #6.

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Rihanna - "You Da One"

Rihanna does know how to deliver a sweet love song. Here she is back in island mode singing the gentle praises of her lover. T/here is a dubstep breakdown that helps keep Rihanna completely contemporary here.

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T-Pain - "5 O'Clock" featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen

T-Pain makes magnificent use of a sample here. The segment comes from Lily Allen's minor hit "Who'd Have Known." The result was T-Pain's sixth top 10 pop hit as lead artist and his first since 2008.

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Adele - "Set Fire To the Rain"

"Set Fire To the Rain" carries one of the most traditional pop orchestrations of all of the songs on Adele's album 21. However, the additional production fails to diminish any of the emotional impact of her music. "Set Fire To the Rain" has been another major top 10 pop hit around the world for Adele.

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My Chemical Romance - "Sing"

"Sing" may seem somewhat out of character for My Chemical Romance, but it is an anthem for the downtrodden that resonates. "Sing" turned into a surprising top 10 adult pop hit for the band.

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Colbie Caillat - "I Do"

Colbie Caillat introduced her All Of You album with this sweet pop confection. The song simply celebrates a beautiful relationship. Colbie Caillat is at her sunniest here.

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Jessie J - "Price Tag" featuring B.o.B.

"Price Tag" introduced Jessie J to American audiences. It was a #1 hit single at home in the UK. The sound has a definite classic Motown soul influence.

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Bad Meets Evil - "Lighters" featuring Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars' beautiful rap proved strong enough to pull intense, rough rap to the upper reaches of the pop singles chart. The Bad Meets Evil project is a reunion of Eminem and former collaborator Royce da 5'9". "Lighters" reached #2 at pop radio.

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Katy Perry - "The One That Got Away"

Katy Perry's effort to generate an unprecedented sixth #1 hit single from her album features a song that does touch emotional chords in the listener. The melancholy lyrics about a relationship that just couldn't be are haunting.

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Gym Class Heroes - "Ass Back Home" featuring Neon Hitch

Gym Class Heroes prove here that their return with "Stereo Hearts" is no fluke. Upcoming British artist Neon Hitch delivers a sweet chorus.

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Coldplay - "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall"

Coldplay are in an upbeat mood here. The energy is infectious. The music video shows off the influence of graffiti art on the Mylo Xyloto album.

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Ke$ha - "Blow"

Ke$ha continued her dominance of party-ready dance pop with "Blow." She begins here simply with the command, "Dance!" Don't miss her ragged vocal when she takes the chorus over the top late in the song.

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Nicki Minaj - "Fly" featuring Rihanna

"Fly" stands out on Nicki Minaj's hit album Pink Friday with its inspirational tone. It was nearly left off the collection, but turned out to be one of the most memorable songs. Rihanna contributes an uplifting chorus.

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Britney Spears - "I Wanna Go"

Britney Spears responds here to concerns about her personal behavior. She is unapologetic. It is all set to an irresistible pulsing dance groove. The music video is one of her most humorous yet. This was the third consecutive top 10 hit from the album Femme Fatale.

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Foo Fighters - "Rope"

The Foo Fighters' "Rope" debuted at #1 on the rock songs chart and did not let go for 20 weeks. It is a bracing piece of straightforward rock. The music video is an outstanding, fresh approach to the performance video.

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Dr. Dre - "I Need a Doctor" featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey


Spanish 2011 top songs

Spain Singles Top 50

(1) 1 Danza Kuduro
Don Omar and Lucenzo
peak position: 1 – total weeks: 48 1 48 2.
(2) 2 Give Me Everything
Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer
peak position: 2 – total weeks: 17 2 17 3.
(3) 3 On The Floor
Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull
peak position: 1 – total weeks: 27 1 27 4.
(4) 4 Bailando Por Ahi
Juan Magan
peak position: 3 – total weeks: 15 3 15 5.
(5) 5 Rabiosa
Shakira and Pitbull
peak position: 1 – total weeks: 20 1 20 6.
(6) 6 Cuando Te Beso
Niña Pastori
peak position: 5 – total weeks: 11 5 11 7.
(9) 9 Rain Over Me
Pitbull and Marc Anthony
peak position: 7 – total weeks: 6 7 6 8.
(7) 7 Solamente Tú
Pablo Alboran
peak position: 1 – total weeks: 35 1 35 9.
(8) 8 Hacia Lo Salvaje
peak position: 7 – total weeks: 3 7 3 10.
(10) 10 Party Rock Anthem
LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock
peak position: 7 – total weeks: 17 7 17 11.
(11) 11 Rolling In The Deep
peak position: 11 – total weeks: 28 11 28 12.
(12) 12 La Niña Que Llora En Tus Fiestas
peak position: 8 – total weeks: 5 8 5 13.
(13) 13 Where Them Girls At
David Guetta featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj
peak position: 8 – total weeks: 17 8 17 14.
(16) 16 Get Together
Marta Sanchez and D-Mol
peak position: 13 – total weeks: 5 13 5 15.
(15) 15 Mr. Saxobeat
Alexandra Stan
peak position: 3 – total weeks: 32 3 32 16.
(22) 22 La Despedida
Daddy Yankee
peak position: 16 – total weeks: 11 16 11 17.
(14) 14 Dame Vida
peak position: 8 – total weeks: 13 8 13 18.
(new) new Night Of Your Life  Highest Debut
David Guetta and Jennifer Hudson
peak position: 18 – total weeks: 1 18 1 19.
(20) 20 I'm Into You
Jennifer Lopez and Lil Wayne
peak position: 19 – total weeks: 9 19 9 20.
(18) 18 Don't Wanna Go Home
Jason DeRulo
peak position: 18 – total weeks: 13 18 13 21.
(35) 35 Amarte Bien  Greatest Gain
Carlos Baute
peak position: 21 – total weeks: 5 21 5 22.
(21) 21 Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
peak position: 4 – total weeks: 13 4 13 23.
(26) 26 The Lazy Song
Bruno Mars
peak position: 23 – total weeks: 12 23 12 24.
(24) 24 Gimme The Base (dj)
Carlos Jean and M-And-Y
peak position: 4 – total weeks: 17 4 17 25.
(19) 19 Lead The Way
Carlos Jean and Electric Nana
peak position: 4 – total weeks: 29 4 29 26.
(23) 23 Rehab
Amy Winehouse
peak position: 7 – total weeks: 5 7 5 27.
(30) 30 Till The World Ends
Britney Spears
peak position: 11 – total weeks: 23 11 23 28.
(41) 41 Nachopolizate
Victor Sandoval
peak position: 18 – total weeks: 3 18 3 29.
(28) 28 Blanco Y Negro
peak position: 3 – total weeks: 51 3 51 30.
(31) 31 Judas
Lady GaGa
peak position: 6 – total weeks: 20 6 20 31.
(27) 27 Erase You!
Andre Olá and Helene
peak position: 27 – total weeks: 5 27 5 32.
(39) 39 Waka Waka (this Time For Africa)  Longest on Chart
Shakira and Freshlyground
peak position: 1 – total weeks: 68 1 68 33.
(32) 32 Price Tag
Jessie J and B.o.B
peak position: 17 – total weeks: 26 17 26 34.
(17) 17 Titanium
David Guetta and Sia
peak position: 12 – total weeks: 3 12 3 35.
(re-entry) re-entry Sweat  Best Comeback
Snoop Dogg and David Guetta
peak position: 20 – total weeks: 19 20 19 36.
(40) 40 Back To Black
Amy Winehouse
peak position: 10 – total weeks: 9 10 9 37.
(37) 37 All My People
Sasha Lopez and Broono
peak position: 30 – total weeks: 5 30 5 38.
(re-entry) re-entry Bon, Bon
peak position: 38 – total weeks: 2 38 2 39.
(34) 34 Far L'amore
Bob Sinclar and Raffaella Carrà
peak position: 7 – total weeks: 14 7 14 40.
(46) 46 Mi Lamento
Dani Martín
peak position: 17 – total weeks: 11 17 11 41.
(38) 38 Hello
Martin Solveig and Dragonette
peak position: 17 – total weeks: 26 17 26 42.
(33) 33 S&M
peak position: 3 – total weeks: 27 3 27 43.
(47) 47 Sun Is Up
peak position: 22 – total weeks: 17 22 17 44.
(42) 42 The Edge Of Glory
Lady GaGa
peak position: 5 – total weeks: 9 5 9 45.
(48) 48 Una Vaina Loca
Boy Wonder featuring Chosen Few Urbano and Fuego
peak position: 45 – total weeks: 2 45 2 46.
(re-entry) re-entry Loca
Shakira featuring El Cata and Dizzee Rascal
peak position: 1 – total weeks: 46 1 46 47.
(re-entry) re-entry Si Te Marchas
peak position: 18 – total weeks: 32 18 32 48.
(36) 36 Taboo
Don Omar
peak position: 36 – total weeks: 5 36 5 49.
(43) 43 Just Can't Get Enough
The Black Eyed Peas
peak position: 16 – total weeks: 19 16 19 50.
(25) 25 The Golden Age  Biggest Fall
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
peak position: 19 – total weeks: 9 19 9
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MTV's list of the Best Songs of 2011 is like one of those old late-night commercials for awesome sampler albums: You've got your pop hit, a bit of rock, some hip-hop, R&B and a tune or two that you just can't fully define, but which you definitely shook it to at some point over the past 12 months.

Last week, MTV correspondent Sway Calloway moderated a spirited roundtable discussion with some of our very own experts: James Montgomery and Rob Markman (MTV News), Yomi Desalu and Malika Quemerais (MTV Music and Talent) and Tamar Anitai and Nicole James ( The panel managed to narrow it down to their top 10.

We will say that the year's ultimate "Party Rock Anthem" made the cut, as did Rihanna's waltz into the world of dubstep, a kitchen-sink empowerment anthem for anyone who's ever felt marginalized, and an unexpected smash about a school shooting that is so catchy you might miss the sinister lyrics. Two of rap's titans are also on the list, as is a pop princess who hopped on the Empowerment Express, an R&B singer who went the Dirty South route with two hip-hop icons, and a Latin rhymer asking for some eye contact over a club-banging beat.

10. "Firework," Katy Perry

Sure, its release as a single came in late 2010, but the true impact of "Firework" was felt in 2011. It rang in the New Year at #1, was Perry's top single of the year and is nominated for the Record of the Year Grammy. More importantly, the song's message touched fans all over the world as the pop star toured the globe. "I wrote this song for anyone who ever needed a song. To help them, to lift them up," she told the crowd when I saw her at New York's Nassau Coliseum this summer. The arena shook as every person sang along with her and pyro lit up the stage, raining down like a wall of sparklers. — John Mitchell

9. "Look at Me Now," Chris Brown

Tough, aggressive and completely unapologetic lyrically, Chris goes hard on the F.A.M.E. track, which also features rap heavy-hitters Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne. Grinding production, bleeping noises and bumping beats answer Brown's siren call about not really caring very much what anyone thinks about him and his bad-boy rep. Why? Well, mostly because he's "fresh than a mother----er." Given Brown's nefarious past, it was a catchy, bold, brash statement from one of R&B's biggest young stars. — Jocelyn Vena

8. "N---as in Paris," Kanye West and Jay-Z

Kanye West picked a fitting Will Ferrell sound bite for "N---as in Paris," but not even Yeezy could have predicted just how much his and Jay-Z's second Watch the Throne single would get the people going. After leading with "Otis," the Throne's kinetic follow-up joint seems to be the ultimate people's choice. The brash title and profane hook ("Ball so hard mother----ers wanna fine me") doesn't exactly scream radio hit, but that's exactly what it has become, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Rap Songs chart. The song has become so popular that Hov and 'Ye have performed it as many as nine times in a single night during their WTT Tour run. Now that sh-- cray! — Rob Markman

7. "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster the People

If you went to a rock club or major festival, turned on satellite radio, or visited any retail store that sells skinny jeans, you were likely entranced by the Los Angeles trio's breakout hit "Pumped Up Kicks." The combination of lyrics about a psychotic, gun-toting teen and cheery, New Wave-y bass bounce, seven-dwarves-worthy whistling, hypnotic electronic effects and former jingle writer Mark Foster's dreamy falsetto vocals revived the feel of mid-1990s alt-rock. Plus, as it turns out, this potential one-hit wonder ended up having plenty more to offer. — Gil Kaufman

6. "Give Me Everything," Pitbull

Pitbull is perhaps music's most underrated hitmaker, but if 2009's "I Know You Want Me" and "Hotel Room Service" weren't enough to convince the naysayers, the Cuban pop-rapper's omnipresent "Give Me Everything" should've done the trick in 2011. On paper, a song featuring Pit, Ne-Yo, Afrojack and sexy-siren Nayer might seem a bit all over the place, but by the end of the four-minute, 12-second jam, it all worked out quite nicely. There's a reason the one-night stand ode hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The energetic dance groove, rapid rhymes and the track's infectious hook were choice ingredients for the perfect party record. — R.M.

5. "Born This Way," Lady Gaga

Quick, name another top 10 hit that seeks to empower the LGBT community, drag queens, the disabled or anyone who is "black, white beige, chola descent ... Lebanese ... orient." You can't, because nobody but Mother Monster has the cojones to release "Born This Way" as the first single off an eagerly anticipated sophomore album. The tune mixes soaring rhetoric with equally pulse-quickening beats. Of course, it was accompanied by a viscous-liquid-dripping seven-minute video that added to Gaga's mind-tripping visual canon and further established her as one of the biggest triple threats in music. — G.K.

4. "Party Rock Anthem," LMFAO

LMFAO's ode to being the life of the party is the definition of a guilty pleasure, and it was an instant hit, topping the charts and playlists. With a fist-pumping beat and lyrics that are nearly as silly as the leopard-print pants Redfoo and SkyBlu typically rock, "Party Rock Anthem" had everyone from your grandma to Justin Bieber "shufflin'. " — J.V.

3. "We Found Love," Rihanna

Rihanna fully embraced EDM on her Talk That Talk single. Produced by Calvin Harris, "We Found Love" is a swirling party track about love and loss. It took pop's obsession with dance music to the next level thanks to its killer production. Sparse at times and completely enthralling at others, "WFL" is sad and joyous all at once. A call back to '90s raves, the song made pop lovers want to break out their glow sticks and just dance. — J.V.

2. "Super Bass," Nicki Minaj

It wasn't Pink Friday's first single — hell, it wasn't even technically on the album's proper track list! — but "Super Bass" had all the right ingredients. There's the bright and airy guitar intro, which eventually builds into a full pop affair complete with a knocking 808 and, of course, that patented bass drum. Lyrically, Nicki threw a shout-out to 1980s rap legend Slick Rick and threatened to slap a chick all in an effort to woo her drug-dealing crush. Typically, cheery-sounding pop hits aren't so edgy, but the Harajuku Barbie has successfully elbowed her way into the spotlight alongside starlets like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift — and has done it her way.

1. "Rolling in the Deep," Adele

Was there any doubt? The megahit so dominated 2011 that calling it the Song of the Year is putting it mildly. And we're not just talking commercially — though it was the year's best-selling track — or critically, mostly because focusing on those details fails to tell the whole story. Consider it the anthem to end all anthems, the feel-bad song of our time, the antidote for the Auto-Tuned masses. But maybe it's best just to call it Adele's coronation into the ranks of the all-time greats. She's now and forever the Queen of Pain. Long may she reign.

All this week, watch "AMTV" on MTV every day at 8 a.m. ET for our Best of 2011 lists. Then, come to at 5 p.m. as we reveal our top picks of the year!


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50 Greatest Latin Pop Songs

With Latin pop getting heightened visibility in the American mainstream this year, it’s time we call for a history lesson. This summer “Latino Gang” Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin nabbed the Number One spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with their Latin trap hit, “I Like It.” But in sampling the Tony Pabon and Manny Rodriguez-penned single, “I Like It Like That,” this win marks the third time the boogaloo song has cycled through the United States pop chart: first by Pete Rodríguez, whose original recording hit Number 25 in 1967; then again by Tito Puente, Sheila E. and the Blackout All-Stars supergroup in 1996.

By reading Anglophone music media, one might think Latin pop’s ubiquity in the United States is a sudden one – but it’s hardly as recent a phenomenon as new listeners believe. From the Cuban mambo craze of the 1950s to the global virality of “Despacito,” Latin American music has been a fixture of popular music around the world so long as it’s been recorded. Just ask Romeo Santos and the Bronx-based bachata group Aventura, whose 2002 single “Obsesión” scored Number Ones across France, Italy and Germany before the United States caught on.

Encompassing everything from salsa to rock en español, Latin pop is a constantly evolving genre colored by the traditions, migrations and innovations of Latinx people in spite of all odds. Some of the most famous Latin pop songs have survived military dictatorships, war, famine and natural disasters – and they still hold up in spite of passing trends. Rolling Stone contributors selected 50 of the most influential songs in Latin pop history, ranked in chronological order.


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