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The Truth About Music’s Top Ten Songs of 2011

It’s that time of year again. A time for trimming trees and getting in heated fights with family members about Barack Obama’s policies. Better than all of that, are end of the year lists. As someone who grew up wanting to rank things (no idea why), I’ve always loved Decembers for this reason. Now, while many people put together a Top Singles list at the years end, I’ve decided to work on a Top Songs list, including some lesser known songs that deserve some recognition as 2011 comes to a close.

This list is open for debate so please post your top ten songs from 2011 below in the comments!


1. Someone Like You by Adele: While many people are quick to jump to “Rolling In The Deep” or “Rumour Has It” when thinking of Adele’s 2010 run, this song stands out above the rest. With a classic combination of brilliant production and elegant vocals this song bridges the gap between commercial success and musical perfection. Adele had an amazing year and this song is her crowning jewel and The Truth About Music’s top song of 2011.

2. Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People: In 2008 it was MGMT. In 2009 it was Phoenix. In 2010 it was Mumford and Sons. Now, in 2011 it is Foster The People. In a weird convergence, there always seems to be one off beat indie band that finds the perfect song to hit it big with. Sure it’s the song that the “true fans” hate but who cares? These are the bands that make music fun. They reinvent what it means to be “cool” in the pop world, even if it is in one year intervals. Even though few people knew the actual lyrics, everyone knew the addictive whistle that accompanied this song and it’s for those reasons that this song sits in our top 10.

Tinie Tempah

3. Written In The Stars by Tinie Tempah: It’s a real shame that this song came out in the very first month of 2011. Because of it’s early year release date, most sites left this song off of their best of 2011 lists. At one point this song seemed to be playing everywhere you turned. From record stores to television commercials, the song was everywhere and it helped to put Tinie Tempah on the map. Although the song peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, it slots in at #3 on our list because it was left off of so many other lists.

4. Without You by David Guetta and Usher: The first of two songs in our top ten for David Guetta, this year, pop music continued its monumental shift towards the club music scene. This song, does not fit into that category. Combining one of the decades top performers with one of its top producers, “Without You” is a song of passion and emotion in spite of its mainstream feel. Although this wasn’t Guetta’s top club anthem of 2011, it showed that he’s just as good with a slower somber song as he is producing the worlds top club jams.

5. Shake Me Down by Cage The Elephant: In a rare mood for indie rock bands, Cage The Elephant put out an album in 2011 after having huge success with their 2008 self titled album. Most of their success on that album came in 2010 and less than a year later, they were back with a brand new album. Without missing a beat, the album picked up right where the last album left off. This song became the albums first single and among the best of 2011.

6. Wishing Well by Blink 182: When you’re done reading this list, take a look back and you’ll see a trend. As mentioned earlier, music is continuing its shift towards club style songs. Blink 182 tried its hardest to put itself back on top of the punk rock world in 2011. Although they failed to recapture the magic of earlier albums, “Wishing Well” is a classic throwback to a time when Blink 182 were just a few kids cursing at each other on stage.


7. Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO: Sure they’re a ridiculous looking pair of wannabe gangster bros but you can’t deny their ability to make hit songs. After striking it big with some help from MTV’s Jersey Shore, LMFAO put out two monster singles in 2011. If you’re still not sold, you have to go back and listen to the subtle parts of their songs. Despite their party all the time attitude, they actually know the ins and outs of a great pop song.

8. Lighters by Bad Meets Evil Featuring Bruno Mars: How would 2011 be complete without a somber ballad anchored by 2010′s breakout star Bruno Mars? It wouldn’t be. Coming from one of the most underrated albums of 2011, the team of Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″ is brilliant from a beat and rhyming perspective while Mars knows how to hit the hook better than any artist out there right now. This song belongs on this list and if it had a longer stay on the charts, it may have crept up farther.

9. Jet Lag by Simple Plan Featuring Natasha Bedingfield: I don’t think it’s going out on a limb to say The Truth About Music is the only website on the planet to put this song on a best of 2011 list. After a three year absence, Simple Plan returned to the stage with a hard hitting punk rock album that kills it on every level. Instead of redefining themselves (see Sum 41′s recent career path), Simple Plan went back to what they do best. And let’s be honest, they do it better than almost anyone. If you haven’t heard this song yet, give it a listen.

David Guetta

10. Where Them Girls At by David Guetta Featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj: At one point, this was my favorite song of 2011. It just seemed like that perfect blend. Nicki Minaj was striking it big and although I hated her singles, this song featured her at her best. Flo Rida seems to never miss. During his five year career, he’s already had four multi-platinum singles in the United States. Like him or hate him, he knows how to craft a great pop song. Add a top notch producer as the cherry on top and this song was destined for greatness.


Notable Misses

Jack Sparrow by The Lonely Island: Despite being one of my favorite songs of 2011, the song relies to heavily on a brilliant music video. This song wins our title of Best Music Video of 2011 award.

What I Know by Parachute and We Found Love by Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris: Both of these songs shared a similar fate. While they are among the best songs released in 2011, they simply came out too late in the year. Both could fall in the top 10 but a small sample size prevented this from happening.

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  • Comment by DET posted December 29, 2011 at 06:07

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