#50 | Judas
Many considered Judas to be a flop, and although it didn’t dominate the charts, looking at Lady Gaga’s previous success it could be called unsuccessful for her. However, the fact remains that Judas is undeniably catchy and represents Lady Gaga’s transformation and development as an artist.
#49 | Check Yes Juliet
~We The Kings
I think the first time I heard this song was during an advertisement for a TV show; I think it was The Amazing Race although I can’t remember for sure. The only thing I do remember is that I instantly fell in love with the song. With its catchy chorus and groovy rhythm, Check Yes Juliet came in at #49 this year.
#48 | Smile
I’ll admit it – I’ve always been an Avril fan, although I can assure you that it’s not bias which caused Smile to make the list this year. It’s the fact that Avril, especially in this song, is so down to earth and so real. It helps that her music is catchy and you can connect with it as well.
#47 | I Wanna Go
Britney’s latest album Femme Fatale was released earlier this year and it produced a few great songs. Whilst many of the tracks were rather subpar and thus forgettable, I Wanna Go was a standout with its catchy chorus. It’s a typical Britney song in that respect.
#46 | ET
ET was Katy Perry’s fourth consecutive #1 from her sophomore album, Teenage Dream. With its big notes and quirky lyrics, the charm of this song was undeniable. It had a monster of a video clip which earned it many music video awards and nominations.
#45 | Jet Lag
~Simple Plan ft. Natasha Bedingfield
Although the lyrics to Jet Lag were at times terribly generic, what made me love this song was the collaboration between Simple Plan and Natasha Bedingfield. The two blended seamlessly and produced a great track in the end.
#44 | Warrant
~Foster The People
Foster The People were one of the great things to come out of 2011. Warrant is a typical Foster The People song in that the sound is amazingly catchy, but what lies beneath the surface is often a layer of dark lyrics, which is what makes these guys so interesting.
#43 | Give Me Everything
~Pitbull ft. Ne-yo, Afrojack and Nayer
Give Me Everything gave Pitbull his first number one single in the US, and his first number one single in the UK in which he was the main artist. This massive collaboration between four huge artists was a complete success.
#42 | Feeding Line
~Boy & Bear
Boy & Bear were the recipients of numerous ARIA Awards this year and thus I’m proud to say that they are my favorite Australian band. Feeding Line showcases their talent and how well the band as a whole comes together, and it was the single which earned the band the ARIA for Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
#41 | Marry The Night
Lady Gaga has, on numerous occasions, described Marry The Night as one of her favourite tracks from her album Born This Way. At the time of writing this, although Marry The Night hasn’t achieved phenomenal commercial success, it remains as one of my favourites from her album due to its different sound, and it is a testament to her determination.
#40 | Sadness is a Blessing
Lykke Li, a Swedish singer, had fans of alternative music raving in 2011 with her stellar sophomore album, Wounded Rhymes. Unsurprisingly, in Sadness is a Blessing Lykke sings about how all the sadnesses in life are in fact, in some way or other, a blessing. But what amazes me the most in her songs is how beautiful her voice is.
#39 | Hurts Like Heaven
Mylo Xyloto was released a few months ago and was my personal favourite album of 2011. The reason being the fact that Coldplay is just an amazing band who consistently churn out great songs which appeal to their fanbase. One of the standout tracks on the album was Hurts Like Heaven.
#38 | The Story of Us
The Story of Us demonstrates Taylor Swift’s artistic development which was evident in her latest studio album, Speak Now, released in November 2010. This song shows that Taylor is more than capable of singing songs which aren’t so country, evident by the rock influences and electric guitar-dominated track The Story of Us. The stellar music video takes place in a library and appears to feature the same character that appeared in You Belong With Me.
#37 | Mr Know It All
Kelly Clarkson released Stronger this year, with the lead single being Mr Know It All. Kelly rightly described it as a ‘grower’ – the more you listen to it, the more you like it. This is precisely the situation I found myself in; sure, the lyrics were typically generic, but the repetitive chorus was deceptively catchy.
#36 | Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)
Friday seemed to be the day of the year in 2011. Not only did Rebecca Black torment us with her song Friday which went viral on Youtube, but Katy Perry scored her 5th #1 on the one album with this song which describes the happenings of Katy’s Friday night. And to top it all off, Rebecca Black herself makes an appearance in the film clip!
#35 | The A Team
Complete with a black-and-white video clip, The A Team, off Ed Sheeran’s album + was filled to the brim with emotion and told the story of a prostitute who is abused and suffers from drug addiction, becoming weaker throughout the song and then passing away at the end.
#34 | Jar of Hearts
Christina Perri asked him the all-important question: Who do you think you are, running round stealing hearts? Her voice carried such emotion in Jar of Hearts that it was near impossible to be carried to a different place and ask that person the same question Christina asked.
#33 | Every Teardrop is a Waterfall
The lead single from Mylo Xyloto sent Coldplay fans around the world screaming with glee. Complete with a typically massive chorus and great vocals by Chris Martin, this song was undoubtedly a worthy first single from a magnificent album.
#32 | Monster
Featured on the latest Transformers movie, Monster was, well, a monster of a song for Paramore. It was dark, the lyrics worked well and the band played superbly and as usual Hayley Williams’ vocals were stunning.
#31 | Scheisse
It’s not every day you hear an English song with about a verse of German thrown in, but then again Lady Gaga is all about breaking the norm. After hearing this, it’s not at all surprisingly that I felt a sudden longing to learn how to speak German. I don’t speak German, but I can if you’d like it, she sings.