Yeah, I did it. Why not, eh?
What The Hell - Avril Lavigne
This was probably the first new song I heard in 2011 and it was everything I wanted Avril to be and everything Avril didn’t want to be. Plus I got to see the video in 3D (ha!). What an amazing tune though.
With Ur Love - Cher Lloyd
After we got Swagger Jagger out of the way (which I really liked by the way), Cher came back stronger with this amazingly sweet song. Mike Posner’s voice makes me melt and the acoustic version is to die for.
Crystalline - Björk
Despite it being her least successful album in the UK so far and definitely not her strongest effort, the campaign for Biophilia at least started off strong with this lead single which basically encompasses every sound and genre the singer has ever touched upon on her earlier work. Imagine that Greatest Hits were songs that gave an insight into an artist’s career, instead of albums, and this would probably be Björk’s.
On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez
Sometimes, what makes a good song even more memorable is when EVERYONE loves it. I definitely never expected Jennifer Lopez to bounce back into the spotlight in the way that she did, but this song shows off the strong points of everyone involved and you literally couldn’t move on a night on without hearing it. A novelty classic that I reckon people will still listen to in years to come.
Price Tag - Jessie J
I really didn’t want to include this because my love for Jessie J has waned considerably over this course of this year, but again, this was one of those really cool songs that everyone was singing along to. I can remember being online, so eager to see the video and loving it when it was released too. Plus it’s the only B.o.B. rap I like.
Someone Like You - Adele
There are probably much better songs that were released this year and songs that I personally chose to listen to more, but there’s no denying that this was THE biggest hit of 2011 and the power it has over people all over the planet is inspiring.
Lucky Day - Nicola Roberts
I wasn’t especially keen on Beat Of My Drum but Lucky Day is the happiest song I have ever heard in my life. I can’t hear it without smiling like a maniac and my jaw usually hurts by the end. Plus, when you sing along, it doesn’t matter how bad your own voice is, you automatically sound amazing. Try it.
Born This Way - Lady Gaga
Waiting for a brand new Gaga single is a bit like waiting for Christmas in my experience and I was so excited to for this song before it was released that I remember bluntly asking if I could hear it when I visited Popjustice HQ as I was convinced they had the demo. Turns out they didn’t and the song ended up being another one of those tracks where every experience of it was shared by me and others. Listening to it for the first time, watching the Grammy performance, seeing the music video - at every stage of this song’s birth I was joined by a friend or two and was able to immediately dissect and discuss. I’m not usually a big fan of things that my brain decides are too “cheesy” or “camp” but I fell in love with this instantly.
We Found Love - Rihanna
Another of this year’s biggest hits. Rihanna is on a bit of a downward spiral in my opinion, things are getting lazier and lazier - but this song (along with the video) are 100% pop perfection and can make you feel about 1,000 different emotions at once. It really doesn’t get any better.
The Edge Of Glory - Lady Gaga
The music video was shit, the live performances were a bit dodgy and in terms of chart success, this song pretty much slipped under the radar again BUT everything about it is perfect. I cried when I first heard this and the life affirming moment that came after it had finished is the reason it’s my favourite song of the year. This song is beyond pop music, but is also a pretty good example of how it can be done exceptionally well.