So this is my first year trying this. Since I'm basically only interested in songs, I'm going to do a Top 100 songs list and a Top 50 music video list. The singles will come first, and the music videos will come last. First update is tomorrow.
The top 100 singles are mainly based off my Top 40 countdown, which is based on digital sales and airplay and not very much of my personal preference. However, I will attempt to make the list so it favors more of my personal choices. This means a more alternative/AC/rock leaning countdown.
Expect artists like:
Black Eyed Peas
The Downtown Fiction
Foster the People
Hot Chelle Rae
My Chemical Romance
Red Hot Chili Peppers
30 Seconds to Mars
By the way...sorry that the banner isn't that good. This is the first time I've ever made one.
In the parentheses are the position the song peaked at on my countdown. It is easy to see that the year-end is not based on statistics; songs that barely made the Top 40 reached the year-end and some that got as high as reaching #1 may have been snubbed. I like things to be unpredictable; you will know that if you follow my biweekly countdown
Song of the Moment Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Now, the signals we send are deflected again
We're still connected, but are we even friends
We fell in love when I was nineteen And now we're staring at a screen
Nelly's highly anticipated follow-up to the 2002 smash "Dilemma" finally arrived in 2011. And it was hot. Despite the fact that it was nowhere near as big as the surprise hit "Just a Dream" (which is ineligible for the 2011 chart), it still served its purpose by maintaining Nelly's relevancy as one of the biggest hip-hop names out there. This is the only song by Nelly on the chart.
99. Rock Mafia- The Big Bang
The mysterious production duo Rock Mafia burst onto the music scene in 2011 with the catchy, Maroon 5-esque single "The Big Bang". It is also known for its excellent video starring Miley Cyrus, in which she dies in a car crash. This is the only song by Rock Mafia on the chart.
98. Bush- The Sound of Winter
The 90s rock band Bush returned to music after almost a decade-long hiatus in 2011, and they couldn't have done it in a better fashion. Helping to bring rock back into the mainstream, and with a video reminiscent of Coldplay's "Yellow", Bush has proved that they are here to stay. This is the only song by Bush on the chart.
97. O.A.R.- Heaven
O.A.R. will likely forever be known as the band who came in 2008 and smashed with their catchy single "Shattered". However, songs like this prove that there's so much more worth hearing in their discography. This is the only song by O.A.R. on the chart.
96. Rihanna- Cheers (Drink to That)
Rihanna's seventh and final single from her critically acclaimed album Loud may not have been a smash on the level of previous singles "Only Girl", "What's My Name?" and "S&M", but by becoming her nineteenth Top 10 single in the US, it proved that she is a force to be reckoned with. Plus, the catchy Avril sample didn't hurt either. This is the first of four songs by Rihanna on the chart.
Avril Lavigne was back full-force in 2011, after the early success of "What the Hell", and "Smile" only strengthened her return as a huge pop star. The song features talk-singing reminiscent of Ke$ha, and a soaring, bold chorus similar to one from Katy Perry. This is the first of three songs by Avril Lavigne on the chart.
94. Colbie Caillat- Brighter Than the Sun
Colbie Caillat was back in 2011 with her third studio album, All of You, which contained the bright, summery single "Brighter Than the Sun". The song's clever verses and irresistible chorus made it a top contender for constant radio play in the second half of 2011, and it's not done yet, with a position of #60 on the Hot 100 and still rising. This is the first of two songs by Colbie Caillat on the chart.
93. Nicki Minaj feat. Drake- Moment 4 Life
Somewhat of a surprising choice for me, given that I'm not hugely into rap or R&B artists. However, Moment 4 Life was the song that was able to introduce Nicki to the pop audience in a way that neither "Your Love" or "Right Thru Me" did, and set her up for the multiformat smash that was "Super Bass". Plus, Drake absolutely killed it on this song. This is the first of two songs by Nicki Minaj on the chart.
92. Maroon 5- Give a Little More
The boogie-funk infused jam "Give a Little More" served as the second single from Maroon 5's 2010 album "Hands All Over", and while it was far from flawless, which showed in its chart performance, it became a huge guilty pleasure of mine in the early part of 2011. This is the first of two songs by Maroon 5 on the chart.
91. The Downtown Fiction- I Just Wanna Run
It's really sad to think that this band, and their songs, will likely never become popular in the mainstream. "I Just Wanna Run" definitely deserved to be another "Tonight Tonight" or "Blackout", but instead it stalled at #23 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. Oh well. They're still great. Listen to the song and I guarantee you will get hooked. This is the only song by The Downtown Fiction on the chart.