Judgement Day (Special Edition): Pop Heaven’s Top 100 Songs of 2011 (Part 3 of 4)

Oh hey! So we meet again…

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year’s Eve. I partied it up with friends, got a little too tipsy and got home at about 5:00am. There was great food and great fun, amazing music, an incident involving honey roasted peanuts and sparkling wine and a booby trapped Big Mac. A word to the wise: Even if you, too have watched and re-watched a classic SNL “Sully & Denise” skit, don’t ever do it unless you want your champagne to explode all over your crotch. All in all – a regular Saturday night! 😉

You, however, aren’t here to find out about my wild night ringing in 2012, are you!? No way! You’re here to find out who made The Pop Gods Top 50 songs of 2011!

In case you’re just joining us:
Read entries 100 through 75 in Part 1!
Read entries 74 through 50 in Part 2!

We left off with some of you drooling ever-s0-slightly over the sinewy torso of Mr. Adam Levine as he slinked around with his “Moves Like Jagger”. Let’s see what the top half of our year-end countdown has to offer…


Abracadabra – Jessie J
Another bit of 1990`s R&B/Pop nostalgia on this track from “Who You Are”, which reminds me a bit of Mariah Carey’s hit “Emotions”. Totally danceable and makes you feel like falling in love. Fantastic!
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S&M (Remix) – Rihanna featuring Britney Spears
A collaboration that was orchestrated via the hype machine that is Twitter, RiRi and Britney recorded an alternate version of RiRi’s raunchy hit from “Loud”. While not included on the album, it was made available as a single purchase in hopes of boosting sales for the single – which was a trend we saw a lot of in 2010 and 2011 on the quest for #1 hits.
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Darren Hayes – Talk Talk Talk
The first single from Hayes’ exquisite “Secret Codes & Battleships,” this electro-pop masterpiece sees Darren pleading with his lover for communication. It’s delightfully catchy and beautifully produced and performed as always when it comes to Darren’s music. It was also accompanied by a beautiful, kaleidoscopic music video.
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Till The World Ends – Britney Spears
I admit that when I learned that the second single from “Femme Fatale” would be a Ke$ha-penned track, I was skeptical and unimpressed but when I finally heard the track I ate my words because not only is it catchy but we finally got a music video from Britney that showed even a glimmer of the fire she used to have when she dances. Packed with hook after hook, “Till The World Ends” is an anthem for the pending apocalypse! Yeah, I know this is a fan cover but the actual cover is hideous, so…
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One Day – Charice
If there is one pop artist out there right now who can’t seem to catch a break in North America I would say it’s Charice. Despite appearing on Glee for a couple of episodes and releasing GREAT pop songs like this one, she has yet to really have a big hit in these parts. This single from her second overseas album: “Infinity” was co-written by Joe Jonas and is a pretty fantastic and inspirational track about proving the haters wrong.
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Superhero – Simon Curtis
The first single released from his 2011 album: “R∆” (a shoutout to his fans, the “Robot Army”), “Superhero” successfully emulates the wave of swedish-produced pop that made his Idol: Britney Spears a household name as well as boybands like N’Sync in the late 90’s and into the 00’s. This track comes hard with confidence as a call-to-arms and for me it has been unforgettable since the first listen.
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Criminal – Britney Spears
Considered, single-wise, to be a bit of a flop, this final (so far) single from “Femme Fatale” was actually among my favorites from the album. This Max Martin production is CLASSIC Britney, sonically similar to “Sometimes” for 2011. The presence of flute makes this feel a bit like an ABBA sample or something Madonna may have done on “Confessions on a Dance Floor.”
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Fool In Love – Rihanna

This bonus track from the deluxe edition of “Talk That Talk” is possibly the best vocal Rihanna has recorded to date and the song is stunningly beautiful and dramatic.

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Inside Out – Britney Spears
This standout track from “Femme Fatale” really should have been the last single despite my love for “Criminal”. It also may be the only pop song in recent years about break-up sex. Cool, sensual and slinky.
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Flesh – Simon Curtis

Another track that OOZES sexuality, Curtis says this second single from “R∆” was inspired while shopping at Walmart. With lyrics like “Push up to my body sink your teeth into my flesh” and “Make me bleed, I like it raw” one has to wonder what was going on at Walmart that day!
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Champion (feat. Chris Brown) – Chipmunk
This track from British rapper: Chipmunk is amazing in large part because of one Chris Brown. (See Part 2 if you’re condeming me for giving Brown props.) Not only is his hook one of the most catchy on this chart, but he also comes in with a rap verse of his own that seems to address (slightly vaguely) his stuggles to make right with the public and the media over what happened with Rihanna and gives us a little glimpse into his family and childhood. Overall this song is empowering, memorable and inspirational.
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Can’t Breathe – Fefe Dobson
This 80’s/90’s inspired ballad was one of my favorites from her latest album “Joy” and upon listening it seemed a shoe-in for a single. Something about this one just does it for me.
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Breaking Your Own Heart – Kelly Clarkson |
A heartbreaking song about self-sabotage when it comes to love, this may be one of the most beautiful ballads Clarkson has ever recorded. While it seems unlikely this will be chosen as a single from “Stronger” in 2012, it seems like it could be a massive hit on Country radio. Gorgeous!
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Born This Way – Lady Gaga

In what was surely one of the most hyped album/single campaigns in history, Gaga’s “Born This Way” from the album of the same name was pretty much destined to be the Gay Pride Anthem of 2011 (and probably this entire generation.) Despite early bad press about it’s melodic similarities to Madonna’s “Express Yourself” people seemed to eventually accept this as it’s own work and it was surely one of the biggest songs of the year. I’ve included the single cover, as it really should have been chosen as the album art instead of that ridiculous motorcycle disaster.

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Right There – Nicole Scherzinger
Poor Nicole can’t seem to score enough of a hit to release her album stateside. Even with a run as a judge on the American version of X-Factor, “Killer Love” is a no-show in North America. This single is WAY better without 50-Cent, but since this is the only version with a video and available on iTunes it will have to do. Catchy like herpes, but probably a lot more fun. 🙂
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Domino – Jessie J
This is a Katy-Perry-esque summer smash single that never was. Despite being released back in August, this track never received any proper promotion in 2011 and so it didn’t make any waves. The release of an official music video just last week seems to be generating some buzz, so while it seems impossible to revive a single that’s 4 months old I have my fingers crossed for Ms. J because “Who You Are” is a great album that deserves to do well all over the world.
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Love You Like a Love Song – Selena Gomez & The Scene
The cuteness of Selena Gomez is completely irresistible and this song was EVERYWHERE this year. With hypnotic hook vocals and a completely adorable music video where Gomez even takes a turn as 80’s Pepsi mascot Max Headroom, how could she go wrong? I’ll just keep hitting repeat-peat-peat-peat-peat.
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Don’t Hold Your Breath – Nicole Scherzinger
Hands DOWN, the best single Nicole has released as a solo artist, “Don’t Hold Your Breath” was a #1 hit in the UK but never received any promotion stateside. Perhaps this would have been a more successful single than “Right There” with old Fiddy… 
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Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) – Katy Perry

Our second entry on the chart to feature a full-out saxophone solo, “Last Friday Night” undeniably was the song of summer 2011. Perry’s “Teenage Dream” pumped out so many #1 hits that this was the second consecutive summer that the world was jamming to its perfection. The hit single was accompanied by another of 2011’s BEST music videos featuring a zillion-and-one cameos including many stars of the 80’s and 90’s and multiple members from the cast of Glee.
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Love On Top – Beyonce
Not only does this track completely and authentically recapture the soul and spirit of 90’s R&B, but it contains a RIDICULOUS FIVE KEY CHANGES and was the backdrop for one of the biggest entertainment stories of 2011 when Beyonce revealed her pregnancy live on the MTV VMA’s. While far too many singles were released consecutively from “4” for much of anything to stick, “Love on Top” does still seem to have some chart movement, so who knows!? One last thing: I wish the album mix ended how the video mix does instead of fading out. I hate fade outs. 😦
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If This Was A Movie – Taylor Swift

This bonus track from “Speak Now” has not been promoted as a single and yes, I suppose that would mean that it was released in 2010 and shouldn’t count but this is my chart and I’ve decided that it was one of the biggest songs TO ME this year. So just let me get away with this one. “If This Was A Movie” is haunting and gorgeous and simply EVERYTHING from the opening guitar chords. It really is just too beautiful for words. Just listen…
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Rumour Has It – Adele
One of the sassiest tracks on shoe-in for Album of the Year: “21,” this Ryan-Tedder produced track has been flawlessly covered on Glee and appeared on dozens of TV shows this year and it’s not even a single, but probably will be if they continue to promote this album in 2012.
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Lights – Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding is one of the most interesting new artists to emerge in the last couple of years and “Lights” was a fantastic, beautifully produced and catchy single that was in heavy rotation in my headphones with a simple but pretty cool video. 🙂
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Skyscraper – Demi Lovato
Demo Lovato proved this year that she is one young Hollywood star who is not content to succumb to the temptation to remain a trainwreck. Hospitalized last year for an eating disorder, self-injury and bi-polar disorder, Lovato has rehabilitated and now speaks out about these issues to try and help others. This, the first single from her 2011 album “Unbroken” is a moving, emotional song about finding the strength to overcome your own demons and the scrutiny that comes from outside. One of the greatest and most honest vocals of 2011!
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I know it’s hard to believe with all these incredible songs but there are still 25 AMAZING songs of 2011 to go.  How are you enjoying it so far? Please feel free to comment and discuss!!

Check back in a couple of hours for the conclusion of our year-end celebration of music!

Go to the final post to check out the top 25 songs of 2011!

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2 thoughts on “Judgement Day (Special Edition): Pop Heaven’s Top 100 Songs of 2011 (Part 3 of 4)

  1. Design mix says:

    Nice list and agree with a good number of choices. I cannot believe that erasure is not featured anywhere though because their Tomorrow’s World album was amazing!! Songs like When I Start To (Break It All Down), Just When I Thought It Was Ending, A Whole Lotta Love Run Riot, to name a few ate phenomenal. Darren Hayes did some great stuff too and am pleased he got some kudos here.


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