Page Picks Pop: Best of 2011Posted: December 17, 2011
Here are my ten favourite songs of the year, in no particular order:
Grenade- Bruno Mars
A wonderfully melancholic song about unbalanced love, Mars is one of the best romantic singers around at the moment, and this is probably his best song. You can feel the hurt coming through in his voice as he realises that his lover is not as dedicated as he is. Its an emotional song and extremely soulful.
Rihanna cements her place as the sexiest woman in pop with this raunchy song, the lyrics revel in her bad girl image. I wrote a blog awhile back defending sleazy music, and this is a prime example of when music and sex gel perfectly. A delightfully dirty, fantastically done pop song.
I Need A Dollar- Aloe Blacc
Probably my favourite song of the year, its a simple, bluey song about, well falling on hard times and the temptation of the bottle. Instanty memorable and totally different from everything else in the charts this year.
Wonderman- Tinie Tempah feat. Ellie Goulding
The best break out act of 2010 continued his streak teaming up with Ellie Goulding for another knockout song.
Party Anthem- LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock
Pure, feel good dance-pop. Instantly puts a big stupid grin on my face.
Last Friday Night- Katy Perry
Like LMFAO this is just a wonderful upbeat party track.
Changed The Way You Kiss Me- Example
A good track with an oddly brooding tone, am slowly coming round to Example.
Super Bass- Nicki Minaj
Built around the wonderfully simple and catchy “Boom-boom” hook this is a realy fun song and I love Minaj’s style and line delivery. Like the best rappers there’s just the right mix of bravado and wit.
The Edge of Glory- Lady Gaga
This year saw Lady Gaga release the phenomenal Born This Way album, and this, the third single followed hot on the heels of the equally brilliant title track and “Judas”. The reason I picked this one is because it really shows how powerful LG’s voice can be and the song builds to a really big chorus.
It also features some quality saxophone playing from the late, great Clarence Clemons.
Moves Like Jagger- Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
I’m on the fence with Maroon 5, they seem to make some realy funky tracks but Adam Levine’s voice aways seems to be a little high. Also, they’re blatantly a girl’s band, yet there’s something oddly likable factor to them especially as Levine seems an alright bloke and belies the band’s girly image by sporting some badass tats.
Anyway, this song is a wonderful, upbeat track with a catchy chorus and as an additional cherry on top features a guest spot from Christina Aguilera, it helps that the video’s quite fun.
Any thoughts? You know what to do.