The reason I included this song in my top 10 is simply because it hasn't got the full credit it deserves. Much of it has gone to the sample-stealing Flo Rida and his single 'Good Feeling'. That song quite frankly makes me sick, it's practically Levels with rap. Avicii is a quality disc-jockey and this tune is a stunner. If you were at Stereosonic a few weeks ago, you'd know how good it actually is. A classic summer track that will have you dancing for hours. If you haven't heard of this lad yet, go search him on YouTube now.
9. Firework - Katy Perry
Katy Perry had a number of chart-topping hits this year, but for me too many of them sound the same. That classic modern day pop feel and whilst she has a decent voice, nothing too original about her music. The reason I picked Firework in the top 10 was because of the message in the song. The fact that everyone has that spark in them and is unique. Now that is refreshingly different compared to most songs these days. There is nothing particularly remarkable about the lyrics, they're pretty simple – but it's the fact that a role model for a lot of people out there is conveying such a point that makes it special.
8. I Need A Doctor (feat. Skylar Grey) – Eminem & Dr. Dre / Words I Never Said (feat. Skylar Grey) – Lupe Fiasco
The only reason I included these songs were because they released the talent that is Skylar Grey to the world. The singer/songwriter is still one of the most underrated musicians in the world, having been behind the creation of songs like 'Love The Way You Lie'. We got small tastes of her ability on Eminem and Dre's I Need A Doctor as well as Lupe's Words I Never Said. Grey has talent to burn so definitely look out for her in 2012. Listen to her debut single 'Invisible' above.
7. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People
I know the first thing you're going to say, this track ain't from this year! But you just can't deny the success it's had in the past year, particularly in Australia. It was the breakthrough single for ever-rising Foster The People and the fact that it's still getting consistent air time is testament to its popularity. It's a surprisingly upbeat tune when you consider the lyrics, but it's fun, catchy and will surely be the catalyst for a huge future for the band.
Our first tribute to Adele in the top 10 of 2011. As you might have seen in an earlier post of mine regarding the top 10 best albums of 2011, it was Adele's year. Rolling In The Deep is a track that whilst deals with another break up, really gets stuck in. Adele doesn't hold back and really lets it all out in a powerful chorus that makes you want to tell off your own ex. It's not a sombre mood like many similar-meaning songs these days and that alone should be cherished.
5. Bounce (feat. Kelis) - Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris continued his rise up the musical world this year, mainly with Bounce and also the mention-deserving Feel So Close. Bounce was the true hit, with Kelis adding some sexy, if repetitive, vocals to a funky loop. Aforementioned hits are all leading up to the release of Harris' third studio album and if it's anything like his singles, don't be surprised if he is the most talked about DJ come end of 2012.
2011 was the year we were introduced to British singer and songwriter, Jessie J. Similar in a way to Skylar Grey, Jessie J started her career by penning songs like 'Party in the USA' for Miley Cyrus, before officially getting her own singing career off the ground. Price Tag was a fun song with a cool message underneath it all, with a nice feature from B.o.B. It more importantly led to a tonne of more songs, with her most recently released 'Domino' still on the charts. If 2011 was a guide, we should expect even bigger things for the Brit in 2012.
3. Someone Like You - Adele
It's not often that an artist has two songs in the top 10 of a year, but it was too hard to ignore Adele. The sheer emotional and raw power in her voice in Someone Like You is impressive. Whilst both this track and Rolling In The Deep are very similar songs in terms of lyrics and meaning, she does what every artist tries too; make a connection with the audience. She does it more so with Someone Like You, her vocals and passion driving right to the core of the listener.
2. Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) - Gotye
Talk about making a splash. Gotye really set alight the scene with this monster single and it also revealed the world to Kimbra, great timing as her own album followed on later. The song dealt with an emotional break up and Kimbra's addition gave us something rare in the increasing amount of relational songs these days; two perspectives. The film clip was also, well, interesting. We got surprisingly close to a bit too much showing of skin and it was shot in stop-motion so it would have taken a long time too shoot. But well worth it as we found out.
1. Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO
What a song. Hands down. It may not be the most awe-inspiring tune ever and those over the age of about 30 probably don't even know who LMFAO are, but this was the song of 2011. This year I've been to clubs, bars, christenings, Holy Communions, weddings, birthdays and this is the only song that made an appearance at every one of these events. It's taken 'shuffling' to a global level and don't forget that the dance did originate in Melbourne, Australia. This track is probably the perfect example of how electronic/dance music is slowly becoming the new mainstream market. Whilst that is a tad concerning, forget it for now, and when NYE 2011 comes around in a few weeks, make sure you shuffle one last time this year!