The 100 Best Songs of 2011, Part 5

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Posted by on 12/21/2011 at 1:10 PM Exclusive, News

The Popdust Files: year in review

1. NICKI MINAJ, “SUPER BASS”

Such effervescent bubbly pop put Minaj in a new light this year, transforming into someone who can playfully bounce along to a catchy “boom badoom boom boom badoom boom” chorus instead of simply fighting to be heard amongst a group of her male counterparts. But that’s not to say she isn’t fierce. Her spit-fire rapping and the manipulation of both tone and texture of her words (“I said, excuse me you’re a hell of a guy / I mean my, my, my, my you’re like pelican fly”) helps to reinforce her skill set, providing a nice juxtaposition to the sugary sweet, Ester Dean-assisted vocals, while producer Kane Beatz creates a skeleton that revisits Miami booty-bass music. Filled with attitude that will inspiring copycats to mimic her speedy and charismatic delivery, Minaj’s lyrics are both flirtatious and assertive. She appreciates the presence of a fine looking man without forgetting herself and her accomplishments (“Yes I did, yes I did, somebody please tell him who the eff I is”), making it easy to be loved by everyone from her younger pop peers to even her tiniest fans. —E.E.

Thanks for reading our list of the 100 Best Songs of 2011! You can read through our previous entries here, or skim the entire list below:

100. Madonna – “Give Me All Your Love”
99. Wiz Khalifa – “Top Floor”
98. Girls – “Alex”
97. Buddy – “Awesome Awesome”
96. Fiend – “Absolutely”
95. Lady Antebellum – “Just a Kiss”
94. Uncle Murda – “Warning”
93. Kelly Clarkson – “You Love Me”
92. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Gotta Have It”
91. Blake Shelton – “Honey Bee”

90. Wale – “That Way”
89. Metronomy – “The Look”
88. Afrojack – “Take Over Control”
87. Beyonce – “Schoolin’ Life”
86. Mike Posner – “Bow Chicka Wow Wow”
85. Alex Gaudino – “What a Feeling”
84. Eric Church – “Drink in My Hand”
83. Blink-182 – “Up All Night”
82. ASAP Rocky – “Peso”
81. Katy Perry – “The One That Got Away”

80. Taylor Swift – “The Story of Us”
79. Neon Indian – “Polish Girl”
78. Cher Lloyd – “With Ur Love”
77. Lil B – “Bill Bellamy”
76. Cut Copy – “Take Me Over”
75. Patrick Stump – “Allie”
74. Ace Hood – “Hustle Hard”
73. David Nail – “Let it Rain”
72. Chris Brown – “Beautiful People”
71. SBTRKT – “Wildfire”

70. Making Friendz – “Situation”
69. Skrillex – “Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites”
68. Joy Formidable – “Whirring”
67. Lemonade Mouth – “Determinate”
66. Lloyd – “Dedication to My Ex”
65. Luke Bryan – “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)”
64. Rihanna – “Cockiness (Love It)”
63. Toby Keith – “Red Solo Cup”
62. Avril Lavigne – “What the Hell”
61. Waka Flocka Flame – “Grove St. Party”

60. Lady Gaga – “Marry the Night”
59. Drake – “Take Care”
58. J. Cole – “Work Out”
57. Britney Spears – “How I Roll”
56. Das Racist – “Michael Jackson”
55. Meek Mill – “I’ma Boss”
54. Billy Currington – “Love Done Gone”
53. Beyonce – “End of Time”
52. Lykke Li – “I Follow Rivers”
51. Avicii – “Levels”

50. Ke$ha – “Blow”
49. Coldplay – “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall”
48. Florence and the Machine – “Shake It Out”
47. Jason Aldean – “Dirt Road Anthem”
46. Charli XCX – “Stay Away”
45. Lil Wayne – “6 Foot 7 Foot”
44. Rapture – “How Deep is Your Love?”
43. Bruno Mars – “It Will Rain”
42. JoJo – “The Other Chick”
41. Adele – “Someone Like You”

40. Justin Bieber – “Otis” Freestyle
39. Selena Gomez & The Scene – “Love You Like a Love Song”
38. Jane Doze – “Young Hearts Wanna Beat on Their Own”
37. Hyuna – “Bubble Pop”
36. Childish Gambino – “Fire Fly”
35. Pistol Annies – “Hell on Heels”
34. Lady Gaga – “Born This Way”
33. Rick Ross – “I Love My Bitches”
32. Martin Solveig & Dragonette – “Hello”
31. Pitbull – “Give Me Everything”

30. Big Sean – “My Last’
29. Katy B – “Broken Record”
28. Rebecca Black – “Friday”
27. Drake – “Marvin’s Room”
26. Gotye – “Someone That I Used to Know”
25. Dev – “In the Dark”
24. Beyoncé – “Love on Top”
23. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Otis”
22. Tyler the Creator – “Yonkers”
21. Ke$ha – “Sleazy (Remix)”

20. Demi Lovato – “Skyscraper”
19. Kelly Rowland feat. Lil Wayne – “Motivation”
18. Weeknd – “What You Need”
17. Katy Perry – “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”
16. DJ Khaled feat. Drake, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross – “I’m On One”
15. Robyn – “Call Your Girlfriend”
14. Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood – “Remind Me”
13. College – “A Real Hero”
12. Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris – “We Found Love”
11. Nicola Roberts – “Beat of My Drum”

10. Britney Spears – “Till the World Ends”
9. Lady Gaga – “Edge of Glory”
8. Frank Ocean – “Novacane”
7. LMFAO feat. Goonrock & Lauren Bennett – “Party Rock Anthem”
6. Beyoncé – “Countdown”
5. Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look At Me Now”
4. Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
3. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Niggas in Paris”
2. Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
1. Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”

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