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Best Songs from 2011

Updated on May 10, 2013

New Year's Music for 2011

Thinking about what music you should play to celebrate New Year's 2011? What better way to finish off the year then to play all of the music you loved (or hated) from this past year? Some songs you couldn't get enough of and some you've had just about enough of, but either way this was a year full of catchy beats, numerous comebacks and overall a wide variety of genres making it to mainstream radio. In making this list, I included songs that topped the charts or received a lot of radio airplay. I also included some guilty pleasures, songs that were club hits, and songs that were internet hits. Most of the songs that made the list are pop songs that everyone knows and would have a good time dancing and singing along to at a party. For this reason, I didn't include some very popular slow songs simply because they weren't party material. If you want to make a playlist for an end of the year party, these 25 songs should certainly get you off to a good start.

Jay-Z and Kanye West
I'm On One
DJ Khaled (Ft. Drake, Rick Ross, Lil' Wayne)
No Hands
Wacka Flocka Flame (Ft. Wale, Roscoe Dash)
No Sleep
Wiz Khalifa
I Wanna Go
Britney Spears
Pumped Up Kicks
Foster The People
We R Who We R
Bottoms Up
Trey Songz (Ft. Nicki Minaj)
Give Me Everything
Pitbull (Ft. Ne-yo, Afrojack, Nayer)
Take Over Control
Last Friday Night
Katy Perry
Katy Perry
Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)
Enrique Iglesias
Born This Way
Lady Gaga
Super Bass
Nicki Minaj
Katy Perry (Ft. Kanye West)
The Show Goes On
Lupe Fiasco
Black And Yellow
Wiz Khalifa
Rebecca Black

Whether you hate or really hate this song, it's undeniably one of the most iconic songs of 2011. Released in March of 2011, it gained hundreds of millions of views in just a few short months and earned a reputation as "the worst song ever." The song is sure to be a hit at any party celebrating the end of 2011, as we can all look back and laugh about the state of pop culture whilst at the same time admire the power of the internet.

Look At Me Now
Chris Brown (Ft. Busta Rhymes, Lil' Wayne)

Some may call it a comeback for Chris Brown, and some may argue he never really left, but this song is surely one of his greatest hits since "Kiss Kiss" in 2008. Of course, the song wouldn't be the same without the many amateur covers released on YouTube which garnered much hype thanks to the verse by collaborator Busta Rhymes. To top it all off the song features Lil' Wayne, and obviously anything he's featured in turns to gold. While the verses may not be the easiest to sing along to, the chorus is sure to get all yo peeps out on the floor.

Party Rock Anthem

The catchiest song of 2011. Enough said. I personally don't like this song much but I mean it must be popular for a reason right? Either way, it's a fun song and you really can't help enjoying yourself if this is played at a party.

On The Floor
Jennifer Lopez (Ft. Pitbull)

Oh hell yeah J.Lo made a comeback after what seemed like a whole decade (and pretty much was more or less). Another really catchy song with an oldschool melody and refined modern beat. Would this song have been just as big if not for Jennifer Lopez appearing as a judge on American Idol? Probably, but it's fair to say that American Idol at least help put her back in the spotlight. Her other songs from the album have been pretty mediocre so I guess the comeback kind of fell short, but you can't party to the end of 2011 without this song. Oh yeah, and Pitbull is in this too, if that matters.

Til' The World Ends
Britney Spears

Everything Britney releases is perceived as a comeback, even though she's been releasing music for the last 4 years consecutively. In most opinions though this song is seen as her true comeback since it's gotten the most radio plays since Toxic back in 2004, and broke some records for her as well. This song is like a virus, it gets stuck in your head and you feel like you have to listen to it over and over again before you start going crazy (although sadly you already have). Really though it's a fun and catchy song, and doesn't get old fast even though there hasn't been a party on the face of the earth this year where this song wasn't played. The remix featuring Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj is also awesome in its own rite. This song makes number one because it's just that awesome. The theme of the video is also set to 2012, perfect for ushering in the new year.


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      Indigital 5 years ago

      @composergonewild - I would say LMFAO -Party Rock was a much better success & hugely better party anthem then britney. You cannot talk about writing, because in the end, most dance tracks are house.

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      Jennifer 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I agree with everyone talking about the awesomeness of Party Rock. You guys should check out the house in California that was decorated for Halloween and features lip-synching ghosts singing....Party Rock.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I will agree Britney's Till The World Ends killed it, but Party Rock is inescapable.

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      John Preston Dennis 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Your list is awesome. "Til the World Ends" definitely deserves the #1 position. Of course, I am bias towards everything Britney. I also love J-Lo's "On the Floor", too. That was a huge hit. And I'm glad you did not put "Party Rock Anthem" at the #1 position because both 1 and 2 were much better written and produced. "Super Bass" deserved top 10. (In my opinion...)

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      Indigital 5 years ago

      Party Rock over Britney. That's my opinion. Some good songs!

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      Custard 5 years ago

      I think Party rock anthem should be higher, its awesome! :D