Best Songs of 2011 (So Far)
The "Best Songs of 2011 (So Far)" features veteran artists as well as some newcomers to scene. Of course we feature artists like Rhianna, Kayne, Chris Brown -- but take a look at the breakouts from Miguel, YC and Wiz Khalifa. Take a look at the list after the jump.
This has been a breakout year for Miguel and he owes it to 'Sure Thing'. Miguel has been making great music for a while, but it took a smooth sensual track like this to bring him into the spotlight. He is a newcomer in 2011 and that's why he is at number 10.
Surprised to see Katy Perry on this list? You shouldn't be, especially after hearing her and Kanye on 'ET'. It might be the Kanye production factor, or the overall appeal of Katy that make this song stick in your head. Whatever it is, its good and its number 9 on our list.
YC would also make the most parodied song of 2011. Racks was a huge buzz song, and its simple formula made it easy to copy. That's how Tracks on Tracks, Snacks on Snacks and about a million others were born. Will we ever hear another track from YC? Only time will tell if he sticks around or gets tossed on the one hit wonder pile. Until then though he is at number 8 on the list.
Pitbull is one of the hardest working musicians in the business. He works hard to create unique sounds, and works even harder to blow audiences away while performing them. It was only a matter of time before he made a hit that connected with his entire fan base. 'Give Me Everything' is the song that does it and that's why it's number 7.
Wiz Khalifa is one of the artists who spent the early parts of his career trying to live up to his own hype. Finally when 'Black And Yellow' hit, he established himself as a star. For some people the pressure would be to much, but Wiz' easy going personality has kept him balanced (or it's all the weed). He followed up 'Black And Yellow' with 2011's number 6 song on the list, 'Roll Up'.
Big Sean has been Michigan's best kept secret for quite a few years now. After 'My Last' hit the public, the secret was out! Big Sean went from Detroit celebrity to Best New Artist nominee overnight. His album Finally Famous is also my favorite album of the last couple of years. It was hard to keep him out of the top 3.
50 Cent put it best when he tweeted that Kelly Rowland was the most underrated female in music today. He is absolutely right, she is beautiful, has a voice that will bring Jesus to your heart and works her butt off. When she connected with Lil Wayne for 'Motivation' it was obvious that they were making an anthem. It's number 4 on the list, but this is probably the one that will bring the most objection. Most people think this is a lock for the top spot.
Kanye West is no stranger to being at the top of any list. He's been number one on the biggest d-bags of 2011, the years best dressed and everything in between. 'All Of The Lights' is a song that never seems to get old. Even after the video was banned for health hazards, youtube users took it upon themselves to make sure it stayed online. Love Kanye or Hate Kanye, everyone has an opinion on him, and I think that's exactly the way he wants it.
Rihanna has taken it upon herself this year to let the world know that she is freak. The title of the song speaks volumes, and backs up many of the rumors that the tabloids have started. Whatever Rihanna does in her personal life is definitely helping her professional life. She has a huge album out, a very successful tour and has dated every man in America (if you believe the tabloids).
It's definitely no coincidence that MTV announced Chris Brown and Lil Wayne as their first two performers at this years VMA's. They are the hottest artists this year, and with Busta's help, made the hottest song of the year. Look at me now has become an anthem, and when 2011 is done, it will have the awards to warrant the top spot.