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2011 Year-End Top Pop 100: A Review (#50-26)

Continuing on in my reviews of Billboard Magazine’s Year-End Top 100 for pop music. I begin to move in the territory of the songs that dominate the pop charts and make up the image of what people think of when they think of pop music in 2011.

 

To see earlier reviews, see below:

Part 1: Intro and #100-76

Part 2: #75-51

 

And now for hits #50-26!

#50: ‘Moment 4 Life’-Nicki Minaj ft. Drake

Nicki Minaj’s raps at times are over the top, but she makes up for  it with her singing ability in the chorus. The Drake part is hit-and-miss.

#49: ‘Yeah 3x’-Chris Brown

I naturally want to hate Chris Brown. The thing about this song is that it’s really nothing special, however, the chorus is fairly catchy (I’m understating fairly).

#48: ‘You Make Me Feel…’-Cobra Starship ft. Sabi

This song makes me feel la, la, la. (Seriously, it’s fairly good.)

#47: ‘I’m on One’-DJ Khaled ft. Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne

The beat/medley is cool, but the song on the whole is pretty forgettable. Not saying there aren’t good parts in it, just nothing stellar.

#46: ‘I Wanna Go’-Britney Spears

I continue to assert that Britney Spears has been reborn as a DDR artist.

#45: ‘No Hands’-Waka Flocka Flame ft. Roscoe Dash and Wale

Uh, no.

#44: ‘Dynamite’-Taio Cruz

Uh, yes.

#43: ‘Dirt Road Anthem’-Jason Aldean

Country rap. It happened.

#42: ‘Just a Kiss’-Lady Antebellum

The better side of pop country, but still not great.

#41: ‘6 Foot 7 Foot’-Lil Wayne ft. Cory Gunz

Lil Wayne has really good flow on the track, but the beat and medley are overwhelming. It’s hard to differentiate sounds at times.

#40: ‘Only Girl (In the World)’-Rihanna

It has its flaws, but I actually like this song. So, yeah.

#39: ‘Hey Baby (Drop it to the Floor)’-Pitbull ft. T-Pain

It’s ridiculous. It’s a mixture of good and bad over-the-top.

#38: ‘Coming Home’-Diddy-Dirty Money ft. Skylar Grey

The song has some good things going for it, the beat mostly, but it doesn’t really stand out.

#37: ‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’-Black Eyed Peas

*sigh* No.

#36: ‘Stereo Hearts’-Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine

There’s no real flow between the chorus and the verses. It feels inherently like the song is flawed.

#35: ‘If I Die Young’-The Band Perry

I like the instrumentation for the song. But the subject matter is really tween-esque.

#34: ‘Lighters’-Bad Meets Evil ft. Bruno Mars

Another case where the verses don’t match the chorus. It really wrecks any kind of flow the song has.

#33: ‘Blow’-Ke$ha

Proof that Ke$ha still sucks.

#32: ‘Tonight Tonight’-Hot Chelle Rae

Unlike Cobra Starship, Hot Chelle Rae can’t perfect the use of ‘la’ as a song lyric. Also, it’s boring.

#31: ‘Black and Yellow’-Wiz Khalifa

I’m not sure what this song is about. Whatever it is, it’s boring.

#30: ‘We R Who We R’-Ke$ha

…NO

#29: ‘The Edge of Glory’-Lady Gaga

This is a generally decent song. Holds some sentimental value for being the last song to use Clarence Clemons.

#28: ‘The Show Goes On’-Lupe Fiasco

This is easily one of my top pop songs for the year. Verses, chorus, beat, and medley are all good.

#27: ‘Til the World Ends’-Britney Spears

One of her lesser DDR tracks, but I’m sure it could make one of the weaker games.

#26: ‘The Lazy Song’-Bruno Mars

I used to believe Bruno Mars had potential, but he sure has let me down.

 

And that’s my reviews for Billboard Magazine’s Year-End Top 100 #50-26. I’ll post the conclusion in a few days.

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