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2011 Year-End Top Pop 100: A Review (#25-1)

This post concludes my reviews of Billboard Magazine’s Year-End Top 100 Pop songs for 2011. If you want some further contexts for the reviews see the links below. Also, the top 10 songs will get a more fleshed out review than other songs simply because they’re the most defining songs of the year.

For previous entries in the review saga:

Part 1: Intro and #100-76

Part 2: #75-51

Part 3: #50-26

And now the final part of the review saga:

#25: ‘Good Life’-OneRepublic

The drum beat is pretty good, but the rest of the song is pretty boring. It also sounds like a leftover from the 90s.

#24: ‘Someone Like You’-Adele

It’s a decent track, but there isn’t much standing out for it. It’s just kinda there.

#23: ‘How to Love’-Lil Wayne

Wow. I didn’t think it was possible for Lil Wayne to make such a boring song. I guess he was trying to make his own version of Find Your Love (by Drake), but it falls flat.

#22: ‘Down on Me’-Jeremih ft. 50 Cent

This is incredibly boring. Nothing stands out. It’s something I’d expect more at the fringe of the Top 100 rather than the Top 25.

#21: ‘Look at Me Now’-Chris Brown ft. Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne

Chris Brown is at his worst of the year. And the beat and medley are really flawed. On the other hand, Lil Wayne is at his best for the year and Busta Rhymes is solid.

#20: ‘What’s My Name?’-Rihanna ft. Drake

This is probably the weakest Rihanna hit of the year. While there’s not nothing really wrong with it, there’s also nothing great. It’s fairly dry.

#19: ‘Fuckin’ Perfect’-P!nk

I never thought of P!ink being possible of making a boring song, but shows what I know.

#18: ‘Born This Way’-Lady Gaga

The first time I heard this I thought it was an neo-80s disco themed song. It’s about the same now. I also don’t think this is as good as The Edge of Glory.

#17: ‘Raise Your Glass’-P!nk

I like it more than Fuckin’ Perfect, but even though I like it more it’s still flawed. And I think the message of the former was better than the one here.

#16: ‘Tonight (I’m Lovin You)’-Enrique Iglesias ft. Ludacris and DJ Frank E

Enrique sets the song up for failure immediately with ‘ooh’s at the beginning. Out of tone for him.

#15: ‘Just the Way You Are’-Bruno Mars

The song is cheesy, but somehow works for me. One of Bruno’s better songs and one of the reasons I had hope for him.

#14: ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’-Katy Perry

I consider this song the antithesis of The Edge of Glory. That song was good, this one bad. The former emphasized fun parties, this one really dumb ones/ It featured the great saxophonist Clarence Clemons, this one features Kenny (freakin’) G. I hate this song a lot is what I’m trying to say.

#13: ‘Pumped Up Kicks’-Foster the People

This is the indie hit of the year. It’s pretty good. It’s nice to see a song of its style so far on the list.

#12: ‘S&M’-Rihanna

Again, not Rihanna’s strongest single of the year. I actually got tired of hearing it on the radio since it was a ‘little’ overplayed.

#11: ‘On the Floor’-Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull

I really like the beat and medley, and the chorus too. The verses don’t really do it for me though.

#10: ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’-The Black Eyed Peas

When I first saw the title for this I was expecting for some sort of reference to the Depeche Mode song of the same title. So, it did surprise me when it was something more original. For the most part I really do like this song. The first two thirds are solid. The ‘switch-up’ in the last part of the song kills it for me. However, I still enjoy listening to this song on the radio, knowing at least I can change the station when it reaches the last part.

#9: ‘Moves Like Jagger’-Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera

Honestly, there’s nothing too special about this song. The guitar riff established at the beginning is good, but it doesn’t really hold up the track. The rest of the medley and beat is underwhelming. Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera aren’t that great either. It’s not a horrid song, but I also don’t feel like it’s Top 10 material.

#8: ‘Super Bass’-Nicki Minaj

I like Moment 4 Life more than this hit, but it’s not entirely bad either. The refrain and chorus are both good. The refrain for demonstrating Minaj’s single ability. And the chorus for doing a little of the same, but also for being incredibly catchy. I always found the two verses for the song to be too silly, but they do establish Minaj’s ability to create fast rap flows.

#7: ‘Fuck You (Forget You)’-Cee Loo Green

I love this song, it’s great. Everything works about it. The instrumentation and lyrics blend well together. Cee Loo is talented vocalist and he shows it off well here. I always love in this song how the instrumentation calls back blues music. I do believe that the ‘explicit’ version is the one to hear, mainly because it maintains the lyrical flow that the song establishes. But yeah, this song is great.

#6: ‘Grenade’-Bruno Mars

The song does demonstrate Bruno’s vocal and musical strengths, but also a low point for his lyrical career. It’s pointlessly extreme. And if it was as extreme as he makes it out to be, he doesn’t make the music match the extremes of his lyrics. To make it better he could tone the lyrics or increase the tone of the music. Also, it’s not as bad as The Lazy Song.

#5: ‘Give Me Everything’-Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer

I’m really ambivalent about this song. Sometimes when I hear I’m really into it and enjoying it, other times it feels really distant. Ne-Yo and Nayer’s parts are catchy though lyrically flawed. I’m really not sure how to feel about Pitbull’s part. I have this natural distrust of his talent, but again, I’m really not sure if I dislike it or not here.

#4: ‘E.T.’-Katy Perry ft. Kanye West

Speaking of people I naturally dislike, this song is also ambivalent for me. I like the beat and medley here for some reason, but this is song that fails for me for both vocalists. While Kanye is definitely the worst of the parts, Katy Perry is pretty bad here too. This song is passable for vocals, but somehow passable for its music.

#3: ‘Firework’-Katy Perry

This is different here. This song is a complete failure here. The music bores me here and is nothing special. The lyrics are also bland for me. However bad the vocals were in E.T. they are far worse in this song. I simply can’t stand Katy Perry’s voice in this song. This is her worst sounding song for me. It’s musically boring and her voice just strains the whole time.

#2: ‘Party Rock Anthem’-LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock

Party Rock Anthem is another one of those songs that I have mixed opinions about. It’s negative in the sense that epitomizes the club music that dominates the pop charts in the past few years. At the same time that’s it strength. It showcases the fun, albeit silly, aspects of pop club music. I’m not surprised to see it so high on the charts, but it’s one of the songs I see more as a symbol for a larger trend than a part itself.

#1: ‘Rolling in the Deep’-Adele

The huge popularity of this song has been really surprising for me. Considering that last year’s #1 hit was Ke$ha’s Tik Tok it seems like we’ve come a huge way with this song. Adele has a strong voice that’s really showcased well in this song. The beat and music are really good for the lyrics and vocals of the song. It’s not my favorite song of the year, but it’s also indicative that there’s changing trends in popular music today.

 

And that concludes my look at Billboard Magazine’s Year-End Top 100. If you want to see my look at last year’s list see the link below. Next December expect me to do the same with the list for 2012.

 

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