I paid little attention to charts and sales of many of the songs. I also paid little attention to how often I played these songs. It was taken into consideration, but, like last year’s, this list is for ME dammit. If the song made some sort of public impact (official single, major live performance, award nomination, high iTunes sales), then I found it appropriate to include it. If you read it all, I hope you enjoy.
Aside from the upper tiers of the list, the placement was kind of whatever felt right at the moment.
80. “Dancing On My Own,” Robyn: Wistful club ballad about yearning and independence by this year’s most under-recognized pop diva. “I’m giving it my all, but I’m not the girl you’re taking home. I keep dancing on my own.” 79. “Heart Vacancy,” The Wanted: The UK’s biggest boyband sensation turns down the raucous anthems for a moment of sappy power-ballad cheese that you’ll believe every second of. "This ain’t the heartbreak hotel even though I know it well. Those no-shows, they sure tell, in the way you hold yourself." 78. “Booty Bounce,” Dev: In what must be the biggest pop injustice of the year, the Far East Movement’s ‘Like a G6’ makes it to the top when the very brilliant song they sampled the infamous chorus from flies by unnoticed. Except by me. "I’m a gangster, baby. Just kidding. Oh. No. She. Didn’t. … Now I’m feeling so fly like a G6." 77. “Love the Way You Lie Part 2 (feat. Eminem),” Rihanna: Rihanna’s perspective turns one of the year’s most colossal hits into an even more tumultuous melodrama. "Even angels hide their wicked schemes and you take that to new extremes. But you’ll always be my hero even though you’ve lost your mind." 76. “Fancy (feat. T.I., Swizz Beatz & Mary J. Blige),” Drake: Feel good jam that pays respect to those of us who like our nails done, hair done, everything did. “Time heals all, and heels hurt to walk in, but they go with the clutch that you carry your lip gloss in.” 75. “My Chick Bad (feat. Nicki Minaj),” Ludacris: In one of the first big song stealing verses, Nicki throws any and all competition out the window in this grimy and slightly ominous sleaze track. "Tuck yourself in, you better hold on to your teddy. It’s Nightmare on Elm Street, and guess who’s playing Freddy?" 74. “Tik Tok,” Ke$ha: In first of several Auto-Tuned party anthems, Ke$ha makes the world collectively run and fetch bottles of Jack and Mick Jagger posters. "Ain’t got a care in the world, but got plenty of beer." 73: “Semi Precious Weapons,” Semi Precious Weapons: The boys finally got their first studio album released this year with a new version of the song that ignited a new generation of die-hard glam rock lovers. "I can’t pay my rent, but I’m fucking gorgeous." 72. “Rude Boy,” Rihanna: Returning to a fusion of her island roots and today’s heavy electro sound, RIhanna tells everybody know what she wah-wah-wants. “Come here rude boy, boy can you get it up? Boy is you big enough?” 71. “Baby (feat. Ludacris),” Justin Bieber: It takes a special record to make any retro sounds incredibly modern. That much was accomplished here. “She woke me up daily. Don’t need no Starbucks.” 70. “If I Had You,” Adam Lambert: American Idol’s resident (out) gay manages to release a insanely catchy song about love in favor of fame and the world doesn’t explode. "Girls in stripper heels. Boys rollin’ in Maserati’s. What they need in this world is some love." 69. “Only Girl (In The World),” Rihanna: Princess RiRi attempts to let the world know that she is back in fine form. And that she wants to be the only girl in it. "If I could somehow quote that major synth riff, I would." 68. “Happy Days Are Here Again / Get Happy,” Glee Cast: When Lea Michele and Chris Colfer get to duet, it’s something truly special. Here both are paying brilliant homage to the most iconic women that drive many of the gays and Broadway babies nuts. "Shout Hallelujah, let’s sing a song of cheer again." 67. “Over,” Drake: Mainstream hip-hop’s hottest new recruit gets as mildly aggressive as he can over stormy percussions and a swirling string section. "Can you see me? Can you see me? Get your Visine on." 66. “Pretty Girl Rock,” Keri Hilson: Half-empowering, half-conceited, K. Hilson lends all the fabulous people a hand with this twinkly track. "All eyes on me when I walk in. No question that this girl’s a ten." 65. “I’m In Love With You (feat. Tyson Ritter),” Timbaland: In another unexpected pairing, Timbo and Mr. Rejects throw down on a clap-heavy, booming plea to their desired. "I’m in love, I’m in love with you. Hey hey hey." 64. “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home) [feat. Plies],” Usher: Even Plies’ out-of-place appearance couldn’t ruin a perfect 2010 Usher record. Slick, smooth, sexy and most importantly, unafraid to sing the refrain with the girls. "Poke it on out, poke it out right there. I’ma fall back, while you work that chair. Do the damn thing, let the neighbors stare." 63. “Voodoo,” Alexz Johnson: After years of tumult, Johnson finally releases a warmly received album of folky pop tunes but with only one truly marrying the sound she wants and the one that made people fall in love with her. "It makes me stop and wonder: what spell have I been under? … Somebody’s voodoo’s got me binded to you." 62. “All Night Long,” Alexandra Burke: My second favorite X Factor winner delivers a carefree and truly poised dance track fit for dancefloors around the world. "When we’re together, everything just comes together, baby." 61. “Undercover Martyn,” Two Door Cinema Club: TDCC released an album chockfull of hyperactive hyperpop anthems that seem to move at bpms that most bands don’t want to touch. This is one of the best. "And she spoke words that would melt in your hands. And she words of wisdom." 60. “Castle Walls (feat. Christina Aguilera),” T.i.: T.I. tends to find his greatest successes through introspection. Christina is always in top form when she’s melancholy. The combination of both are a perfect recipe for a smash hit in 2011. "If I should tumble, if I should fall, would anyone hear me screaming behind these castle walls?" 59. “Your Love,” Nicki Minaj: It wouldn’t be a Nicki Minaj record without a dose of silly, which she brings in spurts on this sticky and sweet Annie Lennox-inspired slow jam. "When I was a geisha, he was a samurai. Somehow I understood him when he spoke Thai." 58. “Who’s That Chick? (with Rihanna),” David Guetta: Do we need another electro thumper with a popular female singer singing about having a good time, partying, and looking good? I say we need about a million more. But this one will do for now. "Too cold for you to keep her, too hot for you to leave her." 57. “Put A Diamond It,” Semi Precious Weapons: Filthy glamour is at its peak with this truly fabulous track by GaGa’s favorite band. “Violence is glamour. I’m glamourous.” 56. “Check It Out,” Nicki Minaj & will.i.am: Using yet another obscure retro sample, Nicki and the BEP frontman get their party on in this glitter-robot ego fest. "I’m in stereo and she’s just so monotone." 55. “Love The Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna),” Eminem: This year, as always, brings a large batch of songs that seem to be everywhere. This song, specifically, WAS everywhere for good reason. It brought perspective, controversy, honesty and attention to an incredibly serious issue through a stellar record. "Maybe this relationship isn’t as crazy as it seems." 54. “Stay,” Miley Cyrus: A tearjerking ballad from the most recent installment of Disney Goes Wild. The girl knows how to sound on a record and this melody was built for her voice. There is a reason why this is the highest selling non-single from her recent album. "Say you love me more than you did before and I’m sorry it’s this way." 53. “California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg),” Katy Perry: Every year has its ubiquitous summer anthem. This was ours this year because it was formulated that way. So much so that it seems inappropriate to play if you’re not in short shorts and the temperature is less than 80 degrees. "Fine, fresh, fierce: we got it on lock." 52. “Bulletproof,” La Roux: America is a big fan creating hits out of songs that have been around the block elsewhere. But then again, you make it big here, you make it everywhere. As sad as that is. This record blew UP this summer and before long, everyone knew the incredible sproingy beat and anthemic lyric of the chorus. "Tick tick tick tick on the watch, life’s too short for me to stop. Oh baby, your time is running out." 51. “Teenage Dream,” Glee Cast: One of the year’s largest hits got a wonderful makeover courtesy of Darren Criss and Tuft University’s Beelzebubs. The incredible social aspects to this track are way too heavy for this blog entry, but I can attest that this specific record meant so much to all kinds of different gay males everywhere. "I’ma get your heart racing in my skintight jeans. Be your teenage dream tonight."
“By the cracks of the skin, I climbed to the top. I climbed the tree to see the world. When the gust came around to blow me down, I held on as tightly as you held on me.”—"To Build a Home," The Cinematic Orchestra & Patrick Watson