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Jon ALi Presents: The Top 50 Singles of 2011

Let me start off by saying that ranking singles from an amazing year in music is no easy task. I’ve literally spent hours going back and forth with the positioning of these songs. The truth is, I love every single one of these songs and no ranking should question that fact. Since there were so many songs released this year I’ve included two sub-categories to make things a little easier for myself. There is obviously many more songs that I would have loved to add but I’m happy with what I’ve come up with. Check out my Top Singles lists below and comment with your faves of the year. Shout out to my co-writers, Amanda ‘Bergz’ Berghorn and Christian Ramirez. Love You.

The Top 20 R&B/Hip-Hop Singles of 2011:

20. Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – Dear John
19. Meek Mill – House Party
18. Lil Wayne & Drake – She Will
17. Tyler the Creator – Yonkers
16. Childish Gambino – Bonfire
15. Curren$y – Scottie Pippen
14. J. Cole – Work Out
13. ASAP Rocky – Peso
12. Big Sean – Marvin & Chardonnay (w/ Kanye West & Roscoe Dash)
11. Kendrick Lamar – A.D.H.D
10. Miguel – Sure Thing
9. Nicki Minaj & Drake – Moment 4 Life
8. Waka Flocka Flame – No Hands
7. Frank Ocean – Novacane
6. Drake – Headlines
5. Lil Wayne – 6 Foot 7 Foot
4. DJ Khaled – I’m On One (w/ Drake, Lil Wayne, & Rick Ross)
3. Kelly Rowland – Motivation (w/ Lil Wayne)
2. Chris Brown – Look At Me Now (w/ Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne)
1. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Ni**as In Paris

The Top 20 Dance/Electronic Singles of 2011:

20. John Dahlback – One Last Ride (w/ Erik Hassle)
19. Jessica Sutta – Show Me
18. Kaskade – Turn It Down (w/ Rebecca & Fiona)
17. Nervo, Afrojack, & Steve Aoki – We’re All No One
16. Dev – In The Dark
15. Alexandra Stan – Mr. Saxobeat
14. Afrojack & Steve Aoki – No Beef
13. DeadMau5 – Raise Your Weapon
12. Calvin Harris & Kelis – Bounce
11. Chris Brown & Benny Benassi – Beautiful People
10. Morgan Page, Sultan, Ned Shepard & BT – In The Air
9. Leona Lewis & Avicii – Collide
8. David Guetta – Titanium (Featuring Sia)
7. Wynter Gordon – Til Death
6. Starkillers, Nadia Ali, & Alex Kenji – Pressure
5. Calvin Harris – Feels So Close
4. Martin Solveig & Dragonette – Hello
3. Adrian Lux – Alive (Featuring The Good Natured)
2. Swedish House Mafia – Save The World
1. Avicii – Levels

The Top 50 Singles of 2011

50. One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
49. JoJo – Disaster
48. Chris Brown & Benny Benassi – Beautiful People
47. The Wanted – Glad You Came
46. Jessie J – Who You Are
45. Lady Gaga – Judas
44. Kelly Clarkson – Mr. Know It All
43. Example – Changed the Way You Kiss Me
42. Foster The People – Pumped up Kicks
41. Dev – In The Dark
40. The Sound Of Arrows – Nova
39. Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
38. Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera – Moves Like Jagger
37. Yasmin – Finish Line
36. Jamie Woon – Night Air
35. Nicole Scherzinger – Don’t Hold Your Breath
34. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
33. Jessie & The Toy Boys – Push It
32. Demi Lovato – Skyscraper
31. Selena Gomez – Love You Like A Love Song
30. Chris Brown – Look At Me Now (w/ Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne)
29. Drake – Headlines
28. Beyoncé – 1+1
27. DJ Khaled – I’m On One (w/ Drake, Lil Wayne, & Rick Ross)
26. Katy B – Broken Record
25. David Guetta – Titanium (Featuring Sia)
24. Leona Lewis & Avicii – Collide
23. Calvin Harris – Feels So Close
22. Nicola Roberts – Beat of My Drum
21. Swedish House Mafia – Save The World
20. Kelly Rowland – Motivation (Featuring Lil Wayne)
19. Rihanna – S&M
18. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Ni**as In Paris
17. Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend
16. Wynter Gordon – Til Death
15. Ke$ha – Blow
14. Avicii – Levels
13. Jennifer Lopez – On The Floor
12. Nicki Minaj – Super Bass
11. M83 – Midnight City

10. Lana Del ReyVideo Games
The self-proclaimed “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” stirred up a ton of buzz with her beautifully written debut single “Video Games.” She is undoubtedly the most talked about new artist and with good reason. Del Rey‘s vocals laced over the delicate harp is pure bliss. Every moment of the song drips with tension and I love it.

9. Britney SpearsHold It Against Me
The single that catapulted the “Femme Fatale” era and earned Britney her fourth chart-topper. “Hold It Against Me” is a undeniably a Britney classic and easily one of her catchiest club bangers yet. Brit-step breakdown. Done.

8. Will YoungJealousy
This Richard X-produced pop gem is simply just stunning. Will Young is the definition of class.

7. The SaturdaysAll Fired Up
The Saturdays made the best decision when they decided to release this anthemic dance banger. The song was different from anything the group had ever put out and literally had me on my feet within seconds. When you have a production team like Xenomania, Space Cowboy, and MNEK, you can only expect magic.

6. Marina & the DiamondsRadioactive
Marina & the DiamondsRadioactive” was nowhere near the huge success it deserved to be but is easily the most perfect song to come out this year. The production was thoroughly mainstream but everything from the lyrics to Marina‘s voice is flaw free. Pop at its finest.

5. Lady GagaThe Edge of Glory
Easily one of the best songs shes ever recorded. It is a straight up fists-in-the-air feel-good stadium anthem. Captivating, beautiful and endlessly catchy. This is Gaga at her best.

4. Martin Solveig & DragonetteHello
Hello” will probably go down as one of the most inescapable songs of 2011 but with good reason. Though it was technically released in 2010, the U.S did not see an official release until the new year. Completely irresistible and bursting with energy. “Hello” had us all dancing.

3. AdeleSomeone Like You
Rolling in the Deep” may have ruled the charts but “Someone Like You” ruled my heart (yup, thas what I had said). I love anything this woman sings but “Someone Like You” is the one song that whenever I hear it, my life is put on pause. It’s extremely sad but beautiful and nothing else matters when it’s on. The end.

2. Britney SpearsTill The World Ends
Easily the most uplifting number Britney has ever released. With the help of Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Ke$ha, we received a flawlessly crafted pop gem. The song will forever make me smile. It is glorious.

1. RihannaWe Found Love
We Found Love” may have been released at the very end of this year (September to be exact), but it is without a doubt this years biggest highlight. There are so few records that actually manage to capture the passion, emotion and general feeling of happiness. The Calvin Harris written and produced number is incredible in its simplicity. A truly inspired track.


  • Pascal

    i read it and i love it 🙂 though nicola roberts – lucky day is missing, right? right. nah i kid, excellent list, just made it my playlist on itunes (along with popjustice’s songs of 2011)

  • Kalub Fowler

    Two Britney Songs in the top ten?! NO WAY IN HELL. She is the fakest performer I have ever seen. She INFURIATES me. No talent has-been.

    • MIKE

      I’m pretty sure the list is based on singles and not the “artist”. Saying she is a fake performer and no talent is kind of irrelevant. She had two of the biggest songs of the year.

  • Patrick

    KALUB you need to stfu, Britney had an amazing year and has shown she is a force to reckon with time and time again. She rulesmy work out playlists.

  • Stephen

    OK, Rihanna, We Found Love, definitely a tune. Britney, Until The World Ends, also TUNE, and much better than HIAM, which I wouldn’t have put in the top 10.

    WHERE THE HELL IS BEYONCE, LOVE ON TOP??? Easily one of my fave songs of the year. Also totes agree with Nicola Roberts, Lucky Day…. where is that! I personally would have put Nicole Scherzinger, Don’t Hold Your Breath in the top10, loved that track. I can’t even remember which Katy Perry songs were officially released in 2011, but I love ET. SPOT ON with Adele and Edge of Glory from LaGaGa in top10, def her best song, and I had priviledge of being at Royal Albert Hall to see Adele, which was phenomenal!

    Will Young and The Saturdaysin the top10 though???? Robyn’s Call Your Girlfriend, and Nicki Minaj, Super Bass SO deserve to be higher up the charts than those two.

  • Luis

    Erasure released a great single, too bad that didn’t get enough promotion to reach the charts. I think “When I Start To (Break It All Down)it could have been successful if Erasure would have spent time promoting it instead of going on tour. There is a great single out now (BE WITH YOU)but it wasn’t eligible for UK Charts. I guess the UK Radio only plays X Factor stuff and commercial crappy songs with lyrics any 5 year old could have written.

  • Adam

    Defo a bit bias guys but not bad. one direction at number 50 are you kidding? that should have been top 10! crazy stuff. it was one of the biggest hits of the entire year! mental

  • number1k9

    I wish you had “On The Floor” higher on your list. Def is Top 5, prob # 1 on my personal list.

    Surprised I did nto see any LMFAO on your list. Me and soem friends from college got into “Party Rock Anthem,” Spring semester 2011, and for that it would be in my Top 10… tho NOT because it became a summer smash hit, that became WAY overplayed!

    Would also have to add another song that will forever remidn me of senior Spring semester of college, into my Top 10, which I didn’t see anywhere on your list, if I’m correct, Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything.” Def a major smash from this year, plus he performed at my school.

    Glad “Till The World Ends” was Top 10, but I do not think “Hold It Against Me” is that memorable, it was in Jan/Feb but died out super quick, now is rather annoying.

    Glad Adele was shown love, but Seriously NO Katy Perry! She would make my list, had an awesome year and released great music.

    My Top 10, prob be..:
    1) “On The Floor” -Jennifer Lopez
    2) “Give Me Everything” -Pitbull
    3) “Till The World Ends” -Britney
    4) “Last Friday Night” -Katy Perry
    5) “Party Rock Anthem” -LMFAO
    6) “We Found Love” -Rihanna
    7) “Just Can’t Get Enough” -Black Eyed Peas
    8) “Super Bass” -Nicki Minaj
    9) “Pumped Up Kicks” -Foster The People
    10) “Rolling In The Deep” -Adele

    • Adam

      I Think You Actually Have It Spot On!!! i would change the order a bit but think that you have the right understanding – it’s not the artist but the song and how well it did!!
      i can’t stand foster the people but i would definatly put it in as it was talked about a lot and did well! however BEP songs were not massive throughout 2011 and more end of 2010 – but understand your reasons!
      would love to see some british artists other than adele as we had some right corkers but america may not have seen/heard of!

      • number1k9

        Thanks Adam! Yeah, I am a BIG Peas fan, and I really liked “Just Can’T Get Enough” from the albums release, so those reasons partially affected my palcement of it. Sadly they didn’t have too big of a year, and their followup single “Don’t Stop The Party,” (as a huge fan I can say) was horrible, and such a bad choice.

  • yasmin

    from this list my favorites are work out by j cole ,midnight city by m83, flo shake it out , jamie woon night air (it should have been a hit ) and pumped up kicks ( torches one of my favorite albums this year) i love adele but someone like you makes me cry so i don’t listen to it a lot

  • Jake

    Jon, thank you so much for this list! I FINALLY discovered the name of a song I have been looking for all year…Avicci – Levels! I also discovered some great new songs, thanks. =)

  • Ashlee

    I think the problem with these lists on popular websites is that people always forget that these are the writers personal favorites of the year. I doesn’t say anywhere, you all have to agree. You can have an opinion of course but don’t bash people for their thoughts.

    I didn’t agree with some positions but I love a lot of these songs and thought think its a great list. Well done Jon and thanks for doing all that you do!

    • Sandy

      real voice sounds like her rercod, and if she sucks so terrible without any talent why is she number 1 in very nearly every country with sold out shows? Give props where props are due, You dont have to like her or be a fan but to go as far to say shes talentless sounds like despise. Im not the largest rihanna fan but i give her her props!

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