"It's hard to dance with the devil on your back, so shake him off!" That lyric line seems to sum up the overall approach of Florence and the Machine to their music. Don't be surprised if you find yourself getting up and dancing or spinning in place to this powerful anthem.
It took Glee to finally pull this song into the pop charts, and it is a fortunate thing. There is an anthemic feel here that grabs your attention. When you listen a bit closer you will realize how complex the song and the lyrical picture really is. The music video is a challenger for the title of most disturbing music video of the year.
The first time through Kelly Clarkson's introductory single from her Stronger album may seem a bit underwhelming. However, when you realize that you are wanting to hear it again, and then you want to sing along, it just might be one of your favorite songs of the year. Kelly Clarkson's vocals have never sounded better than here, and you will likely detect a pleasing R&B vibe animating the song.
Waking Up, the album which features "Good Life," may be a couple of years old, but most of us had not really recognized the charms of this song until this year. Trademark percussive, hooky pop from OneRepublic was very welcome this year. The hook feels so simple that it may take awhile before you realize how beautiful "Good Life" truly is.
Katy Perry's "E.T." is one of the sexiest pop hits of the year. It also owes much of the sexiness to Kanye West's brilliant featured rap. There is a relentless, pounding quality to the song which is hypnotic, and, for lack of a better term, otherworldly. "E.T." is one of the biggest selling pop songs of the year.
If it brought the Black Keys to the pop charts, it must be a towering achievement. "Lonely Boy" is a massive collision of pop hooks with chugging garage rock. The accompanying music video is unforgettable, too. "Lonely Boy" topped both the alternative songs and rock songs charts.
For many pop fans LMFAO seemed to come out of nowhere. However, party music fans were already familiar with the tongue in cheek approach of this duo. "Party Rock Anthem" is arguably the catchiest pop song of the year, and it was a #1 smash around the world. No self respecting party soundtrack in 2011 would be without it. We were all shufflin'.