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Top 100 Best Pop Songs Of 2011

The Songs of the Year

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Adele, Lady Gaga, and Kanye West collaborating with Jay-Z were among the artists that produced the most compelling songs of 2011.

100. Rihanna - "Man Down"

Rihanna - Loud
Courtesy Def Jam

"Man Down" provides the soundtrack to one of the most controversial music videos of the year in which Rihanna shoots a man dead out of revenge for rape. The song is unusually downbeat for the album Loud on which it is included. "Man Down" has a stronger reggae influence than much of Rihanna's hit msuic.

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99. Jessie J - "Domino"

Jessie J - Who You Are
Courtesy Lava Records

Jessie J delivers a strong vocal performance on "Domino," but it also invited frustration that she sounds too much like Katy Perry. Despite that fact it has turned into a pop hit, and the comparisons do not detract from the quality of the recording.

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98. Christina Perri - "A Thousand Years"

Christina Perri - "A Thousand Years"
Courtesy Atlantic Records

Christina Perri contributed "A Thousand Years" to the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack. At first glance it seems a bit of an ordinary ballad, but "A Thousand Years" contains a gorgeous bridge section.

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97. Nickelback - "When We Stand Together"

Nickelback - "When We Stand Together"
Courtesy Roadrunner

"When We Stand Together" is the pop-rock single released to introduce Nickelback's album Here and Now. It has a strong swing to it accompanying the uplifting lyrics. "When We Stand Together" became a top 15 adult pop and adult contemporary hit.

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96. Red Hot Chili Peppers - "The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie"

Red Hot Chili Peppers - "The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie"
Courtesy Warner Bros.

"The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie" is the lead single from the Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You album. Anthony Kiedis says the song is not about anyone in particular, but is simply a melange of memories and people he has met along the way. "The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie" topped both the rock songs and alternative songs charts while going to the top 20 at adult pop radio.

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95. Maroon 5 - "Never Gonna Leave This Bed"

Maroon 5 - Hands All Over
Courtesy Octone

It may have gotten a bit buried in the "Moves Like Jagger" avalanche, but "Never Gonna Leave This Bed" is a pleasing, mellow ballad from Maroon 5's unjustly ignored Hands All Over album. Adam Levine has stated it is his favorite song on the album and the most honest.

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94. Pitbull - "International Love"

Pitbull featuring Chris Brown - "International Love"
Courtesy J Records

Pitbull takes his sound worldwide here. Chris Brown delivers sweet featured vocals, and the entire record is a smooth pleasure destined for both the dance floor and the radio playlist.

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93. J. Cole - "Work Out"

J. Cole - "Work Out"
Courtesy Roc Nation

Rapper J. Cole's debut album was one of the most eagerly awaited of the year. He delivered on that promise when Cole World opened at #1 on the album chart. "Work Out" has a laidback feel that shows off influences from classic rap. "Work Out" was a top 5 hit on the rap chart.

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92. The Fray - "Heartbeat"

The Fray - "Heartbeat"
Courtesy Epic

"Heartbeat" is the first single from The Fray's album Scars and Stories. The song features a big pop-rock production. The lyrics are inspired by international travels of lead vocalist and songwriter Isaac Slade.

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91. Big Sean - "Dance (A$$)" featuring Nicki Minaj

Big Sean - Finally Famous
Courtesy Def Jam

"Dance (A$$)" has been criticized as being a shameless stripper anthem. However, it is also clever and humorous with standout rap delivery from Big Sean. Nicki Minaj adds her inimitable sytle. The song was a top 5 rap and R&B hit.

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