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Top 10 Memorable Pop Song Lyrics of 2011


Lyrics are an indispensable element of a pop song. Often, however, they are simple and repetitive. The occasional hit delivers words that truly stand out and appeal to our heart, mind, or both. These are the 10 most memorable sets of song lyrics of 2011.

1. Foster the People - "Pumped Up Kicks"

Foster the People - "Pumped Up Kicks"
Courtesy Columbia

Songwriter Mark Foster

Robert's got a quick hand
He'll look around the room, he won't tell you his plan
He's got a rolled cigarette
Hanging out of his mouth, he's a cowboy kid
He found a six-shooter gun
In his dad's closet within a box of fun things
I don't even know what
But he's coming for you, yeah he's coming for you

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet

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2. Adele - "Someone Like You"

Adele - 21
Courtesy Columbia

Songwriters Adele and Dan Wilson

I hate to turn up out of the blue, uninvited
But I couldn't stay away, I couldn't fight it
I had hoped you'd see my face and that you'd be reminded
That for me, it isn't over

Never mind, I'll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you, too
Don't forget me, I begged, I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead

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3. Lady Gaga - "Born This Way"

Lady Gaga - Born This Way
Courtesy Interscope

Songwriters Stefani Germanotta, Jeppe Laursen, Paul Blair, and Fernando Garibay

My mama told me when I was young
We are all born superstars
She rolled my hair and put my lipstick on
In the glass of her boudoir

"There's nothing wrong with loving who you are"
She said, "'Cause he made you perfect, babe"
"So hold your head up girl and you'll go far,
Listen to me when I say"

I'm beautiful in my way
'Cause God makes no mistakes
I'm on the right track, baby
I was born this way
Don't hide yourself in regret
Just love yourself and you're set
I'm on the right track, baby
I was born this way

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4. Jay-Z and Kanye West - "Otis"

Jay-Z and Kanye West - "Otis"
Courtesy Def Jam

Songwriters Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Kirk Robinson, and Roy Hammond

Run up on Yeezy the wrong way, I might murk ya
Flee in the G450 I might surface
Politically refugee asylum can be purchased
Everything's for sale
I got 5 passports, I’m never going to jail

I made Jesus Walks, so I'm never going to hell
Couture level flow is never going on sale
Luxury rap, the Hermes of verses
Sophisticated ignorance, write my curses in cursive

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5. Rihanna - "We Found Love" featuring Calvin Harris

Rihanna - "We Found Love"
Courtesy Def Jam

Songwriter Calvin Harris

Yellow diamonds in the light
And we're standing side by side
As your shadow crosses mine
What it takes to come alive
It's the way I’m feeling I just can't deny
But I've gotta let it go
We found love in a hopeless place

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6. Nicki Minaj - "Super Bass"

Nicki Minaj - "Super Bass"
Courtesy Cash Money

Songwriters Onika Maraj, Daniel Johnson, and Ester Dean

I said, excuse me you're a hell of a guy
I mean my, my, my, my you're like pelican fly
I mean, you're so shy and I'm loving your tie
You're like slicker than the guy with the thing on his eye, oh

Yes I did, yes I did
Somebody please tell him who the "F" I is
I am Nicki Minaj, I mack them dudes up
Back coupes up, and chuck the deuce up

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7. Gym Class Heroes - "Stereo Hearts" featuring Adam Levine

Gym Class Heroes - "Stereo Hearts" featuring Adam Levine
Courtesy Fueled By Ramen

Songwriters Travie McCoy, Adam Levine, Benny Blanco, Brandon Lowry, Ammar Malik, and Dan Omelio

If I was an old-school, fifty pound boombox
Would you hold me on your shoulder, wherever you walk
Would you turn my volume up in front of the cops
And crank it higher every time they told you to stop
And all I ask is that you don't get mad at me
When you have to purchase mad D batteries
Appreciate every mixtape your friends make
You never know, we come and go like on the interstate

I think I finally found a note to make you understand
If you can hit it, sing along and take me by the hand
To keep me stuck inside your head, like your favorite tune
And know my heart's a stereo that only plays for you

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8. Florence and the Machine - "Shake It Out"

Florence and the Machine - "Shake It Out"
Courtesy Universal

Songwriters Florence Welch and Paul Epworth

And our love is pastured such a mournful sound
Tonight I'm gonna bury that horse in the ground
So I like to keep my issues strong
But it's always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaaah

And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

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9. Katy Perry - "The One That Got Away"

Katy Perry - "The One That Got Away"
Courtesy Capitol

Songwriters Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, and Max Martin

I was June and you were my Johnny Cash
Never one without the other we made a pact
Sometimes when I miss you
I put those records on

Someone said you had your tattoo removed
Saw you downtown singing the Blues
It's time to face the music
I'm no longer your muse

But in another life
I would be your girl
We'd keep all our promises
Be us against the world

In another life
I would make you stay
So I don't have to say
You were the one that got away

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10. Drake - "Headlines"

Drake - "Headlines"
Courtesy Cash Money

Songwriters Noah Shebib, Aubrey Graham, and A. Eccleston

I might be too strung out on compliments
Overdosed on confidence
Started not to give a f**k, and stopped fearing the consequence
Drinking every night, because we drink to my accomplishments
Faded way too long, I'm floating in and out of consciousness
And they saying I'm back, I'd agree with that
I just take my time with all this sh*t, I still believe in that
I had someone tell me I fell off, oh I needed that
And they want to see me pick back up, well, where'd I leave it at?

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