It’s been a great year for music. Here’s my 25 favorite tracks of the last 365 days.
1. Nicole Scherzinger – “Don’t Hold Your Breath (Fred Falke Remix)”
This progressive dance track off the former Pussycat Doll member’s debut album Killer Love evokes female empowerment and is the perfect song to get over any guy.
2. Lady Gaga – “Marry The Night (Zedd Remix)”
This deluxe version Born This Way album track stood out instantly as the hottest track on Gaga’s sophomore project.
3. Robyn – “Call Your Girlfriend (Sultan & Ned Shepard Remix)“
In ways only Robyn can the Swedish Pop princess walks you through an awkward break up.
4. Benny Benassi & Chris Brown – “Beautiful People”
Not since “Forever” have I liked a Chris Brown track so much.
5. Ellie Goulding – “Lights (Bassnector Remix)”
2011 saw the marriage of a Prince and his Princess and while the entire world watched the affair, Prince William and Kate Middleton watched on as Ellie Goulding sung this #1 UK hit at the Royal Wedding.
6. Yelle – “Safari Disco Club”
You don’t have to speak French to enjoy a French pop song.
7. Jessie J – “Domino”
The deluxe version of her debut album, Who You Are, producedthe gem “Domino” – which is exactly the direction this incredibly talented singer should stay in… fun uplifting danceable pop music and boy can she sing!
8. David Guetta & Sia – “Titanium”
Sia at her best on one of the most powerful tracks on French DJ Superstar David Guetta’s dance music masterpiece Nothing But the Beat.
9. Wynter Gordon – “Still Getting Younger”
Wynter’s favorite track on her excellent EP With The Music I Die is a plea for love and she conveys the message in a way that people stop and listen.
10. Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
These LA boys bursted onto the music scene this past year with a song intended to raise awareness about gun violence. Did you know that?
11. Austra – “Beat and the Pulse”
Former Diamond Rings backup singer, Canadian Katie “Austra” Stelmanis broke onto the scene this year at SXSW with this dubstep infused gem drawing strong comparisons to Nine Inch Nails “Closer” in a female approach.
12. The Good Natured – “Wolves”
This brand new UK act could easily pick up where the Cranberries left off. Their debut EP Skeleton released a string of great hits, with “Wolves” leading the pack.
13. Swedish House Mafia – “Antidote”
Axwell, Ingrosso & Angello team up for one of the hardest, sickest house music tracks on the planet.
14. Adele – “Set Fire To The Rain (Thomas Gold Remix)”
Some songs just need no explanation.
15. Florence & The Machine – “Only If For a Night”
Picking a favorite track Florence’s gem of a sophomore album is like picking a favorite child… it’s hard, but this is the immediate front-runner in my eyes.
16. LMFAO – “Sexy and I Know It”
“Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle Yeah”… need I say more?
17. Alexandra Stan – “Mr. Saxobeat”
This summer anthem by Romanian singer can heat up any dance floor.
18. Sak Noel – “Loca People”
And following in its footsteps is this provocative number by Spanish DJ Sak Noel.
19. Avicii & Flo Rida – “Good Feeling”
Good music is timeless and in honor of Etta James, Flo rida & Avicci pay tribute to her classic hit “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” in a very 21st Century style.
20. Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera – “Moves Like Jagger”
You can’t have the new without the old, and Adam Levine and Christina make full awareness of this in their tribute to one of the greats.
21. Britney Spears – “I Wanna Go”
After the success of her Femme Fatale tour and her first album to ever produce three top ten hits, Britney Spears spent 2011 turning 30, getting engaged (again), and releasing her biggest hit to date.
22. Oh Land – “Sun of a Gun”
Brooklyn-based Danish singer Oh Land burst onto the scene on the trails of Robyn’s glory. Her self titled album is packed full of electro pop gems and most exemplified by this number.
23. James Blake – “Wilhelm’s scream”
23-year old British electronic musician Blake created a new genre of music with his dubstep infused sound that catapulted the unknown artist to prestige status in the indie world for his unique incorporation of silence in his work.
24. Calvin Harris & Rihanna – “We Found Love”
Maybe she’s never found love, but thank God she found Calvin Harris, whose partnership on Ri-Ri’s sixth album Talk That Talk spawned the artist’s most successful track in years.
25. Nadia Ali – “Pressure”
Former iiO member Nadia Ali has yet to make a strong name for herself her in the U.S. but with the release of two stellar tracks this year, could 2012 be the turning point for this decade long career artist? Here’s hoping!
What about you? What were your favorite tracks of 2011? Comment below!