100 Greatest Songs From 2011

Criteria: These records were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.

Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release). Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. Somebody That I Used To Know
2. Born This Way
Lady Gaga
3. Party Rock Anthem
LMFAO (feat. Lauren Bennett)
4. We Are Young
Fun. (feat. Janelle Monáe)
5. Moves like Jagger
Maroon 5 (feat. Christina Aguilera)
6. We Found Love
Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris)
7. Someone like You
8. Give Me Everything
Pitbull (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer)
9. Sexy And I Know It
10. Call Me Maybe
Carly Rae Jepsen
11. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
Kelly Clarkson
12. Midnight City
13. Stereo Hearts
Gym Class Heroes (feat. Adam Levine)
14. Countdown
15. Niggas In Paris
Jay-Z and Kanye West
16. Paradise
17. Set Fire To The Rain
18. Lonely Boy
The Black Keys
19. On the Floor
Jennifer Lopez (feat. Pitbull)
20. Super Bass
Nicki Minaj
21. Holocene
Bon Iver
22. Video Games
Lana Del Rey
23. The Edge of Glory
Lady Gaga
24. Rope
Foo Fighters
25. Yonkers
Tyler, The Creator
26. Take Care
Drake (feat. Rihanna)
27. I'm On One
DJ Khaled (feat. Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne)
28. Otis
Jay-Z and Kanye West
29. Under Cover Of Darkness
The Strokes
30. I'm Into You
Jennifer Lopez (feat. Lil Wayne)
31. Look At Me Now
Chris Brown (feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes)
32. Lotus Flower
33. Gold On The Ceiling
The Black Keys
34. Novacane
Frank Ocean
35. Walk
Foo Fighters
36. Helplessness Blues
Fleet Foxes
37. Mr. Know It All
Kelly Clarkson
38. You Make Me Feel...
Cobra Starship (feat. Sabi)
39. Tonight Tonight
Hot Chelle Rae
40. What The Hell
Avril Lavigne
41. You and I
Lady Gaga
42. Turning Tables
43. It's Real
Real Estate
44. Out Of My Head
Lupe Fiasco (feat. Trey Songz)
45. Rumour Has It
46. Make It Stop (September's Children)
Rise Against
47. You Are A Tourist
Death Cab for Cutie
48. Headlines
49. Shake It Out
Florence + The Machine
50. Princess Of China
Coldplay (with Rihanna)

51. You Da One
52. Bangarang
Skrillex (feat. Sirah)
53. The Wilhelm Scream
James Blake
54. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) remix
Katy Perry (feat. Missy Elliott)
55. Best Thing I Never Had
56. Wicked Games
The Weeknd
57. Vomit
58. Wildfire
SBTRKT (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
59. Need You Now
Cut Copy
60. The Great Pan Is Dead
Cold Cave
61. No Church In The Wild
Jay-Z and Kanye West
62. I Like It Like That
Hot Chelle Rae (feat. New Boyz)
63. Run The World (Girls)
64. Judas
Lady Gaga
65. The Ballad Of Mona Lisa
Panic! At The Disco
66. The Words That Maketh Murder
PJ Harvey
67. Marvin's Room
68. Hiiipower
Kendrick Lamar
69. Alligator Sky
Owl City
70. Glass Jar
Gang Gang Dance
71. I Follow Rivers
Lykke Li
72. Cruel
St. Vincent
73. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
74. Love On Top
75. California
76. Jet Lag
Simple Plan (feat. Natasha Bedingfield)
77. Calgary
Bon Iver
78. Dance (Ass)
Big Sean (feat. Nicki Minaj)
79. What You Want
80. Smile
Avril Lavigne
81. Crawling Back To You
82. Faith (When I Let You Down)
Taking Back Sunday
83. Reunion
84. The Look
85. Will Do
TV On The Radio
86. Radiosurgery
New Found Glory
87. Ice Cream
Battles (feat. Matías Aguayo)
88. Banana Ripple
Junior Boys
89. Still Life
The Horrors
90. Too Insistent
The Dø
91. When You're Young
3 Doors Down
92. The Morning
The Weeknd
93. Ego
Thom Yorke, Burial, Four Tet
94. Te Amo
Atlas Sound
95. This Is Why We Fight
The Decemberists
96. Holing Out
97. Strange Mercy
St. Vincent
98. Art of Almost
99. Summer Paradise
Simple Plan (feat. K'naan)
100. Default
Django Django
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Putting The Dog To Sleep
The Antlers
102. Misty
Kate Bush
103. Damn These Vampires
The Mountain Goats
104. The Legacy
Black Veil Brides
105. Tree By The River
Iron & Wine
106. 212
Azealia Banks
107. Don't Stop (Color On The Walls)
Foster the People
108. The Bay
109. So In Love
Jill Scott (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
110. Second Chance
Peter Bjorn and John
111. Towers
Bon Iver
112. How Come You Never Go There
113. Irresistible Force (Met The Immovable Object)
Jane's Addiction
114. Bizness
115. Taken For A Fool
The Strokes
116. Nasty
117. Sunset In July
118. How Deep Is Your Love?
The Rapture
119. The Daily Mail
120. We All Go Back To Where We Belong
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 2011
An unheralded great record from 2011
Lew's choice:
* Violin
Amos Lee
Ryan's choice:
* Should Have
Cloud Nothings
Brett's choice:
* A Little Bit Of Everything
Adam's choice:
* Cough Syrup
Young The Giant
Bruce's choice:
* The Walk
Mayer Hawthorne
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Last Updated: 2022-07-23