Someone Like You” is a song by British singer Adele. It was written by Adele and Dan Wilson for her second studio album 21. It is the second single and final track on the album. The song was inspired by a broken relationship, and lyrically speaks of Adele’s coming to terms with it. XL Recordings released the song as the second single from the album on 24 January 2011 in the United Kingdom and on 9 August 2011 in the United States. Accompanied only by a piano in the song (played by co-writer Wilson), Adele sings about the end of the relationship with her ex-boyfriend. The song received universal acclaim from music critics, who chose the song as a highlight of 21 and praised the lyrics, its simple sound and Adele’s vocal performance.
Following a well-received performance of the song at the 2011 Brit Awards, “Someone like You” became Adele’s first number-one single in the UK and it stayed on the top of the chart for five weeks. The song also topped the charts in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Italy, France and Switzerland, and has become Adele’s second number one in the US. With that achievement Adele became the first female British solo singer in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have two number ones from the same album. In July 2011, it became the first single of the decade to sell a million units in the UK and it was certified 3× Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), as well as being certified 5× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the US.
An accompanying music video for the song was directed by Jake Nava and filmed in Paris, France. The video showed Adele walking alone through the streets with a sad look on her face. Critics praised the video for being simple and perfect for the sound of the song. Adele performed the song on several award and television shows including the 2011 Brit Awards, 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and the song was played on the ABC hit show Grey’s Anatomy. She added the song to the set list of her second tour Adele Live. The live performances of the song were heavily praised by music critics and fans. The song has been covered by Katy Perry, Taio Cruz, the cast of the series Glee, and several other artists.
In a list voted for by the public in conjunction with the Official Charts Company’s 60th anniversary, “Someone like You” was voted the third-most favourite number-one single of the last 60 years in the UK, with Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” voted number two and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” as number one. “Someone like You” is the 36th-best-selling single in the history of the UK Singles Chart. As a critically successful song, “Someone like You” appeared on many year-end lists about the best songs of 2011. “Someone like You” was the first recipient of the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance, at the 54th Grammy Awards, held on 12 February 2012. As of 2015, it is the third most downloaded single of all-time in the UK and the fourth best-selling single of the 21st century.
“Moves like Jagger” is a song by American band Maroon 5 featuring recording artist Christina Aguilera, released by A&M Octone Records on June 21, 2011, as the fourth and final single from the re-release of the group’s third studio album Hands All Over (2010). The song was written by Adam Levine, Ammar Malik, Benjamin Levin, and Shellback; the latter two are also the producers. “Moves like Jagger” is a dance-pop and electropop song and is backed by synths and electronic drums. The lyrics refer to a male’s ability to impress a love interest with his dance moves, which he compares to those of Mick Jagger, frontman of the Rolling Stones.
“Moves like Jagger” was well received by music critics, who praised the song’s chorus. Praise also went to the vocals of Levine and Aguilera, with critics pointing out solid chemistry between the two. Likewise, the song was a commercial success, going on to top the charts in over 18 countries. In the United States, “Moves like Jagger” became the band’s second (after 2007’s “Makes Me Wonder”) and Aguilera’s fifth number-one single and is among the best-selling singles of all time. The song also made Aguilera the second female artist to score a number-one hit in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s (the first being Britney Spears), which in turn made her the fourth female to score number-one singles in three different decades, after Janet Jackson, Madonna and Spears. Worldwide, it was the ninth-best-selling digital single of 2011 with sales of 7 million copies. As of 2016, the song ranks as one of the eight best-selling digital singles of all time with sales of over 15 million copies.
The music video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund. The video features an old video footage of Jagger and his iconic dance moves. “Moves like Jagger” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards but lost to “Body and Soul” by Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse. The song was first performed in June 2011 on an episode of The Voice (where Levine and Aguilera both served as judges/coaches).
“Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” is a song by American singer Katy Perry from her third studio album, Teenage Dream. The song was written and produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin, who also co-wrote the song with Perry and Bonnie McKee. Perry stated that she was inspired to write the track after a night of wild partying and streaking. It was released as the album’s fifth single on June 6, 2011, by Capitol Records, with a remix featuring American rapper Missy Elliott released to US radio stations and digital retailers on August 8, 2011; this version was included in Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection edition. It is a dance-pop song with lyrics about drunken fun and debauchery. Some of the risque lyrics in the song are often censored in radio versions of the song. The “T.G.I.F.” in the title is an acronym for “Thank God It’s Friday”.
The song had chart success worldwide, reaching number one in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and has attained top-ten positions in Austria, Ireland, Italy, and Poland. By topping the US Billboard Hot 100, Perry became the first female solo artist to have five number-one singles on the Hot 100 from a single album; it also was Perry’s sixth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and her fifth consecutive number one single. The single had sold 3.7 million digital copies in the US and was the tenth most played single on US radio during 2011.
The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Marc Klasfeld. The clip features Perry, as her teenage alter-ego Kathy Beth Terry, at a house party filled with music and dancing. While at the party, Terry is made over by her friend and draws attention to herself as the life of the party. The video features appearances by notable music artists and actors, which includes Rebecca Black, Corey Feldman, Debbie Gibson, Kenny G, Hanson, and Kevin McHale and Darren Criss of Glee. According to the director, the inspiration behind the video was Sixteen Candles, works by American filmmaker John Hughes, and other 1980s high school films. The music video won Favorite Music Video award at the 38th People’s Choice Awards.
“Party Rock Anthem” is a hit song performed by the American Electro house recording duo LMFAO, featuring British singer Lauren Bennett and American music producer GoonRock. It was released as the first single from their second album Sorry for Party Rocking in 2011.
The single went to number one in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. It also reached the top five in Finland, Italy, Norway, Poland and Sweden. Worldwide, it was the third best-selling digital single of 2011 with sales of 9.7 million copies. It is the third best-selling digital song in US history. Party Rock Anthem is currently ranked Billboard’s 5th most successful song of all time. It is currently the twenty-third most viewed video on YouTube, with over 1.16 billion views.
“Party Rock Anthem” is a mostly electronic composition. Being featured in the 2012 film 21 Jump Street, it won the MTV Movie Award for Best Music. The song also won the “Favorite Song” award at the 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards.
“Give Me Everything” is a song written and performed by American rapper Pitbull, American R&B singer Ne-Yo, and Dutch DJ Afrojack, featuring additional vocals from American singer Nayer. Produced by Afrojack, it was released on March 21, 2011, as the second single from Pitbull’s sixth studio album, Planet Pit (2011). Rolling Stone described the song as a “club-pop cut with a plaintive Ne-Yo chorus.”
In the United States, “Give Me Everything” became Pitbull’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. It also became his first number one in the United Kingdom as the main artist. The song has also peaked at number one in Belgium, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands and within the top-five in twelve countries. It was the seventh best-selling digital single of 2011 with worldwide sales of 8.2 million copies, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.
“Rolling in the Deep” is a song recorded by English singer Adele for her second studio album, 21. It is the lead single and opening track on the album. The song was written by Adele and Paul Epworth. The singer herself describes it as a “dark blues-y gospel disco tune”. The largest crossover hit in the United States from the past 25 years, “Rolling in the Deep” gained radio airplay from many different radio formats. It was first released on 29 November 2010 as the lead single from 21 in digital download format. The lyrics describe the emotions of a scorned lover.
“Rolling in the Deep” was acclaimed by music critics and represented a commercial breakthrough for Adele, propelling her to international success. The song reached number one in 11 countries and the top five in many more regions. It was Adele’s first number-one song in the United States, reaching the top spot on many Billboard charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 where it was number one for seven weeks. By February 2012, “Rolling in the Deep” had sold over 7.6 million copies in the United States, making it the highest-selling digital song by a female artist in the US, the second-best-selling digital song in the US and Adele’s best-selling single outside her native country, topping her previous best-selling “Chasing Pavements”. Worldwide, it was the fifth-best-selling digital single of 2011 with sales of 8.2 million copies, later going on to sell over 14 million copies. The song spent 65 weeks on the chart, making the song at that time the fourth-most weeks spent on the chart, tying the place with Jewel with her double single “Foolish Games”/”You Were Meant for Me”.
In July, the video was nominated for seven MTV Video Music Awards nominations, making it the most nominated music video of the year. The video won three awards: Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. “Rolling in the Deep” was also the Billboard Year End Hot 100 Number One Single of 2011. On 12 February 2012, “Rolling in the Deep” received three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video. Critics and music publications ranked the song highly on their end-of-year lists.
“Rolling in the Deep” is the fourth song to top the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles chart and to win both Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in the same year, after “Bridge over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel in 1970/1971, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack in 1972/1973, and “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes in 1981/1982.
“S&M” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her fifth studio album, Loud (2010). The song was released on January 21, 2011, as the fourth single from the album. The American songwriter Ester Dean wrote “S&M” in collaboration with the producers Stargate and Sandy Vee. Backed by bass beats, a keyboard and guitars, it is an uptempo hi-NRG-Eurodance track with lyrics that revolve around sexual intercourse, sadomasochism, bondage, and fetishes.
Critical response to “S&M” was mixed: some critics praised its sound and composition while others criticized its overtly sexual lyrics. After it reached number two on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100 chart, a remix that features Britney Spears was released. When combined with sales of the solo version, it became Rihanna’s tenth and Spears’ fifth number-one single on the chart. It has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). “S&M” peaked at number one in Australia, Canada, Hungary, Israel, and Poland in addition to the United States while peaking within the top five in France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, and the UK.
To promote “S&M”, Rihanna performed a shortened version at the 31st Brit Awards and sang the remix with Spears at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. Melina Matsoukas directed the song’s music video, which was, in part, Rihanna’s response to disparaging critics. It portrays softcore sadomasochist acts and fetishes. The music video was banned in many countries and restricted to nighttime television in others. Critics complimented Rihanna’s sensuality and the vibrant colors. Photographer David LaChapelle filed a lawsuit alleging that the video incorporates ideas from his photographs. Rihanna and LaChapelle settled the case for an undisclosed sum of money.
“E.T.” is a song by American singer Katy Perry taken from her third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). She co-wrote the song with its producers Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Ammo. “E.T.” was serviced to radio stations as the album’s fourth single on February 16, 2011. One version of the song features verses from American rapper Kanye West. Musically, it is an electronic and hip hop ballad which draws heavily from dubstep and techno, along with smaller amounts of drum and bass. Lyrically, the song speaks of “falling in love with a foreigner,” according to Perry.
The song became Perry’s fifth non-consecutive number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and also topped charts in Canada, New Zealand, Poland, Australia, Ireland and Scotland. To date, “E.T.” has sold over six million digital downloads worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles worldwide and Perry’s third highest selling song in the U.S. According to Billboard, it was the fourth biggest song of 2011.
To promote the song, Perry and West performed on the tenth season of American Idol, the 54th Grammy Awards, and at Madison Square Garden for Z100’s Jingle Ball. Floria Sigismondi directed the song’s music video, which shows Perry as an evolving alien drifting in outer space before landing on an abandoned litter-covered Earth, while clips of large felines hunting game are interspersed. The video garnered positive reviews from music critics.
“Born This Way” is a song by American singer Lady Gaga, and the lead single from her second studio album of the same name. Written by Gaga and Jeppe Laursen, who produced along with Fernando Garibay and DJ White Shadow, it was developed while Gaga was on the road with The Monster Ball Tour. Inspired by the 1990s empowering music for women and the gay community, Gaga explained that “Born This Way” was her freedom song. She sang part of the chorus at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in 2010 and announced the song as the lead single from the album. The single was released on February 11, 2011.
The song is backed by rumbling synth sounds, a humming bass and additional chorus percussion, with sole organ toward the end. The lyrics discuss the self-empowerment of minorities including the LGBT community as well as racial minorities, referring to “cholas” and “orients”, which drew criticism from Latino and Asian communities. Critics positively reviewed the song, calling it a “club-ready anthem”, though it faced criticism for having similarities with Madonna’s 1989 single “Express Yourself”. The song reached number one in over 25 countries and was her third single to top the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and the 1,000th song in that chart’s history (since 1958) to reach number one. “Born This Way” has sold 8.2 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Nick Knight directed the accompanying music video, which was inspired by painters like Salvador Dalí and Francis Bacon and their surrealistic images. Gaga is depicted as giving birth to a new race during a prologue. A series of dance sequences later, the video concludes with the view of a city populated by this race. Critics noted cultural references to the work of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Björk, late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, as well as to Greek mythology and surrealism.
Gaga performed the song at the 53rd Grammy Awards after coming out of an incubating vessel. It was also performed during the last leg of The Monster Ball Tour and in television shows such as Saturday Night Live, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and Good Morning America. The song was treated with different remixes, including a “Country Road” version recorded by Gaga herself and another by Indian production duo Salim-Sulaiman. Alice Cooper, Madonna, Katy Perry, Maria Aragon, and the cast of the TV series Glee have covered the song.
“Black and Yellow” is a song by American rapper Wiz Khalifa from his third studio album, Rolling Papers. It was released on September 14, 2010, as the lead single from the album. The song was written by Khalifa, along with Stargate, who produced it. It was released as a CD single in honor of Record Store Day. The song peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Wiz Khalifa’s first number-one single in the US; he would top the chart again in 2015 with “See You Again”.
The song is a reference to the colors of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and their NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Khalifa has stated that he bought a car in those colors because of his allegiance to Pittsburgh and the Steelers. The music video for the song made the connection to Pittsburgh explicit, showing various iconic locations in the city. In the year after it was released, “Black and Yellow” spawned dozens of remixes, parodies and remakes, both in the US and internationally.