Looking back at 2011 in music, some of the year’s biggest stories were ruled by major pop stars — Katy Perry and Rihanna’s chart domination, Lady Gaga’s ongoing costume changes and baffling videos, Beyoncé’s ongoing flawlessness, Adele’s never-ending vocal glory. And, of course hip-hop’s heavy hitters like Jay-Z and Kanye’s collaboration, Drake’s long-awaited (and worth-the-wait) album and Wiz Khalifa’s big breakthrough.
But what about the bands that broke through in 2011? The groups that grew from music blog acclaim to radio chart-climbers to… wait… are they playing “Cough Syrup” AT MY STARBUCKS? Well we weren’t content to let some of our favorite bands that went from near-obscurity to near-ubiquity in 2011 not get their due. So we took a good hard look at some of the most-buzzed-about bands (specifically, big musical acts that consisted of at least two or more people, and no, Lady Gaga and Jo Calderone do NOT count as two people in this case) and came up with a list of our favorite breakthrough bands of the year. Those bands are: A Day To Remember, All Star Weekend, Big Time Rush, Black Veil Brides, Breathe Carolina, Foster The People, Hot Chelle Rae, Karmin, Mindless Behavior, Odd Future and Young The Giant.
Check out the list of breakthrough bands below, and vote for your favorite breakthrough band of 2011. Voting closes Friday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. ET, and we’ll announce the winner on Friday, Dec. 16, at 12 p.m. ET!
+ A Day To Remember: While the The Ocala post-hard-core band’s third album, Homesick,
+ All Star Weekend: Though the Cali band’s been around since, well, the early days of “Sonny With A
+ Breathe Carolina: Sure, Breathe Carolina’s David Schmitt and Kyle Even may not GAF about much
Check out more breakthrough bands of 2011, and vote for your favorite after the jump!
+ Karmin: The boy-girl duo with an affinity for hair rolls, a mockingbird-like ability to imitate pop and
+ Mindless Behavior: True, Princeton, Ray Ray, Roc Royal and Prodigy haven’t really been around
+ Odd Future: Love them or loathe them, unless you’re one of those rich teenagers who sailed around
+ Young The Giant: Not many bands release their debut album and go on to sweep the festival
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