While you guys have been busy prepping your Christmas cookies and turning on your "Out Of Office" replies, we've been hard at work here, discussing the important issues -- the VERY BEST music of 2011! Buzzworthy Managing Editor Tamar Anitai and I got together with a few other very talented (and opinionated) peeps here at MTV to hash out a Top 10 list of the best songs of 2011, but we were far from a unanimous decision. And we recorded all of the table pounding and "I'm not yelling at you" yelling for your viewing pleasure: Check out MTV's Best Songs of 2011 debate!
Coming in at No. 10 was Katy Perry's "Firework." And before you send us hate mail, you need to understand our logic -- Katy's released SIX singles from Teenage Dream, so in a way, they all kind of canceled each other out. But "Firework" felt like the most anthem-y of the bunch, hence it's stronghold on the No. 10 spot. Kanye West's and Jay-Z's repeat-worthy "N****s In Paris" and Foster The People's poppy ode to homicide, "Pumped Up Kicks," helped round out the the bottom five, while Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" and Rihanna's "We Found Love" placed in the top five.
But it was Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" and Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" that were battling it out for the top spot, and Adele came out victorious. Both songs are addicting and tons of artist have covered each of them, but at the end of the day year, there was no escaping "Rolling In The Deep." Besides the fact that it's just a great effing song, there's not a lot of arguing with the top-selling album of the year.
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