Category Archives: 2011

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris – We Found Love

First Hit #1: November 12, 2011 There’s not much to We Found Love. Any meaning behind it is most likely gleaned from the video, since the lyrics are largely generic and repetitive. The song is otherwise some pretty rote EDM … Continue reading

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Adele – Someone Like You

First Hit #1: September 17, 2011 For a pop song, especially a pop song released in 2011, Someone Like You is almost shockingly minimal. Piano and voice, the stripped down core, no unnecessary fill, nothing electronic, it’s just these two … Continue reading

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Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera – Moves like Jagger

First Hit #1: September 10, 2011 If there’s one good thing about Moves Like Jagger, it’s the whistle. It’s cute, it’s playful, and it gets your attention pretty much immediately. It’s a great way to set Moves Like Jagger apart … Continue reading

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Katy Perry – Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

First Hit #1: August 27, 2011 Now on the Katy Perry list of things that are great, poor decision making! It’s not quite as unabashedly enthusiastic as some of her other singles from Teenage Dream, since it does at least … Continue reading

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LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock – Party Rock Anthem

First Hit #1: July 16, 2011 If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the 60 years of pop music, it’s that every decade needs a novelty dance. Some are good, some are bad, but every decade gets one, along with … Continue reading

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Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer – Give Me Everything

First Hit #1: July 9, 2011 When a song is a big pile of contributors, it becomes a question of who exactly was responsible for the song’s success. Ne-yo’s got the hook, and his contribution makes up both the majority … Continue reading

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