The results are in! And it’s not just a matter of opinion either — Billboard has compiled the Hot 100 Songs of 2011 according to radio airplay audience impressions and sales data provided by Nielsen, as well as streaming data from other online sources. And the winner is…
Adele! (Duh.) The hottest song, from what is indubitably one of the most highly appreciated, universally loved albums of the year, “Rolling In The Deep” is number one on Billboard‘s Hot 100 Songs list. Katy Perry may have scored more #1s this year than Adele, but by Billboard’s count, “Firework” and “E.T” came in at #3 and #4, respectively. We’re pretty proud to see You Oughta Know artists Bruno Mars at #6 with “Grenade,” #15 with “Just The Way You Are” and at #26 with “The Lazy Song”, and Foster The People at #13 with “Pumped Up Kicks.”
The list itself is fairly diverse in terms of genre, but it’s interesting to see that some of the generally acclaimed albums of 2011, like Bon Iver‘s Bon Iver and PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake didn’t have any singles that were widely heard/listened to by the public (especially given Bon Iver’s Grammy nods). There are some disparities between the public and the critics in that sense, with the public favoring a largely, pop, hip hop and club-centric offering of songs, whereas genre in critical assessments seems to be somewhat more ambiguous, with big guns like Adele appearing on lists alongside more subversive indie, rock and electro bands (which seem all but forgotten by the public). Maybe the public just really wanted to party this year, rather than sit around dissecting records?
Hot 100 Songs [Billboard]