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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Top Five Pop Songs of 2011

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2. "Born This Way," Lady Gaga

Before you get all angry in the comments, we are acutely aware of the close resemblance this song bears to Madonna's "Express Yourself." And you know what? We don't care. Because not only does this song represent a lurch forward in pop music artistry and conceptual vision, but it also happens to be one of the greatest anthems the LGBT community has ever had. Ever. And, joyously, there's nothing thinly-veiled about it -- when Gaga says "No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgender life, I'm on the right track, baby, I was born to survive," you better believe there are suicidal teens listening.

1. "We Found Love," Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris

Yes, the video is pretty awful (and offensive to British people) but we've yet to find one person who doesn't like this song (not one!). Even if you passionately despise everything else Rihanna has ever done (and, for the most part, we really, really do), and even if you desperately want to hate this song on principle, it's impossible to dislike even a little bit. "We Found Love" is, hands down, the most infectious song of the year -- it's like ecstasy in musical form. Enjoy this moment Rhi-Rhi fans, because we'll probably never say anything nice about her ever again.

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