Top Songs Of 2011: We Review Each #1 Single…In One Word

Throughout 2011, a total of 14 singles topped Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart. Grammy-nominated UK songbird Adele was the artist who spent the most weeks at #1 this year, with her first two 21 singles. Rihanna had the song that was perched in the chart throne the longest. Katy Perry had the most #1s, while Christina Aguilera returned to the top after a 10-year absence. Also, Wiz Khalifa, Pitbull, LMFAO and Calvin Harris all took trips to the peak position on the Hot 100 for the first time.

Katy Perry Firework single

Naturally, in retrospect, Idolator’s Erika Brooks Adickman, Becky Bain and Robbie Daw had plenty to say about each of these singles. But rather than ramble on, they decided to pare down their thoughts to one(-ish) word. Head below to catch the Idolator editors’ very brief reviews of this year’s #1s!

Katy Perry, “Firework” (#1 for four weeks, including two in 2010)EBA says: “Bandwagon” BB says: “Plastics” RD says: “Rack”

Bruno Mars Grenade

Bruno Mars, “Grenade” (#1 for four weeks)EBA says: “Explosive” BB says: “Sniffle” RD says: “Sapfest”

Britney Spears Hold It Against Me single cover

Britney Spears, “Hold It Against Me” (#1 for one week)EBA says: “Rimshot” BB says: “Dubstep” RD says: “Jam”

Wiz Khalifa Black And Yellow single

Wiz Khalifa, “Black And Yellow” (#1 for one week)EBA says: “Timely” BB says: “Repetitive” RD says: “Hometown” (mine!)

Lady Gaga Born This Way single cover

Lady Gaga, “Born This Way” (#1 for six weeks)EBA says: “‘Express’-ive” BB says: “Madonna” RD says: “Ballsy”

Katy Perry Kanye West E.T. single cover

Katy Perry feat. Kanye West, “E.T.” (#1 for five weeks)EBA says: “Skip” BB says: “Meh” RD says: “Like”

Rihanna S&M single cover

Rihanna, “S&M” (#1 for one week)EBA says: “Smelly” BB says: “Self-flagellation” RD says: “Grating”

Adele Rolling In The Deep single cover

Adele, “Rolling In The Deep” (#1 for seven weeks)EBA says: “Unrelenting” BB says: “Deserved” RD says: “Classic”

Pitbull Ne-Yo Afrojack Nayer Give Me Everything single cover

Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer, “Give Me Everything” (#1 for one week)EBA says: “Kodak” BB says: “Anti-Lohan” RD says: “Overplayed”

LMFAO Party Rock Anthem single cover

LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, “Party Rock Anthem” (#1 for six weeks)EBA says: “Summertime” BB says: “Shufflin'” RD says: “Hair”

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

Katy Perry, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” (#1 for two weeks)EBA says: “P.M.I.S. (Please Make It Stop)” BB says: “Kesha-esque” RD says: “Perfect”

Maroon 5 Christina Aguilera Moves Like Jagger single cover

Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera, “Moves Like Jagger” (#1 for four weeks)EBA says: “Snooze” BB says: “Whistlin'” RD says: “Disco”

Adele Someone Like You single cover

Adele, “Someone Like You” (#1 for five weeks)EBA says: “Wrenching” BB says: “Sob” RD says: “Real”

Rihanna Calvin Harris We Found Love single cover

Rihanna, “We Found Love” (#1 for eight weeks)EBA says: “Eharmony.com” BB says: “Glowstick” RD says: “Uplifting”

What was your favorite chart-topping single this year? Let us know below!