Music is my passion, and as we enter the new year and look forward to upcoming releases from artists like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and T.I., I have put together a list of what I feel are the 11 best songs that KISS-FM played in '11, as well as a short description of why I like it.  This is just my personal preference, but feel free to agree/disagree/argue in the comments.


11.) Look at Me Now - Chris Brown feat. Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne (Busta goes so hard, but the dynamic frenetic pacing of the whole record is obviously three of rap's best just showing off)

10.) Roll Up - Wiz Khalifa (I enjoyed the mainstream approach from one of hip-hop's future legends)

9.) Paris - Jay-z & Kanye West (I honestly never thought a record like this would have made it to mainstream radio, but I'm glad it did, because it sounds like nothing I've ever heard before.  A completely unique record.)

8.) Someone Like You - Adele (Probably the vest vocal performance of the year)

7.) Without You - David Guetta feat. Usher (I love the juxtaposition between the depressing lyrics and the uptempo fist-pumping beat.)

6.) Not Over You - Gavin DeGraw (While I'll admit it's not the manliest record to listen to over and over again the way I have, I found to be it to be a fun and relatable record that I really enjoy.)

5.) She Ain't You - Chris Brown (While I can't tell if it's a love song or not, I can't get enough of the "Human Nature" sample from Michael Jackson.)

4.) Black & Yellow - Wiz Khalifa (The song technically came out in 2010, but become a smash in 2011.  It put this talented Pennsylvania native on the map, and became synonomous with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the biggest day in sports.)

3.) Skyscraper - Demi Lovato (This song should have been much more successful.  Demi poured her heart into this record and I think her vocals rival that of Adele on this track...  Yes, seriously.  It's a very powerful track that I still listen to very often, she really kills it on this record.)

2.) The Show Goes on - Lupe Fiasco (This song sums up everything I like about Lupe...  It's fun and uplifting.  It's powerful and intelligent.  It's thought-provoking and dance-able.  Also, I love the "Float on" sampled throughout the record.)

1.) Super Bass - Nicki Minaj (I love everything about this song, and I think it's the best song that came out last year.  Enjoy the video below)