Singles of 2011: 10-1

10. Florence & The Machine – Shake It Out

Flo’s triumphant comeback single full of tambourine bashing and signature shouty wails a KILLER bridge and an even bigger chorus it’s what she does best. The rest of the album was meh.

9. Willy Moon – I Wanna Be Your Man/She Loves Me

Brilliantly odd pop, this truly sounds like nothing else I’ve heard before. A sickly sweet Buble-esque throwback vocal is saved by insane clipped beats and loops it stutters and shouts and is gone as quickly as it began.

8. Beyonce – 1+1

In an era when the charts are full of euro LOL-pop and bore-off acoustic shit Beyonce did what she wanted and made an album full of classy retro rnb. This is the choice cut, a towering Prince sounding ballad about being so in love you don’t really know what to do with yourself. It’s simple, elegant and incredibly moving.

7. Justice – Civilization

Stabbing electro beats in the verses burst into a massive disco strut of a chorus, accompanied by Ali Love’s brilliant Soft Cell impersonating vocals. Hello all future boy-pop? You should sound like this.

6. The Saturdays – Notorious

This, the first single from their awful On Your Radar album, was a glimmer of individuality and progression from a pop-act so beige and anonymous even the golden touch of Xenomania couldn’t help them. The Nintendo beats, operatic chorus and stop-start structure courtesy of Steve Mac make it the most inventive and brilliant Sats ttrack ever.

5. Marina & The Diamonds – Radioactive

Marina proving the chart pop doesn’t have to be meaningless ‘in the club’ shit, should’ve been number 1 for 10 weeks.

4. Nicola Roberts – Beat Of My Drum

WTF?! This single wasn’t what anyone expected from the ginger Girls Aloud’s solo debut. It shouts and bounces and screams and is fucking amazing. If this had been the debut of a super cool, hip-hop happening upstart Radio 1 would’ve been jizzing their pants over it. Alas they did not and it limped to number 27 and then left without a trace.

3. Lana Del Rey – Video Games/Blue Jeans

I heard on Radio 1 the other day that Fearne UHMAZING SKILLZ Cotton started playing this song in June (It was uploaded to Youtube in August Fearne you insufferable dickhead) It’s beautiful and what I imagine Flo’s flirtation with hip-hop beats on her new album would’ve sounded like if it had worked.

2. Joe Goddard – Gabriel

This is how you make a pop record with religious imagery (looking at you Gaga) the hypnotic drums that build perfectly into a giddy crescendo and perfect vocal from Valentina are flawless.

1. Azealia Banks – 212.

I fear that Azealia Banks may be suffocated under the weight of her own hype but lets forget that for now. This is provocative and exciting pop from a hip-hop artist who’s just having fun, doesn’t take herself too seriously. Her scattergun rapped verses fall out of her mouth as if she wrote them in 5 minutes she makes it all look so easy and effortless. Her album can’t come quickly enough.

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