Playlistin': Top 5 Songs of 2011 (So Far)

Since 2011 is essentially half over (which really weirds us out), the MetroLyricsLoves contributors decided to each pick our top tune that's come out this year. Here's our 5 overall awesome songs of 2011 ... at least, so far:

AH: I remember how excited I was when I first heard this song online. I'm all about really cool females who try and do different things with music, so I bought the album, saw the show when it came to town, and now I'm a full blown tUnE-yArDs fanatic. Side note: isn't this music video THE CUTEST THING EVAR???

AL: Nas is making a comeback in a big way. Not that he needs one, like, at all, but the fact that it's happening proves that he's the force to be reckoned with in the hip-hop world. Nasty is the perfect single for his forthcoming album, Life Is Good, with its bongo-esque drums and occasional Mortal Kombat sound effects. It's a banger for sure, further creepin' its way up into my Most Played playlist on iTunes each and errrday. 

SJ: The first time I ever heard this was on the radio in my car. I had one of those moments where time stopped and I was just like "Who IS THIS?" I waited and waited for the dj to come on and finally he informed listeners that it was Alex Ebert, the lead singer of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Weeks later, it appeared at the end of my favourite show, Breaking Bad (watch it!) and I rediscovered it. It sounds like a new-age western and features some killer whistling, definitely worth a listen (or two...or forty).

OS: DJ Khaled uses a straight-forward musical formula. He grabs a handful of hip-hop mega-stars, mashes them together on a massive beat, and stands back to see what happens. For 'I'm On One', Khaled assembled YMCMB label-mates Drake and Lil' Wayne, to join forces with the Teflon Don Rick Ross. All three lay down verses, with Drake pulling double-duty contributing the song's hook. The outcome? The hip-hop anthem of 2011.

AT: We turned to summer intern Ana to give us our last pick for best songs of 2011, and she went with one of Adele's most heartbreaking songs. Sure, "Rolling In The Deep" is amazing, but the emotion Adele conveys in this simple track is just so ... beautiful! :'(