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26 Songs That Prove How Different The World Was In 2011

Damn, time flies.

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1. "E.T." by Katy Perry feat. Kanye West

Remember when: Katy Perry dressed up as a sexy alien for this music video, and none of us thought anything of it?
Columbia

Remember when: Katy Perry dressed up as a sexy alien for this music video, and none of us thought anything of it?

2. "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz

Remember when: You heard this song played so many times you had the lyrics memorized and would shout out the "ayeoh" at the top of your lungs?
Island

Remember when: You heard this song played so many times you had the lyrics memorized and would shout out the "ayeoh" at the top of your lungs?

3. "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock

Remember when: Party Rock was in the house tonight?
Interscope

Remember when: Party Rock was in the house tonight?

4. "S&M" by Rihanna

Remember when: Rihanna brought in Britney Spears for the official remix of this song, and we almost died from how iconic it was?
Def Jam

Remember when: Rihanna brought in Britney Spears for the official remix of this song, and we almost died from how iconic it was?

5. "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga

Remember when: Lady Gaga showed up in an EGG before performing this song at the Grammys?
Interscope

Remember when: Lady Gaga showed up in an EGG before performing this song at the Grammys?

6. "We Found Love" by Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna

Remember when: Rihanna basically repeated "We found love in a hopeless place" over and over on a Calvin Harris track, but it didn't matter because this song is STILL amazing?
Def Jam

Remember when: Rihanna basically repeated "We found love in a hopeless place" over and over on a Calvin Harris track, but it didn't matter because this song is STILL amazing?

7. "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele

Remember when: "WE COULD HAVE HAD IT ALLLLLLLLLL..."?
Sony

Remember when: "WE COULD HAVE HAD IT ALLLLLLLLLL..."?

8. "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera

Remember when: This song basically only happened because Xtina was on The Voice with Adam Levine?
Interscope

Remember when: This song basically only happened because Xtina was on The Voice with Adam Levine?

9. "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer

Remember when: Pitbull sang "I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan" and then Lindsay SUED over the lyric?
Mr. 305

Remember when: Pitbull sang "I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan" and then Lindsay SUED over the lyric?

10. "We R Who We R" by Kesha

Remember when: Kesha was still releasing new music? #FREEKESHA
RCA

Remember when: Kesha was still releasing new music? #FREEKESHA

11. "Till the World Ends" by Britney Spears

Remember when: There was controversy about Britney *maybe* using a body double in the music video?
Jive

Remember when: There was controversy about Britney *maybe* using a body double in the music video?

12. "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj

Remember when: Nicki Minaj had pink hair?
Young Money

Remember when: Nicki Minaj had pink hair?

13. "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People

Remember when: You learned the song was actually about a teenager who wants to shoot his classmates?
Sony Music

Remember when: You learned the song was actually about a teenager who wants to shoot his classmates?

14. "On the Floor" by Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull

Remember when: J.Lo doing an annual jam with Pitbull was a *THING*?
Island

Remember when: J.Lo doing an annual jam with Pitbull was a *THING*?

15. "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida

Remember when: Flo Rida sampled Avicii, who was sampling Etta James, and it somehow worked really well?
Atlantic

Remember when: Flo Rida sampled Avicii, who was sampling Etta James, and it somehow worked really well?

16. "Raise Your Glass" by Pink

Remember when: Pink was the most underrated pop star in the game?
Jive / RCA

Remember when: Pink was the most underrated pop star in the game?

17. "Without You" by David Guetta feat. Usher

Remember when: David Guetta was the coolest thing in EDM?
Capitol

Remember when: David Guetta was the coolest thing in EDM?

18. "Grenade" by Bruno Mars

Remember when: We lived in a world where Bruno Mars *hadn't* released "Uptown Funk" yet?
Elektra

Remember when: We lived in a world where Bruno Mars *hadn't* released "Uptown Funk" yet?

19. "Bottoms Up" by Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj

Remember when: You got down and dirty to this song?
Atlantic

Remember when: You got down and dirty to this song?

20. "Just Can't Get Enough" by the Black Eyed Peas

Remember when: The Black Eyed Peas were still together?
Interscope

Remember when: The Black Eyed Peas were still together?

21. "Good Life" by OneRepublic

Remember when: No matter how hard you tried, you could NOT escape this song on the radio?
Interscope

Remember when: No matter how hard you tried, you could NOT escape this song on the radio?

22. "Like a G6" by Far East Movement feat. The Cataracs and Dev

Remember when: This song was like the ULTIMATE one-hit wonder for everyone involved?
CherryTree

Remember when: This song was like the ULTIMATE one-hit wonder for everyone involved?

23. "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" by Enrique Iglesias feat. Ludacris and DJ Frank E

Remember when: You heard the explicit version of this song, and it totally made you blush?
Universal

Remember when: You heard the explicit version of this song, and it totally made you blush?

24. "Someone Like You" by Adele

Remember when: Adele broke our hearts with her lyrics? Actually, that much hasn't changed LOL.
Sony

Remember when: Adele broke our hearts with her lyrics? Actually, that much hasn't changed LOL.

25. "Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO

Remember when: "Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, YEAH..."
Interscope

Remember when: "Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, YEAH..."

26. "Firework" by Katy Perry

Remember when: You asked yourself if you felt like a plastic bag drifting through the wind?
Capitol

Remember when: You asked yourself if you felt like a plastic bag drifting through the wind?

And here's a complete 2011 playlist to remind you how much the world has changed in five short years:

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