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26 Songs That Prove How Different The World Was In 2011

Damn, time flies.

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?

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?

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


Remember when: Party Rock was in the house tonight?

4. "S&M" by Rihanna

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?

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

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



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?

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

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

11. "Till the World Ends" by Britney Spears


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

12. "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj

Young Money

Remember when: Nicki Minaj had pink hair?

13. "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People

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*?

15. "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida


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

16. "Raise Your Glass" by Pink

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?

18. "Grenade" by Bruno Mars


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?

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


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?

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?

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?

24. "Someone Like You" by Adele


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..."

26. "Firework" by Katy Perry


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: