Mashup-Germany has debuted its video mix for 2011, combining the 28 most successful songs of the year into one super-pop song. Seeing as the mash-up is called Top of the Pops 2011: What the Fuck, it’s definitely tongue-in-cheek and even a little critical of American music. As the man behind Mashup-Germany, BenStilller, explains, brought us revolution, catastrophe and finance crisis all over the place on the onehand and shallow commercial music all over the place on the other hand. Obviously the majority of people are, more than ever, desperate for easy melodies and music that sounds all the same.
That works against him in some ways, since this mix, while fun, isn’t as compelling as DJ Earworm‘s stuff. But what we’re most interested in is how some songs we think are pretty awful nonetheless made it in. Consider that the two “base” songs seem to be Britney Spears‘ “Til the World Ends” and Maroon 5‘s “Moves Like Jagger.”
Of course, it’s not all bad. Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep” was a shoo-in, and David Guetta earned three spots for his various collaborations with Usher, Sia, and Flo Rida. “We Found Love” and “S&M” putRihanna on the list, as did “Pumped Up Kicks” for Foster the People.
In terms of the superstars, Lady Gagais included, for “Judas,” but it must be a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment because I didn’t catch it. And where was Justin Bieber? Guess he got more attention for his Never Say Never concert movie than his actual music this year.