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12 December 2011, 12:20
Can you name every Vodafone Big Top 40 No.1 Hit of 2011? See which hit music stars topped the charts last year.
Knocking Matt Cardle's Christmas No.1 ('When We Collide') off the top spot, Rihanna and Drake's hit single 'What's My Name' was the first Vodafone Big Top 40 No.1 of 2011, in a week which saw new entries for Cee Lo Green and N-Dubz.
Bruno Mars' hit 'Grenade' knocked Rihanna and Drake off the top spot and stayed at No.1 on the Vodafone Big Top 40 for four consecutive weeks, despite new entries from a host of hit makers including Adele, Cheryl Cole, Britney Spears, Wretch 32 and Taio Cruz.
Jessie J, pictured here at 2011's V Festival, knocked Bruno Mars off the top spot with her follow up to 'Do It Like A Dude', 'Price Tag', featuring B.o.B. The video is one of the most watched music videos of all time, clocking up (as of November 2011) over 148 million views. Over the two weeks following this Lady Gaga and Adele respectively knocked Jessie J off the top spot, but the 'Who You Are' singer managed to reclaim the Vodafone Big Top 40 No.1 later in February, despite competition from the cast of Glee and Take That. The lyrics talk about the insignificance of money and material possessions, and how remaining true to yourself and your talents is more important.
Mother Monster beat off stiff competition from Jessie J and Rihanna to become the fourth Vodafone Big Top 40 No.1 of 2011. 'Born This Way' is her biggest selling single to date (as of November 2011). The single is about being proud to be whatever you are and remaining true to yourself.
Following her showstopping performance of 'Someone Like You' at the 2011 BRIT Awards, the audio of Adele performing on stage went straight to No.1 on the Vodafone Big Top 40. Following the success of the event, Adele released the recording as the official music video for the single, though later in 2011 she released another version, which sees her singing the self-penned track, which is famously about being in love with her ex-boyfriend, while strolling along the riverbank in Paris. A week later, Jessie J would return to the top spot with 'Price Tag', only for Adele to reclaim her position with the official (non-BRIT) recording of 'Someone Like You'.
Nicole Scherzinger's first single of 2011, 'Don't Hold Your Breath', in which she tells her ex-boyfriend there's no way she's going back to him, went straight in at No.1 on the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart, beating off new entries by The Wanted and Avril Lavigne and putting an end to Adele's No.1 streak.
The Wanted's first smash hit of 2011 raised money for Comic Relief. 'Gold Forever' appears on the boys' second album, 'Battleground', which features subsequent No.1 Vodafone Big Top 40 hit 'Glad You Came'. 'Gold Forever' reached the top spot despite brand new entries from Black Eyed Peas, Parade and David Guetta.
One of the biggest summer anthems of 2011, Jennifer Lopez's triumphant return to pop music stayed at the top of the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart for three weeks. 'On The Floor', a collaboration with US rapper Pitbill, sampled the Lambada and saw J-Lo perform live all over the world, including on the American Idol stage and at Capital FM's 2011 Summertime Ball.
Uncle and nephew Redfoo and Sky Blu knocked Jennifer Lopez off the top spot with their summer smash hit 'Party Rock Anthem', which they performed at Capital FM's 2011 Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium. They remained at the top of the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart for three consecutive weeks.
French DJ and producer David Guetta's collaboration with 'Super Bass' singer Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida knocked LMFAO off the top spot on the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart.
Bruno Mars' second appearance at the top of the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart was with smash hit 'The Lazy Song'. The lyrics do what they say on the tin - the opening line is "Today I don't feel like doing anything...".
New entries by Rihanna, Swedish House Mafia, Lady Gaga and The Saturdays couldn't prevent Pitbull's collaboration with Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer reaching the No.1 spot on the Vodafone Big Top 40. 'Give Me Everything' stayed at the top of the chart for two consecutive weeks.
Seen here performing at Shepherds Bush Empire in London, Example's single 'Changed The Way You Kiss Me' stayed at the top of the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart for three weeks, holding off new entries by Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry and Coldplay! Example performed the track, which is about the breakdown of a relationship, at Capital FM's Summertime Ball.
Jason Derulo's 'Dont Wanna Go Home' spent one week at the top of the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart, beating off a new entry by regular chart-topper, Adele. The track was written by seven songwriters, including Jason and the music video features former Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton.
DJ Fresh beat off a new entry by none other than Beyonce to take the top spot on the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart.'Louder', featuring vocals from Welsh singer/songwriter Sian Evans, took No.1 position on 3rd July 2011 and stayed there for one week until it was knocked off by a certain boyband...
The Wanted's second single from their album 'Battleground' was their second Vodafone Big Top 40 No.1 of 2011. The music video for the track was shot in Ibiza and sees the boys jumping off a cliff into the sea at the end.
JLS's first No.1 hit of 2011 knocked The Wanted off the top spot and beat off competition from Amy Winehouse, Tinie Tempah, Cher Lloyd, Rizzle Kicks and Maverick Sabre to stay at the top of the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart for three consecutive weeks. The single was one of over a hundred tracks the boys recorded and whittled down to 12 for their album 'Jukebox'.
Wretch 32's hit single bypassed new entries by Maroon 5, Emeli Sande, David Guetta and Bruno Mars to knock JLS off the top spot on the Vodafone Big Top 40.
Olly Murs, pictured here at the 2011 BRIT Awards, stayed at the top of the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart for two weeks with his hit single 'Heart Skips A Beat', featuring Rizzle Kicks. The love song managed to hold off competition from Calvin Harris, Nicole Scherzinger, Example, Ed Sheeran and Florence And the Machine.
'Moves Like Jagger' first topped the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart in early September 2011, beating off new entries from The Saturdays, Pixie Lott, Leona Lewis, Cover Drive and Jay-Z. It was knocked off the top spot by the debut single from One Direction but climbed back to the No.1 spot and held it for a further two consecutive weeks.
Harry, Louis, Liam, Niall and Zayn topped the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart with their debut single 'What Makes You Beautiful', keeping new entries by Rihanna and Snow Patrol off the No.1 spot. The music video was shot on a Malibu beach where the 2011 Jingle Bell Ball stars danced with female models. The guys followed up their debut single with 'Gotta Be You', which they performed at the 2011 Jingle Bell Ball along with the first ever live performance of forthcoming single 'One Thing'.
The N-Dubz singer hit the No.1 spot with his first solo singer 'No Regrets', beating off competition from Jason Derulo and James Morrison.
Rihanna, pictured here headlining at the 2011 V Festival, spent two weeks at the top of the Vodafone Big Top 40, before returning to reclaim the No.1 spot after two weeks of Professor Green's hit 'Read All About It' topping the chart. 'We Found Love', a collaboration with Calvin Harris, has been hailed by fans and critics as her best track to date. The music video, which was filmed in Belfast, hit the headlines during production when a Northern Irish farmer ordered a topless Rihanna to cover up in the field she'd rented from him for the shoot. The track is the first single from Rihanna's album 'Talk That Talk'.
Professor Green's hit featuring vocals by 2011 Jingle Bell Ball star Emeli Sande temporarily knocked Rihanna's huge No.1 'We Found Love' off the top of the Vodafone Big Top 40 (after two consecutive weeks on top for 'Read All About It', Rihanna reclaimed the No.1 for a further two weeks on the trot). The track, which the pair performed live on The X Factor stage and, later, at Capital FM's 2011 Jingle Bell Ball, held off new entries by Nicole Scherzinger, Cher Lloyd, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Labrinth and Katy Perry!
Flo Rida's hit, featuring a sample of Avicii's top ten song 'Levels', which in turn samples an Etta James track, brought to an end Professor Green's No.1 position on the Big Top 40 chart.
The Xtra Factor host and star of the 2011 Jingle Bell Ball made sure Flo Rida didn't hang onto the top spot. His single 'Dance With Me Tonight' - which he performed alongside the cast of The Muppets on one of The X Factor results shows - went to No.1 during its third week in the chart. Picture: PA Photos
New entries by Leona Lewis ('Hurt'), Lloyd ('Dedication To My Ex') and T-Pain featuring Lily Allen ('5 O'Clock') couldn't stop Coldplay reaching the No.1 spot on the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart, despite 'Paradise' having been in the top 40 for three months! The first live performance of 'Paradise' while at the top of the chart came on the X Factor live final show at Wembley Arena, where Chris Martin gifted each and every audience member with a glowing wristband, which created a magical visual effect during his two-track set.
It was the week The X Factor winners Little Mix were hoping their cover of Damien Rice's 'Cannonball' would hit the top spot on the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart. But Jade (AKA Cutey Mix) Perrie (Hippy Mix), Leigh-Anne (Fiery Mix) and Jesy (Swagger Mix) were kept off the No.1 spot by Military Wives, the choir group whose song for their husbands will raise money for Help The Heroes. The song went on top claim the 2011 Christmas No. 1.