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Artists choose their their favourite tracks of 2011
27 December 2011
Last updated at 06:56
Some of the biggest names in music tell Newsbeat their favourite tracks of the year.
Tinie Tempah chose Adele's Rolling In The Deep. He said: "It’s a perfectly written song. It definitely takes you back to when you first heard someone like Amy Winehouse or Billie Holiday. For a 23-year-old from London to shock the world is definitely something special. It doesn’t happen every day."
Otis by Jay-Z and Kanye West was Kelly Rowland's favourite track of 2011. The former Destiny's Child singer and X Factor judge said: "I love a lot of records from their Watch The Throne album earlier this year. I absolutely love that album."
Jessie J selected Beyonce's song Love On Top. Jessie told Newsbeat: "I’m obsessed with it. I can’t stop playing it. I try and sing right to the end but I can’t. I met her at the MTV VMAs and I really aspire to be where she is in 10 years time. It gives me a happy feeling inside."
The soundtrack to Gary Barlow's record breaking year with Take That and stint as an X Factor judge? Christina Perri's Jar Of Hearts. He said: "I've loved that song, I think it's beautiful. I would say Adele but we've been absolutely hammered by Adele songs at X Factor!"
Cher Lloyd chose Professor Green's number one single Read All About It featuring Emeli Sande. She said: "The lyrics are personal. It’s just a really good song. It’s a bit of a shame I was up against him in the charts because it was so good. "
Labrinth, who spent much of 2011 working on his debut album, selected Ms Dynamite's Neva Soft as his favourite song of the year. He also produced the track. He said: "I do love that song. I had great pleasure in making it. It’s incredible. And so is Ms Dynamite."
Don’t Go by rapper Wretch 32 was Example's top tune. "Even if he wasn’t my mate I’d still love it," he said. "It’s brilliantly produced and has an amazing chorus. I was so happy that it went number one. It’s a classic. I think people will play it in 10 years time."
"No-one has really done a ballad like that in a while," said singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran about Jessie J's track Who You Are. "You know, one of those stand up, lighter in the air, pump your fists songs. It's fantastic."
Ben Howard went for James Blake's track The Wilhelm Scream. Howard said: "We're all listening to it in the tour van for a good few months. It's a real gem. It's nice to see something from the UK music scene doing something totally different, really new and creative."
Emeli Sande's Heaven was the choice of Professor Green. Pro had this to say: "What’s so special about Emeli is that she has it all. Very rarely do you find someone with a voice like that who can write like she does. She’s prolific and profound - the entire package."
Tinchy Stryder went for Labrinth's track Earthquake which reached number 2 in the UK's official singles chart in October 2011. "I like that track – everything to do with it. The lyrics, the melody and the beats. It is actually an earthquake - perfect title."
Irish singer Maverick Sabre said his favourite track of 2011 has been Aloe Black's I Need A Dollar. "It’s been around for a while and it took ages to build up," he said. "It was suddenly all over the place and I was delighted. I love his voice and I love his sound."
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