Earlier this week, Rolling Stone Magazine named Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” as their #1 track of the year. Now it’s Billboard Magazine’s turn to honor the British songbird. While Rolling Stone’s rankings are purely subjective, Billboard based their honors on sales, radio airplay and streaming statistics, which to me is the way to go.

Adele dominated Billboard’s year end issue. Not only, was she named “Artist of the Year“, but she also held top position on both the Hot 100 singles chart and Top 200 album one, with “Rolling In The Deep” and “21” respectively. Plus, she’s the first woman to get Billboard’s top honors of “Artist of the Year”. That’s such an amazing feat. Check out the also-rans who came close, but no cigar with regards to album sales.

The TOP 10 of BILLBOARD‘S 2011 Year-End TOP 200 Chart

  • 1. Adele, 21
  • 2. Taylor Swift, Speak Now
  • 3. Lady Gaga, Born This Way
  • 4. Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party
  • 5. Susan Boyle, The Gift
  • 6. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV
  • 7. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday
  • 8. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
  • 9. Rihanna, Loud
  • 10. Katy Perry, Teenage Dream

How amazing is it that Susan Boyle can move so many CDs and not have any hit songs on mainstream radio? You gotta hand it to the woman. Even though I don’t write about them that much, I’m so glad Mumford and Sons made the list. I’m obsessed with that entire CD. Surprising right, considering I’m all about the R&B divas? Now that you know who the Top 10 were in album sales, see who had the most popular songs of the year below.

Billboard’s Top 10 Songs of 2011

I can honestly say, I have all ten of these tracks on my iPhone. How sad is that? LOL. Not surprisingly, Katy Perry claimed two spots in the Top 10 considering her recent run of shattering records. That said, I thought “T.G.I.F. (Last Friday Night)” would’ve made the list instead of “E.T.“. Speaking of surprising, I was caught off guard with which act landed in the tenth slot. Scroll down to find out who it was.

1. Rolling In The Deep by Adele

No matter how many times I’ve seen this music video, I can’t get enough. A perfect visual to go with a great song. She definitely deserves all the accolades she’s getting.

2. Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO Featuring Lauren Bennett & Goonrock

It may have been the “Song of the Summer“, but fell short for the yearly honors. Still, not bad for the duo who debuted with “I’m In Miami Bitch”.

3. Firework by Katy Perry

Have you ever tried counting the number of fireworks coming out of Perry’s bosom in the video? You should make that into a drinking game. That’s a gong show waiting to happen.

4. E.T. by Katy Perry Featuring Kanye West

Out of all of Katy’s singles, I have to say that this one topping the charts surprised me. Wasn’t a fan, but it definitely grew on me.

5. Give Me Everything by Pitbull Featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer

Isn’t it funny that this song is Pitbull’s but I always associate it to Ne-Yo? Considering Pitbull’s ability to crank out hits, he’s almost forgettable. His songs always seem to overshadow him as an artist. Maybe it’s just me.

6. Grenade by Bruno Mars

You know you’ve made it when “American Idol” uses your song as part of Hollywood Week. For me, this should’ve been number three on the list. It’s such an amazing track.

7. F**K You (Forget You) by Cee Lo Green

Every time I hear this song, I always think of Cee Lo Green’s fantastic duet with Gwyneth Paltrow at the Grammy Awards. That homage to Elton John was brillballs.

8. Super Bass by Nicki Minaj

Thought I’d share my favorite lines from the song.

I said, excuse me you’re a hell of a guy
I mean my, my, my, my you’re like pelican fly
I mean, you’re so shy and I’m loving your tie
You’re like slicker than the guy with the thing on his eye, oh

9. Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera

To be perfectly honest, I’m surprised that this isn’t up any higher. It was all over the place during the Summer and Fall. Both these two should be on their knees everyday thanking NBC for “The Voice”. Their careers were going nowhere fast. Poor Blake Shelton, he’s the only Voice judge not to have a song on the year end Top 10 countdown.

10. Just Can’t Get Enough by The Black Eyed Peas

Really?!?!? This made the Top 10 and not Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” or anything by Lady Gaga, Rihanna or Britney Spears? Apparently, 2.9 million downloads attributed to buoying its chart position. Who knew that many people loved this song?

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 2011: What's Your Favorite?

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To check out more of Billboard’s year end coverage, head over to www.billboard.com. See who else rounded out their lists. I’m such a statistics guy, I could spend hours looking at those charts. It’s the inner nerd in me for sure.