Monday, January 2, 2012

Year-end charts - Swiss Singles Charts has published their annual year-end charts and the biggest hit in Switzerland in 2011 was the Jennifer Lopez/Pitbull collaboration On the Floor. Adele had the second biggest hit of the year with Rolling in the Deep, but it wasn't her only song in the Top 10; Someone Like You and Set Fire to the Rain can be found at numbers 9 and 10. Pitbull (together with Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer) also made the Top 10 on his own with Give Me Everything which was at number eight. In addition to these Pitbull had four more songs in the Year-end Top 75.

DJ Antoine vs. Timati feat. Kalenna with their #2 peaking single Welcome To St. Tropez was the biggest Swiss hit of the year at number six on the list. What can be considered surprising, alternately alarming, is that only four songs out of the Top 75 of 2011 are songs by Swiss artists, the rest is the same songs that were hits in most of Europe (with the exception of a few German songs). It's slightly amazing that same bland songs were hits around Europe; Alexandra Stan's Mr. Saxobeat, Lucenzo feat. Don Omar's  Danza kuduro and LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock's  Party Rock Anthem to name a few... And why Bruno Mars is so popular is one of the mysteries no one can figure out...

Some interesting songs, however, were hits during the previous year. Coming from Finland it's nice to see that Sunrise Avenue's Hollywood Hills is at #21 on the list, Hurts is at 53 with Stay and most of all Israel IZ Kamakawiwo'ole who hit the charts last year with his ukulele cover medley of Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World which was the 16th biggest hit in Switzerland (peak position was #3 in last January). IZ's version was originally released in 1993, but it wasn't until 2004 that the song made it to the charts after having been used in several films (Finding Forrester, Meet Joe Black) and TV-series (ER, Cold Case) during the years. By then even Cliff Richard had already reached the UK Top 20 in 2001 with his cover version of  IZ's version, although in a more produced version than the original ukulele version. But it took until late 2010 and early 2011 until the original version became a hit in Europe, but it was well worth the wait as the single made the Top 5 in Switzerland and Austria and went all the way to the #1 in both France and Germany. The downside of it all is that IZ never got to enjoy the success he has acheived as the big man (at one point weighed 343 kg, standing 1.88 m) died on June 26, 1997 of health problems due to problems caused by overeating.

Swiss Year-end chart 2011 - Top 10
  1. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull - On The Floor
  2. Adele - Rolling In The Deep
  3. Alexandra Stan - Mr. Saxobeat
  4. Lucenzo feat. Don Omar - Danza kuduro
  5. Bruno Mars - Grenade
  6. DJ Antoine vs. Timati feat. Kalenna - Welcome To St. Tropez
  7. LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock - Party Rock Anthem
  8. Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer - Give Me Everything
  9. Adele - Someone Like You
  10. Adele - Set Fire To The Rain
The complete Top 75 Year-end 2011 list can be found here.

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