My Top 10 Favorite Secular Songs of 2011

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This is a tribute article concerning my top ten favorite secular or not necessarily Christian songs from the year 2011. Because of all the profanity and explicit suggestions in the popular music of today, I am always looking for songs that are clean, fresh and positive.


Every year has the potential to be a magnificent canvas. God paints a brilliant background and sets the scene. Or, perhaps He freestyles and we, as His creation are more subject to abstract art or another similar interpretation. I am so thankful to be a part of it all. This year in particular, I take a step back and enjoy where God has placed me. After all, He says in the Bible that He sent His Son Jesus to earth so that I could have life and have it more abundantly. Life is not meant to be lived in vain, in dread or simply just to go through the motions. We all have a purpose. I don't even know mine yet, but He will give me clues in His perfect timing. Therefore, as I give my yearly list of secular songs, I have learned a particularly valuable lesson from my beloved students (as a substitute teacher): to not take myself too seriously. Like Ferris Bueller said in his ultra cool classic 80's movie, life does move pretty fast. If I don't stop and look around for a while, I could miss it. My last unofficial disclaimer regarding this list is that some songs may not be exactly from 2011, but they were what I listened to (or rediscovered) most.

Number Ten

My tenth choice is called "Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars. The older I get, the more of a hopeless romantic I become. This cheesy love song confirms it. Bruno has been on fire with regards to his career, but some of his songs can be a bit too spicy for my tastes. Also, for the record, I was going to include another one of his songs on the countdown, called "It Will Rain". Need I say more? Twilight fans of the world have only one thing in common with me, and it's not the books or movies. Alas, as sexy as this song is, it's really a soap opera, but all the displayed feelings are not without merit. Anyway, my choice song is rated PG, but I find it honestly refreshing, simple and satisfying. It may become dated within a few years, but it certainly will always be memorable.

Number Nine

Kesha's "Your Love is My Drug" is my ninth song. I have to admire this young lady's gumption. She is unusual, yet the typical millennial. She seems like a female Picasso of pop music. I also appreciate her little play on words regarding love and relationships. My imagination takes flight in this scenario. This is the only type of junkie I would ever want to be.

Number Eight

My eighth song is by Selena Gomez. It's called "Who Says". She is so super sweet. I tend to rock out to this when cleaning up my classroom at the end of the day. A student pointed it out to me, but I had no idea it was Selena Gomez and the Scene (who says that cool band names are out of style, pun intended?!!). The lyrics are uplifting, upbeat and encouraging to women of all ages. Plus, like the singer, it's undeniably Disney and everyone who knows me knows that is my thing!!

Number Seven

Cobra Starship's "You Make Me Feel" comes in at number seven. This makes me feel as if even rebels have a romantic side. Just looking at the cover art of the album tells anyone that. I like to imagine a sock hop of the 21st century when listening to this song. Cranking this song up at the local Sonic Drive-In also comes to mind. Some things never change, even old-fashioned love, which happens to be set to some terrific dance music!!

Number Six

My next pick is David Guetta featuring Usher. It's called "Without You". It plays out like one of those timeless songs, so I'm making it my official Cinderella song of the year. I can't go without imagining Prince Charming searching for his beauty to fit that fabled glass slipper onto her petite foot and fall in love happily ever after. By now, you should know that I'm the queen of cheesy, so all of you readers just get over it already!!

Number Five

Rihanna comes in at number five, featuring Calvin Harris. It's none other than "We Found Love". I think that disco has been reborn or rebooted for the 21st century. It will go down in history as an American love dance anthem. It would be great for driving across Northern California bridges.

Number Four

The countdown is once again heating up, so my fourth song is "Price Tag" by Jessie J. I love the British, and not since the Spice Girls (yes, I admit it) have I enjoyed an artist from across the pond so much. This song appeals to my laid back, hippie, country, funky-loving personality. What an ideal. The world should embrace this song just like that old Coca Cola commercial. I can jam to this while on the treadmill or going anywhere I can wear my jeans.

Number Three

My top three rounds out with a rap song, but I want to make one point clear: I only listen to the clean, edited version. It's "The Show Goes On" by Lupe Fiasco. I am a sucker for a good sampling in a rap song and a killer hook, because as an aspiring poet I can appreciate that. I am also a super fan of Modest Mouse's "Float On". This rap song cheers me up on my daily grind because I know that dreams do come true. I would tell any young person the same, if I had my way.

Number Two

My second most played choice is "Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine. I get kind of sappy every time this selection plays. It was played frequently for a sweet group of students during math practice time. I was with this particular class of combined third and fourth graders for nearly three months. I actually missed them when their teacher came back from major surgery. I felt like Mary Poppins at the end of the movie when it was time to tell them goodbye. Alas, we'll always have the song, so here's looking at you, kids.

The Winner Is: Number One

My most played song of 2011 is by a dynamically awesome band called OneRepublic. It is simply titled, "Good Life". I consider this one of my life's anthem songs, right along with Billy Joel's "River of Dreams". In the near future, I intend to purchase an RV to travel the world in and especially crank this song up in all of my vehicle's speakers as I drive. I've been through a lot this year, and God has blessed me to be able to live another year of the good life. Shalom!!


This list is definitely an eclectic mix. I think it represents a lot of my instability, kookiness, and being naive. But I also think it pulls at my heart strings, makes me reflective and grateful for all that God has blessed me with. Like Joni Mitchell said in her song, you truly don't know what you've got until it's gone--or at least attempted to be taken away from you at some point in your life. Utilizing the theme from my introduction, this year has truly been upgraded to a canvas worthy of Monet because God has made it all possible.


Adam Levine, Bruno Mars, Calvin Harris, Canvas, Cinderella, David Guetta, Eight, Five, Four, God, Good Life, Gym Class Heroes, Jessie J, Kesha, Lupe Fiasco, Nine, One, Onerepublic, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Seven, Six, Ten, Three, Two, Usher

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I am a Christian substitute teacher, tutor and freelancer. My passions are writing, poetry, travel, books, music, movies, education, games, etc. This world desperately needs positivity and morality.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
3rd Jan 2016 (#)

I didn't know songs could be secular ! Knowledge knows no bounds....

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author avatar c4collins
3rd Jan 2016 (#)

Thank you....the term secular refers to artists who are not necessarily Christian. Nothing wrong with that, I applaud those who are not ashamed to talk about Jesus in their art form. I also applaud those secular artists that choose to promote moral values. God bless!!

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