Looking Back

Everybody’s looking back. The Top 5, the Top 10… name it. The end-of-year lists are emerging, revealing the top music, movies, and TV shows of 2011. I always find it intriguing to take a peek at the media choices people have drifted towards in a given year.

Nielsen released a few “Tops of 2011” lists last week. In their entertainment lists, they included the Top DVDs (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I leading the pack), and the Top 10 Children and Young Adult books (The Hunger Games at the top). Nielsen also shared their “Tops of 2011 Television” lists, with the Top 10 Single Telecasts (made up of 9 football events and the Academy Awards), and the Top 10 Primetime TV Programs (with American Idol, Sunday Night Football and Dancing with the Stars at the top).

2011 provided an interesting year in music as well. Rather than just providing you with a list of this year’s top music, David and I wrote a two-part Youth Culture Window article recapping the top 14 songs that went #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, a list that included hits from Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Adele, and Rihanna. This peek into the videos and lyrics of these songs proved to be eye-opening.

The year of music certainly has ended on an interesting note, because the #1 song hasn’t budged since November 6th. Rihanna’s hit, We Found Love, has reigned in the #1 spot for 8 weeks now. I devoted a few paragraphs to unpacking the song and video in that article. The song seems to be resonating with young girls especially, with its message of even though I feel hopeless, empty and in pain, I almost would do it all over again just so I could have those good moments.

I encourage you to take a peek at that article, particularly our summary about the two common denominators we see in all the top songs of 2011.

We also provided you with a fun look at the top movies of 2011. Todd and I each provide you with our own personal Top 5 of 2011. (After posting that list, I have seen the Sherlock Holmes sequel, the new Mission Impossible film and Tin Tin. I really enjoyed the first two, but Tin Tin was mediocre at best.)

That pretty well wraps up 2011.

Only a few more days and everyone will stop looking back… and begin looking forward again.

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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