Looking back at 2011 in music, some of the year’s big stories were ruled by major popstars — Katy Perry and Rihanna’s chart domination, Lady Gaga’s ongoing costume changes and baffling videos, Beyonce’s ongoing flawlessness, Adele’s never-ending vocal glory. And, of course hip-hop’s heavy hitters like Jay-Z and Kanye’s collaboration, Drake’s long-awaited (and worth-the-wait) album, and Wiz Khalifa’s big breakthrough.
But what about the bands that broke through in 2011? The groups that grew from music blog acclaim to radio chart-climbers to… wait… are they playing “Cough Syrup” AT MY STARBUCKS? Well we weren’t content to let some of our favorite bands that went from near-obscurity to near-ubiquity in 2011 not get their due. So we took a good hard look at some of the most buzzed-about bands (specifically, big musical acts that consisted of at least two or more people, and no, Lady Gaga and Jo Calderone do NOT count as two people in this case) and came up with a list of our favorite breakthrough bands of the year. A Day To Remember, All Star Weekend, Big Time Rush, Black Veil Brides, Breathe Carolina, Foster The People, Hot Chelle Rae, Karmin, Mindless Behavior, Odd Future, and Young The Giant.
Vote for Big Time Rush by heading to MTV.com. They’ll announce the winner on Friday, Dec. 16 at 12pm ET!