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The 10 Most Popular Stories of 2011

From Bieber to Rebecca Black, Rolling Stone's most-read news articles of the past year

January 2, 2012 3:40 PM ET
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber on the cover in March.
Photograph by Terry Richardson

A lot of fascinating things went down in 2011, but according to our data, you were mainly interested in Justin Bieber's views on sex and politics. We've crunched the numbers to create this list of the Top 10 most-read music stories on RollingStone.com in 2011, from our magazine cover stories about Bieber, Rihanna and Katy Perry to coverage of Heavy D and Amy Winehouse's death and analysis of the Rebecca Black phenomenon. Also, you clearly loved that crazy story in which Courtney Love went on a rampage after spotting a Kurt Cobain poster at a concert in Brazil. But really, who wouldn't?

1. Justin Bieber Talks Sex, Politics, Music, and Puberty in New Rolling Stone Cover Story

2. Kurt Cobain Poster Causes Courtney Love Freakout

3. Rihanna Opens Up Like Never Before in Rolling Stone Cover Story

4. Heavy D Dead at 44

5. Amnesty International Unveils Bob Dylan Tribute in Honor of Its 50th Anniversary

6. Katy Perry Talks Body Image, Fame and Politics in Rolling Stone Cover Story

7. Radiohead’s 'The King Of Limbs': A Track-by-Track Breakdown

8. Van Halen Announce 2012 Tour with David Lee Roth

9. Musicians Respond to Amy Winehouse's Death

10. Why Rebecca Black's Much-Mocked Viral Hit 'Friday' Is Actually Good

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