The 111 Best Things Complex Did in 2011

The 111 Best Things Complex Did in 2011

Toot toot. It feels like we really hit our groove this year, don't it? Complex launched an entirely new website on January 14, 2011, and after some growing pains, we've become bigger, better, faster, and funnier than ever before. In 2010, we posted around 500 articles. In 2011, we posted more than 28,600 articles. And with that 500% increase came almost 500 million page views over the last 12 months. We've been working.

Luckily, we've got strength in numbers over here—the Complex team is actually 11 separate teams that each cover a different angle of our world: Style, Music, Sneakers, Pop Culture, Art+Design, Sports, Video Games, Tech, City Guide, Rides, and Girls. Each day they bang out the best news, lists, interviews, videos, photo shoots, infographics, illustrations, galleries, GIFs, soundboards, and buyer's guides on the interwebs.

How can we pick the best of the best? It wasn't easy, but we combed through all of our killer content from 2011 and came up with the 111 biggest bangers. Click on the classics below and stay tuned for 2012...

THE BEST OF STYLE

The 50 Greatest Streetwear Brands (June 21)
Bobby Hundreds started a million arguments with this one. It had to be done.

Cut & Show: How J. Crew's Men's Shops Make Looking Great Easy (VIDEO) (December 9)
Behind the scenes with Creative Director Jenna Lyons and Head of Men's Design Frank Muytjens.

The 10 Types of Men's Style Bloggers (November 30)
A field guide to the modern-day menswear experts.

The 90 Greatest '90s Fashion Trends (September 22)
Who doesn't love nostalgia? Check out our style recap of this awesome-filled decade.

Video: Self Edge Makes Old Jeans New Again (August 24)
See how the artisan denim shop repairs jeans the right way.

Infographic: 50 Mistakes Dudes Make While Getting Dressed (September 29)
Make sure you're not doing any of these things.

The 50 Greatest Wrestling Costumes of All Time (August 11)
Peter Rosenberg and Andrew Goldstein break down their favorite wrestler gear.

50 Men's Fashion Trends That Never Should Have Happened (July 26)
What you thought was stylish didn't last very long.

The 50 Greatest Chains In Hip-Hop (December 5)
We asked the smartest jeweler in the business, Ben Baller, to break down the best bling.

Gallery: 10 Celebrities Who Should Grow Mustaches for Movember (November 17)
Bieber: please make the handlebar happen next year.

[Complex Style Homepage / Complex Style Twitter]

THE BEST OF MUSIC

The Oral History Of Bad Meets Evil (June 13)
Editor-in-chief Noah Callahan-Bever reminices on the old days with Eminem & Royce.

Complex Exclusive: We Found Earl Sweatshirt (April 14)
The mystery behind the Odd Future member's whereabouts is finally solved.

The 12 Best Jimi Hendrix Guitar Solos (September 16)
Greg Tate breaks down Jimi's most beloved licks.

A History of Birdman Rubbing His Hands Together in Music Videos (July 1)
We document every appearance of the YMCMB boss's favorite gesture.

Rick Ross & Andy Samberg: Riding The Wavy Train (Cover Story) (May 23)
This unexpectedly hilarious duo hit the beach for our June/July issue.

End of Discussion: Why Jay-Z's "The Blueprint" Is Better Than "Reasonable Doubt" (September 12)
We do a critical analysis of Hov's two most beloved albums.

Drake: The Long Way Home (Cover Story) (November 14)
We travel to the city that he's from for our December/January issue.

Interview: Lupe Fiasco Hates His Own Album (February 28)
He said it!

J. Cole: In The Zone (Online Cover Story) (September 26)
Cole's old friend (and Complex editor) Damien Scott reflects on the rapper's struggle.

Gallery: Fake Covers For Lil Wayne's Rumored Albums (September 1)
What will Weezy come up with next? Our Art Department goes ham.

[Complex Music Homepage / Complex Music Twitter]

THE BEST OF SNEAKERS

A Complete Guide to Seinfeld's Sneakers (April 5)
Jerry was a sneakerhead? Yup. Check out all the Nikes he wore on his classic TV show.

Bring Back Shaq(s): An Open Letter to Reebok (June 2)
In honor of Shaq Diesel's retirement, our sneaker editor makes an empassioned plea.

A History Of Sneakers On Old School Hip-Hop Albums (December 6)
A gallery of classic cover art featuring classic kicks.

30 Years In The Making: Tinker Hatfield's Best Sneaker Designs (July 19)
When it comes to designers—one of one, none to come.

Gallery: '80s Skate Icons In Classic Basketball Shoes (August 17)
From the hardwood to the streets.

Jeremy Scott Tells The Stories Behind His adidas Sneakers (August 24)
The eccentric fashion designer talks his noteworthy collabs.

The History of Air Jordan in the NBA: 26 Years, 26 Jordans, 26 Players (April 12)
From I to 2011, 26 NBA players in all 26 Air Jordans.

A Guide To Wale's Lyrical Sneaker References (November 10)
The MMG rapper spits it like he lives it.

The 90 Greatest Sneakers of the '90s (October 26)
We break down the golden era of kicks.

A Complete Guide To The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's Sneakers (September 14)
Has anyone on television had heat like Will Smith?

[Complex Sneakers Homepage / Complex Sneakers Twitter]

THE BEST OF POP CULTURE

The Charlie Sheen Soundboard (March 3)
Revist all the classic quotes from 2011's most talked-about crazy person.

The 25 Worst Cop Mustaches In Movies (November 2)
They don't call them "The Fuzz" for nothing.

Wiz Khalifa & Danny McBride: Burn After Reading (Cover Story) (March 22)
The rapper and actor are both blazing their own trails. More fire, more fire, more fire!

50 Movies That Are Better Than The Book (December 19)
Tired of literary snobs constantly belittling films based on novels?

Gallery: The 50 Sickest Horror Movie Posters Of All Time (October 27)
Looking for the craziest scary movies? These fright flicks sell themselves.

Less Is More: 25 Movies That Needed Female Nudity (May 18)
Some good old-fashioned butt-nakedness would have saved these movie fails.

The 50 Best Movie Dialogue Samples in Hip-Hop (July 15)
From kung fu flicks to urban comedies, check out the freshest uses of movie snippets in rap songs.

10 Movies You Can't Un-See (October 6)
Don't say we didn't warn you!

The 25 Most Annoying "Real World" Cast Members Of All Time (March 9)
To celebrate 25 seasons of MTV's original reality show, we called out the most irritating characters.

The 50 Scariest TV Shows Of All Time (October 12)
From zombies and vampires to serial killers and aliens, television is more terrifying than you know.

[Complex Pop Culture Homepage / Complex Pop Culture Twitter]

THE BEST OF ART & DESIGN

The 50 Strangest Jobs You Can Get in the Art World (April 26)
Here's some creative ways to use that art school degree. 

The 25 Greatest LA Graffiti Writers (October 25)
Revok lists the best of the West.

Soundboard: Yelawolf Breaks Down His Tattoos (November 23)
Catfish Billy shares the stories behind his ink.

The 10 Coolest Museum Buildings in the World (April 18)
Mexico D.F.'s got the Soumaya, New York holds it down with the Guggenheim.

Video: At Home With Ron English (December 2)
The artist's home in Beacon, NY serves as his studio and a base for all Popaganda.

The 50 Greatest Skate Logos (August 3)
From boards to t-shirts, skateboarding has an iconography like no other.

Portfolio Review: Patrick Martinez (August 8)
The artist famous for "Less Drake, More Tupac" walks us through the highlights of his career.

The 10 Best Tattoos in Hip-Hop History (September 20)
When rap ink isn't a fail.

Look At This! Floating Soccer Island (August 13)
Check out this inspiring short film.

The 50 Greatest Street Artists Right Now (July 26)
Sebastian Buck of unurth.com counts down the best in the game today. 

[Complex Art+Design Homepage / Complex Art+Design Twitter]

THE BEST OF SPORTS

The 50 Ugliest Haircuts in NBA History (December 12)
Pro basketball's follicle follies.

Survey: NFL Stars Reveal Their Dirtiest Groupie Secrets (September 7)
We talk with a panel of football players about a different sort of pre-game ritual.

The 25 Greatest Fat Baseball Players of All Time (August 11)
Because you don't have to actually be fit to excel at America's national pastime.

10 '80s Basketball Players We Wish Sarah Palin Had Hooked Up With (September 14)
Glen Rice. Really? That's the best you could do?

The NFL Coaches Soundboard (November 30)
The wit, wisdom, and ignorance of the football's best (and worst) field generals.

The 50 Worst Flops and Dives in Sports History (Video) (May 9)
Some of your favorite athletes have better acting chops than Hollywood's Oscar winners.

Computer Love: The Biggest NBA Groupies on Twitter (February 16)
We ranked the most shameless baller bunnies.

The 10 Funniest Post-Fight Interviews in Boxing History (September 19)
Floyd Mayweather and Larry Merchant's run-in is only the latest in classic post-match soundbites.

The Complete History of Mario Balotelli's Shenanigans (November 2)
The Italian star has been an innovator in drawing attention to himself.

A Blow-by-Blow Account of the Cincinnati-Xavier Fight (December 13)
The Zapruder Film of college basketball brawls.

[Complex Sports Homepage / Complex Sports Twitter]

THE BEST OF VIDEO GAMES

Infographic: A World Map Of Video Game Villains (March 16)
The past decade has seen so many shooters—but who are we fighting against?

The 25 Jobs Mario Hasn't Done Yet (September 30)
What might happen if the plumber tried his hand at some less vanilla professions for once?

Pop-Up Video! Watch the New GTA V Trailer With Our Running Commentary (November 3)
We insert some factoids and speculation into the year's most anticipated preview.

The 25 Best Stories In Video Games (March 24)
We celebrate the titles that put the "story" in "gaming history." 

The Complete History Of Video Games On "The Simpsons" (June 7)
After more than 20 years, our favorite four-fingered family has played a gang of games.

NBA 2K12 Reality Check: 25 Ballers Who Need Their Ratings Revised (November 21)
Beasley's humility in judging his 80 rating got us thinking...

The 10 Most Delayed Games (And Whether They Were Worth The Wait) (November 3)
Not every game stuck in development purgatory stays there.

The 50 Best Video Game References In Hip-Hop (April 20)
From Punch-Out punchlines to MegaMan metaphors.

Video: Ken Levine Talks "BioShock Infinite" (Live From NYCC '11) (October 19)
We sat down with one of the industry's most talented designers.

The 50 Hardest Video Game Bosses (And How To Beat Them) (December 14)
This cheat sheet will help you breeze past gaming's most badass enemies.

[Complex Video Games Homepage / Complex Video Games Twitter]

THE BEST OF TECH

The 50 Most Ridiculous Facebook Status Fails (November 8)
This is what happens when people share the wrong way.

The Steve Jobs Soundboard (October 4)
Remember the legendary CEO with our clickable collection of classic sound bites.

Protect Ya Tech: The 10 Best iPhone 4S Cases Available Now (October 13)
Safeguard your next-gen iPhone with these dope cases.

50 Ways Technology Can Help You Cheat In School (September 6)
Cheaters never prosper. But you may pass your class if you use one of these techniques.

Interview: MediaTakeOut Founder Fred Mwangaguhunga (November 17)
The man behind the controversial gossip site on why his site is not bad for black people.

The 30 Funniest Twitter Parody Accounts (September 21)
Some people complain about them. We just laugh.

Sweet Revenge! 12 Videos Of Bullies Getting Owned By Their Victims (March 25)
Get a good laugh by watching these tough guys get a taste of their own medicine.

The 25 Most Ridiculous Things Caught on Google Street View (December 15)
From drunks to nudists, check out the craziest stuff from Google's roving cameras.

Meet The Rapper Who Overcame Libya's News Blackout And Informed The World (March 3)
Khaled M. tells the stories that need to be told in the north African country. 

The 50 Funniest Auto-Correct Fails (December 19)
Classic smartphone typos. Who doesn't love laughing at other people's pain?

[Complex Tech Homepage / Complex Tech Twitter]

THE BEST OF CITY GUIDE

Wings and Mumbo Sauce To Go: A Guide to D.C. Carryout (February 3)
Everything you wanted to know (and more) about the Chocolate City phenomenon.

Rap Atlas: Oakland (February 23)
The geographical history of where it all went down in The Town.

The Complete History of Restaurants Featured on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (September 8)
Eat like LD.

The 50 Coolest Fictional Cities (October 11)
Sadly, these iconic places only exist in movies, books, TV shows, games, and songs.

Infographic: An Interactive Ride Through Coney Island's History (June 30)
Experience the ups and downs of New York's iconic amusement park.

The 25 Douchiest Bars in NYC (December 2)
Big Apple drinking establishments where the douche prevails.

Cinematic Atlas: A Guide to Martin Scorsese's New York (May 31)
A visit to locations from some of the director's most significant NYC films.

The 10 Worst Things You Can Do to a Waiter (September 20)
You'll burn in hell. All of you.

Fancy Forties: 10 Cocktails That Use Malt Liquor (June 24)
Can you actually improve on the exquisite taste of a fine malt liquor?

The 50 Best Dive Bars in NYC (September 26)
Where all the beers are filled with tears.

[Complex City Guide Homepage / Complex City Guide Twitter]

THE BEST OF RIDES

Gallery: The 100 Best Mustangs Of All Time (November 17)
The most iconic American automobiles ever made.

Infographic: The Celebrity DUI Breathalyzer (October 26)
An interactive index of famous offenders.

The World's 50 Best Roller Coasters (June 13)
For those who love insane speeds, headaches, and vomit.

The Complete Guide To James Bond's Cars (Video) (November 30)
Pop-out machine guns, cloaking devices, and laser cannons.

Oral History: The Evolution of Car Rims (December 8)
How the rim went from a wagon wheel hub cap to a 32-inch accessory for your donk.

The 50 Greatest Cartoon Vehicles of All Time (February 16)
Classic animation transportation.

A Guide To The World's Most Incredible Mass Transit Systems (November 12)
Not every city relies on simple rail and road to shuttle people to and fro.

Interview: Kreayshawn Talks Pink Mustangs, Busted Car Stereos, and Almost Dying on the Freeway (October 27)
Our Oct/Nov cover girl breaks down her experiences behind the wheel.

The 25 Best Up-and-Coming BMX Riders (September 30)
Everybody knows the legends. Complex presents the next gen.

The 50 Best Car Sex Scenes in Movie History (October 19)
Screenwriters love getting busy in the backseat.

[Complex Rides Homepage / Complex Rides Twitter]

THE BEST OF GIRLS

Beyoncé: Mighty Fly (2011 Cover Story & Gallery) (July 19)
Queen Bey reclaim her throne in our August/September issue.

The 80 Hottest Women of the '80s (October 3)
At the center of the decade's much-celebrated culture is its beautiful girls.

Kate Upton: The "Hot Complex" Gallery, Interview & Video (August 1)
Visit the farm with the Sports Illustrated model everyone's talking about.

The Harsh Truth: Why Your Girl Won't Let You In The Back Door (October 11)
Married to the Mob blogger Tabatha McGurr offers tips on how to make it happen.

Lana Del Rey: The "Hot Complex" Gallery & Interview (December 2)
After only a couple singles, this singer is already one of the most exciting new stars.

Paula Patton: The P Is Free (2011/2012 Cover Story) (November 15)
The Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol star heats up our December/January issue.

Where Are They Now? Nickelodeon's Leading Ladies Of The '90s (August 3)
iCarly can't hold a candle to these old school crushes.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: The Future Is Rosie (2011 Cover Story) (May 24)
The Victoria's Secret model-turned-Transformers star anchored our June/July issue.

The 50 Hottest White Girls With Ass (January 27)
Some got it, a lot don't. We take a look at the haves, you dig?

Meet Lil Wayne's New Girlfriend Dhea (May 26)
The identity of the mystery woman on Weezy's arm is revealed.

[Complex Girls Homepage / Complex Girls Twitter]

...PLUS ONE MORE

The Best Everything of 2011 (December 15 - December 31)
Complex counts down the year's classic albums, movies, gadgets, sneakers, and more.

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