Best Songs of 2011

Just a couple of tunes that I liked this year.  Enjoy…

1)   “Holocene”- Bon Iver

For the second time in 3 years, the best song of the year belongs to the best album (Animal Collective in 2009).  Haunting, beautiful and brilliant.  Just a song that has resonated with me all year.  Recently nominated for Record and Song of the year Grammy.

2)   “Ready To Go Steady”- The Go! Team

My most fun song of the year.

3)   “Rolling in the Deep”- Adele

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard this song.  Adele might be the perfect artist to work herself into every person’s heart.  As much praise as the album has

received from outlets this is the perfect mainstream single of the year.

4)   “Helplessness Blues”- Fleet Foxes

Released early in the year it still works for me.  There’s a whole bunch of songs on that record but this still is the best.

5)   “Midnight City”- M83

Victoria’s Secret commercial aside, an outstanding single off of one of my favorite albums of the year.

6)   “Queen of Hearts”- Fucked Up

Damien Abraham’s intensity makes this the best love song of the year.

7)   “A Case of You”- James Blake

This Joni Mitchell cover is off not his full length this year but an EP that came out in the fall.  Watch the just released video starring Rebecca Hall.

8)   “Cruel”- St. Vincent

St. Vincent kicks ass.  She can belt it out like the rest of them, she has a sweet sounding voice as well and she can play a mean guitar.  Total package.

9)   “Video Games”- Lana Del Rey

Other than maybe the Odd Future gang, Lana Del Rey was the most discussed and hyped artist of 2011.  Until a month ago she had 2 songs to her name (she did release an EP years ago under her given name, Lizzy Grant).  She just released her third song, she sold out shows in NYC and will appear on Saturday Night Live in January.  Is she that good?  Tough to say.  This song is however.  Really pretty.

10)  “Countdown”- Beyonce

Not the best Beyoncé song ever (Single Ladies…) but it is my favorite song off my favorite Beyoncé album.

11)  “Afternoon”- Youth Lagoon

Love the stripped down sounds of Trevor Powers’ Youth Lagoon.

12)  “Ni**as in Paris”- JAY Z & Kanye West [Not Safe For Work]

Perfect combination of 2 of the biggest artists in the world.  Complementing each other perfectly.

13)  “High For This”- The Weeknd [NSFW]

I want this to be the last song played at every party I attend.

14)  “Go Away”- The Coathangers

Great pop song.

15)  “Lose It”- Austra

Love her vocals and this is my favorite off of one of my new favorite bands.

16)  “Bumper”- Cults

Again, I could have picked a handful of songs off of this début.

17)  “Hello”- Martin Solveig & Dragonette

Yes, this is that song that is in movie trailers and commercials and probably numerous MTV shows.  If I have a favorite song I want to dance to this year, this is it.

18)  “Whirring”- The Joy Formidable

The song sounds as if this band has been playing and ripping it up for years.  Nuanced and strong.

19)  “The Altar” -Wye Oak

I’m still a sucker for the 2 person (guy/girl) band.  Especially one that sounds this sweet.

20)  “Hex Girlfriend”- Neon Indian

Another pseudo-dance track from the underrated new album from Neon Indian.

21)  “Tamer Animals”- Other Lives

Enchanting and deep.  With outstanding lyrics.

22)  “Last Night at the Jetty”- Panda Bear

Just love the beginning of this song.

23)  “New Beat”- Toro y Moi

Not as impressed with their full length as others.  I did like this track.  A lot of range in the composition.

24)  “Block After Block”- Matt & Kim

Great track but possibly the best video of the year.

25)  “The Edge of Glory”- Lady Gaga

This really is a good record as a whole.  She tells you who she is from the first song.  And I still think this song is as good as any other this year.

26)  “How It Ended”- The Drums

Of the really great songs on this record, this is my favorite.

27)  “California Sunrise”- Dirty Gold

The best summer song of the year?  More to come from Dirty Gold hopefully.

28)  “Don’t Carry It All”- The Decemberists

I may have liked this album more if it was released later in the year.  I really like this song however.

29)  “Future Starts Slow”- The Kills

Yes, most Kills albums sound the same but the intensity is always there and Allison Mosshart is so awesome.

30)  “Yonkers”- Tyler, the Creator [NSFW]

The brashest most accessible song from the leader of the rap collective knows as Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA).  Love them or hate them (as most seem to) they have taken the music world by storm with their harsh language, unapologetic lyrics and unabashed viewpoints.  Tyler however, is an outstanding linguist.  For a rap song with no discernible beat it’s a real skill to keep a listener tuned in by just your voice.

31)  Milkman- EMA

32)  Weekend- Smith Westerns

33)  Where I’m Going- Cut Copy

34)  A Lack of Understanding- The Vaccines

35)  Youth Knows No Pain- Lykke Li

36)  Shell Games- Bright Eyes

37)  A Dedication- Washed Out

38)  Gangsta- Tune-Yards

39)  It’s Real- Real Estate

40)  Lady Luck- Jamie Woon

41)  After The Moment- Craft Spells

42)  Plath Heart- Braids

43)  Horses- Dirty Beaches

44)  Bedroom Eyes- Dum Dum Girls

45)  Belong- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

46)  Novacane- Frank Ocean

47)  Till The World Ends- Britney Spears

48)  Bed of Nails- Wild Beasts

49)  You Turn Clear In The Sun- Telekinesis

50)  Lake House- Pepper Rabbit


Worst Song of the year:

The Lazy Song- Bruno Mars

How this person still is able to make music and get paid for it is beyond me.  Tyler, the Creator is right.

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