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Best Songs Of 2011

| December 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Is that a giant list of songs, or are we just happy to see ya? For all the discussion surrounding the deaths of various recording styles and formats, 2011 was a fantastic year for songs. IE found very little overlap when our writers submitted their votes, which is astounding. If you can find 10 new singles you’re ecstatic about, and none of those would land on a peer’s top 50? You bemoan the lack of consensus – we say, bring on more salad bar!

Too many listeners take a philistine attitude to year-end lists: the Spin and Rolling Stone comment boards overflow with readers disappointed not to see their own delicately chosen tastes reflected back at them. Here’s an idea: treat them as recommendations. Almost all of IE’s top songs can be streamed, YouTube’d, caught on Soundcloud, Spotify, or legally and freely downloaded as MP3s. And if you hate every single one, exult in the knowledge that you’re an individual!

In alphabetical order:

Adele “Rolling In The Deep”

Akron/Family “Island
The Antlers “I Don’t Want Love
The Bees “I Really Need Love
The Belle Brigade “Losers
Big K.R.I.T. ft. David Banner “Sookie Now
James Blake “The Wilhelm Scream
Bon Iver “Holocene

Boxer Rebellion “No Harm”

The Boxer Rebellion from Black Cab Sessions on Vimeo.

Jeff Bridges “Falling Short
Buffalo Tom “Down
Hayes Carll “KMAG YOYO
Chairlift “Met Before
Class Actress “Keep You
Cornershop “Double Decker Eyelashes

Cut Copy “Need You Now”

Danger Mouse & Daniel Lippi ft. Jack White “Two Against One
Lana Del Rey “Blue Jeans
Dev “Bass Down Low (Proper Villains)
Thomas Dolby “Nothing New Under The Sun
Drake “Marvins Room
The-Dream “Body Work

Dum Dum Girls “There Is A Light”
Dum Dum Girls – “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” (The Smiths) by AwkwardSound

Elbow “Neat Little Rows
*The Electric ft. Pugz Atomz “Toot Toot
Foo Fighters “Walk
Foster The People “Helena Beat
Fountains Of Wayne “Action Hero
*Ezra Furman & The Harpoons “I Killed Myself But I Didn’t Die
Gotye ft. Kimbra “Somebody That I Used To Know
Cee-Lo Green “You’re So Square
Grouplove “Colours
Lisa Hannigan ft. Ray Lamontagne “O Sleep
Hey Sholay “Dreamboat
Incubus “Adolescents
Iron & Wine “Walking Far From Home
Mason Jennings “Bitter Heart

KEN Mode “Obeying The Iron Will”

Wiz Khalifa “On My Level
*Kid Sister ft. Riff Raff “Hide & Seek
Takahiro Kido “Oranges & Lemons
King Creosote “And The Racket They Made
Kendrick Lamar “The Spiteful Chant

*Lissie “Pursuit Of Happiness”

LMFAO “One Day
Low “Try To Sleep
M83 “Midnight City
Major Lazer “Original Don
Mastodon “All The Heavy Lifting
Nicki Minaj “Super Bass
Meshell Ndegeocello “Weather
Nekromantheon “Divinity Of Death
Notorious B.I.G. “Gimme The Loot (Superginger remix)
*Russian Circles “Mladek

St. Vincent “Kerosene”

*Scattered Trees “A Conversation About Death On New Years Eve
Sebastian “Embody
Seryn “We Will All Be Changed
The Shoes “Crack My Bones
*Smith Westerns “Dye The World
The Smithereens “What Went Wrong
Sneaky Sound System “Big
Star Slinger ft. Reggie B. “Dumbin’ (Diplo Remix)
Stay+ “Young Luv
Still Corners “Into The Trees
*Stratus “Jasper’s Theme
Switchfoot “Afterlife

Mina Tindle “To Carry Many Small Things”

MINA TINDLE – TO CARRY MANY SMALL THINGS from gorillavsbear.net on Vimeo.

*Urge Overkill “Rock&Roll Submarine
The Vaccines “Wetsuit
Tom Waits “Hell Broke Luce
We Were Promised Jetpacks “Sore Thumb
The Weeknd “Wicked Games
*Wilco “Whole Love
Wild Flag “Something Came Over Me
Wooden Wand & Briarwood “Winter In Kentucky
Willie Wright “Dressing For The Occasion
Yelawolf ft. Kid Rock “Let’s Roll

*YP “Who I Be”

Young Chris ft. Future “Racks On Racks
Young Galaxy “The Angels Are Surely Weeping

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