The Best Song of the Year…
Top 60 Songs of 2011
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- “The Birds” by Elbow. Whenever I think back upon 2011 this song will always come up first.
- “Nail In My Coffin” – The Kills. Gets the blood boiling. This dirty rock howl stayed in my head all year long.
- “Interstellar” – Amplifier. Space prog at its best. A visionary song in which the only way to be truly free is to travel faster than light. Makes perfect sense to me. (note: the above three songs are pretty much tied for #1)
- “Dystopia” – YACHT. Leads the charge of great 80s inspired songs in 2011. Starts with “The Earth, the earth, the earth is on fire” and only goes up from there. Bonus hipster version of YACHT doing “Dystopia, Voodoo City and Shangra-La.”
- “Still Life” – The Horrors. A shining new wave-y song. Having scored my song of the year for “Sea Within a Sea” in 2009 The Horrors damn near do it again with “Still Life.” There’s no stopping them.
- “Civilization” – Justice. I listened to this underrated song at lest 50 times. Also, music video of the year!
- “Curl Of The Burl” – Mastodon. One of the best metal song of all time.
- “The Wolf” – Fever Ray. Just like the Beck and Bat for Lashes song from last year featured on the Eclipse soundtrack, it’s best to forget the material this great song came from (Red Riding Hood sorry to say). Still, Fever Ray was robbed of an Oscar for best original song. You hear me Muppets!
- “A Thousand Details” – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. Best instrumental track of the year. It’s from Trent Reznor so, yeah, no surprise there. This intense song is from Girl with the Pearl Earing OST.
- “The Words That Maketh Murder” – PJ Harvey. “These, these, these are the words…”
- “Lotus Flower” – Radiohead. This was the lead single off the underrated King of Limbs for a good reason. Here’s Radiohead doing “Lotus Flower” live. Damn that’s good!
- Index” – Steven Wilson. I’m a sucker for strings.
- “Strange News From Another Planet: Know Your honor / Rule by Being Just / The Ship Impossible / Strange Epiphany / Racing and Hunting” – …Trail of Dead. Last year my #1 was a 25 minute Sufjan Stevens song. This year my favorite LOOOOOONG song of the year was only 16 minutes. What an experience though. I am officially offering an apology to this band for ranking their Tao of the Dead album so low. It really grew on me.
- “Tiny Monsters” – Puscifer. NOT to be confused with “Little Monsters” starring Fred Savage and Howie Mandel.
- “My Machines (ft. Gary Numan)” – Battles. One of many great collaborations on this album. Hellllo Numan.
- “Who’s In Control” – British Sea Power. Please listen to this song. The band does not get enough love.
- “Immigrant Song” – Trent Reznor, Karen O & Atticus Ross. Better than the original song by Led Zeppelin. Also one of those rare songs where Karen O isn’t annoying.“
- “How Deep Is Your Love?” – The Rapture. Very deep.
- “Neat Little Rows” – Elbow. Elbow scores a second track on the top 20. A great song about death.
- “Glass Jar” – Gang Gang Dance. Just wait till it hits minute 6. This is the best Thievery Corporation song Thievery Corporation never recorded.
- “Revolving Doors” – Gorillaz. Last year Gorillaz’s Plastic Beach and the song “Stylo” dominated my song/album lists. The fact that Damon Albarn made another list worthy song (and on his iPad!) is pretty cool. I could go for a new Gorillaz song every year.
- “Fall (M83 vs. Big Black Delta Remix)” – Daft Punk + M83. The best M83 song of the year was on Daft Punk’s Tron remix album rather than M83s.
- “Cruel” – St. Vincent. Played with passion, quirkiness a great production and an even better voice. Hey Adele, THIS is how it’s done.
- “Stay Away” – Charli XCX. The best song of the year from a new band/artist.“
- Amor Fati“ – Washed Out. The (second) best song of the year from a new band/artist.
- “Midnight City” – M83. And of course I’m wouldn’t dare forget the second best M83 song. I’m amazed (and a bit sad for some reason) at how mainstream this song has become.
- “Need You Now” – Cut Copy. I didn’t love Cut Copy’s new album but this track is the band’s best ever.
- “Shark Ridden Waters” – Gruff Rhys. A very laid back beach song from the last person you’d expect to make a laid back beach song.
- “Man Overboard” – Puscifer. Does what Puscifer and Maynerd does best: dark, clever and full of energy. I love how Maynard James Keenan was able to make an entire song out of nautical sayings.
- “The Wave“ – Amplifier. This is only the second Amplifier song on the list. Most songs from the best album of the year, The Octopus, should be on this list but I wanted to save room for other bands.
- “Repetition” – TV On The Radio. “Repetition” by TV On The Radio.
- “Holdin On To Black Metal” – My Morning Jacket. My Morning Jacket has never, ever, made a good album. What’s so strange, then, is how many good songs they are able to put on bad albums.
- “Get Away” – Yuck. Sigh, this song makes me nostalgic for the 90s. Also, if you like dogs and naked girls be sure to check out another great Yuck song called “Rubber.” This album should have been higher on my list.
- “I Can See Through You” – The Horrors. Another masterful Horrors track.
- “Let England Shake” – PJ Harvey. Honestly, most songs from this album could make this list.
- “I Walked Alone” – YACHT. More YACHT?!
- “The Daily Mail” – Radiohead. What’s this?! A non-showy song off the new Radiohead album. Impossible. /sarcasm, that’s exactly why this album is so good. Oh, and it’s a b-side too.
- “On’n’on” – Justice. I could have just as easily went with the intro song and/or “Ohio.” But not the song “Audio Video, Disco” which I find annoying.
- “Last Leaf” – Tom Waits. Tom Waits manages to make the image of the last leaf on a tree as winter approaches into a moving poetic experience.
- “Shake It Out” – Florence and The Machine. Guilty pleasure pop song. Also 1000x better than anything Adele farted out of her mouth.
- “White Gold” – Ladytron. Ladytron’s new album Gravity the Seducer was a huge letdown. Tracks like this salvaged it from being a total misfire.
- “Shangri-la” – YACHT. The 3rd YACHT song on the list. This song sums up the theme of the album. It’s pretty cool.
- “Nowhere To Run To” – You Love Her Coz She’s Dead. I can chew on this until the next Crystal Castles song comes out (which is hopefully soon). I’m including this to fufil my obligatory 8bit Nintendocore requirement for the year.
- “Miss You” – The Rapture. Pretty much the same song as “How Deep Is Your Love?” Meaning: it’s great!
- “Abducted” – Cults
- “In The Dark Places” – PJ Harvey. Why don’t I just put the whole PJ album on this list?
- “Queen Of Hearts” – Fucked Up. As a whole Fucked Up’s album is monotonousness and at times grating. But… if you just listen to this song you will come away very impressed. That’s what they call a mixed complement.
- “Build Me Up, Break Me Down” by Dream Theater. Epic prog in a year with no shortage of that.
- “212” – Azealia Banks. I don’t know what the hell is going on here but I love it.
- “House Of Balloons – Glass Table Girls” – The Weeknd. An epic R&B/post-dubstep song.
- “Remainder The Black Dog” – Steven Wilson. A classic (modern) prog song made by the king of new prog.
- “With Love” – Elbow
- “Space Is Only Noise If You Can See” – Nicolas Jaar. Equal parts annoying and breathtaking. I’m listing it here because it’s more of the later. Err, I think.
- “Love in the Dark” – YACHT. Yup, more YACHT. “I love you like a small time cop, I want to smash you face in with a rock.” I don’t know why this album didn’t take off.
- “Green Valley” – Puscifer. This song helped me get over a great loss.
- “Options“ – “Whatever’s On Your Mind” by Gomez. Underrated as ever. Even I forgot to rank their new album 🙁
- “Lonely Boy“ – The Black Keys. An overrated album from a very good band. Great song though.
- “Exile Vilify“ – The National. Not only is a new National song awesome but a new National song that appears in Portal 2 is awesome beyond all comprehension. Also, check out the fan made video attached to the song.
- “Living Is So Easy” – British Sea Power.
- “Parallel Timeline with Alternate Outcome“ – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
- “Want You Gone” – GLaDOS. I forgive you too GLaDOS.
The 20 Worst Songs of 2011
- Lady Gaga – “The Edge of Glory” –Fuck. You.
- LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem. OMG STFU LMFAO. Yeah but is this song worse than “Sexy & I Know It?” That will be a debate for the ages.
- Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass” Minaj’s boobs are the least fake thing about her. She is a bad copy of a bad copy (Gaga). The song “Fly” is just as bad.
- Adele – “Someone Like You” –It was a mildly inoffensive mainstream pop song the first time I heard it. It was wrist cuttingly bad the 100th time. The last time some sang the lyrics “Someone Like You” this shittastically bad was King’s of Leon’s “Use Somebody.”
- Willow Smith – 21st Century Girl
- Heart2Heart – “Facebook Official,” I didn’t even know this song/band existed until I googled “worst songs of 2011.” I’m sorry I did.
- EMA– “California” Ponderous!
- Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song. Inspirational pop from a coke head loser (with millions of dollars). Ooh look, he’s dancing with monkeys ahaha.
- Lady Gaga – “Judas” Really, every Gaga song from Born this way would make the top ten.
- Bob Iver – “Holocene“
- Beyonce – Run The World (Girls)
- James Blake – Wilhelms Scream
- Destroyer – “Kaputt“
- Lady Gaga – “Born this Way”
- Lady Gaga – “Americano”
- Lady Gaga – “Marry the Night”
- Lady Gaga – “You and I”
- Lady Gaga – “Hair”
- Lady Gaga – “Scheiße”
- Lady Gaga – “Heavy Metal Lover”
Best Video Game Song: “Turret Wife Serenade.” Portal 2. Perhaps the best video game score ever.
Best Original Movie Song: “The Wolf” by Fever Ray.
Best Music Video: Justice/Civilization. Also “Shark Ridden Waters” by Gruff Rhys (Gruff with a beard getting fucked with by a hot chick). And
Best Instrumental: “A Thousand Details” by Trent Reznor
Best Bad Song: “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5.
Most Appearances on this year’s top 60: Yacht (4), PJ Harvey (3)