My Favorite 101 Songs of 2011

There’s no way I can rank these so they’re listed alphabetically by artist. This is the short list. I’ve also written a more detailed post with comments on each song! Don’t miss my Best Albums of 2011 as well.

  • ADELE, “Rolling in the Deep” (21)
  • The Airborne Toxic Event, “All At Once” (All At Once)
  • Amy LaVere, “Damn Love Song” (Stranger Me)
  • Anna Calvi, “Desire” (Anna Calvi)
  • The Antlers, “I Don’t Want Love” (Burst Apart)
  • Arctic Monkeys, “Brick By Brick” (Suck It and See)
  • Austra, “Darken Her Horse” (Feel It Break)
  • Austra, “Lose It” (Feel It Break)
  • Battles, “Ice Cream (feat. Matias Aguayo)” (Gloss Drop)
  • Beirut, “Goshen” (The Rip Tide)
  • The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy” (El Camino)
  • The Black Keys, “Gold On the Ceiling” (El Camino)
  • Bon Iver, “Holocene” (Bon Iver)
  • Bon Iver, “Beth/Rest” (Bon Iver)
  • The Boxer Rebellion, “Step Out of the Car” (The Cold Still)
  • Bright Eyes, “Haile Selassie” (The People’s Key)
  • Caveman, “Great Life” (CoCo Beware)
  • The Civil Wars, “Poison & Wine” (Barton Hollow)
  • Cold War Kids, “Mine Is Yours” (Mine Is Yours)
  • Coldplay, “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” (Mylo Xyloto)
  • Coldplay & Rihanna, “Princess of China” (Mylo Xyloto)
  • Cut Copy, “Take Me Over” (Zonoscope)
  • David Wax Museum, “Born With a Broken Heart” (Everything Is Saved)
  • Death Cab for Cutie, “You Are a Tourist” (Codes and Keys)
  • Deer Tick, “The Bump” (Divine Providence)
  • Dengue Fever, “Cannibal Courtship” (Cannibal Courtship)
  • Destroyer, “Poor In Love” (Kaputt)
  • Destroyer, “Kaputt” (Kaputt)
  • Dum Dum Girls, “Bedroom Eyes” (Only In Dreams)
  • Dum Dum Girls, “In My Head” (Only In Dreams)
  • Eleanor Friedberger, “My Mistakes” (Last Summer)
  • Eric Church, “Homeboy” (Chief)
  • Feist, “The Bad In Each Other” (Metals)
  • Feist, “The Circle Married the Line” (Metals)
  • Fleet Foxes, “Montezuma” (Helplessness Blues)
  • Fleet Foxes, “Helplessness Blues” (Helplessness Blues)
  • Fleet Foxes, “Grown Ocean” (Helplessness Blues)
  • Florence + the Machine, “Lover to Lover” (Ceremonials)
  • Florence + the Machine, “Spectrum” (Ceremonials)
  • Foster the People, “Helena Beat” (Torches)
  • Foster the People, “Pumped Up Kicks” (Torches)
  • Fucked Up, “The Other Shoe” (David Comes to Life)
  • Galaxie, “Shanghai” (Tigre et diesel)
  • Hayes Carll, “KMAG YOYO” (KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories))
  • Heartless Bastards, “Parted Ways” (Parted Ways – Single)
  • The Heavenly States & Britt Daniel, “Berlin Wall” (Oui Camera Oui)
  • Hey Ocean, “Big Blue Wave” (Big Blue Wave – EP)
  • JEFF the Brotherhood, “Ripper” (We Are the Champions)
  • Joel Plaskett, “Jimmie’s Still Jimmie” (Jimmie’s Still Jimmie – Single)
  • The Joy Formidable, “Whirring” (The Big Roar)
  • Juliette Commagere, “How I Look for You” (The Procession)
  • Kate Bush, “50 Words for Snow” (50 Words for Snow)
  • The Kooks, “Junk of the Heart (Happy)” (Junk of the Heart)
  • Korallreven, “As Young As Yesterday” (An Album By Korallreven)
  • Kurt Vile, “Jesus Fever” (Smoke Ring for My Halo)
  • Library Voices, “Que Sera Sarah” (Summer of Lust)
  • Library Voices, “The Prime Minister’s Daughter” (Summer of Lust)
  • Little Dragon, “Ritual Union” (Ritual Union)
  • Los Campesinos!, “By Your Hand” (Hello Sadness)
  • Lykke Li, “Youth Knows No Pain” (Wounded Rhymes)
  • Lykke Li, “Get Some” (Wounded Rhymes)
  • M83, “Reunion” (Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming)
  • Mother Mother, “The Stand” (Eureka)
  • The Mountain Goats, “Damn These Vampires” (All Eternals Deck)
  • My Morning Jacket, “Victory Dance” (Circuital)
  • My Morning Jacket, “Circuital” (Circuital)
  • Noah & The Whale, “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” (Last Night On Earth)
  • Noah & The Whale, “Just Me Before We Met” (Last Night On Earth)
  • The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, “Belong” (Belong)
  • Panda Bear, “Surfer’s Hymn” (Tomboy)
  • Paul Simon, “So Beautiful or So What” (So Beautiful or So What)
  • Peter Bjorn and John, “Tomorrow Has to Wait” (Gimme Some)
  • Peter Bjorn and John, “Dig a Little Deeper” (Gimme Some)
  • R.E.M., “Mine Smell Like Honey” (Collapse Into Now)
  • The Raveonettes, “Recharge & Revolt” (Raven In the Grave)
  • Real Estate, “It’s Real” (Days)
  • Real Estate, “Out of Tune” (Days)
  • Rich Aucoin, “It” (We’re All Dying to Live)
  • Ron Sexsmith, “The Reason Why” (Long Player Late Bloomer)
  • The Rural Alberta Advantage, “Stamp” (Departing)
  • Said the Whale, “Lines” (New Brighton – EP)
  • The Sheepdogs, “I Don’t Know” (Learn & Burn)
  • Smith Westerns, “Weekend” (Dye It Blonde)
  • St. Vincent, “Surgeon” (Strange Mercy)
  • St. Vincent, “Northern Lights” (Strange Mercy)
  • The Strokes, “Machu Piccu” (Angles)
  • The Strokes, “Gratisfaction” (Angles)
  • Tapes ‘n Tapes, “One In the World” (Outside)
  • Telekinesis, “Please Ask for Help” (12 Desperate Straight Lines)
  • Thievery Corporation, “Culture of Fear” (Culture of Fear)
  • Thurston Moore, “Benediction” (Demolished Thoughts)
  • Tom Waits, “Satisfied” (Bad As Me)
  • Tune-Yards, “Bizness” (Whokill)
  • TV On the Radio, “Second Song” (Nine Types of Light)
  • Viva Voce, “Plästic Rädio” (The Future Will Destroy You)
  • Washed Out, “Amor Fati” (Within and Without)
  • White Wives, “Sky Started Crying” (Happeners)
  • Wilco, “Standing O” (The Whole Love)
  • Wild Flag, “Romance” (Wild Flag)
  • Youth Lagoon, “Afternoon” (The Year of Hibernation)
  • Yuck, “Get Away” (Yuck)

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