Here's the part where I write something about how awesome 2011 was... blah blah blah. You must be getting a bit over it, so let's get straight into the music! As always, here's the list so far;
111. Clare Maguire - Ain't Nobody
110. Ball Park Music - It's Nice To Be Alive
109. The Strokes - Under Cover of Darkness
108. Coldplay ft. Rihanna - Princess of China
107. Coldplay - Paradise
106. Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull - On The Floor
105. Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
104. Professor Green ft. Emeli Sande - Read All About It
103. Cage the Elephant - Around My Head
102. Warpaint - Warpaint
101. Adele - Rumour Has It
100. Beirut - East Harlem
99. Ida Maria - Cherry Red
98. Digitalism - 2 Hearts
97. Washington - High Treason
96. Ben Lee - Get Used To It
95. Oh Land - Sun Of A Gun
94. Wolfram ft. Hercules and Love Affair - Fireworks
93. David Guetta ft. Sia - Titanium
92. Kimbra - Old Flame
91. Little Dragon Nightlight
90. The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love?
89. Beirut - Santa Fe
88. Architecture in Helsinki ft. Sally Seltmann - W.O.W (Invisible Version)
87. PJ Harvey - The Last Living Rose
86. Emeli Sande - Heaven
85. TV On The Radio - Will Do
84. Dr. Dre ft. Eminem and Skylar Grey - I Need A Doctor
83. Boy and Bear - Feeding Line
82. Monarchy ft. Britt Love - You Don't Want to Dance With Me
81. Gotye - I Feel Better
80. The Drums - Money
79. Liam Finn - The Struggle
78. Little Boots - Shake
77. Neon Indian - Polish Girl
76. Kitty Daisy and Lewis - Don't Make A Fool Out Of Me
75. Beastie Boys ft. Santigold - Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win
74. Bon Iver - Holocene
73. Lykke Li - I Know Places
72. Florence + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me
71. The Black Keys - Run Right Back
70. Sneaky Sound System - Big
69. Rihanna - We Found Love
68. Florence + The Machine - Only If For A Night
67. The Naked and Famous - Punching In A Dream
66. Slow Club - Two Cousins
65. Kasabian - Switchblade Smile
64. The Ting Tings - Hang It Up
63. The Good Natured - Skeleton
62. Fever Ray - The Wolf
61. Kaiser Chiefs - I Dare You
60. Hercules and Love Affair - Painted Eyes
59. Jay-Z & Kanye West ft. Otis Redding - Otis
58. Justice - Civilization
57. Blaqstarr ft. Talib Kweli - War Of The Roses
56. Evanescence - Lost In Paradise
55. Britney Spears - Till The World Ends
54. Amanda Palmer ft. The Young Punx - Map Of Tasmania
53. Kimbra - Good Intent
52. Feist - How Come You Never Go There?
51. Yelle - Quex Veux-Tu
50. The Grates - Turn Me On
49. Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
48. Seeker Lover Keeper - Light All My Lights
47. Matt Walters - St. Peter's Gate
46. San Cisco - Awkward
45. Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
44. Adele - Turning Tables
43. Florence + The Machine - No Light, No Light
42. Kate Bush - Snowflake
41. Sneaky Sound System - We Love
40. The Wombats - Techno Fan
39. Asteroids Galaxy Tour - Major
38. Beth Ditto - I Wrote The Book
37. Rachael Yamagata - Starlight
36. Clare Maguire - The Last Dance
35. Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Pull Out My Insides
34. Seeker Lover Keeper - If The Night Is Dark
33. David Guetta ft. Jennifer Hudson - Night Of My Life
32. Pnau - Solid Ground
31. The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
#30 - Radioactive
by Marina and the Diamonds
But baby I'm the one who left you,
You're not the one who left me.
We already knew she had an obsession with 'Hollywood,' but Marina and her new persona, Electra Heart seem set to give us a unique perspective on all things related to the American dream in 2012. 'Radioactive' gives us our first real taste of who Electra is and the sounds she's going to unleash upon us. Excited much? How could you not be after listening to this?!
#29 - Judas
by Lady Gaga
I wanna love you, but something's pulling me away from you,
Jesus is my virtue, Judas is the demon I cling to... I cling to.
Here's my original review from April;
'Bad Romance,' version 2.0? Not quite, but get ready to hear 'Judas' just as much. The song seems to follow a fairly similar formula to 'Bad Romance' but it's pumped up more to be a club thumper, no remixes necessary. But she'll probably release a remix CD anyway. 'Judas' has hooks that instantly grab onto your brain and refuse to let go, making it a huge step up in my books from 'Born This Way,' which warranted about ten more plays to appreciate. Any fears for the quality of Born This Way (out next Saturday) should be put to bed with this one. New music is just flying out from all corners at the moment, but it's all quality stuff! 2011 continues to bring the goods...
I forgot to mention that it's a fantastic slice of pop music and the video is one of her best, but apart from that I still like everything I wrote. Plus, I was right about the remix album.
#28 - Bite Back
Don't attack me 'coz you know I'll bite back...
New Zealand was home to a diverse range of exciting new acts this year. Leading the electro pop charge was Zowie with the fast-paced and incredibly catchy 'Bite Back.' Another perfect party song that more people need to fall in love with.
#27 - Crystalfilm
by Little Dragon
Now something missing from my memory of... you.
Little Dragon had a good year. After appearing with the Gorillaz on 'Empire Ants' in 2010, garnering rave reviews, they released their third LP, Ritual Union, to even more critical acclaim. The album is full of beautiful track after beautiful track, but my love is mostly directed at the addictive 'Crystalfilm.' Yukimi Nagano's sweet voice works in perfect tandem with the repeated accompaniment, leaving you almost in a trance like state. You'll never want to come out of it.
#26 - Even If I Don't
by Rachael Yamagata
But when I think of all that we've been through,
Going back to you seems like such a foolish thing to do.
Is there anything she can't do? One minute Rachael Yamagata is an indie rock star on 'Starlight' and the next, she's the singing-songwriting pop star you can't help but fall in love with. The video just makes you love her more.
#25 - Generation N.E.Y
You can have my money, but you can't have me...
A year without some new M.I.A is automatically a fail. Thankfully, Maya became the controversial Vicki Leekx and released an incredible mixtape. Best of all? It was free! Whatever happened to Julian Assange anyway?
#24 - Tonight You Belong To Me
by Eddie Vedder and Cat Power
Although, although we're apart,
You're a part of my heart,
But tonight you belong to me.
Dear Santa, I've been pretty good this year so here's the deal; I'll stay on the rails in exchange for new Cat Power and Pearl Jam records in 2012. If this doesn't happen well... I know where you live. Thanks!
#23 - Sunlight
by Bag Raiders
When I see your face, it's like sunlight dripping...
Apologies to the northern hemisphere, but I'm so happy summer is finally here so I can play 'Sunlight' over and over... and over and over and over again. It's the perfect Summer tune.
#22 - Endless Summer
by The Jezabels
You came home for the endless summer,
On the way, saw a different colour.
Let's talk about the video. Actually, let's not. Everytime I see the ending where the blonde kisses the kid from Mask seconds after we see him spewing blood I feel a little uncomfortable. Hopefully you do too!
#21 - Video Games
by Lana Del Rey
Heaven is a place on Earth with you,
Tell me all the things you want to do.
Her voice, her words, her style... Lana Del Rey is seemingly the definition of perfection. We see so many singers attempting to replicate the sounds of the 80s, but I'm slightly more partial to those taking their inspiration from the 60s. If you didn't hear the words "video games" ten thousand times throughout the song, you'd just assume the track was actually from a decade gone by. Even the video is shot as if it came from years past. "Is that Nancy Sinatra?" you'd ask. Nope. It's Lana Del Rey. You won't be forgetting that name.