Monday, 12 December 2011

Top 111 Songs of 2011, #50 - 41

We're into the top 50 now! It's only the best of the best... of the best (what?) from here on in! Your next ten hits are coming right up!

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 - Turn Me On
The Grates

Wrap yourself around me, do it just define me,
do it to ignite me, do it as a friend.

The Grates may not have made the impact they deserved to in 2011 with third album, Secret Rituals, but as far as I'm concerned, I would follow Patience Hodgson and John Patterson to the end of the world (and back again) if I had a chance at watching them do their thing. Their thing? Being awesome. 'Turn Me On' showed that the duo could still deliver delicious indie pop, even without former drumster, Alana Skyring. 

#49 - Blue Jeans
by Lana Del Rey

You were sorta punk rock,
I grew up on hip-hop.

What did we learn? That Lana Del Rey will, "love you more than those b*tches before!" One of my favourite lyrics of the year and one of the best love songs of the year from our favourite new indie darling.

#48 - Light All My Lights
by Seeker Lover Keeper

I long for a spark, for a light...

Alone they are mighty, together... invincible. I think that's a tag-line for the X-Men or something, but it works just as well when discussing Seeker Lover Keeper. Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby and Sally Seltmann (who we discussed earlier as being a witch because she creates musical magic) knocked our socks off with their debut self-titled album. 'Light All My Lights' saw S. Blasko take the lead and have me waiting with baited breath for her next LP. Either that or more Seeker Lover Keeper in 2012 and I'll be a happy man.

#47 - St. Peter's Gate
by Matt Walters

Leave right now it's not too late,
Meet you at St. Peter's gate...

ATTENTION ALL READERS: If you're feeling 'St. Peter's Gate,' do yourselves a favour and iTunes Matt Walters' debut, Farewell Youth. It truly stands as the best release from an Australian male artist in 2011 not named Gotye. 

#46 - Awkward
by San Cisco

I thought I saw you last night,
Get out of my life you've been stalking me for days.

Seriously, Australian music was just the best in 2011. You've got three examples above, one below and the funnest song you'll ever hear about stalking, 'Awkward,' by one of the best new acts of the year, San Cisco. Here's to a high placing on the 2012 Triple J Hottest 100!

#45 - The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Rain dance Maggie advances to the final,
Who knew that she had the goods?

2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees include Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns 'N' Roses. Only two of these legendary rock bands remains capable of crafting music that will make you incredibly excited. Try to guess which one...

#44 - Turning Tables
by Adele

Close enough to start a war,
All that I have is on the floor.

That leaves one song left for Adele in this year's countdown. Since 'Rolling In The Deep' made the 2010 cut, again, try to guess which one... I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Just kidding, it's 'Someone Like You.' 

#43 - No Light, No Light
by Florence + The Machine

You want a revelation, you wanna get it right,
But it's a conversation, I just can't have tonight.

I know it's my own countdown and all, but come on... this is music. All of these songs just kick all kinds of butt. Not that we'd expect anything less from gods-amongst-us-mere-mortals like Florence Welch. 'No Light, No Light' is the kind of song that you never want to end; epic chorus, soaring vocals, beautiful film clip. All this Illuminati chatter is just a load of bollocks, isn't it? Stop questioning and go with the Flo...rence. See what I did there?

#42 - Snowflake
by Kate Bush

The world is so loud,
Keep falling, I'll find you.

#41 - We Love
by Sneaky Sound System

By the look on your face, you need to get a new one,
Don't you tell your mother.

Sneaky!!! We love, love, loved their transformation into a dance act that can play with the best on the world stage. It's just a shame that like many of Australia's greatest acts in music today they don't get noticed as much as they should. 

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