Sunday, 11 December 2011

Top 111 Songs of 2011, #60 - 51

Kimbra... doing my notoriously creepy 'come-hither' dance move.

Pop, rock, rap, dance, electro, alternative, world music (?)... today's ten songs cover a wide range of genres, but stand together as some of the best tracks that 2011 delivered. Find out what they are after a quick refresher on the music we've already revealed throughout the countdown 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 - Painted Eyes
by Hercules and Love Affair

Elegant, you were born at night...

#59 - Otis
by Jay-Z and Kanye West ft. Otis Redding

They ain't see me 'cause I pulled up in my other Benz,
Last week I was in my other other Benz.

You're probably wondering why I chose the Kanye lyric above. Why? Because it shows what held Watch the Throne back from being the really amazing album it was meant to be; sub par rhymes, well below the standard of either artists' previous LPs. Kanye was on fire with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but seemed willing to take a step back here. If the rumours be true and we can expect more from these two in 2012, they need to bring their A game. 'Otis' stood out as the most memorable track, the video was fantastic and... the less said about the screaming at the end, the better.

#58 - Civilization
by Justice

The beating of a million drums, the fire of a million guns,
The mother of a million sons... Civilization.

Justice's much-anticipated sophomore album, Audio, Video Disco, had no way of living up to the insane expectations fans had for it. They were labelled the new Daft Punk after one (incredible) album and I honestly think that's the sound people were expecting from their new album. Instead, we got some fresh songs like 'Civilization' that separated Justice from their more established and creepily worshipped peers. This is a good thing. P.s. how brilliant is the video? Very brilliant... that's how brilliant it is. Brilliant.

#57 - War Of The Roses
by Blaqstarr ft. Talib Kweli

That ain't even what I really wanna say...

#56 - Lost In Paradise
by Evanescence

A lot may have changed about Evanescence over the years, but there are some constants. Amy Lee continues to develop her voice and stands as the greatest female rock vocalist in the industry right now. There's also her ability to write some fantastic ballads. Just like 'My Immortal' on Fallen and 'Good Enough' on The Open Door, 2011's Evanescence contained a stand-out rock ballad in the form of 'Lost In Paradise.' Release this as one of your singles!

#55 - Till The World Ends
by Britney Spears

See the sunlight, we ain't stopping,
Keep on dancing till the world ends...

In five years time when I'm doing a career retrospective on Britney Spears, I think I might call this her greatest song. 'Till The World Ends' is that good.

#54 - Map Of Tasmania
by Amanda Palmer ft. The Young Punx

They don't play the song on the radio,
They don't show the tits in the video...

Amanda Palmer. You're just too much and too good. 'Map of Tasmania,' her sorta-kinda-not-so-sorta tongue-in-cheek song about shaving your cho-cha (thanks Missy!) ended up being one of the funnest, brightest and damn catchiest tracks of the year. Seeing the track live just made me love it more. When Palmer is touring near you, make sure you go see her... you won't regret it! 

#53 - Good Intent
by Kimbra

You heard the crickets of the early eve,
They lurk around the opening in two's and three's.

Kimbra Johnson isn't afraid to experiment a little with her music. 'Settle Down' was quirky, 'Cameo Lover' was a throwback to 60s pop and third single, 'Good Intent,' allowed her to showcase the jazzy powerhouse within. As she appears to be able to do with every other genre she dabbles in, she pulls off 'Good Intent' exceptionally well, creating one of the finest pieces of pop you hopefully heard in 2011. Kimbra had a very good year in Australia and New Zealand. Can she crack the US and UK in 2012? I sure hope so.

#52 - How Come You Never Go There?
by Feist

How come you never go there?
How come I'm so alone there?

#51 - Que Veux-Tu
by Yelle

Que veux-tu je suis folle de toi.

So good, you don't even need to know what they're singing about. Go French pop! 

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