|Rihanna... making some sort of statement.|
Since we're doing 111 songs this year, I guess this post brings us to our halfway mark! If you're only joining us now, here are the awesome tracks you've missed;
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 - Big
by Sneaky Sound System
This is the moment we've been waiting for,
This could be big for me and you.
I loved 'Big' when I first heard it, but when I heard Miss Connie singing it live in the roller disco tent at Bestival I fell in love with it. Like I said in the Bestival recap, her vocal ability blew me away and I wasn't the only one. I have a sneaky suspicion that Australia's funnest dance duo (not named The Presets) gained many new fans that night. It's just a shame that songs like 'Big' weren't as, uh... big... as they should have been. Less than 70, 000 YouTube hits? Should be 7, 000, 000!
#69 - We Found Love
by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
Yellow diamonds in the light,
Now we're standing side by side...
Yes, I might have been less than kind in my original review of 'We Found Love.' Yes, I was wrong to think it was anything other than a tasty piece of electro-pop. No need to tell me, "I told you so."
#68 - Only If For A Night
by Florence + The Machine
And the only solution was to stand and fight,
And my body was loosened, I was set alight...
This is how you open an album! From the opening church bells to the closing, "yeyeye-yeyeye-ahwoaaaah," with the repeated title name... this is how you open an album! Only Florence Welch could make a song about doing cartwheels in front of a practical ghost sound so good. And to think, I thought she wouldn't be able to top 'What The Water Gave Me' when I first heard it.
#67 - Punching In A Dream
by The Naked and Famous
I don't ever wanna be here...
#66 - Two Cousins
by Slow Club
Hold on to where you're from,
It's where your heart goes, when you're done.
Blame the video. I don't think I would have gotten so into 'Two Cousins' anywhere near as much as I did without the excellent clip that accompanies it. After a 2010 filled with good tunes but little recognition, it's nice to see Slow Club get a ton of exposure in 2011. Here's to an even more successful 2012!
#65 - Switchblade Smile
More violence, he's coming, he's coming, he's coming...
#64 - Hang It Up
by The Ting Tings
People say it's not worth the wait,
Everybody loves somebody to hate.
If you can get over the initial disappointment that settles in when you realise you're not about to listen to 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' you'll learn to enjoy The Tings Tings doing their thing. What is their thing? Being completely amazing, that's what. Not as good as last year's 'Hands,' but this is a world of fun. Where is the second album at guys?
#63 - Skeleton
by The Good Natured
So we're standing all alone,
And I am naked to the bone...
Speaking of incredible British acts that I'd love to hear a full-length, brand new album from in 2012... it's The Good Natured. When they're releasing tracks as energetic and crazy as 'Skeleton,' you can understand why.
#62 - The Wolf
by Fever Ray
And big fire, big burn,
Into the ashes and no return...
#61 - I Dare You
by Kaiser Chiefs
Because life is the simplest thing,
When you realise you don't care.
How exactly is it that 'I Dare You' didn't make it onto The Future Is Medieval? Seriously, I'd like to know.
Another day, another ten down... we're getting closer to the top 50 now!