Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Top 111 Songs of 2011, #80 - 71

More goodness from 2011 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 - Money
by The Drums

I want to buy you something,
But I don't have any money, I don't have any money.

I'd like to buy many things for myself but, like The Drums, I don't have any money, I don't have any money. Unlike me, The Drums should have plenty of money, but the sophomore slump hit them pretty hard. Labelled only two years ago as one of the great hopes for indie music with the success of their self-titled debut album, these NY rocksters lost some of the magic on Portamento. Luckily, 'Money' was, uh... right on the money. It's as catchy as 'Forever and Ever Amen' or 'Let's Go Surfing.' In fact, it's probably even more catchy. It's just such a shame the rest of their second LP couldn't match the greatness of it.

#79 - The Struggle
by Liam Finn

Things are looking up, I'm looking good,
I'm getting all audacious...

#78 - Shake
by Little Boots

Everybody shake till your heart breaks.

Nobody expected Little Boots to move towards a darker electronic sound, yet I'm not hearing any complaints. 'Shake' is 'Stuck on Repeat' to the power of 100. Anticipation for her new album, due out in the first quarter of 2012, couldn't be any higher.

#77 - Polish Girl
by Neon Indian

Do I still cross your mind?
Your face still distorts the time.

#76 - Don't Make A Fool Out Of Me
by Kitty, Daisy and Lewis

Baby you're making a fool out of me,
When I'm all mixed up, just like you're running circles around me.

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis combine elements from many different retro genres, defying all expectations for what 'pop' music means today. They use this power to create tracks reeking of brilliance, like 'Don't Make A Fool Out Of Me.' Touring as part of the 2012 Big Day Out line-up will hopefully bring even more attention to one of the most exciting acts to break in 2011.

#75 - Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win
by Beastie Boys ft. Santigold

I know the danger of a man (that's danger),
Who's been to hell and back again (danger).

Beastie Boys. Santigold. Like it could have possibly gone wrong.

#74 - Holocene
by Bon Iver

And at once I knew I was not magnificent...

There's always a surprise or two when the Grammy nominations are announced. This time, the most pleasant surprise was Bon Iver's nominations in the categories Record of the Year and Song of the Year for 'Holocene.' Could our favourite indie sensation pull off some massive upsets next month? I find it hard to think he'll derail Adele... but it would be a pretty sweet moment.

#73 - I Know Places
by Lykke Li

Don't ask me when but ask me why,
Don't ask me how but ask me where.

#72 - What The Water Gave Me
by Florence + The Machine

Lay me down, let the only sound,
Be the overflow...

When Florence released 'What The Water Gave Me,' I thought it weird that she'd release such a quality track as the first single from Ceremonials. "What if she can't top it?!" I asked absolutely nobody. The thing is, she did top it... three more times. That's how many more Florence + The Machine songs will be making an appearance on the countdown.

#71 - Run Right Back
by The Black Keys

I run right back,
Run right back to her.

And The Black Keys close out another awesome edition of the top 111 songs of the year. See you soon!

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