Best of 2011 – The Music

Best of 2011 – The Music

“12 months of great music from all over the globe in 2011, but only 25 tracks can be selected…”

That was the brief handed to me by Michelle (@michd10) this Christmas at the same time she launched into her own annual “best-of” project. I don’t know what made me think I could knock over my selections in a few days knowing she agonised over her list for a good couple of weeks, but regardless, I think I’ve nailed it for another year.

Here’s what our respective selections look like:

Rob Masefield (@masey)

  1. WEIGHTLESS // City & Colour
  2. EMPTY SPACE // Powderfinger
  3. UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS // The Strokes
  4. ALWAYS ON THE RUN // Yuksek
  5. MIDNIGHT CITY // M83
  6. YOU ARE A TOURIST // Death Cab for Cutie
  7. THROW IT AWAY // 360 (ft. Josh Pyke)
  8. BOOK CLUB // Arkells
  9. BLOOM // The Paper Kites
  10. YOU GOT TO GO // Above & Beyond (ft. Zoe Johnston)
  11. TREADING WATER // Alex Clare
  12. LED // Pete Murray
  13. SHUFFLE // Bombay Bicycle Club
  14. DREAM ON // Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
  15. I CANNOT THINK // Outlines
  16. BYSTANDER // Jets Overhead
  17. THESE DAYS // Foo Fighters
  18. MR NICE GUY // The Kooks
  19. AMOR FATI // Washed Out
  20. HOLD ON YOU // Ponderosa
  21. IN YOUR LIGHT // Gotye
  22. HOLOCENE // Bon Iver
  23. FEEDING LINE // Boy & Bear
  24. RUN RIGHT BACK // The Black Keys
  25. THE LOOK // Metronomy

Michelle Davies (@michd10)

  1. MIDNIGHT CITY // M83
  2. WE ARE YOUNG // Fun.
  3. ALWAYS ON THE RUN // Yuksek
  4. WHIRRING // The Joy Formidable
  5. SHUFFLE // Bombay Bicycle Club
  6. HURTS LIKE HEAVEN // Coldplay
  7. GIVE YOU A TRY // Sunbears!
  8. JUNK OF THE HEART (HAPPY) // The Kooks
  9. SYDNEY (I’LL COME RUNNING) // Brett Dennen
  10. UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS // The Strokes
  11. IF YOU WANNA // The Vaccines
  12. GOLD ON THE CEILING // The Black Keys
  13. SIMPLY SIMPLE // Mother Mother
  14. ATLANTIC // The Midway State
  15. POISON & WINE // The Civil Wars
  16. SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW // Gotye (ft. Kimbra)
  17. I DON’T WANT LOVE // The Antlers
  18. DOWN IN THE VALLEY // The Head & The Heart
  19. LONG TIME AGO // Current Swell
  20. LONGING TO BELONG // Eddie Vedder
  21. LUCKY NOW // Ryan Adams
  22. OH FORTUNE // Dan Mangan
  23. CALGARY // Bon Iver
  24. TREE BY THE RIVER // Iron & Wine
  25. SOMEONE LIKE YOU // Adele

 Playlists

Of course, there’s going to be the odd song or two amongst that lot that you may not have heard before, so in the quest to make life as easy as possible for my readers, I’ve compiled playlists on both Rdio & Spotify for your convenience. Enjoy!

 Image credits: Background & base lead image by ~LittleGirl88 (Deviantart).

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