47 Great Songs From 2011


Now that I’ve run down the worst songs to grace my ears over the past year, it’s time to look back on the musical year in a fonder way. To that end, here’s the list of songs that made my “2011 awesomeness” playlist on Spotify, a running tally of songs that I couldn’t stop listening to that I populated as the year went on (I started naming my playlists containing the year’s best songs that all the way back in 2006—miss you, JC Chasez!—and the name just stuck). The 47 songs are listed below in addition to being Spotify-collected; enjoy, feel free to try and guess which ten made my Pazz & Jop ballot (that’ll be made public on January 18)!

2011 awesomeness:

Patrick Stump, “Everybody Wants Somebody”

Lady Gaga, “Scheiße”

Lykke Li, “Youth Knows No Pain”

Charli XCX, “Stay Away”

Lloyd feat. Awesome Jones!!!, “Cupid”

Elle Varner feat. J. Cole, “Only Wanna Give It To You”

Katy B, “Katy On A Mission”

Austra, “Beat And The Pulse”

Patrick Stump feat. Alph-A-Bit, “Porcelain”

Making Friendz, “Situation”

Britney Spears, “How I Roll”

Nicola Roberts, “Beat Of My Drum”

Das Racist, “Girl”

Discodeine feat. Jarvis Cocker, “Synchronize”

Ke$ha feat. André 3000, “The Sleazy Remix”

Creep feat. Nina Sky, “You”

Kelly Clarkson, “Let Me Down”

Robin Thicke feat. Lil Wayne, “Pretty Lil Heart”

Yelawolf, “Everything I Love The Most”

Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass”

Azealia Banks, “212”

Goapele, “Play”

Miguel, “Sure Thing”

Beyoncé, “Countdown”

Beast Make Bomb, “Party Monster”

St. Vincent, “Surgeon”

Florence + The Machine, “Shake It Out”

tUnE-yArDs, “Bizness”

Hollie Cook, “That Very Night”

PJ Harvey, “Let England Shake”

The Joy Formidable, “A Heavy Abacus”

Battles feat. Matias Aguayo, “Ice Cream”

Widowspeak, “Harsh Realm”

The Olivia Tremor Control, “The Game You Play Is In Your Head, Parts I, II, and III”

Sleeping Bag, “Slime”

Wild Flag, “Future Crimes”

Gabriel Kahane, “Parts Of Speech”

Sissy & The Blisters, “Let Her Go”

Wye Oak, “Hot As Day”

Razika, “Vondt i hjertet”

Little Racer, “Split For The Coast”

Miranda Lambert, “Fine Tune”

Twilight Singers, “Blackbird And The Fox”

Eleanor Friedberger, “My Mistakes”

Pistol Annies, “Bad Example”

The Lonely Island feat. Michael Bolton, “Jack Sparrow”

Wye Oak, “Mother”

(Note: Spotify might not have all these songs available for you, depending on where you’re reading this from and the Azealia Banks song and the Olivia Tremor Control song aren’t available here, for example, but I have locally hosted files that can be played via the Spotify interface. Same with those songs that are available on Spotify in, say, the UK (Nicola Roberts, Charli XCX) but not here.)