Top 50 Songs of 2012

This was a great year in music. Here is my list of favorite tunes. Most of them came off of albums from my “Top 50 Albums of 2012” list, with a handful of top 40 tunes thrown in. What were your favorite songs this year?

  1. Alabama Shakes – “Hold On”
  2. Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
  3. Kishi Bashi – “Bright Whites”
  4. Ben Sollee – “Unfinished”
  5. The Shins – “Simple Song”
  6. Menomena – “Plumage”
  7. Fiona Apple – “Every Single Night”
  8. Maps & Atlases – “Winter”
  9. Beach House – “Myth”
  10. Wilco & Billy Bragg – “When The Roses Bloom Again”
  11. Divine Fits – “My Love Is Real”
  12. Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”
  13. Neon Trees – “Everybody Talks”
  14. Passion Pit – “Take A Walk”
  15. The Tallest Man On Earth – “Leading Me Now”
  16. Jack White – “Hypocritical Kiss”
  17. Ramona Falls – “Spore”
  18. Gotye – “Somebody That I Used To Know”
  19. Paul Banks – “The Base”
  20. Menomena – “Pique”
  21. Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”
  22. Dr. Dog – “Vampire”
  23. The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
  24. Ben Sollee – “Whole Lot to Give”
  25. The Killers – “Runaways”
  26. Galactic – “Ha Di Ka”
  27. Imagine Dragons – “It’s Time”
  28. The Helio Sequence – “One More Time”
  29. Ramona Falls – “Bodies of Water”
  30. Ultraista – “Bad Insect”
  31. Of Monsters And Men – “Little Talks”
  32. Alabama Shakes – “Rise to the Sun”
  33. Two Door Cinema Club – “Next Year”
  34. Here We Go Magic – “How Do I Know”
  35. Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”
  36. Divine Fits – “Would That Not Be Nice”
  37. Kishi Bashi – “Manchester”
  38. Dr. Dog – “Lonesome”
  39. Dirty Projectors – “About to Die”
  40. Delta Spirit – “Teat It Up”
  41. Glen Hansard – “This Gift”
  42. David Byrne & St. Vincent – “Who”
  43. The Walkmen – “Heartbreaker”
  44. Passion Pit – “Mirrored Sea”
  45. Paul Weller – “The Attic”
  46. Andrew Bird – “Eyeoneye”
  47. Father John Misty – “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”
  48. Fun. – “We Are Young”
  49. Trampled By Turtles – “Alone”
  50. Sigur Ros – “Fjogur piano”
Link to listen in Spotify: Top 50 Songs of 2012

Top 25 Songs in 2011

Here’s a list of my favorite songs on 2011. I know it’s already February and most people’s heads are already past the end of the year wrap up, but better late then never, right? A lot of these songs come off on my Top 25 Albums of 2011 list. For me, there were some new discoveries as far as bands go (The Dodos, Milagres, The Globes, Grouplove), some songs that I should be sick of but I’m not yet (“Rolling in the Deep”, “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall”, “Sail”, “Pumped Up Kicks”), some artists who continue to reinvent themselves (Radiohead, Wilco, The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie), and some artists who have continued with their own classic sound (The Black Keys, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Foo Fighters). I found myself really digging a Beyonce song, which never happens. And how Low got Uncle Jesse to be in their video, I don’t know, but I love it! Also, every year or two, a new hit comes out with whistling in it (“Young Folks” by Peter, Bjorn and John, “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, etc.) This year, Foster the People came out with two! In retrospect, lots of good tunes and singles came out in 2011 (along with great albums)! It’s one of the best years for music I can remember in a while. What songs did you like in 2011?

The links for the bands go to their website. The links for the songs go to a music video/live performance. If you have a Spotify account, click on the link at the bottom and you can listen to everything on the list.

  1. Fleet Foxes“Grown Ocean”
  2. The Dodos“Black Night”
  3. Milagres“Halfway”
  4. Death Cab for Cutie“Codes and Keys”
  5. Grouplove“Colours”
  6. The Decemberists“Don’t Carry It All”
  7. Bon Iver“Perth”
  8. Adele“Rolling In The Deep”
  9. The Black Keys“Lonely Boy”
  10. Foster The People“Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls)”
  11. Wilco“Art of Almost”
  12. Radiohead“Lotus Flower”
  13. Awolnation – “Sail”
  14. The Decemberists“Down By The Water”
  15. Fleet Foxes“Bedouin Dress”
  16. The Globes“Pretty Birds Above Our Heads”
  17. Foster The People“Pumped Up Kicks”
  18. Death Cab for Cutie“Home Is A Fire”
  19. St. Vincent“Cruel”
  20. The Antlers“I Don’t Want Love”
  21. Low“Try to Sleep”
  22. Coldplay“Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”
  23. Beyonce“Countdown”
  24. Foo Fighters“Walk”
  25. Cage The Elephant – “Shake Me Down”

Link to Spotify playlist: Top 25 Songs of 2011

Top 25 Albums of 2011

Here’s my list for the best albums of 2011. Looking back, it was a pretty amazing year for music! Lots of great albums came out. If you have a Spotify account, click the link below and you can listen to everything on this list. What albums/artists did you like in 2011?
  1. The Dodos – No Color
  2. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  3. Wilco – The Whole Love
  4. The Decemberists – The King is Dead
  5. The Globes – Future Self
  6. Milagres – Glowing Mouth
  7. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  8. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  9. Black Keys – El Camino
  10. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
  11. Death Cab For Cutie – Codes and Keys
  12. John Vanderslice – White Wilderness
  13. Elbow – Build a Rocket Boys!
  14. Antlers – Bursting Apart
  15. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
  16. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
  17. Feist – Metals
  18. Low – C’mon
  19. Say Hi – Um, Uh Oh
  20. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
  21. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  22. Telekinesis – 12 Desperate Straight Lines
  23. 31knots – Trump Harm
  24. James Blake – James Blake
  25. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Link to Spotify playlist: Top 25 Albums of 2011

Top 25 Albums of 2011

Here’s my list for the best albums of 2011. Looking back, it was a pretty amazing year for music! Lots of great albums came out. If you have a Spotify account, click the link below and you can listen to everything on this list. What albums/artists did you like in 2011?

  1. The Dodos – No Color
  2. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  3. Wilco – The Whole Love
  4. The Decemberists – The King is Dead
  5. The Globes – Future Self
  6. Milagres – Glowing Mouth
  7. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  8. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  9. Black Keys – El Camino
  10. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
  11. Death Cab For Cutie – Codes and Keys
  12. John Vanderslice – White Wilderness
  13. Elbow – Build a Rocket Boys!
  14. Antlers – Bursting Apart
  15. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
  16. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
  17. Feist – Metals
  18. Low – C’mon
  19. Say Hi – Um, Uh Oh
  20. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
  21. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  22. Telekinesis – 12 Desperate Straight Lines
  23. 31knots – Trump Harm
  24. James Blake – James Blake
  25. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Link to Spotify playlist: Top 25 Albums of 2011

Top 25 Songs of 2011

Here’s a list of my favorite songs on 2011. I know it’s already February and most people’s heads are already past the end of the year wrap up, but better late then never, right? A lot of these songs come off on my Top 25 Albums of 2011 list. For me, there were some new discoveries as far as bands go (The Dodos, Milagres, The Globes, Grouplove), some songs that I should be sick of but I’m not yet (“Rolling in the Deep”, “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall”, “Sail”, “Pumped Up Kicks”), some artists who continue to reinvent themselves (Radiohead, Wilco, The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie), and some artists who have continued with their own classic sound (The Black Keys, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Foo Fighters). I found myself really digging a Beyonce song, which never happens. And how Low got Uncle Jesse to be in their video, I don’t know, but I love it! Also, every year or two, a new hit comes out with whistling in it (“Young Folks” by Peter, Bjorn and John, “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, etc.) This year, Foster the People came out with two! In retrospect, lots of good tunes and singles came out in 2011 (along with great albums)! It’s one of the best years for music I can remember in a while. What songs did you like in 2011?The links for the bands go to their website. The links for the songs go to a music video/live performance. If you have a Spotify account, click on the link at the bottom and you can listen to everything on the list.

  1. Fleet Foxes – “Grown Ocean”
  2. The Dodos – “Black Night”
  3. Milagres – “Halfway”
  4. Death Cab for Cutie – “Codes and Keys”
  5. Grouplove – “Colours”
  6. The Decemberists – “Don’t Carry It All”
  7. Bon Iver – “Perth”
  8. Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”
  9. The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
  10. Foster The People – “Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls)”
  11. Wilco – “Art of Almost”
  12. Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
  13. Awolnation – “Sail”
  14. The Decemberists – “Down By The Water”
  15. Fleet Foxes – “Bedouin Dress”
  16. The Globes – “Pretty Birds Above Our Heads”
  17. Foster The People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
  18. Death Cab for Cutie – “Home Is A Fire”
  19. St. Vincent – “Cruel”
  20. The Antlers – “I Don’t Want Love”
  21. Low – “Try to Sleep”
  22. Coldplay – “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”
  23. Beyonce – “Countdown”
  24. Foo Fighters – “Walk”
  25. Cage The Elephant – “Shake Me Down”

Link to Spotify playlist: Top 25 Songs of 2011