We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2011

By Will Oliver, January 6th 2012 — with 17 comments 2011 Best Of List MP3

Thanks to Cam for the artwork.

Here’s the list you all have been waiting for (top albums of the year can be found here). It’s 100 of my favorite songs of the year. The term “best” doesn’t leave much room for objectivity, and favorite sounds a lot more personal. I didn’t have the heart to limit these great songs to a list of just 25-50 because there’s simply too much good stuff out there. You can stream all the tracks individually,and listen to the spotify playlist.

I present to you, my favorite songs of the year 2011:

100. Indian Rebound – Dance With Me
99. Horsecollar – Christopher
98. Balto – The Railyard
97. Manor – Rhodesia
96. Air Review – America’s Son
95. Airlines – Burial Grounds
94. Ravens & Chimes – Carousel
93. Mother Mother – The Stand
92. Handsome Furs – Repatriated
91. Friendly Fires – Blue Cassette
90. The Cave Singers – Swim Club
89. The Decemberists – This Is Why We Fight
88. Miles Kane – Rearrange
87. Jubilants – Antics
86. R E A L M A G I C – Hard 2 Keep
85. Guards – Do It Again
84. Glass Candy – Warm In The Winter
83. Fucked Up – Turn The Season
82. BOA – Push
81. Yuck – Shook Down
80. British Sea Power – Heavy Water
79. Swiss Lips – U GOT THE POWER
78. Big Deal – Chair
77. Gauntlet Hair – Top Bunk
76. Black Light Dinner Party – Older Together
75. Cults – Never Heal Myself
74. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Belong
73. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – How Can U Luv Me
72. Dominant Legs – Hoop Of Love
71. Death Cab For Cutie – You Are A Tourist
70. Dirty Gold – California Sunrise
69. James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream
68. Purity Ring – Lofticries
67. Holy Ghost! – Hold My Breath
66. Keep Shelly In Athens – DIY
65. Tennis – Pigeon
64. Los Campesinos! – By Your Hand
63. tUnE-YarDs – Bizness
62. Ducktails – Killin’ The Vibe (Feat. Panda Bear)
61. Destroyer – Kaputt
60. St. Vincent – Cruel
59. Atlas Sound – Mona Lisa
57. Metronomy – The Look
56. Beach Fossils – What A Pleasure
55. Widowspeak – Gun Shy
54. Dum Dum Girls – Coming Down
53. Smith Westerns – All Die Young
52. Friends – Friend Crush:
51. Panda Bear – Last Night At The Jetty
50. Washed Out – Amor Fati
49. Blouse – Into Black
48. The Antlers – Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out
47. The Weeknd – The Morning
46. Burial – Street Halo
45. Wilco – Art Of Almost
44. John Maus – Hey Moon
43. TV On The Radio – Will Do
42. Wild Beasts – Bed Of Nails
41. Real Estate – Green Aisles
40. Coldplay – Charlie Brown
39. My Morning Jacket – Holdin On To Black Metal
38. The Vaccines – All In White
37. Other Lives – Tamer Animals
36. Princeton – Clamoring For Your Heart
35. The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love?
34. Tyler, The Creator – Yonkers
33. Girls – Honey Bunny
32. Jamie xx – Far Nearer
31. The National – Exile Vilify
30. Beirut – East Harlem
29. Jamie Woon – Lady Luck
28. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
27. Toro Y Moi – New Beat
26. Azealia Banks – 212
25. Cass McCombs – County Line
24. Kurt Vile – Baby’s Arms
23. Caveman – Old Friend
22. The Deloreans – Buffalo
21. Wu Lyf – We Bros
20. Radiohead – Lotus Flower
19. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Niggas In Paris
18. Craft Spells – After The Moment
17. Zoo Kid – Out Getting Ribs
16. The Drums – What You Were
15. Summer Camp – Better Off Without You
14. Lana Del Rey – Video Games
13. Arctic Monkeys – That’s Where You’re Wrong
12. The Horrors – Still Life
11. The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness
10. Theme Park – Milk
9. Cut Copy – Need You Now
8. Fleet Foxes – The Shrine / An Argument
7. M83 – Midnight City
6. Bon Iver – Holocene
5. Youth Lagoon – Montana
4. The National – Think You Can Wait
3. Alex Turner – Piledriver Waltz
2. The Drums – Money
1. Real Estate – It’s Real

Stream the spotify playlist

  • Danny

    wow…fantastic zip…downloading with anticipation. I like your list, it’s a good mix of stuff I would have in my “best of”, plus some new stuff for me to discover. Thanks!

  • Will

    Glad you are enjoying it Danny! Hope you find something new you enjoy as well.

  • Maggie

    thanks so much for the spotify playlist! it’s awesome.

  • http://joyofspeed.blogspot.com/ joy of speed

    Thanks so much for that. Awesome playlist — can’t wait to hear it. Good call on the Drums.

  • JD

    will, this list is a dynamic spectrum of alternative music in ’11. as an avid reader of your blog, your discovery of music continues to aid in my own findings. thank you.

  • Will

    You’re very welcome guys. Good to hear that you’re enjoying it!

  • http://www.fakeplastictunes.com Fake Plastic Tunes

    Great List Will, Nice to see a lot of personal touches on there, and not just copy the crowd. You can tell you have taken the time on this list and it is your honest opinion. Nicely done.

  • http://rickyleepotts.com Ricky Potts

    I am only a few songs through and am VERY impressed. Do you keep track of these all year long? You can thank Jake Long for showing me this list. I haven’t heard of some of the bands, but I look forward to hearing more. Thanks for sharing. Also, LOVE the way you did this… allowing users to listen right here on the website. Bravo!

  • Will

    Thanks guys. Yeah, I keep a playlist year round of my favorite songs and then go through them in December.

  • Immanuel

    Ohhh no, I really loved your best of 2010 but this time I’m a few days late and I can’t listen to it anymore :(
    Spotify is not available in Germany and the files are down now, right?

  • Tim

    wow awesome, It’s Real was my #1 song of 2011 as well!

  • Will

    Hey Immanuel, you can still stream the tracks for a limited time!

  • ben

    Anyone download this list ? Send me a email pleasssee!!! b_kastar@hotmail.com

  • kristen sliv

    Do you know where to Download REALMAGIC hard 2 keep?

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