My Favorite Music of 2011

The Inimitable Kate Bush

I’ve always hesitated compiling and posting a best singles list because of potential overlap with an albums list, and wouldn’t ya know, all of my top ten albums are also represented on the singles list, with one exception. Anyway, in summary…

My Top 25 Singles:

# 25 – 21
# 20 – 16
# 15 – 11
# 10 – 6
# 5 – 1

In lieu of sending out mix CDs this year, I’ve put two best-of-2011 playlists up on Spotify:

Night Time: The Best of 2011, Volume One

1. M83, “Midnight City” / 2. Tracey Thorn, “Night Time” / 3. The Kills, “Future Starts Slow” / 4. Sam Phillips, “Happy Mediums” / 5. Junior Boys, “Playtime” / 6. James Blake, “Limit to Your Love” / 7. Lykke Li, “Youth Knows No Pain” / 8. Kavinsky featuring Lovefoxxx, “Nightcall” / 9. Paul Simon, “So Beautiful or So What” / 10. Kris Delmhorst, “Tonight She Comes” / 11. K.D. Lang & The Siss Boom Bang, “The Water’s Edge” / 12. Fitz & The Tantrums, “MoneyGrabber” / 13. My Morning Jacket, “Holdin’ On to Black Metal” / 14. Lana Del Rey, “Video Games” / 15. Ivy, “Distant Lights” / 16. St. Vincent, “Strange Mercy” / 17. Lady Gaga, “Marry the Night” / 18. TV On the Radio, “Will Do” / 19. Adele, “Someone Like You” / 20. Florence + The Machine, “What The Water Gave Me”

Blue Skies Again: The Best of 2011, Volume Two

1. Wilco, “I Might” / 2. Those Darlins’, “Screws Get Loose” / 3. Atlas Sound, “Mona Lisa” / 4. Beth Ditto, “I Wrote The Book” / 5. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, “Belong” / 6. Jens Lekman, “Waiting For Kirsten” / 7. Smith Westerns, “Weekend” / 8. Raphael Saadiq, “Heart Attack” / 9. Jessica Lea Mayfield, “Blue Skies Again” / 10. Destroyer, “Kaputt” / 11. Gillian Welch, “The Way It Goes” / 12. Emm Gryner, “Heartsleeves” / 13. Iron and Wine, “Tree By The River” / 14. Calexico, “Lost in Space” / 15. PJ Harvey, “The Words That Maketh Murder” / 16. Kate Bush, “Misty” / 17. Laura Marling, “Sophia” / 18. Tune-Yards, “Bizness” / 19. Florence + The Machine, “Shake It Out” / 20. The Radio Dept., “The New Improved Hypocrisy”

My Top Ten Albums:

1. Emm Gryner, “Northern Gospel”
2. Destroyer, “Kaputt”
3. Kate Bush, “50 Words For Snow”
4. Fitz and the Tantrums, “Pickin’ Up the Pieces”
5. Raphael Saadiq, “Stone Rollin'”
6. Sam Phillips, “Solid State: Songs From The Long Play
7. Lykke Li, “Wounded Rhymes”
8. PJ Harvey, “Let England Shake”
9. Laura Marling, “A Creature I Don’t Know”
10. Tune-Yards, “Whokill”

Also recommended:

Calexico, “Selections From Road Atlas (1998-2011)”
Florence + The Machine, “Ceremonials”
Gillian Welch, “The Harrow and The Harvest”
Ivy, “All Hours”
Junior Boys, “It’s All True”
K.D. Lang and The Siss Boom Bang, “Sing It Loud”
The Kills, “Blood Pressures”
My Morning Jacket, “Circuital”
Paul Simon, “So Beautiful or So What”
St. Vincent, “Strange Mercy”
TV On the Radio, “Nine Types of Light”
Wilco, “The Whole Love”

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