Great job, 2011!
25. Oliver Tank – Last Night I Heard Everything in Slow Motion
24. Gotye – Eyes Wide Open
23. Azealia Banks - 212
22. Memory Tapes – Today is our Life
21. M83 – Midnight City
20. Clams Casino – I’m God
19. Beirut – Santa Fe
18. Deerhoof – The Merry Barracks
17. The Weeknd – Wicked Games
16. Lana Del Rey – Video Games
15. Stolen Thong – Burial vs Sisqo
14. Ghoul – Good Loops
13. Panda Bear – Surfer’s Hymn
12. The Throne – Niggas in Paris
11. Gang Gang Dance - Mindkilla
10. The Middle East – Land of the Bloody Unknown
While everyone was busy kissing Bon Iver’s (presumably) hairy buttocks all year, we had a perfectly amazing soft-rock/folk band here in Aus that occasionally shits all over that guy. Their album this year didn’t hit as hard as I thought it would, and the show I saw them do here in town was decidedly average (THEY DIDN’T PLAY BLOOD??!). But they’re still far and away the best thing this shit hole of a town has ever produced. Miss u Middle East :’(
9. Architecture in Helsinki – I Know Deep Down
If push came to shove, these dudes are my fave Australian band. My favourite chorus on an album full of amazingly satisfying hooks.
8. Wavves – Bug
Luv u ~~~wavvy bro~~~ I like this song a lot because I know a lot of people who fit the description of the titular ‘Bug’ in this song i.e. dickheads
7. Tyler, the Creator – Yonkers
Oh man, remember February/March ’11?? I was OBSESSED with Tyler, as was much of the hipster internet sphere. By the time Goblin came out I was decidedly tired of the whole schtick, especially the gay slurs/women hating etc. Anyway, I still adore this song. The beat is immense, the lyrics are pretty great and it still sounds so exciting to me.
6. Frank Ocean – Richest Man in the Room
Although my love affair with Odd Future may have waned to the point of being non-existent, I still have a major, MAJOR girl boner for Frank Ocean. R&B was pretty much my jam all year, and this dude has been my most constant source all throughout 2011. Luke stole the song that I liked the most of his, but this is a close runner up anyway.
5. Wild Flag – Future Crimes
Maybe it helps that I have a crush on pretty much everyone in Wild Flag, but this is one of my fave releases of this year. I miss Sleater-Kinney so much, especially because I didn’t listen to them at the height of their fame/success. I guess this is the closest I’ll ever get to a revival, at least for a few years :(
4. Battles – Ice Cream
This song is so insanely funky. It’s hard to dance to and I look like a bit of a spaz when I attempt to but i CAN’T. STOP. Battles fucking rule.
3. Drake – Dreams Money Can Buy
Why this wasn’t on Take Care is just so far beyond me… I don’t even. This is close to Drake’s best song and he didn’t think it was good enough to be on his new album?? What a stupid CUNT. Anyways, I know this entire song off by heart, and will gladly recite it to you upon request. So many good lines, from the first ‘don’t fuck with me’ onwards. So much luv.
2. The Rapture – How Deep is Your Love?
I remember when this song first came out I was saying TRACK OF THE YURR and creaming all over the place. I have calmed down since, but only slightly. The Rapture have always been a SORT OF OKAY band, but they just hit this song so far out of the park it’s crazy. They may have ripped off Sisqo in the process (let me see/hear that thoooooong/soooooooong) but if you’re gonna rip off someone it might as well be him.
1. Burial, Four Tet & Thom Yorke - Ego
Burial, Thom Yorke & Four Tet. About to fuck some shit up.
I almost forgot about this song, but it is so brilliant it HAS to be my top song of the year. Burial and Four Tet’s beat is dope as hell and Thom Yorke is excellent here at doing that thing that Thom Yorke does. The lyrics are also brilliant and the whole production/vocal delivery has an air of cynicism and sarcasm and paranoia and that’s mostly why it’s my fave song of the year. I can sooOoOooOO relate. That and I have never/will never dislike anything Burial does I am such a pathetic fangirl.