top 25 JTs Top 25 Tracks of 2011 (#25 #11)

There. That's what a top 25 list looks like.

Here we are, on the verge of 2012 and pretty much everyone has already posted their top picks for 2011.  I’m a little late to the party, but as long as they get out before the clock strikes midnight on Saturday evening, I figure I’m in on time.  As usual, these are really in no particular order after the top 6 or 7, and only one song from an album can be on this list.  Do I think “Calgary” from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bon Iver[/lastfm] is one of the 25 best songs of 2011?  Yes.  But “Holocene” is already on the list, and if I allowed multiples from the best albums this list would be nothing but [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cut Copy[/lastfm], Bon Iver, and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]M83[/lastfm], so for the sake of having more artists represented, only one song per release is allowed.  Now that we have that out of the way…

If there’s a download of the song posted somewhere, I’ll link to it.  If not, it’s good ol’ YouTube or Soundcloud links.


25. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Teddybears[/lastfm] – “Crystal Meth Christian (feat. The Flaming Lips)”

Just a catchy tune that features a band that wears giant bear heads on stage, and for an added bonus [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Flaming Lips[/lastfm] are in there too.


24. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Black Lips[/lastfm] – “New Direction”

It’s short, it rocks, I’m in.


23. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Pains of Being Pure At Heart[/lastfm] – “Belong”

Big-time Siamese Dream thing going on here from a band I’ve had a soft spot for since the beginning.


22. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Alpines[/lastfm] – “Cocoon (Nocturnal Sunshine Remix)

Alpines are a UK duo and Nocturnal Sunshine is actually Maya Jane Coles.  Nice work, MJC.


21. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Antlers[/lastfm] – “I Don’t Want Love”

We played this band on XRT a bit in 2011.  Try singing along and you’re going to have a tough time keeping up with Peter Silberman.


20. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Friendly Fires[/lastfm] – “Hurting”

Will there be more pop records in this countdown?  Yeah.  You’ve been warned.


19. Blood Diamonds – “Move The Stars

One of the many tracks I fell in love with this year that was posted on the excellent XLR8R downloads page.


18. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Battles[/lastfm] – “Futura”

Vocals?  Who needs ’em?


17. Flume – “Sleepless (feat. Anthony For Cleopatra)

Not bad for a 19 year old, huh?


16. WIN WIN – “Victim”

Gotta thank the good folks at Terrorbird for sending this record my way in early 2011.


15. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The War on Drugs[/lastfm] – “Baby Missiles”

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kurt Vile[/lastfm] used to play in this band.  He’s doing well, they’re doing well, everything is good.


14. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Washed Out[/lastfm] – “Amor Fati”

The music video for this song featured the beautiful landscapes of Iceland.  More on Iceland later in the countdown…


13. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Junior Boys[/lastfm] – “You’ll Improve Me”

Remember in the beginning when I said that only one song from an album was allowed on this list because if I allowed multiples the list would be just 5 or 6 bands?  This is from one of the albums that could’ve had 3 or 4 songs on the list, but if I have to pick one, it’s this one.


12. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Maus[/lastfm] – “Quantum Leap”

Is this track a little [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joy Division[/lastfm]-y?  Yes, and it rules.  So does the album, which you’ll be reading about later this week…


11. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pinemarten[/lastfm] – “Why (Does Your Love)”

Because we totally needed a re-working of a Carly Simon song on the list.  If you like what you hear, you can download the “3 track album” for absolutely free.


#10 thru #1 will be posted tomorrow.  Yay for that.

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