Audio: 50 Of The Year’s Most Interesting Tracks

2011 has been good to us. Here are just a few of the songs that knocked our eardrums this year.


50. Tune-Yards, “Bizness”- A rush of sound powered by Garbus’ vocals and keening yowl.

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49. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, “If I Had a Gun”- Classic Noel tune…”Up there with the best I’ve wrote”-Noel G.

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48. Cold Cave, “The Great Pan is Dead”- This goth dancing quartet is sure to change your opinion of 80s disco!

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47. Dananananaykrod, “Muscle Memory”- This pop song is certain to snap you into a slim jim!

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46. Austra, “Lose It”- This electronic band uses catchy beats to keep you yearning for more.

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45. Iceage, “Broken Bone”- A stand out from their debut album with the energy of their “teenage bullies full of anger and anxiety” persona.

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44. Joe Goddard ft Valentina, “Gabriel”- A mellow garage/house influenced beat you will be hearing in the city late night.

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43. Azari and III, “Reckless With Your Love”- Early 90s house anthem with a darker side.

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42. Factory Floor, “Real Love”- New Order drummer Stephen Morris tuned the studio knobs to this techno head banging number.

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41. Metronomy, “She Wants”- South West coast inspired electro pop infusion.

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40. Justice, “Civilization”- In true Justice fashion this comeback hit has massive hair banging power.

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39. Friends, “I’m His Girl”- This Brooklyn band gives us insight on hipster dating.

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38. Beyonce, “Run the World (Girls)”- Hip hoppy dance floor empowerment anthem.

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37. Marina And The Diamonds, “Radioactive”- This light and euphoric hit puts Marina on a different level-POP.

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36. Hercules & Love Affair, “My House”- Joyous disco HOUSE party theme song.

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35. SBTRKT ft Little Dragon, “Wildfire”- Smooth R&B vocals, from Yumi of Little Dragon, with edgy beats.

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34. Austra, “Beat and the Pulse”- This gothtronica ballad is sure to get the heart beat up and blood pumping.

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33. Alex Turner, “Piledriver Waltz”- Alex Turner’s, of Arctic Monkeys, lyricism shines through again in this beautifully poetic piece.

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32. Ghostpoet, “Liiines”- A British hip-hop/rap single that is unforgettable.

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31. Drums, “Money”- Takes all of the uneasiness many are facing in the political world today and adds an undeniable melody that you can cheer along to.

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30. Adele, “Rolling In The Deep” (Jamie XX Shuffle)- Jamie mixes up the soul in the background creating a dance-off of beats.

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29. Bombay Bicycle Club, “Shuffle”- Up-beat indie-pop single that proclaims the next wave of BBC sound.

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28. The Vaccines, “Post Break Up Sex”- Melancholy song with clanking guitars and quick drums that echo that titular regret.

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27. Little Dragon, “Ritual Union”- The intersection of R&B, new wave, electronica, and experimental pop with beautiful vocals and emotional lyrics.

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26. Rihanna, “We Found Love”- Doing what she does best, dropping catchy lyrics in your head that can’t seem to come unlodged.

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25. The Strokes, “Under The Cover of Darkness”- A classic slice of strokes-isms.

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24. Glasvegas, “The World Is Yours”- Kicks in with a beat that makes you want to crank up the volume dial and restart the whole song.

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23. Florence and the Machine, “Shake It Out”-Thundering drums, deep lyrics, and THOSE vocals…amazing.

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22. Arctic Monkeys, “The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala”- Turner gets poetic and seductive in this ditty as he pours his heart out to the one he loves.

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21. Foster the People, “Pumped Up Kicks”- 2011 Summer Anthem

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20. Milk Music, “Beyond Living”- An all out rock and roll head banging fest at its best.

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19. Anna Calvi, “Blackout”- Nominee of the BBC’s Sound of 2011, be sure not to miss her single “Blackout”

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18. Azealia Banks, “212”- This potty mouth rapper won our hearts with her twist on electronica.

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17. Katy B, “Broke Record”- A heartbroken ballad with thumping beats is a throwback to late 90s pop.

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16. Summer Camp, “I Want You”- Lovesick takes on a whole new meaning as Summer Camp gets all single white female.

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15. Spector, “Never Fade Away”- A twist on 60s pop who is shamelessly pleading to get her back.

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14. The Vaccines, “If You Wanna”- While the Strokes have been on a hiatus, The Vaccines have been wasting no time showing them how it should be done…banging on guitars and clattering drums.

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13. Niki & The Dove, “The Fox”- This goth-synthesizing duo is inspired by and writes of nature.

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12. Kurt Vile, “Baby’s Arms”- A heartbreaking ballad of being on the road and missing out on all that he left behind.

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11. Metronomy, “The Look”- A transmission favorite that has just the right amount of Brit-pop and new wave characteristics.

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10. M83, “Midnight City”- “It’s a retrospective of my-self”-Anthony Gonzalez

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9. Howler, “I Told You Once”- A catchy slice of adolescent angst!

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8. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, “AKA What a Life”- Noel made made quite the comeback this year without the help of his Beady Eye brother.

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7. Metronomy, “The Bay”- This synth-laden melody grooves along, leaving you dreaming of all things summer.

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6. Battles, “Ice Cream”- Willing to bet you find yourself nodding along to this insanely catchy beat.

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5. Wild Beasts, “Bed of Nails”- Mellow and atmospheric led by Dracula-voiced Hayden Thorpe.

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4. PJ Harvey, “The Words That Marketh Murder”- A folksy sing-a-long with a deeper darker side.

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3. The Horrors, “Still Life”- Psychedelic, 80s synth-pop shows the band in their mastery of song writing.

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2. Tyler the Creator, “Yonkers”- Tyler the Creator of bizarro group Odd Future, pulls off a leery rap about a dinosaur.

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1. Lana Del Ray, “Video Games”- Lana puts it best herself “Hollywood sad core.”



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