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[Best of 2011] Dave’s 111 Favorite Songs of 2011

This is far more delayed than I might have hoped, but I enjoy making this list of my favorite songs annually, so I can return to it and see where my thoughts were within the moment. Ultimately, this list serves mainly as a compelling iPod playlist. I concluded my first list in 2009 with 111 songs, and for posterity’s sake, have continued along with that tradition. The actual rankings are generally quite fluid, as I could say a majority of these tracks are fairly equal in my mind. Alas, there needs to be some semblance of order, and this is where I concluded things, though the order is less important than inclusion for the most part. Clearly this is not formatted in any interesting manner, and is just a straight list. As always, these are songs became familiar with and/or caught onto originally within 2011, semi-regardless of release dates. On to the list.

111. My Morning Jacket // Holdin on to Black Metal

110. Fleet Foxes // Battery Kinzie

109. Kurt Vile // Jesus Fever

108. Dum Dum Girls // Coming Down

1077777. Joywave // Traveling At The Speed Of Light [mp3]

106. Cold Showers // I Don’t Mind

105. POLLS // Mouth Of A Fox

104. RACES // Big Broom

103. Memory Tapes // Wait In The Dark

102. Active Child // Playing House

101. Fucked Up // The Other Shoe

100. BEACH! // Summertime

99. Foster The People // Helena Beat

98. Savoir Adore // Dreamers

97. PJ Harvey // The Glorious Land

96. Tropical Popsicle // The Age of Attraction

95. Zoo Kid // Out Getting Ribs

94. Pictureplane // Real is a Feeling

93. Wavves // I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl

92. Panda Bear // Surfer’s Hymn

91. The Rosebuds // Woods

90. Night Manager // Pizza Pasta

89. Male Bonding // Bones [mp3]

88. Lord Huron // When Will I See You Again (White Sea Remix)

87. Girls // Vomit

86. League // Two Wild Hearts

85. Gardens & Villa // Black Hills

84. French Films // Convict

83. Distractions // All Night

82. Chelan // On the Water

81. A Lull // Water & Beasts

80. Son Lux // All The Right Things

79. Fergus & Geronimo // Powerful Lovin’

78. Mariage Blanc // Whatever You Say I Am

77. Ducktails // Killin The Vibe feat. Panda Bear

76. M83 // Raconte-Moi Une Histoire

75. Memphis // I Want The Lights On After Dark [mp3]

74. Wu Lyf // Spitting Blood

73. Polarsets // Morning

72. Wilco // I Might

71. The Weeknd // High For This

70. Exlovers // Blowing Kisses

69. Smith Westerns // Only One

68. Bon Iver // Holocene

67. Veronica Falls // Bad Feeling

66. Toro Y Moi // New Beat

65. Starfucker // Bury Us Alive

64. Starfucker // Julius

63. Spanish Prisoners // Los Angeles Guitar Dream [mp3]

62. Papercuts // Do What You Will

61. My Morning Jacket // The Day Is Coming

60. Joywave // PM

59. Girls // Alex

58. Gauntlet Hair // Top Bunk [mp3]

57. Dakotafish // Midnight Lemonade

56. Young Galaxy // Peripheral Visionaries

55. Washed Out // Amor Fati

54. unouomedude // Frequency

53. Sundress // Derelict

52. Strange Talk // Climbing Walls

51. North Highlands // Hiking

50. Shoreline Is // Off The World [mp3]

49. The Antlers // French Exit (Snrf Version)

48. Saskatchewan // Cabin Fever [mp3]

47. Smith Westerns // Dance Away

46. Phantogram // Don’t Move

45. Light Vibes // Wish We Had

44. Hands // Onward Upward

43. Real Estate // Green Aisles [mp3]

42. North Highlands // Benefits

41. M83 // Midnight City

40. Christoph Andersson // Metropol

39. Saskatchewan // Beast Coast

38. Polarsets // Sunshine Eyes (Channel Swimmer Mix)

37. Tennis // South Carolina

36. North Highlands // Salty

35. Dead Models // Take Me In Your Arms [mp3]

34. Cults // Abducted

33. Woods // Pushing Onlys

32. Gauntlet Hair // Mop It Up

31. Bombay Bicycle Club // Take The Right One

30. Slow Animal // Summer’s Going To Hurt [mp3]

29. Reptar // Stuck in My Id

28. Hooray For Earth // Sails

27. High Highs // Horses

26. Purity Ring // Ungirthed [mp3]

25. ††† (Crosses) // Op†ion

24. Spanish Prisoners // Slow Decay

23. Friendly Fires // Chimes

22. Generationals // You Say It Too

21. Bombay Bicycle Club // Shuffle

20. Hooray For Earth // Black Trees

19. Strange Talk // Eskimo Boy

18. John Maus // We Can Break Through

17. Polarsets // Sunshine Eyes

16. The Deloreans // Buffalo

15. Nightbox // Pyramid

14. Korallreven // As Young As Yesterday

13. Lord Huron // Mighty

12. Real Estate // Wonder Years

11. Little Girls // Growing

10. Ski Lodge // I Would Die To Be

9. The New Division // Starfield

8. Writer // Miss Mermaid [mp3]

7. John Maus // Hey Moon

6. Honeydrum // The Cuban [mp3]

5. High Highs // Flowers Bloom

4. Chad Valley // Fast Challenges [mp3]

3. Spanish Prisoners // Rich Blood

2. John Maus // Believer

1. Wye Oak // We Were Wealth