Best of...2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of pretty much anything NPR does. I'm a habitual podcast listener, (hey, it's the best way to pass time on the train while avoiding the creepy stare from the man sitting across from you,) and as a somewhat rabid music fan, one of my favorite programs is All Songs Considered. Recently Bob Boilen of ASC and many other entertainment writers across the spectrum have created their penultimate end of the year lists, consisting of their top albums, songs, books, television, and movies of the year. While I tend to agree with many of them, I'm always sad that someone I truly loved was left off their list. Recently while waiting in the Boston airport the combination of boredom and list-obsessiveness kicked in and i created a few lists of my own. Keep in mind that these were merely my favorites of the year, I'm sure at some point I'll be hopelessly harassed by a friend who disagrees with my choices... (Kaston and Nick, I'm so looking at you :) I've included links to as many of my choices as possible, do yourself a favor and check this stuff out!

Top Albums of 2011 (Note: My personal criteria for an album of the year is something that you can listen to start to finish, not just one which has a couple of great songs.  That's what the next list is for!)
1) Adele 21
Must Listen Track: One and Only (Okay, okay, Someone Like You is essentially the best song ever.  That being said, we've all heard it, we all love it, so try out this "deep cut" instead.  Homegirl rocks my face off.

2)Dawes Nothing is Wrong
Must Listen Track: Million Dollar Bill

3) The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
Must Listen Track: Burden of Tomorrow (So I know, this album came out in 2010...but I really started listening to it in 2011, so I justified it's presence on my list.  I've literally worn a groove in this album I play it so much!)

4)Gillian Welch The Harrow and the Harvest
Must Listen Track: Tennessee

5) Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean
Must Listen Track: Tree By The River

6) Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Must Listen Track: Lorelai

7) The Black Keys El Camino
Must Listen Track: Little Black Submarines  

Top Singles of 2011 
Like every year, there were so many great songs this year, and though I might not have been a total case for the entire album, no one can deny the power these singles had this year...
1) Lotus Flower Radiohead
2) Bizness tUne YaRdS
3) Gotta Have It Kanye West & Jay Z
4) Shake It Out Florence & The Machine
5) Barton Hollow The Civil Wars
6) The Lion's Roar First Aid Kit
7) Walk The Foo Fighters
8) Homeboy Eric Church
9) Calgary Bon Iver

2011 Songs by Ashley Fears on Grooveshark

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