Saturday, 31 December 2011

My 20 Favourite Songs Of 2011

It's the time of year again for me to pick my favourite songs of 2011, exception being the offering this time around has doubled to 20 entries. Whilst last year's list had many established artists (Pearl Jam, Klaxons, MCR, Linkin Park etc.) this list has a greater emphasis on artists who generally are a little more under the radar - so I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I did discovering them.


20 Nine Equals Nine 
Vanaprasta 

19 Chops 
Inspired And The Sleep 

18 Lotus Flower 
Radiohead 

17 If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is 
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows 

16 The Drug In Me Is You 
Falling In Reverse 

15 New Black 
Piano Rach 

14 Thanks For Nothing 
The Downtown Fiction 

13 Amsterdam 
Imagine Dragons 

12 Bigger Than Us 
White Lies 

11 Death As A Fetish 
STRFKR 

10 Deadliest Catch 
Lower Than Atlantis 

9 Simple Math 
Manchester Orchestra 

8 Pumped Up Kicks 
Foster The People 

7 Another Sad Song 
Lower Than Atlantis 

6 Olegna Vaughn; The Troubadour 
Undesirable People 

5 This City 
Patrick Stump 

4 Golden 
Farewell Fighter 

3 A Crush Is A Crush 
Victorian Halls 
'Scene swept along in a rush, shudder to worry enough, I guess a crush is a crush.'

It would appear recently that songs sung by squealy males with high-voices has never before provoked a bigger reaction and Victorian Halls are no exception. But A Crush Is A Crush is more pitched towards Anthony Green than Justin Bieber. Nevertheless the song generates flush responses such as "sounds like his pants r to tight...", "kid needs to hit puberty. no offence" and "or his balls are chopt off.", courtesy of YouTube viewers' interest in artists with high vocals (Justin Bieber's "Baby" has 675 million views, remember). All things aside, Victorian Halls are definitely no hardcore band, but the song is still catchy, the creativity tilt is high and apparently their live shows are amazing. Hell, the song is so good that if you watch the music video you'll see that the lead dashes around looking like a gormless tart who doesn't want to be there, yet the droste-like effect that occurs at here is one of the best moments I've seen in a music video.

2 It's Time
Imagine Dragons 
'I don't ever want to let you down, I don't ever want to leave this town, 'Cause after all, This city never sleeps at night.'

I happened to come across Imagine Dragons on the website Liisten, a music project that's dedicated to streaming an album or EP from a local, often unsigned act. With that in mind, you'd be surprised that Imagine Dragons were ever unsigned in the first place because their latest EP is simply outstanding, and they got what they deserved when they signed to Interscope Records in November 2011. Their music is Indie Rock, similar to bands like The Killers and Athlete and It's Time is my favourite song off the record. This band really should blow up soon, and one of their songs was used on an advert for American Idol.

1 There Was A Thump, Then Another
You, Me, and Everyone We Know 
'I wouldn't call it love, but my heart sure is pumping blood.'

My favourite song of 2011 also has the best song title. You can hear from the vocals that this band are heavily inspired by bands such as Say Anything. And a vocal chorus in the bridge may have been inspired from Del Shannon's Runaway. Nevertheless this song manages to remain fresh and catchy in the chorus.