Ian's Favorite Songs of 2011


I didn’t really want to do a list of favorite songs but here I am doing it because I like lists. They’re equal parts orderly and meaningless. In the case of music bloggers, they offer insight into their tastes. I’m not going to rank songs, I’m just going to throw a bunch of songs out there that stood out to me. If I had to pick a song of the year, I’ll give you one hint–it would be from Australia this year.

The list itself isn’t comprehensive (I’m sure I’ve forgotten songs I told myself would appear on my then-hypothetical year-end list), but it’s the amalgamation of songs from my favorite EPs and albums, looking back at my most listened songs at Last.fm, and remembering which other songs I liked from other lists. It ended up being 35 songs like Allie’s list, which you should check out.

Memo by Anton Franc

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Complete List

2 Hearts and Chemicals – Coming Home
Anton Franc – Memo
Baywood – I Can Breathe Again
Bon Iver – Holocene
Bon Iver – I Can’t Make You Love Me / Nick of Time
College – A Real Hero
Cults – Bumper
Daughter – Candles
Dempsey – Late Night
Florence + the Machine – Shake It Out
Fort Frances – The Ghosts of California
Foxes – Youth
Friends – Friend Crush
Future Islands – Balance
Generationals – Ten-Twenty-Ten
Gotye – Somebody I Used To Know
Jinja Safari – Mermaids
Kyla La Grange – Heavy Stone
M83 – Midnight City
Midnight Lion – All Greatness Stands Firm
Milagres – Glowing Mouth
NewVillager – Lighthouse
Other Lives – Tamer Animals
Purity Ring – Ungirthed
Real Estate – It’s Real
Real Magic – No Things Left
Ryan Adams – Lucky Now
Summer Camp – Better Off Without You
Tennis – Origins
The Antlers – I Don’t Want Love
The Decemberists – June Hymn
Wye Oak – Civilian
Youth Lagoon – 17
Youth Lagoon – Montana