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Finally, my list.
Disclaimer: I know "Mikayla's Morsels" is just about the lamest title of all time--actually it hurst to have it on here--but I had to stick with the alliteration trend, and you try to think of better.
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*All links route to YouTube/Soundcloud unless specified as [mp3].
Feel free to download those bad boys.
TOP 11 SONGS
1. Foreign Language - Flight Facilities
Anywhere that plays this is the kind of place I want to be.
Bonus: best video of the year!
2. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye feat. Kimbra
Pretty Unforgettable. Bonus: Second-best video of the year!
3. Street Joy - White Denim
A grower not a shower
4. (TIE) The Bay / The Look - Metronomy [mp3] - The Look
In 2011, no one else did hooks this good.
5. Embody - SebastiAn
Simple yet effective funkfest
6. Helplessness Blues - Fleet Foxes
I cry 50% of the time I hear it
7. Twist - Peter & The Magician
I JUST FUCKING LOVE TO DANCE
8. Banana Ripple - Junior Boys
Nine minute wonder
9. Midnight City - M83
The song that was everyone's jam
10. Einmal In Der Woche Schreien - Siriusmo
All of Mosaik, really.
11. Belongings - Clock Opera
Coldplay wishes they sounded like this.
TOP 11 REMIXES
1. Always On The Run (Peter & The Magician Remix) - Yuksek
<3 French (Francophone) People
2. Stomping Grounds (Nightriders Remix) - Might
3. Mother Protect (Goldroom Remix) - Niki & The Dove [mp3]
'11 was the year of the piano remix, and this was its crown jewel.
4. Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix) - Deadmau5
<3 French People
5. The Bay (Clock Opera Remix) - Metronomy
The way Clock Opera remixes vocal lines is unparalleled
6. I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix) - Lykke Li
Piano Trend; Example 2
7. Free My Mind (RAC Remix) - Katie Herzig
Not especially creative, but exceptionally catchy
8. Hot Mess (Ride The Universe Remix) - Chromeo
9. Still Sound (Xinobi Remix) - Toro Y Moi
I've exhausted this on repeat.
10. The Greeks (Moonlight Matters Remix) - Is Tropical
More fun than a barrel of monkeys.
11. Swimmhaus Johannesburg (Star Slinger Remix) - Fixers
Perhaps the best Star Slinger remix ever, which is saying a shitton.
White Denim - D
ARTIST OF 2011
Metronomy - They were everywhere, and with good reason.
BEST 2011 COMEBACK
Death From Above 1979, fucking duh.
BEST 2011 BREAKOUT
Madeon, aka the future.
BEST 2011 CONCERT
Embody single release party @ Social Club with Mehdi (RIP), SebastiAn vs. Kavinsky, and DJ Premier
2011's BEST KEPT SECRET