First off: I really do not expect anyone to read this. I wrote it for myself, as a historical document.
Basically I listened to each of the songs in this list before reading the next one. 100 songs later, this is what I got.
100. Thundercat - For Love (I Come Your Friend)
YES to this, I have still never heard his album though. I need to get on that.
99. Ill Blu - Meltdown
Not sure I have heard of Ill Blu. It sounds so good though. Note to self: check out Numbers to see if Ill Blu’s label is as good as hyperdub.
98. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Ffunny Ffrends
I booked them! I wish I knew the rest of their songs as well as I know this one.
97. Fever Ray - The Wolf
The blurb for this accomplishes in 142 words what this one accomplishes in 5.
96. Peaking Lights - All the Sun That Shines
“A love song for the cavemen”... Okay
95. Kendrick Lamar - ADHD
I think this is the first time I’ve ever actually listened to a KL track. I like it, I like his voice and the way he says ‘that’
94. Sepalcure - Pencil Pimp
Yeah yeah yeah! It is too bad that Sepalcure + Mux Mool didn’t come to Madison.
93. Wild Flag - Romance
I saw WF at SXSW but haven’t listened to their cd yet. This song is cool but the blurb comparing the song to “its” top 40 influences is a bit of a stretch.
92. Jacques Greene - Another Girl
How have I never heard of this before!!! This is great!! The first great discovery by way of this list.
91. Thee Oh Sees - The Dream
I have not listened to TOS very much. I like this song a lot.
90. Grimes - Vanessa
I feel like this is one of those songs that I’ve heard far more times than I actually have. I wonder if Grimes is gonna next year’s Beach House (or something)
89. SBTRKT - Wildfire [ft. Little Dragon]
I’m so glad this is on the list! This is much higher on my personal list. Maybe I should make one this year, because I’m curious where this one would end up.
88. Cities Aviv - Coastin
Oftentimes I feel it takes about 30 seconds for me to know if I’ll like a hip hop track or not. This is great from the start. I have never heard of Cities Aviv before.
87. Zoo Kid - Out Getting Ribs
I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard of Zoo Kid either. Too bad, because he’s 17 now and there’s a big difference between falling in love with music made by a 17-year old and falling in love with music made by a 16-year old. Still, 17. Wow.
86. Blawan - Getting Me Down
The review says “For the first half of the year, ‘Getting Me Down’ was an event”, and I get what he’s saying, but I’ve never heard the song before. I do like it.
85. Junior Boys - Banana Ripple
God, Banana Ripple is such a great name. I don’t know the track too well and don’t think I’ve heard the album more than once or twice.
84. Iceage - You’re Blessed
Iceage. They’re amusing to see in the pages of Spin and Rolling Stone. This song sounds like it should have come out two or three years ago.
83. Tiger & Woods - Gin Nation
I haven’t heard this song. It sounds like it belongs in mixes. And 2009.
82. John Maus - Believer
AHHHHH alright, the first real disappointment in this list. ‘Believer’ is certainly one of the year’s best tracks. Not the 82 best, the 10 best. Come on!!
81. Yuck - Get Away
Hahaha. Instead of saying ‘come on!!’ at first I had ‘yuck!’ but changed it to avoid it coming off as a lame joke. I like this song a lot. Belongs in the same bucket as ‘You’re Blessed’ and Japandroids. I genuinely like the blurb’s shout out to high schoolers.
80. Fucked Up - Queen of Hearts
I will forever associate this track (and the album’s intro) with driving into Madison after a moonlit car ride back from seeing Okkervil River + Titus + Future Islands in Minneapolis with my friends. As the sun had risen and my tiredness was shifting to the excited feeling I get after accomplishing something big and fun, Christian put this on and started the day. Man, what a great memory!
79. Kelly Rowland - Motivation [ft. Lil Wayne]
Wow, how have I not heard this until today? I had no idea Kelly Rowland was still making music. The production on this sounds like it was made for dubstep remixes.
78. Sandro Perri - Changes
Oh wow, this is really great. I have never heard of Sandro Perri! Will definitely look into him though.
77. Cults - Abducted
This is good. Cults has come so far! Makin’ the big #77 on the Best Tracks of 2011 P4k List. Who would have thought? I think my first introduction to the band was this super-indie blog post:
76. Julianna Barwick - Prizewinning
Wow JB. You slay me! Actually, I want you to slay me. For some reason I have never gotten into your music. I like what I’ve heard and promise to listen to you more. “Barwick's celestial vocals gradually flood the track, confirming that there is indeed reverb in heaven.” As if there was ever any doubt!!
75. Washed Out - Amor Fati
If only every Washed Out song was as incredible as “Feel It All Around”..right? This is really Washed Out. I’m satisfied with this ranking.
74. Dum Dum Girls - Wrong Feels Right
I haven’t been keeping track, but this is at least the second review to mention striking ‘the gut’. I guess I understand.
73. tUnE-yArDs - Powa
Nothing really to say about this one. I’m glad tUnE-yArDs isn’t fading into obscurity or eccentric indie purgatory. Questionable blurb. Congrats to Garbus for garnering the most unlikely comparison to 1970s Jamaican dub!
72. Britney Spears - Till the World Ends [ft. Nicki Minaj & Ke$ha] (The Femme Fatale Remix)
Hopefully this isn’t the only track featuring Ke$ha on this list!
71. The Men - Batailles
I haven’t heard this song. Rock and roll! The hi-hat sounds perfect.
70. Holy Ghost! - Jam For Jerry
Oh wow, I didn’t know this song existed. I’m glad I found it in this list.
69. Neon Indian - Polish Girl
What a good song. This is another one I feel I’ve heard more times than I probably have.
68. The Joy Formidible - Whirring
One of those bands I haven’t gotten to yet. I liked the song though. Worth checking out probably.
67. Rihanna - We Found Love [ft. Calvin Harris]
Here’s my second big beef with this list. This song is tremendous and should be much higher on the list. A travesty!
66. DJ Quik - Killer Dope
Not a big fan of this one. Sorry Quik!
65. Fleet Foxes - Grown Ocean
I realize FF will likely have a few songs on this list, but this seems awfully low. 65? I guess there were a lot of good songs this year..
64. Toro Y Moi - New Beat
This should’ve been #65.
63. Bon Iver - Perth
This song is so incredible. It should be higher. At least it’s higher than ‘New Beat’. What a perfect opener. I love the percussion in this song.
62. Liturgy - Generation
Yes yes yes.
61. Eleanor Friedberger - My Mistakes
I haven’t heard this album yet. My first impression of this song is that it reminds of my “All My Friends”.
60. Adele - Someone Like You
This song owned my year. In my top 10 for sure.
59. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire - The Last Huzzah! [ft. Despot, Das Racist, Danny Brown, and El-P] (Remix)
This is kind of like this year’s “Swagga Like Us”
58. PJ Harvey - The Words That Maketh Murder
I still haven’t listened to this album, which I should probably do soon since I’ve had a copy of it in my apartment for the better part of this year.
57. The Weeknd - House of Balloons
God, this is still terrific.
56. M83 - Intro [ft. Zola Jesus]
I just listened to this album for the first time straight through a few days ago. This is a great enough opener that it’s hard listening to the second half of the album because I always start at the beginning.
55. Destroyer - Chinatown
A solid mid-50s pick.
54. Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx - I’ll Take Care of U
A great song made better by the Drake companion. I want to be a DJ so I can play this song for everyone, every night. The progression of this song through covers on covers on covers is so impressive and wonderful.
53. Real Estate - Green Aisles
This is very pleasant. I don’t think I’ve heard this album more than once or twice but I recall liking it quite a bit.
52. Action Bronson - Larry Csonka
I have never heard of Action Bronson, and I have never heard of Larry Csonka. I like this!
51. Todd Terje - Snooze 4 Love
Ah, Todd Terje. I remember this coming out but don’t think I’ve heard it since listening to it on a blog somewhere. It’s good.
50. Atlas Sound - Mona Lisa
I’m content with this placement. ‘Te Amo’ had better be in the single digits!
49. Katy B - Broken Record
In looking up this song (which I’d heard a few times on napster) i found a jacques greene remix. Aw yeah!
48. Kreayshawn - Gucci Gucci
Should be higher!
47. Battles - Ice Cream [ft. Matias Aguayo]
Ooh, this is a great song. Fantastic video!
46. Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread
I haven’t listened to Ty much at all.
45. Drake - Headlines
One of my almost-favorite top 40 rap singles of the year. This is a decent spot on the list for it.
44. Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise You Can See
I have never listened to this man. Very Interesting.
43. Panda Bear - Last Night At The Jetty
It looks like we’re getting into the really terrific songs of 2011.
42. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Otis
41. Frank Ocean - Novacane
40. Burial - Street Halo
I would not put this so high on the list. It’s good, but I feel it ranks among the 50s or 60s in this list. I really miss the ‘old’ burial beats on this song.
39. Shabazz Palaces - Swerve... the reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)
I really hope ‘an echo from..’ is on this list!
38. Purity Ring - Ungirthed
I’ve never heard this song. It’s Nice!
37. ASAP Rocky - Peso
36. Jamie xx - Far Nearer
35. Charli XCX - Stay Away
Never heard this. It’s Aight
34. Cut Copy - Need You Now
This is a great song. A solid mid-30s track.. maybe should be higher.
33. AraabMuzik - Streetz Tonight
This is a good choice from electronic dream. Not an obvious one, but I’ll take it. Wonder if there’s gonna be anything else.. it’s unlikely at this point in the list.
32. Cold Cave - The Great Pan Is Dead
Completely forgot about this song! This is a terrific cut. I still haven’t heard the album though.
31. The Field - Then It’s White
This is great. A good spot for the song in this list.
30. Clams Casino - Motivation
This was Clams Casino’s year. I am excited to see this song at #30 because it gives me hope that I’m God is in the top 10.
29. Jai Paul - BTSTU
I’ve never heard of this man. Great sounding song... will be interesting to see what the follow-up is like in 2012.
28. Danny Brown - Monopoly
Somehow I haven’t listened to XXX yet. I like the songs I’ve heard.
27. The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love?
This song’s chorus reminds me of a pop song from the 90s.
26. Beyonce - 1+1
OMG Beyonce. This is perfection. Deserves a higher spot.
25. Soulja Boy - Zan With That Lean
Really? I am a Soulja Boy fan but this song means nothing to me. This song doesn’t belong on this list.
24. Kurt Vile - Jesus Fever
Though hearing Kurt’s version never fails to make me wish I was hearing Molly play this on her ukelele instead, I suppose it’s alright that he’s at spot #24 instead of her. This is a great song. This year’s analogue to ‘Walkabout’?
23. Adele - Rolling in the Deep
An obvious top-5 pick for best pop singles of the year. Dude, Adele has got to be so rich right now.
22. Bill Callahan - Riding for the Feeling
This is a masterpiece. If this song is at #22 I can’t wait for the top 20. (Okay, I have been waiting for the top 20 since i read the top 20 of the 2010 list)
21. Drake - Marvin’s Room
Aw man. Great song. So quotable!
20. Gang Gang Dance - Glass Jar
Nice. I hope this means Mindkilla is in the top ten!
19. Lana Del Ray - Video Games
A perfect spot for this song. It’s really good. Really good. But there were some really really good songs this year and it feels good casting LDR away in favor of the really really good stuff. You know?
18. St. Vincent - Cruel
This is is perfect. I had forgotten about this album/song. I really love the guitar solo at about 1:15.
17. Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
A deserving slot.
16. Tyler, the Creator - Yonkers
I’m surprised this isn’t higher! It’s the perfect OF single. Whatever.
15. The Weeknd - The Morning
Awwwl that money, the money is the motive
14. Girls - Vomit
This is a pretty big-sounding song. It deserves it’s ranking here even though I’m not sure where I’d put it on my list.
13. tUnE-yArDs - Bizness
Yeah, this is awesome.
12. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Neighbors in Paris
Yeah, this is awesome.
11. James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream
Yeah, this might be the best track of the year.
10. DJ Khaled - I’m on One [ft. Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne]
I have never heard of this song. Where were you, Post-Library?
9. Azealia Banks - 212
Ahhh really? I guess. It is a great song but this ranking is questionable. Tom Ewing calls this a ‘banger’. This is the definition of a banger.
8. Cass McCombs - County Line
Cass McCombs. I haven’t gotten this album yet, and I haven’t heard this song more than once or twice. Yet I approve of this ranking on my first listen and the good faith that the song will grow on me as the rest of his stuff has. I feel like I finally ‘got’ ‘You Saved My Life’ this year.
7. Beyonce - Countdown
This wasn’t my favorite of the upbeat, potentially world-dominating songs from ‘4’. It is really great though.
6. Destroyer - Kaputt
Destroyer was destined for critics’ best-of lists. He had to have something on the top of this list.
5. Real Estate - It’s Real
AHH I need to listen to this cd more!
4. Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
Ah. okay. Not my pick for this song (i’d stick it around the 40s at the highest). Bummer. I’m sure the last 3 will be perfect...
3. EMA - California
Oh my god!! Wow. Very surprised. But then, this is a great song. This is perfect. Nice work Pfunk.
2. Bon Iver - Holocene
Wow. This song. Another perfect pick.
This was my text to Will yesterday trying to guess the top song of this list.
“If it’s girls i’ll poo myself. Midnight City? Yonkers? Video games, wilhelm scream are my four best guesses”
Looks like we might have a winner, as only one of those hasn’t been listed yet..
1. M83 - Midnight City
A perfect choice. This song slays.