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The 100 Best Songs of 2011 (100-51)

2011 started a new decade with a bang. The year saw tragedies strike major populations, dictators overthrown, “occupy” redefined, and the casually pepper spray everything cop. As far as music goes, a lot happened too – pop became even more influenced by electronic, helping Adele sound that much better than her Top 40 contemporaries. Dubstep found itself at a heavy fork in the road, one side running all the obnoxious frat parties and the other (perhaps humorously) aiming straight for your heart. Hip-hop became overrun by Tumblr and Twitter personalities pushing “SWAG” into the vocabulary. Indie rock still presses on with the same addict fans, but as we see every year, artists still aim to push the envelope, whether they are getting heavier (Girls), creating their spaced-out, concept album throwback (M83), or simply trying to make your speakers burst through your walls (tUnE-yArDs). Today, we begin counting down our favorite music of 2011. Below, listen to the first half of the Best 100 Songs of 2011. Check back again tomorrow for the rest of it.

100

SBTRKT featuring Little Dragon – “Wildfire”

Off SBTRKT – Young Turks

SBTRKT featuring Little Dragon – “Wildfire”

99

Cass McCombs – “Same Thing”

Off Humor Risk – Domino

Cass McCombs – “The Same Thing”

98

Nas – “Nasty”

Off Life is Good – Def Jam

97

Metronomy – “The Look”

Off The English Riviera – Because Music

Metronomy – “The Look”

96

Tiniariwen – “Tenere Taqhim Tossam” (Four Tet Remix)

Off Tassili – Anti Records

95

Charles Bradley – “The World Is Going Up In Flames”

Off No Time For Dreaming – Daptone Records

Charles Bradley – “The World Is Going Up In Flames”

94

Octo Octa – “High Reflection”

Off Let Me See You EP – Silk Records

Octo Octa – “High Reflection”

93

Prurient – “Time’s Arrow”

Off Bermuda Drain – Hyrdra Head

Prurient – “Time’s Arrow”

92

Bon Iver – “Perth”

Off Bon Iver – Jagjaguwar

Bon Iver – “Perth”

91

Feist – “How Come You Never Go There”

Off Metals – Polydor

91

Washed Out – “Eyes Be Closed”

Off Within and Without – Subpop

Washed Out – “Eyes Be Closed”

89

White Denim – “Street Joy”

Off D – Downtown Records

White Denim- “Street Joy”

88

Toby Burke – “Catalina Crawl”

Off D – Self release

Toby Burke- “Catalina Crawl”

87

Beastie Boys – “Make Some Noise”

Off Hot Sauce Committee Part Two – Capitol

Beastie Boys – “Make Some Noise”

86

My Morning Jacket – “Black Metal”

Off Circuital – ATO Records

85

Levon Vincent – “Impressions of a Rainstorm”

Novel Sound

Levon Vincent – “Impressions of a Rainstorm”

84

Koreless – “MTI”

Off THE ONE…COHESIVE

Koreless – “MTI”

83

G-Side – “Pictures”

Off 4D – MTI – Picture Music

82

Tom Waits – “Raised Right Men”

Off Bad As Me – ANTI-

81

Bill Callahan – “One Fine Morning”

Off Apocalypse – Drag City

Bill Callahan – “One Fine Morning”

80

Ryan Adams – “Dirty Rain”

Off Ashes & Fire – Capitol

79

We Are Augustines – “Book Of James”

Off Rise Ye Sunken Ships – Oxcart Records

We Are Augustines – “Book Of James”

78

The Antlers – “Every Night Teeth Are Falling Out”

Off Burst Apart – Frenchkiss Records

The Antlers – “Every Night Teeth Are Falling Out”

77

Atlas Sound – “Angel Is Broken”

Off Parallax – 4AD

76

Widowspeak – “Harsh Realm”

Off Widowspeak – Captured Tracks

Widowspeak – “Harsh Realm”

75

Youth Lagoon – “July”

Off The Year Of Hibernation – Fat Possum Records

Youth Lagoon – “July”

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