The title says almost everything that needs to be said really, so we’ll avoid a few minutes of pseudo-philosophising about the whole “end-of-year” obsession (bottom line – we love them), as these are simply my favourite songs from 2011, and therefore they are all right. But please feel free to argue in the comments, it wouldn’t be an end of year list without some of that. Fortunately, each song really does speak for itself, which is convenient because I don’t have a spare day to write about each one of these magnificent musical beasts, to be absolutely honest. So hit the play buttons, discover some new music, disagree with me, and let’s have a good, old-fashioned argument.
41. Crushed Beaks – Close Ups
39. Alt-j – Tessallate
33. Pat Jordache – Salt On The Fields
29. Loved Ones – Are You Hiding Out In Hell?
28. Phantogram – Don’t Move
27. Cults – Abducted
23. Chad Valley – Now That I’m Real
14. Friends – I’m His Girl
10. Outfit – Two Islands
9. Battles – Ice Cream (ft. Matias Aguayo)
8. Radiohead – Codex
7. SBTRKT – Pharaohs
6. Austra – Lose It
5. Ghostpoet – Survive It
4. Theme Park – Wax
3. Bombay Bicycle Club – Lights Out, Words Gone
2. M83 – Midnight City
1. The War On Drugs – Baby Missiles
Well there you have it… When we contacted The War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel with news of his momentous victory he became so emotional that he lost the power of speech, which is why we don’t have a snappy acceptance line from the man himself. But, rest assured, he’s well pleased.