Class of 2011: The Soundtrack

ILSUDH2 still prefers to listen to albums in their entirety, which makes it very hard to put together a list of ‘best tracks’ at the end of each year.  This year was no exception.  Therefore, what follows is a massive soundtrack to the reality show known as 2011.  To say these songs represent the ‘best of the year’ would be a ridiculous statement — some are here because of how good they are, some act as guilty pleasures, others were just inescapable this past year — you’ll have to be the judge of which is which.  This list is limited to one track per release (to avoid listing just a few albums) and includes everything except for metal.  It is presented alphabetically because trying to arrange these songs in an order of significance would have also been ridiculous.  So, without further ado, this is what 2011 sounded like…

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* Spotify playlist at bottom of post

Active Child ft. How To Dress Well – Playing House
Adele – Rolling In The Deep
Alabama Shakes – Hold On
Andrew Jackson Jihad – Hate, Rain on Me
The Antlers – Corsicana
A$AP Rocky – Peso
Astronautalis ft. Tegan Quin – Contrails
Austra – Beat and the Pulse
Azealia Banks ft. Lazy Jay – 212
Baby Brother – Strange Things
Bad Meets Evil ft. Bruno Mars – Lighters
Beastie Boys – Make Some Noise
Beyoncé- 1+1
Big K.R.I.T. – Dreamin’
Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat – The Copper Top
The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
Bon Iver – Holocene
The Booze – Kick Me Where It Hurts
Born Gold – Lawn Knives
The Builders and The Butchers – Lullaby
Chelsea Wolfe – Tracks (Tall Bodies)
Chuck Ragan – You Get What You Give
The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
Clams Casino – I’m God (instrumental)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Adam’s Plane
Cold Cave – The Great Pan Is Dead
Cold War Kids – Skip The Charades
College ft. Electric Youth – A Real Hero
Cults – Abducted
Danny Brown – Monopoly
Das Racist – Girl
Dawes – A Little Bit of Everything
Death Grips ft. Mexican Girl – Lord of the Game
The Decemberists – This Is Why We Fight
Dirty Gold – California Sunrise
DJ Khaled ft. Rick Ross, Drake & Lil’ Wayne – I’m On One
Doe Paoro – Can’t Leave You
Drake – Crew Love
Drive-By Truckers – Pulaski
Drive-By Truckers – Mercy Buckets
Dum Dum Girls – Coming Down
Dylan LeBlanc – 5th Avenue Bar
Eilen Jewell – Queen of the Minor Key
El-P – Time Won’t Tell (Remix ft. Nocando)
EMA – The Grey Ship
The Field – Looping State of Mind
Fitz and The Tantrums – MoneyGrabber
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
Frank Ocean – Novacane
Frank Turner – Glory Hallelujah
Fucked Up – Queen Of Hearts
Future Islands – Balance
Gauntlet Hair – Top Bunk
Gem Club – Black Ships
Ghostpoet – Liiines
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – I’ll Take Care Of U
Girls – Vomit
Grimes – Vanessa
Grouper – Alien Observer
Have Gun, Will Travel – Katharine, Don’t Fall Off The Wagon
The Head And The Heart – Down In The Valley
Holy Ghost! – Do It Again
Hooray For Earth – True Loves
iceage – White Rune
Iron & Wine – Walking Far From Home
J Mascis – Not Enough
James Blake – A Case Of You
James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Codeine
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Niggas In Paris
John Maus – Believer
The Joy Formidable – A Heavy Abacus
Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place
Kate Bush – Misty
Kendrick Lamar – A.D.H.D
The Kills – Future Starts Slow
Kurt Vile – Jesus Fever
La Dispute – King Park
Lady Gaga – Yoü And I
Lana Del Rey – Video Games
Light Asylum – Shallow Tears
Little Dragon – Ritual Union
Lizzie Huffman – Maker’s Mark
The Lonely Island ft. Akon – I Just Had Sex
Love Inks – Skeleton Key
Low – Try to Sleep
Lykke Li – Love Out Of Lust
M83 – Midnight City
Macklemore x Ryan Lewis – Wings
Matthew Dear – Slowdance
The Men – Bataille
Micah Schnabel – Sid and Nancy
Micheal Dean Damron – Dolls
Middle Brother – Someday
The Middle East – Jesus Came to My Birthday Party
Mike G – Forest Green
Nas – Nasty
The National – Think You Can Wait
Neon Indian – Polish Girl
Nicki Minaj – Super Bass
Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise If You Can See
Niki & The Dove – The Fox
Okkervil River – Rider
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
Other Lives – For 12
Patrick Wolf – The City
Penguin Prison – Don’t Fuck With My Money
Phantogram – Don’t Move
PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose
Purity Ring – Belispeak
Radiohead – The Daily Mail
Raphael Saadiq – Good Man
Real Estate – It’s Real
Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris – We Found Love
Roadside Graves – Love Me More
The Roots ft. Big K.R.I.T. & Dice Raw – Make My
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Two Lovers
Ryan Adams – Lucky Now
SBTRKT ft. Little Dragon – Wildfire
Shabazz Palaces – Swerve… The reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)
Sleep ∞ Over – Romantic Streams
Smith Westerns – All Die Young
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – NOPD
St. Vincent – Surgeon
The Streets – Soldiers
Summer Camp – I Want You
Terius Nash – Wedding Crasher
Theophilus London ft. Sara Quin – Why Even Try
Tom Waits – Last Leaf
Touché Amoré- Method Act
tUnE-yArDs – Gangsta
TV on the Radio – Will Do
Tyler, The Creator – Yonkers
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – How Can U Luv Me
The Vaccines – Post Break-Up Sex
The War On Drugs – Baby Missiles
Washed Out – Amor Fati
The Weeknd – High For This
Wilco – One Sunday Morning
Wise Blood – Penthouse Suites
WU LYF – We Bros
XV – Swervin (Clams Casino remix)
Youth Lagoon – Afternoon
Yuck – Rubber
Zola Jesus – Vessel

2011 Soundtrack

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