We let you tell us your favorites
, and now it's our turn. We've collected our top fifteen favorite tracks of the year into one, super-awesome mixtape of tunes.
Presenting Baeble's top 15 tracks of 2011.
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1. "Perth" - Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
When first listening to this album, the entrance of the full drum kit at 1:28 on "Perth" (combined with that riff) was the first time I said "wow" out loud. It certainly wasn't the only time, but it's one of the more subtley exhillerating moments of the entire collection.
2. "Midnight City" - M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
This song really gets the heart rate going. A must-include on all mixtapes for the year. You could make a running playlist with just this song like, fifty times. The official theme music of any recretional sports team I ever play on in the near future.
3. "Family Tree" - Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
In one of the most criminally underappreciated garage rock records of the past five years (probably because of its own star power), the Black Lips had a-list producers and the world's biggest troublemaking band perfectly recreating '60s swagger with more sex and drugs (metaphorically) on every single track than you could cram into a weekend with Keith Richards. This song never fails to inspire tossing a few TVs out the window, or at least setting something on fire.
4. "Ni**as In Paris" - Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch The Throne
The 2011 song so great, the artists behind it routinely close out their shows by playing it three or more times in a row (and people STILL LOVE IT).
5. "Rolling In The Deep" - Adele - 21
It was about this time last year that we were all losing our minds over Youtube rips of this song, which would go on to sell a bajillion copies and make Adele number one on everyone's Christmas lists. "Someone Like You" might be better for emoting, but nothing sizzles quite like "Rolling In The Deep."
6. "Little By Little" - Radiohead - The King Of Limbs
King Of Limbs
was a disappointment for many, but it's still a Radiohead album (so still awesome in its own way), and "Little By Little" accomplishes what (I think) the band was going for with the LP... loop-driven songs with complicated backbeats, and hooks that are more ryhthmic than melodic. Or maybe it's just because this bridge is so totally Radiohead schizo-bliss, how can you not love it?
7. "Your Love Is Calling My Name" - The War On Drugs - Slave Ambient
When we say criminally underlooked, we really mean the incredible electricity of Adam Granduciel's new American dream-sounding awesomeness as The War On Drugs. On this song in particular, a rocketship of beautiful, hand-crafted noise.
8. "Polish Girl" - Neon Indian - Era Extrana
Neon Indian crafted the Voltron of chillwave songs, that all other chillwave songs should be measured up to and do battle with. Actually, we should just stop making chillwave altogether, because it ain't getting any better than this, also we can probably just call it "electronic music" now.
9. "Baby's Arms" - Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Kurt Vile makes music like nobody else can.
10. "Die" - Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
No one is quite sure how Girls turns on this epic acid rock monster momentum, but it can only be described as "rad," no matter how old or Bart Simpson-y that makes us sound.
11. "The Wilhelm Scream" - James Blake - James Blake
Dubstep, original flavor. With any luck, cries of "I don't know about my dreams" will become as ubiquitous as the actual "Wilhelm Scream" of foley fame. Probably not, though.
12. "What The Water Gave Me" - Florence and The Machine - Ceremonials
Florence knows how to pen a climactic four minutes, that's for sure.
13. "It's Real" - Real Estate - Days
Somehow appropriate in any situation.
14. "Helena Beat" - Foster The People - Torches
Our unequivocal favorite Foster tune from Torches
. Much better (and less annoying) than "Pumped Up Kicks," and ultimetly more satisfying than "Life on the Nickel" and "Don't Stop."
15. "The Shrine / An Argument" - Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
The change-up at 2:22 is one of our favorite musical left-turns of the year. This song is like an entire LP in eight minutes.