onsdag 7. desember 2011

2011 - the year in music

Well, it's the end of the year and time to sum up 2011 in music. As usual, it's not easy, but among the new albums released this year I was never in doubt. The price for best album of 2011 goes to the one and only, truly wonderful Kate Bush who's incredibly enough released not one, but two new albums this year. It should be noted that the first of these, Director's Cut, contains reworked versions of songs from two previous albums, but it was still very good. As for her brand new album 50 Words For Snow, it's one of her very best albums ever.

So here are the best 25 albums of 2011, ranked pretty much according to whim. They're all very good, so I hope you'll either pick some of them up yourself, or if not, listen to them in WiMP or Spotify or another streaming service.

1. Kate Bush50 Words For Snow

2. Flowers And Sea CreaturesFlowers And Sea Creatures
3. The WaterboysAn Appointment With Mr. Yeats
4. Maya VikChâteau Faux-Coupe
5. Chris IsaakBeyond The Sun
6. Tom WaitsBad As Me
7. Ry CooderPull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
8. Stein Torleif BjellaVonde visu
9. Neil Young’s International HarvestersA Treasure
10. Washed OutWithin And Without
11. The VaccinesWhat Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
12. Dave Alvin
13. Danger Mouse & Daniele LuppiRome
14. Tony ChristieNow’s The Time
15. Fountains Of WayneSky Full Of Holes
16. The DecemberistsThe King Is Dead
17. YesFly From Here
18. BernhoftSolidarity Breaks
19. Ane BrunIt All Starts With One
20. deLillosTrist å være glad
21. Nick LoweThe Old Magic
22. Marit LarsenSpark
23. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
24. Foo FightersWasting Light
25. WilcoThe Whole Love

And so, on to the more interesting category simply titled songs. Singles are pretty much a thing of the past, so although many of these have been hits, there are still a few album tracks among them. Or maybe not. Anyway, this list was much tougher to compile, so in addition to my 25 favourite songs of 2011, topped without a shadow of a doubt by Jessie J's super catchy "Price Tag", I have added a further ten amazing songs in a "bubbling under" list.

So here you go, 2011's 25 best songs. Or rather, 35 best songs. Be sure to hear them all!

1. Jessie J feat. B.o.B. – “Price Tag”

2. The Black Keys – ”Lonely Boy”
3. R.E.M. – ”We All Go Back To Where We Belong”
4. Razika – “Vondt i hjertet”
5. Weezer & Hayley Williams – ”The Rainbow Connection”
6. Siri Nilsen – “Alle snakker sant”
7. Mayer Hawthorne – ”The Walk”
8. Veronica Maggio – ”Välkommen inn”
9. FreeSol feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland – “Fascinated”
10. Arctic Monkeys – ”Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair”
11. Raphael Saadiq – ”Radio”
12. Melissa Horn – ”Innan jag kände dig”
13. Bernhoft – “C’Mon Talk”
14. Joddski – ”(Sett på no) Eazy-E”
15. Marit Larsen – “Vår beste dag”
16. Fountains Of Wayne – “Richie And Ruben”
17. The Vaccines – ”Norgaard”
18. The Pierces – “You’ll Be Mine”
19. Radiohead – ”Staircase”
20. Sade – “Still In Love With You”
21. Ed Sheeran – “The A Team”
22. Pajama Club – “From A Friend To A Friend”
23. Kaizers Orchestra – “Diamant til kull”
24. Neko Case & Nick Cave – ”She’s Not There”
25. Weathervane – “Weathervane”

Bubbling under
The Cars – ”Sad Song”
Andrea Corr – “Tinseltown In The Rain”
The Belle Brigade – ”Where Not To Look For Freedom”
Magnet – “Doldrum Days”
Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”
Stella Mwangi – “Haba Haba”
Rebecca & Fiona – “If She Was Away”
Tracey Thorn – “Night Time”
Katzenjammer – “When The Laughter’s Gone”
Duel In The Sun – “You Know What”

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