Hey, here's my favorite albums and songs of 2011. I wrote a bit about the albums, but most of its drivel I did inside of 10 minutes while doing other stuff, so sorry about any grammar or spelling errors.
PS: I have no idea why I still make these lists, it's a weird OCD thing that I pretty much HAVE to do, even if I kind of don't want to. Weird.
PPS: If you haven't heard some/all of this music, then go find it. It's the internet, Google will provide you with anything you need.
Top 25 Albums:
1.Matthew Good - Lights of Endangered Species - Far more musically diverse and denser sounding then recent stuff, this was a real grower for me. At first I wasn't overly enamored with it, but the more I listened to it (especially when I experienced most of the songs live), the more I fell in love with it. Just an amazing record from an amazing musician.
2.Taking Back Sunday - Taking Back Sunday - The original lineup reunites and creates a great album, the formula's still the same, but it's a formula I love//explosive and catchy.
3.Awolnation - Megalithic Symphony - Out of nowhere, I couldn't stop listening to this disc ("Sail" is so different from the rest, oddly enough) & its one of the more original and diverse albums of 2011.
4.Low Level Flight - Through These Walls - The lead singer is the first winner of "Canadian Idol", yet this band's debut album is full of great songs, from start to finish. If you loved The Stills like I did, definitely check this out.
5.Cold War Kids - Mine is Yours - Rebounding from a blah second album, "Mine is Yours" is a wonderfully upbeat and catchy album. Powerful and emotional without being overdrawn and loud, it's a great record.
6.Yellowcard - When You're Done Thinking Say Yes - I've always loved Yellowcard, and this is their best disc since "Ocean Avenue". Glad to see the hiatus did them some good, as they've re-found whatever made them great in the first place.
7.British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall - Noisy and buzzy rock and roll. Less anthemic then their last disc, but just as brilliant in its transitions from quiet to loud parts and catchy moments.
8.TV On the Radio - Nine Types of Light - TVOTR always deliver, and even if this isn't their best disc, it's still full of weird yet brain rattling catchy awesome music.
9.Deathcab for Cutie - Codes and Keys - Catchy and fun, just like all their other stuff, news of a DCFC album is always good news to me.
10.Foo Fighters - Wasting Light - The Foos have been a favorite for years, and this disc is their best since the 90's, no surprise I liked it so much.
11.USS - Approved - It's an EP I know, but when every song is as great as the songs on this one, it deserves consideration for your favorite albums of the year. Per minute, probably the best album of the year. Short and sweet.
12.Drake - Take Care - My favorite rap album of the year (which doesn't say much),
13.The Lonely Island - Turtleneck and Chain - Awesome and hilarious, these guys never fail to make me laugh/love music.
14.Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Self Titled - I've never been a big "Oasis" fan, but I love Noel's debut solo album, each song is a fun ride that's nostalgic but not overbearingly so (RE:Anything Liam Gallagher writes).
15.Jay Z and Kanye West - Watch the Throne - Indulgence personified sure, but as polarizing as it is, it works for me at least.
16.Florence and the Machine - Ceremonials - Her voice is so haunting, and the songs are just so good. Deserves all the praise they get.
17.M83 - Midnight City - A typical double album, as good as some of the songs can be, there's always a good chunk of sub-par filler. Still a beautiful listen though.
18.Thrice - Major/Minor - A good swansong to a band I've loved for awhile now, it's a shame they're done, because clearly they can still make interesting music.
19.Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto - The best Coldplay album since "A Rush of Blood to the Head", which depending on who you are, is a great or awful thing.
20.Horrors - Skying - Moody and slow droning rock that completely betrays their punkier roots, it's a great album to lose track of time to.
21.Thursday - No Devolutcion - Moodier then previous outings, creating a really dark atmosphere, yet still catchy at points.
22.Sum 41 - Screaming Bloody Murder - This disc shocked the hell of out me, apparently divorce is good for business, since this album is packed with raw and angry greatness.
23.Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years - The best 80's synth album in 20 years. Ice cold//haunting.
24.The Dears - Degeneration Street - As always, lengthy and dense rock and roll. I love the Dears, even if they've never blown up beyond Canadian television commercials.
25.Black Keys - El Camino - Mostly on the strength of 3-4 excellent songs (that will be all over the radio soon enough), it's another great blues/rock album.
Top 100 Songs:
1. Grouplove - Colours (4:17)
2. M83 - Midnight City (4:02)
3. Matthew Good - Zero Orchestra (4:45)
4. Crystal Castles Feat. Robert Smith - Not in Love (3:46)
5. The Black Keys - Lonely Boy (3:13)
6. Low Level Flight - Cash Machine (4:55)
7. The Naked And Famous - Young Blood (4:06)
8. The Horrors - Still Life (5:21)
9. LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem (Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock) (4:34)
10. Awolnation - Sail (4:19)
11. Cold War Kids - Flying Upside Down (4:18)
12. White Lies - The Power & The Glory (5:13)
13. The Lonely Island - I Just Had Sex feat. Akon (2:46)
14. Childish Gambino - Bonfire (3:14)
15. Adele - Rolling In The Deep (3:49)
16. Face to Face - It's Not All About You (3:02)
17. Thursday - Sparks Against the Sun (4:45)
18. TV On The Radio - Second Song (4:22)
19. Matt & Kim Feat. Soulja Boy & Andrew WK - I'm A Goner (3:30)
20. Jay-Z and Kanye West - Otis (featuring Otis Redding) (2:58)
21. Awolnation - Knights of Shame (14:56)
22. LMFAO - Sexy and I Know It (3:19)
23. Noel Gallagher - If I Had A Gun... (4:09)
24. The Sounds - The Best Of Me (4:48)
25. Taking Back Sunday - This Is All Now (4:03)
26. Low Level Flight - Raining Castles (4:05)
27. Drake - Headlines (3:27)
28. British Sea Power - Mongk II (4:48)
29. Chiddy Bang - Opposite of Adults (3:15)
30. Cut Copy - Need You Now (6:09)
31. Coldplay - Paradise (4:37)
32. Yoav - Where Is My Mind? (feat. Emily Browning) (6:11)
33. Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker - 01 Yo Hello Hooray (Everyday) (3:44)
34. Matthew Good - Lights of Endangered Species (4:22)
35. Fitz and the Tantrums - MoneyGrabber (3:09)
36. Thrice - Disarmed (4:45)
37. The Features - From Now On (3:21)
38. Florence and The Machine - 03 - What The Water Gave Me (5:33)
39. Foster The People - Houdini (3:23)
40. The Wombats - Tokyo (Vampires And Wolves) (3:45)
41. The Damned Things - We've Got A Situation Here (4:28)
42. Death Cab for Cutie - Underneath the Sycamore (3:26)
43. Cold War Kids - Mine Is Yours (4:16)
44. Arkells - Michigan Left (3:26)
45. Foo Fighters - These Days (4:58)
46. Taking Back Sunday - Faith (When I Let You Down) (3:08)
47. Angels & Airwaves - Saturday Love (4:20)
48. Sum 41 - Screaming Bloody Murder (3:24)
49. Grouplove - Tongue Tied (3:38)
50. Cage The Elephant - Shake Me Down (3:31)
51. Blink-182 - Up All Night (3:19)
52. Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Pull Out My Insides (4:07)
53. Yellowcard - Be The Young (3:56)
54. The Naked And Famous - Punching In A Dream (3:58)
55. Coldplay - Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall (4:00)
56. Grouplove - Itchin' On A Photograph (4:19)
57. Switchfoot - Souvenirs (4:15)
58. Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math (5:05)
59. Peter, Bjorn and John - Tomorrow Has To Wait (2:57)
60. ††† (Crosses) - Op†ion (4:25)
61. Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker - 04 Prefontaine (3:32)
62. Forever The Sickest Kids - Robots & Aliens (3:12)
63. Jay-Z and Kanye West - Niggas in Paris (3:39)
64. MUTEMATH - Blood Pressure (3:03)
65. The Vaccines - All in white (4:33)
66. Foster The People - Helena Beat (4:36)
67. Death Cab for Cutie - You Are a Tourist (4:46)
68. Noel Gallagher - The Death Of You And Me (3:29)
69. Matthew Good - What if I Can't See the Stars Mildred? (5:10)
70. Innerpartysystem - American Trash (4:46)
71. The Lonely Island - Jack Sparrow feat. Michael Bolton (3:07)
72. Drake - Underground Kings (3:33)
73. Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie (4:42)
74. Yellowcard - Sing For Me (3:54)
75. Taking Back Sunday - Call Me In The Morning (3:59)
76. Middle Class Rut - New Low (4:16)
77. Angels & Airwaves - Surrender (4:30)
78. British Sea Power - Heavy Water (3:39)
79. Switchfoot - Restless (5:17)
80. The Living End - Universe (3:45)
81. Cold Cave - Pacing Around The Church (3:26)
82. Bayside - Sick, Sick, Sick (3:34)
83. The Dears - 5 Chords (3:33)
84. The Black Keys - Run Right Back (3:17)
85. White Lies - Is Love (4:52)
86. Arkells - Kiss Cam (3:43)
87. Wiz Khalifa - Black And Yellow (3:37)
88. Arctic Monkeys - Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair (3:03)
89. Dredg - Kalathat (3:22)
90. MUTEMATH - In No Time (4:52)
91. The Airborne Toxic Event - Welcome to Your Wedding (3:40)
92. The Dears - Omega Dog (5:01)
93. Kanye West & Jay-Z - H.A.M. (4:37)
94. Mates of State - At Least I Have You (3:34)
95. The Horrors - Moving Further Away (8:34)
96. The Lonely Island - The Creep feat. Nicki Minaj & John Waters (2:39)
97. Skrillex - Kill Everybody (Original Mix) (4:57)
98. Los Campesinos! - Hello Sadness (4:13)
99. TV On The Radio - No Future Shock (4:03)
100. Hard-Fi - Give It Up (4:34)