Favorite 30 Tracks of 2011

Art by Christopher Muccioli

This was much more a year for singles than albums, which may just reflect the change in my listening habits. (Blame Spotify.) In fact, with the exception of LPs by James Blake, Washed Out, Cults, and Destroyer, I was content with a track or two from most of the bands listed below. Enjoy.

(And yes, there’s a Spotify playlist.)

Washed Out “Amor Fati”

James Blake “The Wilhelm Scream

Tennis “Marathon”

Cults “Abducted”

Girls “Honey Bunny”

Liturgy “Generation”

M83 “Midnight City”

Eleanor Friedberger “My Mistakes”

Sonny & The Sunsets “I Wanna Do It”

Destroyer “Blue Eyes”

Bon Iver “Calgary”

Lana Del Rey “Blue Jeans”

Jay-Z & Kanye West “Niggas in Paris

Cut Copy “Alisa”

Wild Flag “Romance”

The Vaccines “Post Break-Up Sex”

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart “The Heart in Your Heartbreak”

Thao & Mirah “Eleven (feat. tUnE-yArDs)”

Desire “Under Your Spell”

Minks “Juniper

The Weeknd “High for This”

The Raveonettes “Forget That You’re Young”

Slow Club “Two Cousins”

Das Racist “Michael Jackson”

EMA “California”

Tyler, the Creator “Yonkers

Frank Ocean “Novacane”

How to Dress Well “Decisions (Orchestral Version)

The Men “Bataille”

The Drums “Money”

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