Best Songs of 2011

Every year I compile a list of songs that I think best represents the year from my perspective. The songs that make up this list do so if I think they’re very well written, are irresistible ear worms, had a major impact in music or pop culture, hold some sentimental personal value or simply because I just really liked them. It’s difficult to actually order them based on so many different criteria but like every other year, I manage to do it. The end result is a mix of genres, generations, living status and popularity.
In this list there are songs from the late Amy Winehouse, singer/rapper Nicki Minaj and Florence Welsh. Locals from Canada’s East Coast Hey Rosetta, Jenn Grant and Catherine MacLellan. Some of my reliable favourites Sarah Slean, Sondre Lerche and Imogen Heap. And of course, Lady GaGa and Adele.
These aren’t necessarily all my favourite songs but the ones that I think help to define the year in some way, therefore the ones that make up the Top 50 Best Songs of 2011.

Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse

Body And Soul by Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse is #44

50. Jenn Grant – Getcha Good

49. Teddybears & Robyn – Cardiac Arrest

48. Imogen Heap – Lifeline

47. The Band Perry – If I Die Young

46. Avril Lavigne – Push

45. Beady Eye – The Roller

44. Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse – Body And Soul

43. Lucinda Williams – Seeing Black

42. Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks

Sondre Lerche

Red Flags by Sondre Lerche is #38

41. Lloyd featuring André 3000 & Lil’Wayne – Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)

40. Brandi Carlile – Sixty Years On

39. Mumford & Sons – The Cave

38. Sondre Lerche – Red Flags

37. Katy Perry & Kanye West – E.T.

36. Blue October – The Feel Again (Stay)

35. Amy Winehouse – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

34. Decemberists – All Arise!

Kathleen Edwards

Change The Sheets by Kathleen Edwards is #29

33. Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend

32. Adele – Rolling In The Deep

31. Marina & The Diamonds – Shampain

30. Lissie – Cuckoo

29. Kathleen Edwards – Change The Sheets

28. Britney Spears – Till The World Ends

27. Sarah Slean – Amen

26. Nicki Minaj – Super Bass

25. Kings Of Leon – Back Down South

24. Kate Maki – Golden Thorns

23. Röyksopp – I Wanna Know

The Decemberists

The Decemberists are #34 and #13

22. Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs – New York City’s Killing Me

21. Florence & The Machine – Seven Devils

20. Lori McKenna – The Luxury Of Knowing

19. The Chemical Brothers – The Devil Is In The Details

18. Grouplove – Tongue Tied

17. Nicole Atkins – My Baby Don’t Lie

16. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Well, Well

15. Caro Emerald – That Man

14. Lady GaGa – Scheiße

Jay-Z and Kanye West

New Day by Jay-Z and Kanye West is #12

13. Decemberists – This Is Why We Fight

12. Jay-Z & Kanye West – New Day

11. Catherine MacLellan – Stealin’

10. Hey Rosetta! – Welcome

9. Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs – For The Summer

8. Florence & The Machine – What The Water Gave Me

7. Catherine MacLellan – Eastern Girl

6. Lady GaGa – The Edge Of Glory

5. Lori McKenna – That’s How You Know

4. Adele – Someone Like You

3. Martin Solveig & Dragonette – Hello

2. Adele – Don’t You Remember

1. Lady GaGa – Born This Way

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