Listen Before You Buy’s Best Songs Of 2011

We fully realise that this list is a little later than most other Best Of 2011 lists but unlike albums, we were still finding absolute gems right up until the last day of the year, so we held off in favour of having a more complete list.

Below you’ll find our 50 Best Songs Of 2011 in order, and to whittle the list down to this top 50 we started off with a running list of 120 songs, all of which you can hear in no particular order (stick it on shuffle) on our Spotify playlist.  As evidenced by the our selection below 2011 was not only a great year for music, but a varied year for great music, with genres like Folk, Hip-Hop, Rock, Electronic, Alternative, and R&B just in our top 10.

We hope you find something new to listen to and as always, support the artists, buy music, be merry.

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1.) Azealia Banks – “212″

2.) Bombay Bicycle Club – “Shuffle”

3.) Frank Ocean – “Swim Good”

4.) St. Vincent – “Cruel”

5.) Dumbo Gets Mad – “Eclectic Prawn”

6.) Beyoncé - “Love On Top”

7.) Jhameel – “Shut Up”

8.) My Morning Jacket – “Holdin’ On To Black Metal”

9.) Shabazz Palaces – “Swerve (the reeping of all that is worthwhile… noir not withstanding)”

10.) King Creosote & John Hopkins – “John Taylor’s Month Away”

11.) 1,2,3 – “Riding Coach”

12.) Radical Dads – “Recklessness”

13.) James Blake – “The Wilhelm Scream”

14.) Nerves Junior – “Kale”

15.) Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”

16.) The Antlers – “Putting The Dog To Sleep”

17.) Zulu Winter – “Let’s Move Back To Front”

18.) Real Estate – “It’s Real”

19.) Cass McCombs – “County Line”

20.) Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”

21.) M83 – “Midnight City”

22.) SBTRKT – “Hold On”

23.) Smith Westerns – “Weekend”

24.) Beirut – “Goshen”

25.) Ane Brun – “Do You Remember”

26.) Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “How Can U Luv Me”

27.) Bag Raiders – “Sunlight”

28.) Brick + Mortar – “Heatstroke”

29.) The Weeknd – “Wicked Games”

30.) Youth Lagoon – “Cannons”

31.) Yuck – “Rubber”

32.) Alexander – “Truth”

33.) Braids – “Plath Heart”

34.) The Deloreans – “Dear”

35.) Cunninlynguists – “Murder”

36.) Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues”

37.) Girls – “Vomit”

38.) Radiohead – “Codex”

39.) Dreamers Of The Ghetto – “Tether”

40.) Tune-Yards – “Gangsta”

41.) Kurt Vile – “Baby’s Arms”

42.) Young Galaxy – “We Have Everything”

43.) The Joy Formidable – “A Heavy Abacus”

44.) Battles – “Ice Cream”

45.) NO CEREMONY – “Hurtlove”

46.) Austra – “Lose It”

47.) Wild Beasts – “Loop The Loop”

48.) Jagwar Ma – “Come Save Me”

49.) Blood Orange – “Sutphin Boulevard”

50.) Veronica Falls – “Bad Feeling”