Sunday, December 18, 2011

NPR Best 100 Songs of 2011

This NPR chart has two problems. First, it's not ranked. It's alphabetical. So I couldn't chop it as a Top50, I painfully breaking my 2011 end-of-year playlist habit. Second, many songs - almost twenty - are missing from Spotify. And many are available only in restricted markets. But there is a big value in it. It doesn't feature only rock music (or alternative/electronica/folk/hip hop): it's wider, including other genres, like world, contemporary or classical. That means - along with the usual M83, tUnE-yArDs or Bon Iver - some very different choices from the other playlists I published so far. One example? A crazy little thing called Lungulungu by Fokn Bois and Jumo Daddy taken from the album The Fokn Dunaquest in Budapest. Cool, isn't it? Enjoy!

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Source: NPR
Songs available on Spotify: 81/100 (81%)

10/10 Ensemble - Fiji
Adele - Someone Like You
Alabama Shakes - Hold On
Anthony Hamilton - Mad
Azealia Banks - 212
Battles - Ice Cream (feat. Matias Aguayo)
Beyonce - Countdown
Big Freedia - Azz Everywhere
Bill McHenry - La Fuerza
Bingo Players - Cry (Just A Little) (Olav Basoski Remix)
Bjork - Virus
Blawan - Getting Me Down
Bon Iver - Calgary
Cass McCombs - County Line
Caveman - Old Friend
Chris Brown - Look At Me Now (feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne)
Chris Thile & Michael Daves - Sleep With One Eye Open
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Same Mistake
Cults - Abducted
Danny Brown - Scrap Or Die
Darkest Era - An Ancient Fire Burns
Das Racist - Michael Jackson
David Wax Museum - Born With A Broken Heart
The Decemberists - Down By The Water
Delicate Steve - Butterfly
Deniz Kurtel - The L Word
Drake - Take Care (feat. Rihanna)
E-40 - Beastin'
Eleanor Friedberger - My Mistakes
EMA - The Grey Ship
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Fokn Bois and Jumo Daddy - Lungulungu
Frank Ocean - Swim Good
Garland Jeffreys - Coney Island Winter
Gary Clark, Jr. - Bright Lights
Geko Jones - Pa'la Escuela Nene (feat. Maria Mulata)
Gem Club - Twins
Gillian Welch - Hard Times
Grouplove - Tongue-Tied
G-Side - Atmosphere (feat. PH)
Hammers of Misfortune - The Grain
I Wayne - Change Them Ways
Jacques Greene - Another Girl
James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream
James Farm - Polliwog
Jay-Z & Kanye West - That's My Bitch
JD Allen Trio - Mr. Steepy
Jean-Guihen Queyras - Cello Concerto in G minor
JEFF The Brotherhood - Bummer
Jill Scott - All Cried Out (feat. Doug E. Fresh)
Jonsi - Gathering Stories
The Joy Formidable - Whirring
Joyce DiDonato - D'amour l'ardente flame
Kate Bush - Misty
Katy B - Katy On A Mission
Kay Ara - Me Dough (feat. Lil Shaker and Yaa Pono)
Kes The Band - Wotless
Lady Gaga - Yoü & I
Lagartijeando - El Alto De La Paz
Laura Marling - The Beast
Lil B - I Seen That Light
Lil Wayne - 6 Foot 7 Foot (feat. Cory Gunz)
Lisa Hannigan - Home
Los Tigres - Jefe de Jefes
Low - Try To Sleep
Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers
M83 - Midnight City
Martina McBride - I'm Gonna Love You Through It
Midnite - Mongst I & I
Milagres - Halfway
Miranda Lambert - Mama's Broken Heart
The Mountain Goats - Estate Sale Sign
My Morning Jacket - Circuital
Natacha Atlas - Batkallim (Bombay Dub Remix)
Nick Lowe - House For Sale
Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
Nicolas Jaar - Keep Me There
Now Ensemble - Change
Panda Bear - You Can Count On Me
Paul Simon - Rewrite
Pedro Soler & Gaspar Claus - Insomnio Mineral (Rondena)
Purity Ring - Ungirthed
Randy Montana - Burn These Matches
Raphael Saadiq - Heart Attack
Real Estate - It's Real
Rihanna - We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)
SBTRKT - Wildfire (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Seun Kuti - Rise
Simone Dinnerstein - Ich ruf zu dir
Smith Westerns - Weekend
St. Vincent - Cruel
Telebossa - Eu Sonhei Que Tu Estavas Tao Linda
Tinariwen - Tenere Taqqim Tossam
tUnE-yArDs - Bizness
Tyler, the Creator - Yonkers
The Weeknd - The Morning
Wilco - Art Of Almost
Wild Flag - Romance
Wye Oak - Civilian
Yuck - Rubber

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Best 50 Albums:
The Guardian
Rolling Stone
The Fly

Best 50 Songs:
NPR (100 songs)
Rolling Stone

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