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Fromdahood's 40 Best Songs

I'm not making an album list because that would mislead people into thinking that I listened to a lot of albums this year. Instead, I'm taking up Bulldog's mantle and making a songs list.
1Jack's Mannequin
Amy, I

As an unabashed fan of piano-pop, this song is right up my alley. Andrew
McMahon's heartfelt tale of longing in the wintertime is all too relevant; and
it's one of the few songs on People and Things that can hold a candle to
something from Everything in Transit.
2La Dispute
King Park

I kind of feel guilty not slotting this at number one because it's so good.
Based on true events, King Park is about a drive-by gone wrong and the
subsequent events. Jordan Dreyer's performance is almost overwhelming,
especially the last 30 seconds. By far La Dispute's best song.
3Jay-Z and Kanye West
Niggas in Paris

A miserable disjointed mess that just happened to work. The fact that "that
shit cray" is a catchphrase blows my mine on a daily basis.

From the police siren yells to the spacey drum loop, Merrill Garbus'
production on this song is excellent. The real highlight is, as always, her
vocal elasticity, as well as one of the catchiest choruses of the year.
Timing is Everything

Kitschy dubstep-pop as an anthem for unrequited love? Sounds like a good
time to me.
6Manchester Orchestra

Honestly, this could have been just about any song from Simple Math, but
the gang vocals just hit a chord for me.
7Taking Back Sunday
Best Places to Be a Mom

The one song on the album that actually sounds like a Tell All Your Friends
reunion song.
8Los Campesinos!
By Your Hand

Gareth Campesinos! combines clever lyrics with a brilliant vocal performance
to show that he doesn't need Aleksandra to make a good song. A rollicking
opener to an unusually subdued album.
9Das Racist
Michael Jackson

Best non-sequiters. You feel me? Holla.
Lady Gaga

As much as I hate how preachy and steeped in religious symbolism Lady
Gaga has become, this song still owns. Gaga owns the fuck out of the hook.
First of the Year (Equinox)

I don't know if this came out in 2011, so I'll say it did. This is dubstep for
people that don't get dubstep, and I'm totally ok with that. It's also
mercifully devoid of Skrillex wobbles.
My Notes

Best closer since 'Shrapnel'
13Jay-Z and Kanye West
Gotta Have It

Great samples, great bragging- the song that you would expect would be
on Watch the Throne
14The Antlers
I Don't Want Love

Blissfully out-there instrumentals with Pete Silbermann's heart-stopping
falsetto. This song commands attention through its minimalism.
White Knuckles

2 minutes of getting punched in the balls by Derek Archambault
16Childish Gambino
Freaks and Geeks

Plenty of Donald Glover puns before they got annoying. Probably the best
example of his flow.
Chop Chop Ninja

Just when you thought the Wu couldn't possibly make more references to
karate, Raekwon and Inspectah Deck (!) make a song about being ninjas.
Credit Estelle for killing the hook.
Mission Bells

The girl's voice gets me every time.
19Laura Stevenson and the Cans
Master of Art

I could write a thousand words about how good this song is, so I'll instead
tell you that I feel hollow after I listen to it, so I can't rank it higher.
20Bon Iver

The most touching song from Bon Iver, Bon Iver; and frankly, why else
would you listen to Bon Iver?
21Jack's Mannequin
Platform Fire

McMahon strikes again with his best vocal performance since, well, ever.
Rolling in the Deep

The only song I heard ad nauseum all year and didn't get sick of.
23ASAP Rocky

Not sure this guy would be anywhere with Clams Casino, but this song still
Cactus in the Valley

The anti-Lights song. There's no poppy bass, there's no dubstep interlude,
it's just Lights and her heartbreaking lyrics. She's at the top of her game
vocally, but it's just a little too slow for its own good.
25Dance Gavin Dance

I often give too much credit to innovation, and this song has Will Swan
rapping. That's innovative.
26The Mountain Goats
Estate Sale Sign

John Darnielle and his acoustic guitar put on a really fun show.
27James Blake
I Never Learnt to Share

28Pianos Become the Teeth
Good Times

It sounds like every PBtT song
29Crash of Rhinos

Doing Mike Kinsella proud
30Tyler, the Creator

The song that more-or-less started it all for Odd Future. Doesn't have much
staying power but damn if "stab Bruno Mars in his god damn
esophagus/and don't stop until the cops come in" isn't still powerful.
31Kendrick Lamar
Fuck Your Ethnicity

Section 80 didn't live up to the hype, but this song sure did.
32Andrew Jackson Jihad
Back Pack

The song that made me believe I could like this band
33Fleet Foxes

Boring in the best possible way
34Lil Wayne

Because Ricky Ross's verses are so good and Wayne doesn't have any
ridiculously dumb ones.
35Love American
Where's my Cash, Johnny?

Adam Thomas getting some love for that riff.
36Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame
Ferrari Boyz

Southern rap titans talking fast cars. brrrrr.
The Weeknd

I can't really describe this in any way other than "this sounds like The
Weeknd doing his thing well."
38Lil B
Rolling Thunder Eternal Slumber

Lil B disappointed me on a daily basis after killing the game in 2010. This
song is one of the few that has his trademark swagger.

Drake finally proves why he's signed to Young Money with a grandiose
display of braggadocio.
Party Rock Anthem

People who don't like this song don't like having fun.
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