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Zantera's Top 30 Songs From 2011

Since I'll be going away over Christmas, I thought rI would post this rlittle list of my favorite tunes from 2011. I also rhave a top 80 rreleases done, which I will probably post in a rweek or so.
1Pain of Salvation
The Physics of Gridlock

A tune that showcases everything I love with this band. I know some people love the sort of Tom Waits-part, some people hate it, personally I think it's quite odd but fits the song in a good way.
2Steven Wilson
Deform to Form a Star

A song that stood out early when I listened to Grace For Drowning the first times. A very catchy and "simple" song, and to me it is easily in the same division as some of Porcupine Tree's best songs. I would also like to give an honorable mention to "Like Dust I Have Cleared From My Eye", which was my second pick on the album, but I wanted the list to have only one song from each artist.
3Amplifier
White Horses at Sea/Utopian Daydream

A band I discovered early this year, some count this as a late 2010-release, but to me it's clearly 2011. Sweet little progressive ballad, some Porcupine Tree and Oceansize-influences, but still unique in it's own way.
4Tori Amos
Star Whisperer

One of my more anticipated albums this year, and a fantastic album throughout for me personally. This is my favorite, and one of her best songs the last 10 years IMO.
5Between the Buried and Me
Specular Reflection

I see a lot of BTBAM-fans argue about Colors vs The Great Misdirect, new direction vs the old, and honestly I don't really pick a side in that discussion. While Colors remains my favorite, TGM is still a great album, and I enjoyed this EP, even though I want a full album. This is my favorite, and sadly I don't think the rest of the EP is AS good, the other two songs are not bad though.
6Riverside
Forgotten Land

One of my favorite Progressive-songs from this year, seeing the band live really made me appreciate this song even more, and I think the ending alone makes this one of my favorite tunes by this band.
7Blackfield
Oxygen

While I don't think Welcome to My DNA was as good as the first Blackfield album, I enjoyed it slightly more then the second, and all in all I think it was a good album. This song stood out as a favorite right away, it's just so incredibly catchy, in a true Blackfield-way, and I don't even care if some find the lyrics.. "lacking", I really love this.
8Kimbra
Cameo Lover

Another fantastic debut-album, it's hard to pick favorites. However, Cameo Lover gets this spot almost purely because of how catchy it is, rarely I hear a song that gets stuck in my head after the first listen, but this song managed to.
9Petter Carlsen
Spirits in Need

Really good album, this is my favorite song on it. Great artist that has been touring with Anathema some, and I think people should check him out.
10Mogwai
White Noise

Not only my favorite Post-Rock song of the year, but also one of my favorite Mogwai songs all in all. Seeing it live was an immense experience.
11Cloudkicker
Let Yourself Be Huge

While there has been a lot of boner-jokes related to the song and the album-title, I'll let that slide seeing how incredibly good it is. I know this guy rarely uses vocals, but it's a great feature in this song, and I would love to hear it more.
12Ulver
Stone Angels

Most pretentious song this year? Maybe, Ulver as a band could probably fit under that, being a very artsy band. However, being a huge lover of ambient music with cool lyrics read over it, I love this piece.
13Radiohead
Lotus Flower

This song together with Codex were tied as my favorite song from the new Radiohead album, but in the end I have to give it to Lotus Flower. The video was really awesome as well, Thom Yorke dancing is always pro.
14The Dear Hunter
Echo

The Dear Hunter... First off, I could have picked almost all of the songs from The Color Spectrum, there are probably just two songs on the entire thing that I feel are slightly below the others, (mostly due to getting repeated a bit too much), but today I'm gonna say Echo, tomorrow I probably would have said another song.
15Devin Townsend Project
Feather

Really beautiful and atmospheric piece, the intro is just perfect and the only thing that drags this song down slightly for me is that the latter half of the song isn't AS good. (Still really enjoying it obviously)
16Manchester Orchestra
April Fool

Most people would say the title-track, and while I love this, I have to pick April Fool. It's just fun, catchy and has several riffs that just hit homerun with me.
17Bjork
Crystalline

Could have picked several songs from her album, "Mutual Core" was another candidate, but in the end I'm going with the single, "Crystalline". Just a good mix of what makes her so good, and the outro gives it an unique vibe.
18Emilie Simon
Mon Chevalier

Catchy, poppy and my favorite from her new album, "Franky Knight".
19Thrice
Disarmed

Many people would say "Words in the Water", "Anthology" or "Call it in the Air", but the song that took the longest for me to click has also become my favorite, and that is the closing-song.. "Disarmed".
20Tom Waits
Bad As Me

Smoke, Whiskey and the voice of Tom Waits.
21Stateless
Assassinations

Groovy song.
22Fair to Midland
Uh-Oh

Could have picked several songs from this album, but "Uh-Oh" get's the vote.
23Opeth
Folklore

Took a while to click for me to be honest. For a long time I considered "Famine" and "Nepenthe" to be my favorites, but hearing this song live really made me appreciate it more.
24The War on Drugs
Brothers

Indie-rockish music with some ambient in it, cool mix.
25Codes in the Clouds
Where Dirt Meets Water

Really enjoyable Post-Rock.
26Anathema
Sleep in Sanity

Technically not a new song, seeing as it's a new version of a very old song. Still, this song has very little in common with the original. (Some find it good, some find it bad) I really love this, even if it's a simple piece of music.
2765daysofstatic
Rantaloupe

Favorite from the new 65dos album, great tune.
28Eisley
Oxygen Mask

Hard picking favorites from this album since it's all so good, but went with "Oxygen Mask" today, tomorrow it could have been something different.
29Bass Communion
Citadel (q)

Dark, ambient and almost scary. This song is really good, and one of the reasons to why I love the album "Cenotaph" so much.
30Floex
Precious Creature

Electronic, Jazzy and has some interesting vocals. Really digging it.
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