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Top 5 Songs Of 2011

Five obvious picks from a good year. Fun all round. I didn't include that one song just to spite you.
5The Black Keys
Lonely Boy

If this was a 'most infuriatingly catchy song of the year' list, this would
definitely come out on top. From the propitious opening rumbles of guitar to
the ridiculously triumphant last chorus, the whole song is a riotous stomp
which is basically the perfect example of how to write a really, really good
rock song. Also: 'WOOOOOAH, OOOH, OH, OOOOOH' etc.

Comically unassuming intro notwithstanding, this song quickly spirals out
into a breakneck, enthusiastic anthem about who-knows-what that is, for
lack of a less 'internetty' term, truly epic. Ellery Robert's manic vocals and
the driving drums keep things moving along at a seemingly ever-increasing
pace, and before you know it it's all over and you're left, reeling, itching to
press play once again.
3Bon Iver

It's odd to think that such a seemingly sprawling, inventive song never
actually really goes anywhere musically, simply hammering out its verse-
chorus ad infinitum. But still, the constant embellishments in the form of
brass and synths are, whilst obviously a nice touch, not even necessary;
the hypnotic lull of THAT riff and Vernon's best lyrics to date ensure that
Holocene is a perfect portal for introspection that has weathered some of
the most repeat plays a song's ever gotten from me admirably. Stunning.

Easily the most gorgeous, enticing first 30 seconds or so of any song from
2011, and possibly one of the 'loveliest' intros of all time if I'm honest. Just
the most beautiful soundscape imaginable, with Bejar's - as ever - poetic
lyrics and newly refined vocal delivery leading the 'actual' song portions of
the track. Again, this never gets old.
1Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues

Possibly the most natural sounding, effortlessly evocative chorus ever with
the strong vocal melody of the whole year. Replete with a crazy shift of
dynamics as it enters its second half, it's a song that is yet to get old after
a LOT of listening since the album's release.
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