Top 50 Indie Songs of 2011

After spending hours on iTunes, I finally put together my top 50 indie songs of 2011. Although this post isn’t directly about art or design, music is heavily intertwined with the two. Not only does music act as a source of inspiration, it also acts as a spark for many projects. My high school art teacher once said that artists always want to be musicians and musicians always want to be artists. Well in the case of Chaz Bundick, he’s both! Ironically, my top song of this year comes from Toro Y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick) who has a bachelor’s in graphic design. Anyway, here is my list…

"Elise" from Toro Y Moi's album Underneath The Pine

1. Elise / Toro Y Moi
2. Helplessness Blues / Fleet Foxes
3. Get Away / Yuck
4. Midnight City / M83
5. Valentine / Dispatch
6. Cruel / St. Vincent
7. East Harlem / Beirut
8. Bumper / Cults
9. Blue Jeans / Lana Del Rey
10. Separator / Radiohead

11. Polish Girl / Neon Indian
12. Nothing’s In The Flowers / Company of Thieves
13. Wait & See / Holy Ghost!
14. Bizness / tUnE-yArDs
15. Shell Games / Bright Eyes
16. Vomit / Girls
17. Bad Street / Twin Sister
18. By Your Hand / Los Campesinos!
19. FFunny FFriends / Unknown Mortal Orchestra
20. Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out / The Antlers

21. Don’t Move / Phantogram
22. Will Do / TV On The Radio
23. Killin the Vibe / Ducktails (ft. Panda Bear)
24. Belispeak / Purity Ring
25. MoneyGrabber / Fitz & The Tantrums
26. End of the Night / Smith Westerns
27. Need You Now / Cut Copy
28. Shake It Out / Florence + The Machine
29. Get Some / Lykke Li
30. Under Cover of Darkness / The Strokes

31. The Words That Maketh Murder / PJ Harvey
32. Whirring / The Joy Formidable
33. Dystopia / YACHT
34. Punching In A Dream / Naked and Famous
35. Changing / The Airborne Toxic Event
36. Major Minus / Coldplay
37. Holdin’ On To Black Metal / My Morning Jacket
38. It’s Real / Real Estate
39. Second Chance / Peter Bjorn & John
40. Coming Down / Dum Dum Girls

41. The Suburbs (Arcade Fire cover) / Mr. Little Jeans
42. Screws Get Loose / Those Darlins
43. Sweet 17 / Dirty Beaches
44. Keep You / Class Actress
45. Fuck Her Tears / Times New Viking
46. Street Joy / White Denim
47. Yonkers / Tyler, The Creator
48. The Wilhelm Scream / James Blake
49. Wait In The Dark / Memory Tapes
50. How Come You Never Go There / Feist

For other “Best of” lists for 2k11 and the latest happenings in the indie music world, be sure to check out: Pitchfork, Gorilla vs Bear, My Old Kentucky Blog, Daytrotter, Hipster Runoff, and RCRD LBL.

Feel free to share your list with me @ChrisTyre.

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