The calendar might say we are halfway through 2011, but, dammit, it feels like we are past the mid-point. We’ve seen the rapture come and go, Osama bin Laden get merked and hit the snooze button on the Royal Wedding. Oh, and there’s been a little something called Weinergate. Mother Nature has gone batshit insane. I </3 U, Global Warming!
It’s been a newsy year, no doubt. It’s also been quite a year in music. Some bands’ new records have delivered on the hype (i.e., Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, etc.) while others have disappointed (i.e., Lupe Fiasco, the Strokes, etc.). There have been no shortage of great songs to emerge this year … even on the aforementioned disappointing albums.
You might recall earlier this year I made a favorite songs list consisting of tunes that caught my ear in the first two months of 2011. I did not rank the songs at the time, citing my lack of time spent with them.
Today, I am unveiling Part One of my favorite songs of 2011 (mid-year edition). Part Two will be posted Friday. Per this list: I am going out on a limb and ranking the songs. Just because a song ranks high on this list does not mean it will receive favorable treatment at the end of the year, and vice versa. As always, this is a favorites list NOT a best of list.
Let’s end the wait, shall we? Here are my favorite songs of 2011 (so far).