By Amanda DK

‘Tis that time of year again.  When it begins to snow on the east coast, turns to sweater weather on the west coast and music lovers far and wide begin posting their lists of the best 50 or 100 songs of 2011.  First of all, I only got to 45 this year and second of all I don’t feel comfortable claiming these songs to be the “best.” “Best” is a strong word.  In no particular order, below you will find just some of the songs that moved me personally this year. Moved me to dance, sing, cry, stomp, flail, fist pump, clap, smile, jump, shout, hum, or sometimes all of the above.  I can only hope you love them half as much as I do; maybe even get turned on to an artist you’ve never considered before.  Enjoy!

Gotye “Somebody I Used To Know”

The Barr Brothers “Beggar in the Morning”

NewVillager “Lighthouse” [Read More]

Grouplove “Colours (Captain Cuts Remix)”

Milo Greene “1957” [Read More]

Battles feat. Matias Aguayo “Ice Cream”

Thao & Mirah “Eleven” [Read More]

The Kills “Nail In My Coffin”  [Read More]

Yellow Ostrich “WHALE” [Read More]

Braids “Plath Heart” [Read More]

tUnE-yArDs “Bizness”

Other Lives “Dust Bowl III”

White Denim “Anvil Everything”

Givers “Up Up Up” [Read More]

The One AM Radio “An Old Photo of Your New Lover”

The Belle Brigade “Where Not To Look For Freedom”

Alexander “In The Twilight”

TV on the Radio “Second Song”

Eulogies “You Hide”

AgesandAges “Under A Cloud Shaped Like A Tomb” [Read More]

Architecture in Helsinki “That Beep”

The Civil Wars “Barton Hollow”

Laura Marling “The Beast”

St. Vincent “Cruel”

Iron & Wine “Walking Far From Home”

Feist “Undiscovered First”

Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi “Two Against One”

My Morning Jacket “Holdin’ On To Black Metal”

The Limousines “Internet Killed The Video Star” [Read More]

Oh Land “Voodoo”

Grace Woodroofe “Bear”

Typhoon “The Honest Truth”

Motopony “Seer”

Friendly Fires “Live Those Days Tonight”

Cut Copy “Need You Now”

The Black Keys “Lonely Boy”

J. Irvin Dally “Teething”

Florence + The Machine “Bedroom Hymns”

Slow Club “The Dog”

The Features “How It Starts” [Read More]

Enrique Iglesias feat. The WAV.s and Pitbull “I Like How It Feels”

Matt & Kim “Cameras”

Lykke Li “Rich Kids Blues”

Rostam “Wood”

Kimbra “Settle Down”

If you’re hungry for more, I asked over sixty of my friends (many music professionals) to send me their favorite songs of the year.  I received somewhere around 170 songs.  You can check them all out on Spotify.

And I highly recommend heading over to any (or all) of following to hear their picks as well.  They have good taste:

Rollo & Grady
New Music Collaborative
One Thirty BPM