Top Songs of 2011: 30-21

Today’s favorite songs are major reminders of college radio in the mid 2000’s. For some songs, I’ve made dance suggestions, and for one song, there is a questionable drink request. Enjoy responsibly!

30. “She’s Thunderstorms” – Arctic Monkeys

Suck It and See is the first Arctic Monkeys album that I’ve really liked. It’s a little more grown. Everything else just sounded too much like the Fratellis.

29. “Super Duper Rescue Heads!” – Deerhoof

Ultra dancey superhero music!

28. “The Valley” – Okkervil River

Okkervil consistently releases really good stuff. Even their less impressive albums have at least two to three great songs. This song reminds me of Murder Ballads for no discernable reason.

27. “Civilization” – Justice

Justice makes good strut music. For the modern man who just needs to strut.

26. “City of Refuge” – Abigail Washburn

Another of my favorite albums of 2011. I was addicted to her Tiny Desk Concert.

25. “For Charles Bronson” – Mountain Goats

This Year” was the fuck-all-things-will-be-great song of 2005. This song is a little more inspirational, but it fills the same need.

24. “Abducted” – Cults

This song makes me Snoopy dance.

23. “Henny and Gingerale” – Mayer Hawthorne

Soul Train! Hawthorne channels so much Marvin Gaye on How Do You Do, and this is the clincher. But, what an awful drink suggestion.

22. “Come Back to Me” – The Rapture

This is like a funkier Devotchka, or a Gogol Bordello song with a heavier groove.

21. “You Turn Clear in the Sun” – Telekinesis

12 Desperate Straight Lines would have been a great album for driving through Kentucky during the summer. I don’t know if they use a toy piano on this, but whatever that is, I love it.

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