Pop/Ed

We’re busy working on our Best Albums of 2011 lists, and as a preview of sorts, I thought I’d share my favorite songs of the year. Notice I didn’t say “best songs” and in some cases, these bands aren’t even close to being on my top album list. But, these are my poppy, hook-laden favorites (in no particular order)…

  • Thurston Moore – Benediction
  • Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Senator
  • Fucked Up – The Other Shoe
  • Cass McCombs – County Line
  • Wild Flag – Romance & Endless Talk
  • Alessi’s Ark – Time Travel (really the whole damn album)
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Doors Unlock and Open
  • Tune Yards – Bizness
  • Wire – Please Take (really the whole damn album)
  • MGMT – I Found a Whistle, Only a Shadow (Daytrotter Live Sessions)
  • The Weeknd – House of Balloons – Glass Table Girls
  • EMA – Marked
  • Mogwai – Mexican Grand Prix
  • Tom Waits – Chicago
  • Horrors – I Can See Through You
  • The Strokes – Machu Picchu
  • Girls – Just a Song, Vomit
  • PJ Harvey – Bitter Branches (really the whole damn album)
  • Decemberists – Calamity song
  • Dum Dum Girls – There is a Light
  • The Kills – Future Starts Now
  • Beastie Boys – OK & Lee Majors Come Again
  • Destroyer – Chinatown
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Into Your Alien Arms (really the whole damn album)
  • Deerhunter – He Would Have Laughed (Live)
  • The Field – Burned Out
  • Atlas Sound – My Angel is Broken
  • Ice Age – White Rune
  • Sallie Ford – Cage
  • St. Vincent – Northern Lights (really the whole damn album)
  • TV On the Radio – Second Song
  • Typhoon – The Honest Truth
  • M83 – OK Pal