My Personal Choices for The Best of 2011

The best of 2011, in no particular order.

Best Songs:

  • “Whirring” – The Joy Formidable
  • “Came Out Swinging” – The Wonder Years
  • “My Oh My” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • “Outside” – Childish Gambino
  • “Some Boys” – Death Cab for Cutie
  • “You Are A Tourist” – Death Cab for Cutie
  • “Force A Smile” – Sleeper Agent
  • “Helplessness Blues” – Fleet Foxes
  • “Skinny Genes” – Eliza Doolittle
  • “Gone” – Ian Axel
  • “This Is Why We Fight” – The Decemberists
  • “Miss Nothing” – The Pretty Reckless
  • “Goin’ Down” – The Pretty Reckless
  • “Colours” – Grouplove
  • “Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster The People
  • “Man’s Will” – Aldea
  • “Rivers and Roads” – The Head and the Heart
  • “Waiting For My Chance to Come” – Noah and the Whale
  • “Tonight’s the Kind Of Night” – Noah and the Whale
  • “Life Is Life” – Noah and the Whale

Best Song Honorable Mentions:

  • “After Midnight” – Blink-182
  • “Barton Hollow” – The Civil Wars
  • “Bottom of the River” – Delta Rae

Best Albums:

  • Light Me UpThe Pretty Reckless
  • Wasting LightFoo Fighters
  • CeremonialsFlorence + The Machine
  • Bon IverBon Iver
  • Suburbia, I’ve Given You All And Now I’m NothingThe Wonder Years
  • CampChildish Gambino
  • Helplessness BluesFleet Foxes
  • The King Is DeadThe Decemberists
  • Codes & KeysDeath Cab for Cutie
  • This Is The New YearIan Axel
  • The Rip TideBeirut
  • Camera Cast EPCamera Cast
  • Never Trust A Happy SongGrouplove
  • Last Night On EarthNoah and the Whale
  • The Head And The Heart The Head and the Heart
  • I’m With YouRed Hot Chili Peppers

Best Remix/Mashup:

  • RAC – “Why Even Try (feat. Sara Quin)”
  • DJ Fresh feat. Sian Evans – “Louder (Flux Pavilion & Doctor P Remix)”
  • The Pretty Reckless – “Islands/Love The Way You Lie”

Best Discoveries (Song/Album/Artist):

  • Sleeper Agent
  • Grouplove
  • The Pretty Reckless
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Breakthrough Artists:

  • Sleeper Agent
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Grouplove

Best Seattle Artists:

  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Mad Rad
  • Camera Cast
  • Aldea
  • Death Cab For Cutie
  • Ghost Town Riot

Best Seattle Songs:

  • “My Oh My” – Macklemore
  • “Don’t Trust A Hipster” – Skam
  • “Man’s Will” – Aldea
  • “Some Boys” – Death Cab for Cutie
  • “Mother” – Camera Cast
  • “Outliers” – K-Rad

Best Live Acts:

  • Death Cab For Cutie
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Cage The Elephant/Manchester Orchestra/Sleeper Agent
  • Grouplove
  • Noah and the Whale
  • Foster the People
  • The Head And The Heart

Best Mainstream Albums/Songs:

  • Adele, 21
  • Florence + The Machine, Ceremonials
  • Foster The People, “Pumped Up Kicks”
  • Christina Perri, lovestrong and “A Thousand Years”
  • Demi Lovato, “Skyscraper”

Best Remixer/Mash-Up Artists:

  • RAC
  • The Reborn Identity
  • The Hood Internet

Best Dubstep/Electronic Songs:

  • Avicii – “Levels”
  • Skrillex – “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”
  • Skrillex – “Kill Everybody”

Best Cover Songs:

  • Brett Dennen, “Hard Times”
  • Ella Mae Bowen, “Holding Out For A Hero”
  • Eliza Doolittle, “Fuck You”

Best Production:

  • Childish Gambino, Outside
  • Death Cab for Cutie, Codes and Keys
  • The Pretty Reckless, Light Me Up
  • Ian Axel, This Is The New Year
  • Foo Fighters, Wasting Light

Best Music Videos:

  • Delta Rae, “Bottom of the River”
  • Kina Grannis, “In Your Arms”
  • Fleet Foxes, “The Shrine/An Argument”

Best Album Artwork:

  • Codes and Keys, Death Cab for Cutie
  • Neighborhoods, Blink-182
  • This Is The New Year, Ian Axel

About Dylan Visvikis

Dylan Visvikis is a working screenwriter and director in Los Angeles. View all posts by Dylan Visvikis

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