Pardon my uncoordinated taste.

12. Austra, "Lose It"

For the glassy, fluting beats, a pulsing tempo, and Katie Stelmanis' uniquely aqueous vocals.

11. Neon Indian,

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My 12 Favorite Songs of 2011

Pardon my uncoordinated taste.

12. Austra, "Lose It"

For the glassy, fluting beats, a pulsing tempo, and Katie Stelmanis' uniquely aqueous vocals.

11. Neon Indian, "Polish Girl"

For Alan Palomo's transformative ability to turn robotic blips and bleeps into a glittering pop song.

10. Bon Iver, "Beth/Rest"

For Justin Vernon writing a tongue-in-cheek homage to Christopher Cross on the 80s synth-tastic soft rock original and then flipping it over and recreating it into this stunning piano version. The year's best slow jam.

9. Yuck, "Georgia"

For showcasing fuzz rock at its best--modest and muffled but also dashing and joyous, with some lovely boy/girl vocal harmonies. My favorite indie breakouts of the year.

8. Girls, "Honey Bunny"

For being one of many irrepressibly sunny hallmarks on Girls' superb Father, Son, Holy Ghost; for making bony bodies and dirty hair endearing traits.

7. The Kills, "Future Starts Slow"

For being one of the most rocking opening tracks (Blood Pressures) in recent memory; for exemplifying the Kills' best musical qualities--aggression, sex, grandeur, and thrills.

6. Beyoncé, "Countdown"

For managing to stand out on an album packed with perfect tracks (4, my favorite record of 2011); for its exuberant hipness ("Every hipster, that's their favorite song"--Beyoncé, on "Countdown"); and for being accompanied by this future classic music video.

5. Milagres, "Glowing Mouth"

For its stately, swelling beauty, its hymnal organ piping, Kyle Wilson's melting falsetto; for providing a promising preview of one of today's most promising indie bands.

4. Beat Connection, "Silver Screen"

For its otherworldly aura and sweet, subtle romanticism; for being one of two local pop songs sophisticated enough to measure up to artists with ten times the fame and acclaim. [Side note: I know the first version of this song surfaced in 2010, but since it was rereleased early in 2011 along with the above Dumb Eyes video, I'm counting it].

3. St. Vincent, "Cruel"

For showcasing Annie Clark's brand of pop music--urbane, polished, and feminine, but also a little odd and jagged, and with a killer riffing guitar solo. Strange Mercy, my runner-up for favorite record of 2011.

2. Phantogram, "Don't Move"

For being the brightest, shiniest song Phantogram's ever written; for its luminous synths and horn samples and its twinkling, enticing dance chorus.

1. Britney Spears, "Till the World Ends"

For its infectious handclaps, its snarling vocals, its body-moving beats, for being Britney's best, most glorious and victorious single since "Toxic." Other blogs have been lauding the reworked version of "Till the World Ends" featuring Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha, but I find the original to be, in Britney's own words, sicker than the remix.

 
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