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Best of 2011: Songs of the year

All week long we’re looking back at the year in music. Here’s a look at the best songs of the year, from the ears of select Reverb staffers.

John Hendrickson, Reverb managing editor

10. The War On Drugs, “Baby Missiles”
9. Pictureplane, “Body Mod”
8. Fleet Foxes, “Grown Ocean”
7. Cut Copy, “Take Me Over”
6. Smith Westerns, “Still New”
5. Ha Ha Tonka, “Usual Suspects”
4. Kanye West & Jay-Z, “Otis”
3. Black Lips, “Family Tree”
2. Skrillex, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”
1. Girls, “Honey Bunny”

John Wenzel, Reverb executive editor

10. Active Child, “Hangin’ On”
9. Kanye West and Jay-Z, “Ni**as in Paris”
8. Girls, “Forgiveness”
7. Bon Iver, “Calgary”
6. Emancipator, “Siren (Tor Remix)”
5. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, “Letter Divine”
4. Boston Spaceships, “The Vicelords”
3. Real Estate, “It’s Real”
2. The Rosebuds, “Woods”
1. Wye Oak, “Civilian”

Colin St. John, Reverb columnist

10. Dawes, “So Well”
9. Liturgy, “Generation”
8. TV on the Radio, “You”
7. Pictureplane, “Breath Work”
6. Drake w/ Rick Ross, “Lord Knows”
5. Kanye West and Jay-Z, “Why I Love You”
4. M83, “Midnight City”
3. The Strokes, “Taken for a Fool”
2. Lana Del Rey, “Video Games”
1. John Maus, “Quantum Leap”

Lisa Higginbotham, Reverb photographer

10. Cage The Elephant, “Around My Head”
9. Gardens and Villa, “Orange Blossom”
8. Kurt Vile, “Jesus Fever”
7. Tennis, “Marathon”
6. The War On Drugs, “Baby Missiles”
5. Le Butcherettes, “Dress Off”
4. AWOLNATION, “Sail”
3. Peter Bjorn and John, “Dig A Little Deeper”
2. The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
1. Foster the People, “Pumped Up Kicks”

Craig Randall, Reverb writer

10. Kanye West and Jay-Z, “Otis”
9. Pictureplane, “Trancegendered”
8. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx, “I’ll Take Care of You”
7. Tennis, “Origins”
6. Spank Rock with Big Freedia, “Nasty”
5. Drake, “Over My Dead Body”
4. The Rapture, “In the Grace of your love”
3. Bibio, “Wake Up”
2. Gauntlet Hair, “Keep Time”
1. Zoo Kid, “Out Getting Ribs”

Mike Long, Reverb writer

10. Washed Out, “Amor Fati”
9. Lykke Li, “Get Some”
8. Real Estate, “Out Of Tune”
7. A.A. Bondy, “Rte. 28/Believers”
6. Tennis, “Long Boat Pass”
5. Lindsey Buckingham, “Gone Too Far”
4. Antlers, “No Widows”
3. Smith Westerns, “Weekend”
2. Shapes Have Fangs,”The Desert (Has A Place For You)”
1. Adele, “I’ll Be Waiting”

Paige Montgomery, Reverb writer

10. Lansdowne, “Conquer Them All”
9. Volbeat, “A Warrior’s Call”
8. Rev Theory, “The Fire
7. Five Finger Death Punch, “Under and Over It”
6. Otherwise, “Soldiers”
5. Rise Against, “Help Is on the Way”
4. Korn feat. Skrillex, “Get Up”
3. Hollywood Undead, “Been to Hell”
2. Seether, “Tonight”
1. Rihanna, “We Found Love”

Kristopher Coe, Reverb writer

10. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “FFunny FFriends”
9. Peter Bjorn & John, “Second Chance”
8. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, “If I Had A Gun”
7. Jay-Z & Kanye West, “Otis”
6. Other Lives, “Tamer Animals”
5. The Vaccines, “Norgaard”
4. Lykke Li, “Get Some”
3. Kurt Vile, “In My Time”
2. Adele, “Rolling In The Deep”
1. Death Cab For Cutie, “You Are A Tourist”

See other lists from this week: Concerts of the year and local artists of the year.

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  • http://twitter.com/DenverPaige Paige Montgomery

    Can’t wait to see what comes out in 2012! 

  • http://twitter.com/craigrandall Craig Randall

    loved seeing the prevalence of Colorado artists on other staffers’ lists. Excited to see what’s in store from the locals in 2012. 

  • Dylan

    These are legitimately some of the worst lists I’ve ever seen..

    • Ed

      Missing your favorites (Bieber, Katy Perry and Phish) ?