Tracks of 2011

I know I’ve been AWOL for a very long time. I can only but this down to me being a pretty shit person, and a third year student with a crippling amount of work (and a newly discovered Football Manager addiction). But I’m back, and I’ll promise to post more regularly this year, starting off with this round up I did for Propaganda of the top tracks of last year. See what you think …

It’s a New Year and a new start for many of us, but here at Propaganda, we’re taking one quick step back into 2011 to get together the only list you need from last year. Forget NME, Kerrang and all that ilk, here are our top tracks of 2011, in no particular order.

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Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See
While doubters argued that the Monkeys had lost it after the madness that was ‘Brick By Brick’, Turner and co. won us all over with this almost Smiths-inspired piece of brilliance that saw Turner bemoaning his inability to write poetry and most wonderfully of all, comparing his special someone to that fantastic drink that is Dandelion and Burdock.

Spector – Never Fade Away
One of 2It’s a New Year and a new start foIt’s a New Year and a new start for many of us, but here at Propaganda, we’re taking one quick step back into 2011 to get together the only list you need from last year. Forget NME, Kerrang and all that ilk, here are our top tracks of 2011, in no particular order.

Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See
While doubters argued that the Monkeys had lost it after the madness that was ‘Brick By Brick’, Turner and co. won us all over with this almost Smiths-inspired piece of brilliance that saw Turner bemoaning his inability to write poetry and most wonderfully of all, comparing his special someone to that fantastic drink that is Dandelion and Burdock.

Spector – Never Fade Away
One of 2012’s biggest hopes released this slice of indie-pop perfection in a very similar vein to that of The Strokes and their early indie brilliance. Insanely catchy, dripping in brilliance, and simply decidedly excellent, if Spector aren’t massive this year, I’ll eat my hat.

The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness
Perhaps they should be the recipients of the award for the worst lie of the year, as the music press and fans alike foamed at the mouth at the possibility of ‘Angles’ being the best thing since ‘Is This It’. That never happened, sadly, but Under Cover Of Darkness is admittedly one of the best guitar tracks of the year, serving as a timely reminder of how good The Strokes were. And just so everyone’s agreed, we’re leaving Angles in 2011, yeah?

The Vaccines – Post Break-Up Sex
Taking it back to the pure simplicity of rock n roll, 2011 belonged to The Vaccines, with Post Break-Up Sex being one of the most relatable, and simply brilliant, singles of the entire year. They could very easily have gone the same way as Viva Brother (remember them?) but simple rock and roll wins through in the end, and has seen the very dapper boys nominated for the best breakthrough award at next months Brits.

Tribes – We Were Children
In We Were Children, Tribes have created that once a year thing of a summertime anthem, and then spread that euphoric, reminiscent feeling across their collected works. Steeped in the current grunge/American revivalist sounds, itreally highlights how with the right production anthems are made. Yet anothertip for 2012, Tribes are currently riding high as Camden’s flavour of the month after releasing their debut album this week.

Miles Kane – Come Closer
This former Rascal stepped out on his own this year, and he did it with
style. Come Closer is retro rock and roll at its very best, oozing with stylesophistication and glamour with a catchy chorus to go with it. While he may still be living under a certain Monkey’s shadow, if he carries on as he has done this year, Miles Kane could well steal the crown from the Modfather himself.

Los Campesinos! – By Your Hand
Lead track from their recent album ‘Hello Sadness’ is full of Gareth’s brutally honest and irresistibly suggestive lyrics mixed with an array of handclaps, guitar hooks and effortless keys to create something that wouldn’t sound out of place on a late 80s/early 90s video game. Basically excellent. And that’s not even mentioning the Rob “Sparky Deathcap” Campesinos’ so called sex rap as the track reaches its final stages and the truly magnificent harmonies throughout.

Smith Westerns – Weekend
Laden with T-Rex inspired guitars, Weekend is quite simply brilliant. Easily the stand out track from my own personal album of the year, the swooning, spangly, Summer-y essence of this sing along treat puts it right up there as just amazing. If you’ve never heard these Chicago babes before, I urge you to get right on it!

Nicola Roberts – Beat Of My Drum
Representing the pop contingent of the year, Beat Of My Drum was only one of many outstanding tracks on THE pop album of the year. Forget Cheryl and the rest of Girls Aloud, my favourite member won us all over with her mix of quirky fun pop that, in the rein of miserable warblers cough Adele cough it was just what we needed. I defy anyone not to put this on and at least smile.

And finally to end, the award for ironically brilliant track of the year goes to:

Rebecca Black – Friday
The stick I get for this is insane. To begin with I hated this, but it is catchy as hell.Just don’t let on that you listen to this tragically bad, lyrically insane masterpiece, maybe just leave it as a guilty little secret, or a reminder that no matter how bad life is you’re not the poor 13 year old that is Rebecca Black (harsh, but it had to be said).

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