NME.COM

50 best tracks of the year 2011

  • 50 – Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, 'AKA What A Life!' Noel made a spectacular comeback this year, putting his Beady Eye brother to shame with this classic tune.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 49 – Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, 'If I Had A Gun'. Classic slice of Noel G bombast and longing.

    Photo:

    Added: 28 Nov 2011

  • 48 – Cold Cave, 'The Green Pan Is Dead' New York quartet re-think the dour 80's disco-goth song for 2011 with astounding results.

    Photo:

    Added: 16 Feb 2010

  • 47 – Dananananaykrod, 'Muscle Memory'. A herky, jerky slice of fuzz pop.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 46 – Austra, 'Lose It'. The poppiest moment from an album of cold-wave thrills.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 45 – Iceage, 'Broken Bones'. A primal, No Wave roar from the Danish noiseniks.

    Photo:

    Added: 01 Sep 2011

  • 44 – Joe Goddard ft Valentina, 'Gabriel'. A slice of housey pop joy like Hercules And Love Affair when they were good.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 43 – Azari and III, 'Reckless With Your Love'. A walloping huge disco anthem that had a darker undercurrent.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 42 – Factory Floor, 'Real Love'. Produced by New Order's Stephen Morris, it summarized their live show experience perfectly. A banging slice of techno.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 41 – Metronomy, 'She Wants'. Quite Cure-like in its underwater vibes.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 40 – Justice, 'Civilization'. Massive dance slash 80s hair metal monster. What a comeback!

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 39 – Friends, 'I'm His Girls'. A hip slice of New York new wave which conjured images of summer evenings spent breakdancing on the sidewalk.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 38 – Beyonce, 'Run The World (Girls)'. A herky, jerky Diplo-sampling slice of dancefloor empowerment.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 37 – Marina And The Diamonds, 'Radioactive'. Marina did what she'd be threatening to do all along and went full-on pop. The results are pretty exciting.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 36 – Hercules & Love Affair, 'My House'. 90s house overflowing with party-tastic vibes.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 35 – SBTRKT Ft. Little Dragon, 'Wildfire'. A jittery skittery Timbaland-like beat with Little Dragon's Yumi doing her best smooth R'n'B diva.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 34 – Austra , 'Beat And The Pulse'. Chilling gothtronica moment from Katie Stelmanis and co.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 33. Alex Turner, 'Piledriver Waltz'. Breath-takingly beautiful slice of modern poetry from Mr Turner in troubadour mode.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 32 – Ghostpoet, 'Liiines'. A hazy, utterly unforgettable slice of Brit hip hop sadness. Don't forget, you can vote for your tracks of the year on the site now.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 31 – The Drums, 'Money'. Simple, effective and heartsore, Jonathan Pierce emotes like a penny pinching Morrissey over jangling guitar motifs.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 30 – Adele, 'Rolling In The Deep (Jamie XX Shuffle)'. Jamie took the sparse soul breakdown of the original and re-planted it as a desperate dance-off.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 29 – Bombay Bicycle Club, 'Shuffle'. A high octane slice of indie-pop which heralded the next wave of BBC's sound.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 28 – The Vaccines, 'Post Break Up Sex'. Less is more. Indie economy at its best on the Vaccines second single.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 27 – Little Dragon, 'Ritual Union'. An irresistible slab of electro-pop goodness from the Gothenburg band.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 26 – Rihanna, 'We Found Love'. Ri Ri's instantly catchy missive saw Calvin Harris' incessant chorus lodging in your head like a sonic earworm.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 25 – The Strokes, 'Under The Cover Of Darkness'. A slice of classic Strokes-isms, this was the brightest moment from an unwhelming album.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 24 – Glasvegas, 'The World Is Yours'. Never knowingly under-sung, this was Glasvegas at their shimmering, shining best.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 23 – Florence + The Machine, 'Shake It Out' An epic power-pop moment with thundering drums and Florence doing her ball-busting vocal thing.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 22 – Arctic Monkeys, 'The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala'. Alex Turner gets poetic and seductive in this paean to the girl he loves over haunting Smith-ian riffs galore.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 21 – Foster The People, 'Pumped Up Kicked'. The anthem of the summer and 2011's 'Kids'.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 20 – Milk Music, 'Beyond Living' J. Mascis crossed with Husker Du go for a balls-to-the-wall rock out.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 19 – Anna Calvi, 'Blackout'. A rollicking, grand tune from the first lady of, um, grand tunes.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 18 – Azealia Banks, '212'. Potty mouth won our hearts and minds with her sassy flow.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 26 Oct 2011

  • 17 – Katy B, 'Broken Record'. She's wasn't just in love with the club she was in love with love as this stormer proved.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 16 – Summer Camp, 'I Want You'. Elizabeth takes on the Single White Female role in this fine synth pop number.

    Photo:

    Added: 28 Nov 2011

  • 15 – Spector, 'Never Fade Away'. As epic as anything on Jarvis' first solo album, this showed that indie ponce pop was in fine fettle.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 14 – The Vaccines, 'If You Wanna'. Guitars bang up against succinct bass and clattering drums as The V's show The Strokes what they should have been doing this year.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 13 – Niki & The Dove, 'The Fox'. Goth-synth masterpiece from the Scando-pop duo.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 12 – Kurt Vile, 'Baby's Arms'. A heartbreaking song about longing and being weary of being on the road.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 11 – Metronomy, 'The Look'. A song which chimes and purrs with an end-of-the-pier charm.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 10 – M83, 'Midnight City'. The spirit of 'Oxygene' mixes with a sense of synth grandoise-ness in Anthony Gonzalez' finest moment.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 9 – Howler, 'I Told You Once'. A shot of damn catchy, adolescent angst from the Next Big Things.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 8 – tUnE - yArDs, 'Bizness'. A squalling mix of psych-pop and playground urgency.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 7 – Metronomy, 'The Bay'. This popular number came across like Steely Dan's Donald Fagen doing on a midnight run on Brighton Beach.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 6 – Battles, 'Ice Cream'. Like a malevolent nursery rhyme, this Kraut rock stormer was insanely catchy.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 5 – Wild Beasts, 'Bed Of Nails'. A mellow and atmospheric slice of sauce-pop.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 4 – PJ Harvey, 'The Words That Maketh Murder'. Another deeply relevant state of the nation track with a folksy sing-a-long quality to the tune to boot.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 3 – The Horrors, 'Still Life'. Dusky, sad and showing a band in absolute mastery of their songwriting.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 2 – Tyler The Creator, 'Yonkers' Rapping about a triceratops? This tune had the balls to pull it off.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011

  • 1 – Lana Del Rey, 'Video Games'. As instantly classic anything we'd heard this year. A dark epic. Vote for your own tracks of 2011 online now.

    Photo:

    Added: 23 Nov 2011