Confession time: at the end of every year, I make a mix modeled after the abhorrent Now That’s What I Call Music series.
These aren’t mixes of the best songs of the year — they’re mixes of the best songs of the year run through my own “Now”-style filter. These are the hit singles that play on the imaginary radio station in my alternate universe where people have good taste. So it’s a CD-length (approximately) playlist of my favorite songs of 2011, heavily weighted toward the upbeat, the singles and the songs I played over and over again throughout the year.
This year, I’m going to share my mix with you. Because I’m open like that.
By way of comparison, the most recent actual Now That’s What I Call Music compilation features Nickelback, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5 and David Guetta. As Lana from Archer would say: “Noooope.” This is better.
1. Fucked Up/Queen of Hearts
2. The Strokes/Under Cover of Darkness
3. Beastie Boys/Make Some Noise
4. The Joy Formidable/Whirring
5. Girls/Honey Bunny
6. Wild Flag/Romance
7. Okkervil River/Rider
8. The Vaccines/If You Wanna
9. Dropkick Murphys/Peg O’ My Heart
10. Mates of State/Palomino
11. Cults/You Know What I Mean
12. Dum Dum Girls/Bedroom Eyes
13. The Decemberists/Calamity Song
14. R.E.M./Oh My Heart
15. St. Vincent/Cruel
16. Jay-Z and Kanye West/Niggas in Paris
18. Childish Gambino/Freaks and Geeks
19. Cut Copy/Need You Now
20. The Antlers/I Don’t Want Love
21. Lana Del Rey/Video Games
22. M83/Midnight City
Special Bonus: Here’s a video of Patrick Stickles from Titus Andronicus performing “Video Games” in his parents’ house. It’s one of the most endearing things I’ve seen all year.