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Best Songs 2011

best-songs-2011This year will be our first extensive IRC Listeners’ Choice Awards for the best songs, albums, debuts, bands and videos. It takes time to do this.  If you’re familiar with the Top 10 Songs page (also see 2011 and 2010), then you know it’s based on which new indie and alternative tracks are selected by readers are streamed and downloaded the most.  We are not aware of any other ‘indie’ rock site that posts a weekly top ten that is determined by how often songs posted during a given week are listened to and downloaded.

The Top 10 Songs series is one of the most popular such playlists (rather than a textual or embed list) for indie and alternative rock on the web, and the page itself has been viewed nearly three million times since it was launched in 2010. Plus, the majority of MP3s for the archived Top 10 playlists for 2010 and 2011 are working – and there’s oodles of create music on those two pages – promise.

It is solid evidence that our listeners have great taste in music, week after week. We decided sometime in September to approach the Best Songs of 2011 mixtape series by creating 12 volumes altogether (see below) – one for each month of the year, starting with, of course, January 2011.

Tell thousands via Tweeter or Facebook you’re favorite track of all 500 Top 10 songs of 2011. Feel free to use the Comments section as well.

Best Songs of 2011 Mixtape, Volumes I-VII (four to go) – updated 2/17/12

Best Songs of 2011, Vol. I January – Listen to the top songs of January 2011 from Bright Eyes, Cage The Elephant, The Radio Dept., Cold War Kids, The Decemberists, Delorean.

Best Songs of 2011, Vol. II, February – Yuck, Radiohead, Panda Bear, Real Estate, Datarock, Fleet Foxes, The Go! Team, Generationals top the charts.

Best Songs of 2011, Vol. III, March – Top March 2011 songs from Beady Eye, The Strokes, The Dodos, Beach Fossils, Papercuts, Starfu*ker, Thom Yorke + Four Tet.

Best Songs of 2011, Vol. IV, April – IRC’s top April 2011 songs from The Kills, The Raveonettes, Panda Bear, Times New Viking, Scattered Trees, I’m From Barcelona.

Best Songs of 2011, Vol. V, May – Most popular May 2011 songs from Fleet Foxes, Danger Mouse, The Shivers, Foster The People, Other Lives, Okkervil River, The Antlers.

Best Songs of 2011, Vol. VI, June – Highest rated June 2011 songs from The Vaccines, Black Lips, Vetiver, Bon Iver, Beirut, Blackbird Blackbird, The Postelles, Jeff The Brotherhood.

Best Songs of 2011, Vol. VII, July – Listeners 2011 songs from Memory Tapes, Washed Out, Beirut, The Fair Ohs, Chairlift, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Night Manager.

Volumes VIII to XII in the works folks!

Not all of the songs featured for a certain month reflect the actual release date of the album they are often tied to. Instead, we go by the month we first posted the single itself, which can be weeks, even months, ahead of the albums’ official release.  Each installment includes at least the first five of each Top 10 for all four weeks of the month (with two weeks exception around end of year holidays) and links to pop over to the original list and listen to the other 5 tracks.

After all of the volumes are completed, we’re going to list the 50 No. 1 Songs of 2011 in one playlist mix and then analyze the web statistics after a couple of weeks to create a final post of THEE Top 10 Songs of 2011 as determined by all of you!

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