2011 was an interesting year for rock music, with a tremendous focus on artists with original sounds. Sure, a few of these tunes have a familiar feel, but far more offer us a unique new sound. That’s exciting stuff and leaves me anxiously awaiting 2012. Check out the RARAsFarm Top 25 and let us know what you think.
Bonus Track: Songbird – The Drowning Men. This album was released in 2009, but just re-released in the US this year. “Songbird” is a fantastic song that evokes darker memories of The Arcade Fire.
25. Shake It Out – Florence and the Machine. She’s back with a new album. Honestly, Ceremonials is not as powerful as 2009’s Lungs, but this tune is solid.
24. Get Some – Lykke Li. The Swedish muse told us this one was about power, everyone still believes it’s about sex. Either way – the song rocks.
23. Sing – My Chemical Romance. This is probably the most mainstream song the band has ever released. It’s a synth-laden anthem in waiting.
22. Burn – Papa Roach. This was one of the few new ones on their live Monsters of Annihilation album. Glad we didn’t need to wait for their next studio album for this one.
21. You Are A Tourist – Death Cab For Cutie. The band’s first number one hit, and well deserved. The guitars and layered vocals are beautiful.
20. The Roller – Beady Eye. Liam Gallagher seemingly channeling the Beatles, and it works very well.
19. If You Wanna – The Vaccines. A fun little ditty that will leave you singing. Reminds me lots of their UK brethren The Kaiser Chiefs.
18. Howlin’ For You – The Black Keys. This one was off of their previous album Brothers. The trance-like bass and drums are addictive.
17. Go Outside – Cults. A great debut from the young duo out of Manhattan. The sound is fresh and new. and features a xylophone solo. Nice…
16. Help Is On The Way – Rise Against. The band’s highest charting song, and first to really garner some overdue mainstream attention.
15. Changing – The Airborne Toxic Event. The West Coast rockers do it again. This one again features superb vocals from Mikel Jollet.
14. Baby Don’t Dance – Mother Mother – Ryan Guldemond’s unique vocals highlight this quirky hit from North of the Border.
13. New Low – Middle Class Rut. Finally a commercial success for this under appreciated band out of Sacramento.
12. Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People – The hip, happy song with the dark lyrics swept the world and the festival circuit this summer.
11. Black Night – Dodos. The freight train drums and addictive lyrics powered this song to the band’s most significant airplay.
10. The Sound of Winter – Bush. Gavin and Company are back after a ten year hiatus. and sounding as good as ever.
9. Crystal Vases – The Last Royals. This catchy tune reminisces on a relationship gone bad, and is the highlight of the band’s excellent debut EP.
8. Shake Me Down – Cage the Elephant. The best song on our album of the year, Thank You Happy Birthday. The lyrics reflect on life’s disappointments while hoping for something better. (Check out The Albums of the Year)
7. These Days – Foo Fighters. It’s Dave Grohl’s favorite song that he’s written, ever. Mine, too.
6. Colours – Grouplove. Christian Zucconi’s unique vocal stylings, grunts, groans and a distinctive sound make this the best offering off their excellent debut.
5. What About Us – Handsome Furs. This one brings back memories of a great 90’s rock dance tune from another excellent young Canadian band.
4. Lonely Boy – Black Keys. The only band with two songs on this list, and this might be their best ever. Great stuff off the just-released El Camino.
3. My Body – Young the Giant. These California rockers, created this gem in ten minutes at the conclusion of what was otherwise a crappy day. Amazing.
2. Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall – Coldplay. I think it’s their best ever, and we’ll be listening to this one forever.
1. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie – Red Hot Chili Peppers. It started with a bass chord Flea couldn’t get out of his head. It morphed into be the best Rock song of the year.
You can sample all of the songs below…
Rock On – Cretin