American Songwriter’s Top 50 Songs Of 2011

Written by December 13th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

1. Hayes Carll: “Another Like You”

2. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit: “Codeine”

3. Iron & Wine: “Tree By the River”

4. Gillian Welch: “The Way It Goes”

5. Amanda Shires: “When You Need a Train It Never Comes”

6. Wilco: “I Might”

7. Adele: “Someone Like You”

8. Dawes: “If I Wanted Someone”

9. Tom Waits: “Chicago”

10. Drive-By Truckers: “Used to Be a Cop”

11. Jessica Lea Mayfield: “Trouble”

12. Fleet Foxes: “Grown Ocean”

13. Bon Iver: “Perth”

14. Decemberists: “Calamity Song”

15. Feist: “The Circle Married the Line”

16. Paul Simon: “Getting Ready for Christmas Day”

17. Radiohead: “Lotus Flower”

18. Bright Eyes: “Haile Selassie”

19. PJ Harvey: “The Words That Maketh Murder”

20. Lucinda Williams: “Sweet Love”

21. Miranda Lambert: “Fine Tune”

22. Abigail Washburn: “Burn Thru”

23. Robert Ellis: “Friends Like Those”

24. Bill Callahan: “Riding for the Feeling”

25. A.A. Bondy: “Surfer King”

26. Pieta Brown: “Mercury

27. The Felice Brothers: “River Jordan”

28. War on Drugs: “Baby Missiles”

29. Lana del Ray: “Video Games”

30. My Morning Jacket: “Victory Dance”

31. Laura Marling: “The Beast”

32. Steel Magnolia: “Bulletproof”

33. Lykke Li: “I Follow Rivers”

34. tUnE-yArDs: “My Country”

35. Matraca Berg: “You and Tequila”

36. Eleanor Friedberger: “My Mistakes”

37. Marissa Nadler: “Baby, I Will Leave You in the Morning”

38. Those Darlins: “Waste Away”

39. Destroyer: “Savage Night at the Opera”

40. Real Estate: “It’s Real”

41. Pistol Annies: “Trailer for Rent”

42. Florence + the Machine: “Shake It Out”

43. Cass McCombs: “County Line”

44. J Mascis: “Circle”

45. Jens Lekman: “Waiting for Kirsten”

46. Mekons: “I Fall Asleep”

47. Amy Lavere: “Damn Love Song”

48. The Ettes: “Excuse”

49. Anna Calvi: “Suzanne & I”

50. Smith Westerns: “All Die Young”

Read our Staff Picks for Songs of the Year here. Listen to all of the songs on our Top 50 list on Spotify (with a few exceptions) here.

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