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So we had so much fun putting together our Top Albums list, we decided to go ahead and make a Top Songs list too! Hopefully this kind of makes up for not posting all year! This list basically collects the songs that really killed us this year, whether they were world-conquering disco anthems, churning electronic chamber pieces, Billboard Top-40 hits, covers of Billboard Top-40 hits, or slowed-down versions of Dolly Parton classics – these are all just amazing songs.

Our rules for inclusion were simple: only one song per artist (Sorry “Afterlife”!), songs could come from one of our Favorite Albums, but couldn’t have been included in our Favorite Album post (Sorry “Holy”!), and finally, every song had to be unequivocally awesome. I promise they all qualify.

They’re listed below in alphabetical order by artist, because we don’t hate ourselves and weren’t about to rank these in any kind of favorite order. That being said, my favorite song of the year was hands-down “Song For Zula” by Phosphorescent. That song is my 2013 jam. Here’s hoping you find your 2013 jam below.

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It’s been pretty quiet around here for awhile (so quiet that we’re pretty sure just our mom’s are checking this thing at this point) (hi moms!), but even though we haven’t been writing all that much, we promise we’ve still been listening to loads of good music. So putting this list together has been a good chance for us to finally put down how we feel about some of the great stuff we’ve heard this year. We just hope it’s as fun for you to browse through as it was for us to pull together!

Before reading on, just a quick note about a record that’s not on this list: The Head & The Heart’s debut record saw a major label release this year (on Sub Pop), and although we’ve probably listened to that absolute gem of a record more than just about any other this year, we didn’t include it on account of it being on our year-end list for 2010, since they self-released it that year. But just know this: under different circumstances, The Head & The Heart would most certainly top this list. So if you haven’t heard them yet, let that be your invitation! Because they are so great!

So with that out of the way, we’re ready to unveil our Top 21 Albums of 2011. Just remember that this list represents our favorite albums of the year, and not necessarily the best albums of the year. If we had to pick what we thought were the very best albums critically, this list might look a little different. But we’re not critics, so we’re not going to worry about who made the greatest artistic strides or whatever this year. These are simply our very favorite albums of the year: the ones that made us laugh, cry, dance, smile, press repeat, wet our pants, etc. Basically, this is what we’ll remember when we look back on 2011.

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MOKB Presents recently brought Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. to Indy’s White Rabbit Cabaret, and it was hands-down one of the funnest shows we’ve been to in recent memory – so much love from the band, so much love from the crowd, so much “Higher Love” from Steve Winwood. I’ve been meaning to write a summary of the show, but this video sums it up much better than I could ever hope to, so here you go: (thanks MOKB!)

Did you see me and Kristin in there anywhere? Because we were so there. And we were so loving it. You can also check out Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s performance of “Vocal Chords” over at MOKB.

mp3: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Morning Thought
from the album It’s A Corporate World (buy it here)

mp3: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Nothing But Our Love
from the album It’s A Corporate World (buy it here)

PS: D.E.Jr.Jr.’s new record is kind of great and you should be listening to it. Just FYI. Also, I’ve included the setlist from their Indy show after the jump. Just for kicks.

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