Saturday, 31 December 2011

COMPILATIONS: The Essential 100 2011 - LISTEN


'The Essential 100: 2011' is a 100 track, 6 CD compilation of 2011's best tracks.

Every year since 1997 I have created annual compilations of the year's best tracks, with the exception of the years in between 2004 and 2009. In 2010 I returned to my yearly compilation making and decided upon changing my yearly best of format to a 'Top 100' compilation. The running order of the compilation is not a countdown, chart or ordered list of the top 100, I just put the songs where they sounded best across the 6 CDs.




CD1
1. FOO FIGHTERS - BRIDGE BURNING
2. KASABIAN - LET'S ROLL LIKE WE USED TO
3. DOYLE AND THE FOURFATHERS - DARK TIMES, LUMINOUS PEOPLE
4. NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS - DREAM ON
5. THE HORRORS - YOU SAID
6. MOGWAI - WHITE NOISE
7. THE FALL - TAKING OFF
8. TOM WAITS - BAD AS ME
9. YUCK - GET AWAY
10. THE VACCINES - IF YOU WANNA
11. BRETT ANDERSON - BRITTLE HEART
12. BABYBIRD - BEAUTIFUL HAZE
13. THE STROKES - UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS
14. THE LIVING END - HEATWAVE
15. FRANK TURNER - RIVERS
16. MILES KANE - REARRANGE
17. BEADY EYE - FOUR LETTER WORD
18. ELBOW - LIPPY KIDS

CD 2 
1. COLDPLAY - HURTS LIKE HEAVEN
2. REM - UBERLIN
3. ARCTIC MONKEYS - SHE'S THUNDERSTORMS
4. THE BLACK KEYS - LONELY BOY
5. METRONOMY - THE LOOK
6. FLEET FOXES - MONTEZUMA
7. THE LEISURE SOCIETY - DUST ON THE DANCEFLOOR
8. THE DECEMBERISTS - DON'T CARRY IT ALL
9. LOW - TRY TO SLEEP
10. MOGWAI - MEXICAN GRAND PRIX
11. RADIOHEAD - LOTUS FLOWER
12. NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS - AKA WHAT A LIFE!
13. PURESSENCE - BURMA
14. KASABIAN - ACID TURKISH BATH (SHELTER FROM THE STORM)
15. DOYLE AND THE FOURFATHERS - SUMMER RAIN
16. MILES KANE - MY FANTASY
17. WHITE LIES - STRANGERS
18. THE LIVING END - MACHINE GUN

CD 3
1. FOO FIGHTERS - THESE DAYS
2. THE VINES - GIMME LOVE
3. MICHAEL KIRWANUKA - TELL ME A TALE
4. STEVE CRADOCK - STEPPIN' ASIDE
5. BABYBIRD - JESUS STAG NIGHT CLUB
6. ELBOW - NEAT LITTLE ROWS
7. ARCTIC MONKEYS - DON'T SIT DOWN 'CAUSE I'VE MOVED YOUR CHAIR
8. RODDY WOOMBLE - A NEW DAY HAS BEGUN
9. THE DECEMBERISTS - ROX IN THE BOX
10. COLDPLAY - MAJOR MINUS
11. THE CROOKES - CHORUS OF FOOLS
12. THE ANSWERING MACHINE - ANIMALS
13. THE FALL - NATE WILL NOT RETURN
14. BEASTIE BOYS - NON STOP DISCO POWERPACK
15. YUCK - GEORGIA
16. MOGWAI - SAN PEDRO
17. PURESSENCE - SOLID STATE
18. CASHIER 9 - LOST AT SEA
19. BRETT ANDERSON - CRASH ABOUT TO HAPPEN

CD 4
1. FLEET FOXES - HELPLESSNESS BLUES
2. MILES KANE - COME CLOSER
3. BEADY EYE - KILL FOR A DREAM
4. THE HORRORS - STILL LIFE
5. THE VACCINES - ALL IN WHITE
6. NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS - SOLDIER BOYS AND JESUS FREAKS
7. KASABIAN - I HEAR VOICES
8. HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT - THE CORONER'S FOOTNOTE
9. BABYBIRD - NOT LOVE
10. BEADY EYE - THREE RING CIRCUS
11. THE BLACK KEYS - DEAD AND GONE
12. CASHIER 9 - OH PITY
13. MY MORNING JACKET - HOLDING ON TO BLACK METAL
14. WHITE LIES - HOLY GHOST
15. PETE AND THE PIRATES - WASHING POWDER
16. LITTLE BARRIE - SURF HELL
17. DOYLE AND THE FOURFATHERS - SHAPE AND FORM
18. WHITE DENIM - IS AND IS AND IS
19. MOGWAI - GEORGE SQUARE THATCHER DEATH PARTY 

CD 5
1. BEASTIE BOYS - SAY IT
2. TOM WAITS - HELL BROKE LUCE
3. YUCK - SHOOK DOWN
4. MANIC STREET PREACHERS - THIS IS THE DAY
5. THE LIVING END - UNIVERSE
6. S.C.U.M - WHITECHAPEL
7. FLEET FOXES - GROWN OCEAN
8. THE DECEMBERISTS - JANUARY HYMN
9. THE RAPTURE - HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE
10. THE HORRORS - MOVING FURTHER AWAY
11. ARCTIC MONKEYS - SUCK IT AND SEE
12. RODDY WOOMBLE - LEAVING WITHOUT GOLD
13. THE BLACK KEYS - NOVA BABY
14. GRUFF RHYS - IF WE WERE WORDS WE WOULD RHYME
15. FRANK TURNER - IF EVER I STRAY
16. THE LEISURE SOCIETY - BETTER WRITTEN OFF (THAN WRITTEN DOWN)
17. WIRE - RED BARKED TREE

CD 6
1. RADIOHEAD - CODEX
2. KASABIAN - MAN OF SIMPLE PLEASURES
3. HALF MAN  HALF BISCUIT - FIX IT SO SHE DREAMS OF ME
4. NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS - AKA BROKEN ARROW
5. AIRSHIP - STUCK IN THIS OCEAN
6. LOW - SOMETHING'S TURNING OVER
7. TOM WAITS - NEW YEAR'S EVE
8. FOO FIGHTERS - WALK
9. THE LIVING END - THE ENDING IS JUST THE BEGINNING REPEATING

And for SPOTIFY users here is an 88 track playlist of 'The Essential 100: 2011' minus the songs that Spotify doesn;t feature yet.... No Tom Waits and no Fall? Sort it out!

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