Despite what the radio might have you believe, Adele was not the only artist with a song out this year. As much as we've enjoyed hearing "Rolling in the Deep," "Countdown" and "Party Rock Anthem," played ad nauseum, 2011 was also a bang-up year for the unchosen ones -- the Adeles, Beyonces and LMFAOs of a parallel universe. So in the spirit of making a few new discoveries before the year ends, we've compiled 25 underplayed songs we've been overplaying -- a modest sampling from the year that you can dance to at your new year's eve party, and groan to the morning after.
Check out the songs with commentary one-by-one below, or spin the playlist in full below. As always, please share your favorite songs of the year in the comments.
Spin the playlist in full:
The Weeknd, 'The Party And The After Party'
St. Vincent, 'Surgeon'
PJ Harvey, 'Let England Shake'
Theophilus London, 'Love Is Real Ft. Holly Miranda'
R. Kelly, 'Shut Up'
Danger Mouse And Daniele Luppi, 'Two Against One,' ft. Jack White
Lupe Fiasco, 'American Terrorist III'
Raphael Saadiq, 'Good Man'
Cass McCombs, 'County Line'
The Roots Ft. Big KRIT, 'Make My'
Wilco, 'Art Of Almost'
Girls, 'Honey Bunny'
The Rapture, 'How Deep Is Your Love?'
Major Lazer, 'Original Don'
Atlas Sound, 'Angel Is Broken'
Bjork, 'Mutual Core'
Eleanor Friedberger, 'My Mistakes'
Tyler The Creator, 'Yonkers'
Mr. Little Jeans, 'The Suburbs' (Arcade Fire Cover)
Tom Waits, 'Bad As Me'
Bill Callahan, 'America!'