It's that time of year. The lists. Always, the lists.
December, originally pronounced "They Say Best" by the ancient Romans (note: it wasn't) is when some feel the need to tell others about music they preferred in the time it last took the Earth to orbit the Sun.
We could play that game, too. Instead we're going to go all meta-scalable on this thing with a "best of" list of other people's "best of" lists. Here are the best lists of the best music of 2011 in no particular order, because as with music itself, lists are subjective.
Most of these are playable (they all should be):
8tracks founder and CEO David Porter's list of "10 DJs who've introduced me to a broad range of new (mostly) electronic music that I love. Many were early DJs on 8tracks who published some great mixes when we were but a wee startup and helped me realize we were really on to something."
NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs of 2011: I am down with NPR, and not just because I've been on Fresh Air, All Things Considered, Sound Check, The Brian Lehrer Show, and other programs. And no, not because they published my ode to travelling 12,000 miles to see The Fall. NPR has been dishing solid music recommendations and streaming full-length album previews for years.
New York Times ArtsBeat Popcast: The Best Albums of 2011 (picks from Jon Pareles, Nate Chanen, and other New York Times music scribes)
Now we get to the playable "best of" list motherlode. Songza, the curated playlist service, busted out a whole slew of playable "best of" lists, which is a very best "best of" idea in and of itself, so we're going to "best of" those for you here:
Songza's Favorite Songs of 2011 (chosen by staff and popularity with its users)
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