The end of the year… A time for retrospection. And Top10 lists.

My favorite songs of 2011? After seeing the BET “Top 100″ (where everything by Beyonce, Rhianna, Jay-Z, Kanye, Nicki Minaj, or Drake was apparently a winner), or the hipster lists from Spinner and Wired (which seem to go out of their way to ignore lamestream artists), I decided to take a look at my iPod’s most-played list and filter for all the releases of 2011. I’m not embarrassed to admit to having some Top40 in there:

  1. The Airborne Toxic Event – Welcome To Your Wedding Day
  2. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
  3. Adele – Rolling In The Deep
  4. Christina Perri – Arms
  5. Mumford & Sons – The Cave
  6. Mayer Hawthorne – The Walk
  7. Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
  8. Ra Ra Riot – Boy
  9. Tom Waits – Satisfied
  10. Super Heavy – Miracle Worker
  11. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
  12. Sara Bareilles – Gonna Get Over You
  13. Snow Patrol – Called Out In The Dark
  14. The Joy Formidable – Whirring
  15. Gavin Degraw – Not Over You
  16. Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
  17. Wilco – One Sunday Morning
  18. Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
  19. Everything Dies – El Mariachi Bronx
  20. The Kooks – Junk Of The Heart
  21. Death Cab For Cutie – You Are A Tourist
  22. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’
  23. One Republic – Good Life
  24. Katy Perry – Firework
  25. Guster – Do You Love Me

The only artist that all four lists have in common is Adele. (And she can be found on pretty much any 2011 compendium out there.) Perhaps a preview of things to come for the Grammys in Feb, with a consensus “Artist of the Year”, and maybe “Song of” and “Record of the Year” for “Rolling In The Deep”…