Monday, January 9, 2012

Mette's 2011 Retrospect - The Music

The retrospect series continue... this time, we've come to the world of melodies and stuff like quints that I neither understand nor want to understand. 
It's true: even though I love music, I don't know much about it, and I have never studied it as intensely as movies, fashion or the solar system.

There are many people that know more about this, we conclude, and people who have found all the great tracks of 2011 that I haven't heard yet. I don't listen to a lot of new music.

That's why this post will not deal with say, the best albums or songs of 2011, but the wonderful songs that I discovered in 2011.

iTunes Top 25:
1. The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel - The Graduate | post
Remember my summer obsession with The Graduate and this song? It's not gone.
Sadly, I haven't found it on youtube yet, but it's on iTunes.

2. Beera - Vijay Prakash, Mustafa Kutoane & Keerthi Sagathia - Raavan | post
My other summer obsession hasn't gone either. I'm still fascinated by this song.

3. Lose Yourself - Eminem - 8 Mile | post
My favorite rap song ever - legendary. I feel really cool when I listen to it. Yo.

4. Singin' in the Rain - Gene Kelly - Singin' in the Rain
Doo-dee-doo-doo... Every time it rains and I'm down, I think of this song.

5. Flightless Bird, American Mouth - Iron & Wine - Twilight
You can say what you want about Twilight, but this song is amazing and I'm so glad I discovered it.

6. Behene De - Karthik & Mohamed Irafan - Raavan
Never heard anything like this before. Rocking and profound at the same time.

7. The Sound of Silence II - Simon & Garfunkel - The Graduate
Almost as good as version two, just a bit pop-ier.

8. Kun Faya Kun - A. R. Rahman, Javed Ali, Mohit Chauhan - Rockstar (not seen)
I seriously start believing Rahman is a God.

10. Meter Down - Adnan Sami - Taxi No. 9211 (not seen)
Rrrrrocking. I don't even know how I found this song some years ago.

11. Suno Aisha - Amit Trivedi, Aditt, Nakash Aziz, Ash King - Aisha
My happy-go-lucky song. Always lifts me up.

12. Eight Days a Week - The Beatles
Hm, must be my favorite song by The Beatles. Nice I finally found out.

13. It's Now or Never - Elvis Presley
This is definitely not my favorite Elvis-song. Don't know how it landed here.

14. Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
Always loved it as a child, but never knew what it was called. I can always listen to it.

15. New Tomorrow - A Friend in London (not a favorite, but we had to learn it for music class)

16. If You Want Me - Marketa Irglova - Once
My favorite song from Once. So very beautiful.

17. Selfmachine - I Blame Coco
Ever since a friend introduced me, I'm crazy about I Blame Coco. Her voice is unreal.

18. In Spirit Golden - I Blame Coco
Dito. This is just rocking.

19. Lipstick - Jedward (haha, oh my God)
But it's kinda cool. Two gay twins on crack. Sorry if I'm too straightforward.

20. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
My favorite Michael Jackson song. Awesome (a word I don't use often)!

21. Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
Same here. I'm addicted to these two songs.

22. House By the Creek - Milow
Most people don't know Milow's really great songs, sadly.

23. Ayo Technology - Milow
This one is more known, but I'm still amazed how he could turn that song into this song.

24. Ranjha Ranjha - Rekha Bharadwaj, Javed Ali & Anuradha Sriram - Raavan
Don't even like it that much... but. Yeah.

25. April Come She Will - Simon & Garfunkel - The Graduate
This song should be ranked much higher, I absolutely love it. The lyrics, the melody, the calmness...

Favorite Soundtracks of 2011:
Actually this is one award, but these two were both great.

Rahman, Rahman... when will you stop producing your best soundtrack ever each year?

The Tree of Life
I had forgotten all about The Moldau, that I listened to as a child. It was perfect, combined with the magnificent and enchanting images.

Honorable mentions: Submarine, Hangover 2, Hanna, Shaitan
Sadly, the soundtrack of Indian Soundtrack (2011) wasn't as great as expected.

Did you discover some great music in 2011? What were your favorite soundtracks?


  1. Totally surprised you hadn't heard those Jackson songs before 2011, how could you have missed them? (Especially when Jackson died a couple of years back.)

    An interesting selection of songs, though. Simon and Garfunkel are great - haven't listened to some of their stuff in years.

    If I'm honest, I am not a fan of Eminem. I love hip-hop and rap (two of my favourite genres, my itunes is filled to the brim with all of that stuff.)

    Probably the song that I can say I do genuinely like of Eminem's is on one of his earlier albums, and it's called 'Kim'. I can't really listen to it that much because it's a pretty intense song, but it is a good one, I'll give him that.

    I think, one day, I will probably be swayed over into the Eminem club, but for now, I am definitely out of it. (It's his voice that I really can't dig.)

    Not sure about Jedward, though!

  2. I'm liking I Blame Coco, an artist I am new to.
    Actually, the female singer from Once released a solo record, "Only In Your Head" , " Last Fall" are my faves from her album Anar (2011)

  3. Cherokee - Oh, these are not songs I haven't heard before 2011, but the songs that I really learned to like and listen to a lot that year. Sorry if that wasn't clear.
    I understand your thoughts about Eminem, actually I don't listen to him very often, except for two songs that I hear a lot.
    ... Jedward is... well, I only like this song, it's kind of a guilty pleasure.

    Chris - Thanks for letting me know, I'll check it out.

  4. The Sound of Silence is a beautifully haunting track, you know what's funny, those vocal harmonies actually used to scare me when I was a little child for some reason. 

    If I had to pick one favorite soundtrack from last year that would be Drive.

  5. Guilty Pleasures are pretty much all I have been listening to the past few days...(i.e an endless soundtrack of JoJo blasting in my room).

    Probably just me misreading it! Either way, you have made me want to fish out some S&G stuff, that's for sure!

  6. The Tree of Life one was great, but mostly because of the choices of classical music rather than Alexandre Desplat's score. Speaking of him, I loved his work on the last two Harry Potter films

  7. Bonjour Tristesse - Drive will (finally!!!) release next week, and I hope I'll be able to watch it on opening day.
    About The Sound of Silence: I think the whole song is quite scary, and certainly nothing I would've liked as a child.

    Cherokee - Hey, there's somebody else in the world who remembers JoJo! I haven't listened to her ages...

    CastorTroy - That's what I think too, I was especially impressed by how wonderfully he included The Moldau.
    True, the last HP soundtracks were better than the 4-6 ones, I didn't like they were so different from the first two films (the soundtracks). But in 7.1 and 2, the soundtrack is familiar with a nice freshness.


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