The 2011 Soundtrack

After much deliberation…



1. Radioactive – Kings of Leon
To me, this song is what going fast on a boat would sound like if it was translated to music! Add the references to family and “the water where you came from,” and it basically plays over a photo montage of my childhood in my head.

2. Strip Me – Natasha Bedingfield

3. Rolling In The Deep – Adele
This was the most covered song of 2011 for a reason. Despite the overexposure, I’m still not tired of it. I loved the video too.

4. Take Me Or Leave Me – Glee Cast
I’ve performed this in the car (and the shower) countless times.

5. Die Alone – Ingrid Michaelson
Yeah. I can relate.

6. Animal – Neon Trees

7. Why Do You Let Me Stay Here – She & Him
I dedicate this to the single men of Memphis.

8. Bright Lights Bigger City – Cee-Lo Green
This song must have subliminal messages, because it makes me feel carefree and like a million bucks. I heard it in many dressing rooms this year, so I doubt I’m the only one who responds to it. If anyone ever needed me to model, they could play this (and hand me these shoes) and I could OWN IT all the way down the runway.

9. Super Bass – Nicki Minaj
I cannot explain my love for this song. It just makes me happy.

10. Ready to Start – Arcade Fire

11. Machine Gun – Sara Bareilles
Sara wrote this about one of her critics, and I often listened to it with my own everyday critics in mind.

12. Good Life – OneRepublic
On one of my many drives to Nashville, this song came on the radio and really defined my jet-setting summer.

13. Why Don’t We Just Dance – Josh Turner
Josh Turner is dreamy. We do a dance to this at line dancing that’s my current favorite dance. It’s really swingy.

14. Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People
People seem to either love or hate this song. Well, I love it. I read that Mark Foster purposely wrote it to combine gangsta rap-esque lyrics with a mellow melody. Weird juxtapositions are irresistible to me.

15. Captive – Sarah Harmer
My most-played from the brilliant album Oh Little Fire. It was hard to pick just one!

16. Momma’s Boy – Elizabeth & The Catapult
E & the C (as they’re known on Twitter) opened for Sara Bareilles on her Kaleidoscope Heart tour. I liked them right away.

17. Baggage Claim – Miranda Lambert
Like many Miranda tunes, this makes me smile uncontrollably and thank God for, uh, lost luggage. It’s already on my mental karaoke short list.

18. Hurts Like Heaven – Coldplay
Again, almost impossible to choose just one from Mylo Xyloto, but I keep coming back to this. Use your heart as a weapon!

19. Valley of Tomorrow – Needtobreathe
I first heard of Needtobreathe in May. A few months later, I owned all of their albums. They’re amazing. 2011 has been a year of soul-searching and re-direction for me, and I like the final song of my soundtrack to summarize the old year AND set a tone for the new one. This pretty much does it.

If you have Spotify, you can listen to this playlist there!

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7 Responses to The 2011 Soundtrack

  1. Have you heard the rumor of what #14 is about? I heard it’s about the Columbine shootings. I sorta liked it a little less after learning that. Even if it wasn’t about that, it now reminds me of that day, thus I cannot be as happy listening to it. BUT the little lady I nanny for LOVES it, and can’t get enough of it.

    As for the rest of these cuts…some I have heard, but I definitely need to hear a few of them still. And I need to figure this Spotify stuff out. Just jumped the Twitter bandwagon. No more internet obsessions for a while. ;)

  2. Great list! I’ve heard a lot of these songs, but not all of them. I look forward to hearing the ones that are new to me :)

  3. Myla says:

    I want a disc! :D

  4. R says:

    I’ve always thought it would be cool to have a soundtrack of my life … to narrow it down by the year, is a great idea. I didn’t know people actually did this sort of thing! I love it.

  5. Jackie says:

    Love this list. A lot of great songs. One Republic is one of my favorite groups.

  6. daniak says:

    I look forward to seeing your list every year! Thanks for posting it!

  7. Maria says:

    Love your list every year :-) Is there any way to download it for people not on Spotify?

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