We wanted to make a list, a top-21 list, but we think order doesn’t really matter to us anymore. It just about impact, and we aren’t talking about the impact that these songs had on the world-at-large, but the songs that we cherished, remembered, spent time with, and really felt defined our lives in 2011. Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Girls, Radiohead, Noel Gallagher, Dirty Beaches, Beach Fossils, Real Estate, and Woods all called our stereo home, while Madlib, Shabazz Palaces, and the Beastie Boys all had their major moments with us on various drives/road trips/moments in the city this year. So without further ado, here are 25 songs that we feel entered our canon of favorites this year. Enjoy, and welcome to 2012. —Raymond Brown / The Citrus Report staff
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In the entire decade of the 1980s, there is probably not a more epic, more heart-thumping, more appropriate opening song to an album then “Where The Street Have No Name,” on U2’s icon-establishing 1987 album, Joshua Tree. You can just see Bono, when he was a badass, just taking this song to immense proportions live with this vocal. Do you think Coldplay has taken a note or 10 off this song? And the last track, “Mothers of the Disappeared” is strong as well. Enjoy.
(Updated one hour later… when Bono finally declares, “I want to run…” at the beginning of ‘Streets,’ how fucking bad do you want to run with the 1987 Bono? I would follow him into gunfire if the song is loud enough.)