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Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Play favorites... The best songs Washingtonians were listening to in 2011

Sheldon Scott kept things smooth with bossa nova beats from Stan Getz. (Photo by Sam Vasfi)
After about 32 weeks of talking with Washingtonians about what songs are in their ear, I have been energized, surprised (who knew Tommy Wells liked Eddie Rabbitt?) and most importantly, thankful for the opportunity to interact with the people that make our city tick. Below is a roundup of the best songs that I’ve been introduced to while writing our Play favorites column this year, from Steely Dan to Stan Getz. My iPod and I are forever grateful.

- Jen Corey, April 11: Frankie Smith, “Double Dutch Bus

- Sheldon Scott, April 18: - Stan Getz, Luiz Bonfa, Maria Helena Toledo, “Saudade Vem Commendo Correndo

- Christylez Bacon, April 25: Steely Dan, “Glamour Profession

- Katherine Kennedy, June 6: The Black Keys, “Tighten Up

- Rachel Cothran, June 13: James Brown, “Mashed Potato Popcorn

- Angie Ange, July 11: Erykah Badu, “20 Feet Tall

- Derek Brown, Aug. 1: Darondo, “Didn’t I

- Tommy Wells, Aug. 15: Eddie Rabbitt, “Suspicions

- Joe Englert, Sept. 12: Raphael Saadiq, “Radio” and Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi, “Two Against One,” (with Jack White)

- Samuel Whitfield III and Kristi Cunningham Whitfield, Oct. 24: Nina SimoneTell Me More and More and Then Some

By Erin Williams  |  02:38 PM ET, 12/19/2011

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