Some of our 2011 favorites.

- David Malitz

1. [Expletive] Up, "David Comes to Life" — So much everything: guitars, screaming, lyrics, confusing plot lines, songs. Still want more after 80 minutes.

2. Destroyer, "Kaputt" — Dan Bejar takes a deep breath and finds soft-rock bliss.

3. Yuck, "Yuck" — If you were around in the '90s, this is like the movie version of your favorite book. But hey, sometimes the movie is pretty awesome.

4. Bill Callahan, "Apocalypse" — Direct, oblique, tender and tense.

5. Dirty Beaches, "Badlands" — Like the ghostly remains of a half-century-old jukebox.


- Allison Stewart

1. Adele, "21" — I should pick something cooler, probably, but I just can't.

2. PJ Harvey, "Let England Shake" — Until this, I was only a Polly fan in theory.

3. My Morning Jacket, "Circuital" — Jim James makes everything awesome-it's like a rule.

4. Yuck, "Yuck" — The best Superchunk album of the year.

5. Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX, "We're New Here" — Very nicely done, newly depressing.


- Chris Richards

1. Bon Iver, "Bon Iver" — It's dreamy.

2. Katy B, "On A Mission" — This girl comes bouncing out of dubstepland (London) with so much to teach American pop singers.

3. James Blake, "James Blake" — The more I listen to James Blake, the more his music slips out of focus. Repeat.

4. Trouble - "Decemeber 17th" mixtape —  Feeling woozy on fumes of blog rap absurdity? Trouble brings the smelling salts.

5.  Last summer, I copped out of naming a fifth album by listing a slew of them. This year I'll do something simillar by picking five of my favorite songs from 2011, thus far: YC, "Racks"; Gang Gang Dance, "Glass Jar"; Smith Westerns, "Weekend"; Sunny Sweeney, "A Table Away"; Cass McCombs, "County Line"