I’m finally ready to do my annual post about my favorite songs and tracks of the previous year. I’ve had the list for a while; I just haven’t had time to write the post.

This year, however, I’m going to do it a little differently. Instead of listing the songs in some sort of order of preference (which in the past has only been a step above being random), I’ve decided to choose my favorite and then list the rest alphabetically. This seems a more honest way of presenting the songs that I’ve loved during 2011.

My favorite song of last year was “What the Water Gave Me” by Florence and the Machine:

I hadn’t really listened to Florence and the Machine’s first record, but I loved Ceremonials. This is my favorite of several tracks on the album. I appreciate this song’s allusions to Virginia Woolf and Frida Kahlo. It’s a smart, beautiful song that’s perfect for singing along with at the top of your lungs while driving!

I’ll post the rest of my list after the break.

“Changing” by The Airborne Toxic Event:

“Cough Syrup” by Young the Giant:

“Dance Me to the End of Love” by The Civil Wars:

“Darling Buds of May” by Viva Brother:

“Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” by The Beastie Boys:

“The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga:

“Fade and then Return” by William Fitzsimmons:

“The Graveyard Near the House” by Airborne Toxic Event:

“Hide It Well” by Ha Ha Tonka:

“I Confess” by k.d. lang:

“Only If For a Night” by Florence and the Machine:

“Love Will Save Your Soul” by Grouplove:

“Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele:

“Silly Love Songs” from Glee:

“So in Love” by Jill Scott f. Anthony Hamilton:

“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye:

“Sometimes at Night” by Jessica Lea Mayfield:

“We Are Young” by Fun:

“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” by Amy Winehouse:

That’s the list for 2011. Only one of them seems totally embarrassing, but I won’t tell which one!