Amy’s Top50 Songs of 2011

15. R. Chord featuring Lala Hsu – Under the Willow Tree (柳樹下)

I love the trend of combining contemporary music — in this case, some pop rap a la Jay Chou — with traditional elements. I wasn’t much of a fan of all of R. Chord’s album for different reasons regarding me and my problem with the language. You know, rap is a thing that has a lot to do with understanding what they’re telling you. However, in the case of Under the Willow Tree it really works with Lala’s very traditional vocals.

The lyrics just bring the whole thing home for me. [1]

14. Simon D. – Cheerz (짠해) [YouTube] [1]

13. Brown Eyed Girls – Sixth Sense [YouTube] [1]

12. Tokyo Jihen – Brand New Civilization (新しい文明開化) [YouTube] [1]

11. St. Vincent – Cruel

You, at least, gotta love the song by the 30th second. Though I haven’t been into St. Vincent since the debut, Marry Me, this song got me back to listening. Plus, Annie Clark is pretty rocking.


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20 Responses

  1. Julyssa says:

    Damn you and you fucking lists! Now I also want to do this! But thing is I have my Kpop list (btw, cus u did 50 here I am so doing 50 in that list) I don’t know man… gah!

    • amy says:

      @Julyssa, if you have 50 Kpop songs without repeat artists, go ahead. I just don’t want to see 3 or 4 2NE1 tracks in one list coz that’d be effing unfair xD I can’t wait when you give me your full thoughts on my pick songs though hahaha.

      Btw, I’m listening to all of Mana-chan’s album. It’s… not bad actually. But then again, how can someone effin hate an album that’s called Happy Smile! xD

      • Julyssa says:

        @amy, I think there’s only one artist that got a repeat and that is really cus I can’t pick between his two songs. All other are pretty much a-okay.

        You need to explain this Mana-chan hate cus for the love of me I don’t understand. What’s going on?

        • amy says:

          @Julyssa, like I told you- there’s a lot of people voting negative online. For the love of me, I don’t know how could anyone vote down one of her videos. LOL

          Are you gonna do a just Kpop list?

          • Julyssa says:

            @amy, Haters, really. I mean, she is the cutest child ever!

            I don’t know man. Like if I where to do this list almost of the songs I have on my Kpop list would end up here… haha I shall think about it. I think this is a more fun list. My Kpop list is giving me an ulcer!

      • Rodrigo says:

        @amy, Excessive happiness can be a major turn-off in the same way depressing stuff turns off shiny, happy people, lol.

        Listened to the song and it didn’t do anything for me.

      • Rodrigo says:

        @amy, Haven’t listened to all the tracks here yet (lazyness), but I’d remove the Mana Ashida song and/or Britney’s (or Beyonce) and replace them with Little Black Submarines (Black Keys) or Black (Danger Mouse feat. Norah Jones). Dunno if I would ever make a 2011 ranking of songs, but I would manage to somehow include the 2NE1 song if I ever got into doing a delayed ranking.

  2. Mirella says:

    Once again, I am only familiar with the 2NE1 song, I AM THE BEST :P
    That’s what I get for only listening to soundtracks (of any media, whether it is movies, series, anime or videogames) and folkloric music of the world :P

  3. Antoinette Barton says:

    I’m glad you put Florence in your countdown but I think Ceremonials has better songs than Shake It Out, for example What the Water Gave Me or Breaking Down but it’s your list.

    Btw, I just realize that you are, what we call in San Francisco, a straight up hipster.

    • amy says:

      @Antoinette Barton, why am I a hipster? More than 75% of the list is popular music… if anyone is a hipster here, it’s you ;P

  4. Eri says:


    I love your list! So many of my favorite artists on there!
    (Singer Sen, Stefanie Sun, Shang Wenjie, Evelyn Evelyn, Brown Eyed Girls, Tokyo Jihen, St. Vincent, 2ne1, Björk, Amanda Palmer, Kaela Kimura, After School, Marit Larsen, Those Dancing Days, Jane Zhang, Cœur de Pirate) !!!

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