Amy’s Top50 Songs of 2011
2. Stefanie Sun – Kingdom of Fools (愚人的國度)
I had never paid any attention to Stefanie Sun before this song, but there was something terribly heartbreaking in the arrangements and vocals for Kingdom of Fools that just captured me. It’s the big classical instrumentation and the vocals at breaking point. There’s something about the lyrics also, they’re simple but I think they carry a brutal truth in them… 
It has a verse that goes something like “All our happiness, sadness, joy and anger — have they exhausted you or have you given into them?”
1. SingerSen – Drunk
Okay, picking just one single song from SingerSen’s Sirens EP was like hell, as it’s been on heavy rotation since I first listened to it. But I like the explosiveness of Drunk, SingerSen’s vocals are loud and pumps you for whatever it is you’re about to do, and its burned itself into my conscious and subconscious.
How about that? With the amount of Asian music that I listen to, I’m surprised this didn’t end up with 90% Asian music picks. I would say it’s pretty evenly distributed. Then again, my Top5 is super Asian — actually, it’s just super Chinese to show you how much music in Mandarin I’m listening to for the past few years, it’s probably increased a tenfold.
You will also notice the lack of a lot of rock music, though there is Melanie C (31), The Fevers (30), and some would say Sodagreen (27) and Mayday (26). At least, Tokyo Jihen you can’t say they’re pop. There’s also Miyavi, he isn’t pop either. As you can see from those few, I need my rock to have something else, be it some classical element, jazz or big band… or you know, a samurai guitar.
I also listen to a lot of ethnic music xD which is a weird contrast with how much pop I listen to.
Are you surprised with any of the picks or their position?
What are your top songs of 2011?