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Top 5 Australian Songs 2011

It was a hard decision to make and one that will always be subjective, but we've gone and compiled our Top 5 Australian Songs of 2011. Each song will forever hold the sound of 2011 and will most likely become selections for the So Fresh 2011 compilation (kill us now) because they were all played on ridiculous high rotation across the country, but were no less amazing songs. Enjoy!

5-‘Contact High’- Architecture In Helsinki

After a four year break, indie pop band Architecture In Helsinki have returned this year with a bang. With the release of their new album Moment Bends, comes a clean and sophisticated sound. ‘Contact High’ is the first single off the album and incorporates all the musical aspects that Architecture In Helsinki fans love. The distinct vocals of Cameron Bird and the bubbly pop synth is textbook Architecture, however after 8 years we’re finally seeing what the band have to offer in terms of serious music.


4- ‘Brother’- Matt Corby

The name Matt Corby may sound familiar to those who watched Australia Idol (don’t pretend you didn’t) in 2007. Coming runner-up to the forgotten Natalie Gauci, Matt Corby has successfully transitioned from reality TV hit to a legitimate singer/songwriter. ‘Brother’ is a perfect example of this maturity with a sound reminiscent of the Fleet Foxes with his own added depth. Corby is definitely one to watch in 2012.


3- ‘Turn Me On’- The Grates

2011 has seen the return of Brisbane band The Grates with their latest album Secret Rituals. After losing drummer Alana Skyring, The Grates are now performing as a duo and with this comes a new sound. ‘Turn Me On’ still has elements of The Grates earlier music; however the distinct lack of Skyring is evident, although not entirely negative. Despite being more polished than previous singles, ‘Turn Me On’ is still an incredibly catchy tune.


2- ‘Feeding Line’- Boy & Bear

The last three years have been a rollercoaster for Sydney folk band Boy & Bear. Since forming in 2009, Boy & Bear have gone from strength to strength, having claimed five ARIA awards at this year’s ceremony. ‘Feeding Line’ combines the best of the folk and rock genres and awards listeners with a truly awe inspiring masterpiece.


1-‘Somebody That I Used to Know’- Gotye feat. Kimbra

SURPRISE! There’s no denying that this song will be remembered as a classic of 2011 and one of Gotye’s finest. Hailing from Melbourne, Gotye (aka Wally De Backer) has created the ultimate anthem for the broken hearted. Featuring the vocals of New Zealand artist Kimbra, ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ is ridden with emotion from both artists. The song has gone 7 times platinum in Australia and claimed ‘Single of the Year’ at the 2011 ARIA awards, making it our #1 song of 2011.

 

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