It’s that time of year again, when everyone from New Yorker critics to mp3 bloggers who barely write a single sentence about the songs they post embark upon that great equalizer: the best-of list. This week, Pitchfork has revealed its writers’ 100 favorite tracks of 2011, and as usual, it provides some subliminal insight into where young, indie types’ (we’ll do everyone the favor of not using that word) heads have been over the past 12 months. Indulge us in our overanalysis of what the site’s top 10 songs of the year say about us, after the jump.
10. DJ Khaled ft. Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne — “I’m on One”
We wanted two things out of mainstream hip-hop this year: jarring, unexpected beats and the kind of self-flagellating decadence that only Drake (and his pal The Weeknd) could bring. We think this ties into a general sense of depression that seemed to be an overarching theme in the music most of us embraced this year. Also, we all loved the video because we all missed Four Loko. Bad.