It was the year of the reunion/comeback. So many big artists came back together to put out one more album. Maybe I'm just getting older and there are more bands under my belt who have the potential to reunite...but this honestly has to be the most reunions I can remember in awhile. The strongest outing by far was by The Cars...and they seemed to have the most stacked against them. Missing their key bassist/songwriter/singer, Benjamin Orr, no one thought they could really regenerate the magic the group possessed in the 80s. But of all the reunions, The Cars seemed to embody the most honest energy of all the bands. It's like they acknowledge off the bat that they couldn't do it properly without Orr...so they did everything in their power to do as good and respectable of a job as possible. And it worked. There were some good reunions this year...but The Cars came in the most low key and finished by far on top.
ATTENTION: I'm still collecting your TOP 20 LISTS. If you don't have 20 albums...that's okay. You can send as many as you want. If it's just 5 or even 1 that's fine, too. Send them in now and I'll compile an uber monster list to kick off 2012.
Here are the 55 Best Songs of 2011 (23-33):