My general approach with (music) best-of lists is to compile a large playlist in iTunes of my favorite stuff, adding to it throughout the year. That usually works out to 40-50 tracks, in total. In past years (2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003), I've edited that list down to my top 10-15 tracks.
But this year, I said fuck it, and decided to just throw the whole list up here. I think it's actually a better representation of what I listened to than a top 10 would be, anyway, and I really did love all of these songs.
I put together a Spotify playlist with all of these tracks (modulo the ones that aren't on Spotify), for anyone interested in playing them all together in one place.
Here we go, in alphabetical order. Links link to video/audio clips, and some video clips are embedded. For variety and visual fun.
Nicola Roberts, "Beat of My Drum"
Patrick Wolf, "Together"
PJ Harvey, "The Last Living Rose"
The Rapture, "How Deep Is Your Love?"
Robin Thicke, "Love After War"
Rye Rye feat. Robyn, "Never Will Be Mine"
Shabazz Palaces, "A Treatease Dedicated To The Avian Airess From North East Nubis (1000 Questions, 1 Answer)"
Slow Club, "Two Cousins"
St. Vincent, "Surgeon"
And finally, the song that I've played more than any other song in the last month, Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe":