Spotify Review of the Year

How was 2011 for you? It’s been an incredible year for Spotify – we launched in new countries including the US, made music more social than ever with Facebook, and opened up Spotify to a new world of apps. We liked 2011!

But how was 2011 for music? What were the most popular tracks of the year? Find out how your favourites fared in our Review of the Year.

Check out our Review of the Year, which includes the Top 100 tracks by country and playlists from the likes of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Willow Smith and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.

Thanks for listening to Spotify in 2011. We wish you a very happy New Year!

Submit the Best Track of 2011

This year has been a very musical one. New artists, great new album releases, amazing covers, surprising comebacks and plenty or surprises.

And you guys were there to listen to all of that! We’ll be showing you very soon which ones were the most popular tracks of the year 2011 on Spotify in each country. But before we’d like to make a playlist that includes your favourite tracks os this year.

Which one was the track that marked 2011 for you? Drag and drop the URL in the box below and in a few days we’ll post the playlist created by all of you!

Spotify for BlackBerry available now

Blackberry for Spotify

We are excited to let you know that our BlackBerry app is no longer a Preview release and is now available to any user with a compatible phone. To download the app simply point the browser on your phone to m.spotify.com and follow the installation instructions.

Compatible phones include Bold 9780, Bold 9700, Curve 9300, Bold 9000, Curve 8520. Currently the app only supports phones running on GSM networks. CDMA-network phones and the Torch 9800 are not compatible.

As with all of our mobile app you’ll need a Spotify Premium subscription to stream from our catalogue. You can take advantage of our 48-hour free trial directly from the mobile app or sign up to our 30-day free trial to give it a spin.

Enjoy!

Win an exclusive Sonos PLAY:3 designed by Richard Robinson!

Sonos PLAY:3

Spotify has partnered with Sonos to give away three exclusive Sonos PLAY:3 designed by Richard Robinson.

Richard Robinson is a London-based designer in the worlds of music and fashion, whose work has graced covers of albums by artists such as Friendly Fires, Klaxons, Soulwax, Tinchy Stryder and Kate Nash.

The Sonos PLAY:3 is the versatile, all-in-one player with big sound in a compact size. With three integrated speakers and three digital amps, PLAY:3 streams all your Spotify playlists wirelessly in any room for wall-to-wall sound. The system can be controlled with free Sonos Controller Apps for iPhone, iPad, Android (phone or tablet) or PC/Mac.

Click here to enter the competition!

Very Best of 2011: Playlists of Pop, Dubstep and Festive Music by Drowned in Sound

Drowned in Sound

Each month, Spotify invites Sean Adams, founder of influential London-based website Drowned in Sound, to compile a playlist of his picks, skewed toward the independent music championed by the website’s informed staff and irreverent community. Here’s his round-up of the year…

Yes, it really is that time of year. Christmas is very nearly upon us and the magazine racks are stuffed with ‘best of the year’ covers and filled with pages of lists, lists and more lists. Websites are no different, with top albums, favourite singles and silly prizes being awarded for all kinds of tenuous ‘of the year’ things. This month’s blog features some of my picks of the year-end lists, with hopefully something to please most tastes… 

It’s DiSmas!!! – a very DrownedinSound.com Xmas

There’s no month-as-a-playlist this month, due to the annual December drought of decent releases. However, here’s one I made a few years ago… It features everything festive from Sufjan Stevens’ version of ‘Jingle Bells’ to Nat King Cole via a song from Low’s brilliant Christmas record, a Tom Waits song about a hooker, Tori Amos singing ‘Emmanuel’ and, er, Mariah Carey and Blink-182. If something on this four hour playlist doesn’t make you feel a teeny bit festive, well, you’re probably dead inside.

Drowned in November 2011

November was a busy month and I somehow forgot to send this playlist over. November’s selection featured a track from the bit bonkers but rather brilliant David Lynch (yeah, the famous Twin Peaks director) album with Karen O on vocals plus an equally nutty song with a child talking about licking frogs from the M83 album, and plenty more besides. 

DiS User-Generated Tips for 2012

We asked our community who they think might do well next year, and here’s a selection of new music for you to plough through, featuring names you might begin to spot on festival bills and may be hearing on the radio before too long. I’ll admit the first few are the ones I’m tipping to will do well in 2012. 

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Here’s my songs of the year mixtape, which features most of what I’ve loved this year, most of which has featured on my monthly playlists, which you’ll compiled below. 

More Best of 2011 Playlists 

DiS’ Favourite Albums of 2011 – Sampler - a taste of Drowned in Sound’s albums of the year. Full list of DiS’ 75 favourite albums of 2011, plus commentary can be found here.

Drowned in Sound Top 120 Singles 2011 - Wendy Roby does a column for DiS every week. She’s listened to over 3000 singles this year and these were her favourites. Click here to watch all the videos and read her fascinating thoughts on many of these tracks

P4K Songs of 2011 - Our US friends over at Pitchfork have also done their songs of the year, which includes the likes of M83, EMA, Cold Cave, Charli XCX, Jamie xx, Toro Y Moi and more… 

S/FJ: 2011 BEST OF - The New Yorker’s pop music critic shares his picks of the year.

DiS Does Pop 2011 Playlist - The Best Pop Songs of 2011… according to DiS pop columnist Robert Leedham. His end of year column for us is well worth a read, especially if you’re looking for last minute gifts, including a Britney jacket for a dog!

Basstard tracks of 2011 - this was submitted by one of our users, who described it as a mix of the “sons of drum n’ bass: dubstep, bass music, wonky and all that stuff” and features the likes of Burial, SBTRKT and a brilliant Nathan Fake remix of Radiohead. 

2011: Best of Electronic/Dance/Bass - a 250+ track dance-floor adventure, which was submitted in our songs of the year thread.

Two Thousand and Eleven Cats - this was also made by DiSser meowington, and it features a dizzying mix of Minaj, Katy Perry, ‘A Real Hero’ from the Drive soundtrack and Bon Iver. 

2011 - if you’re of a somewhat noizer persuasion, this selection by ClamingToBeOnTele includes Mogwai, Battles, Russian Circles and Morbid Angel. 

Thrash Hits Slaylist: Our Albums of 2011 - about 100 times louder that that, is this ‘slaylist‘ full of the year’s best metal from the chaps at Thrash Hits.

A Year of Playlists for the Spotify Blog

Drowned in November 2011

Drowned in October 2011

Drowned in September 2011

Drowned in August 2011 

Drowned in July 2011 

Drowned in June 2011

Drowned in May 2011

Drowned in April 2011

Drowned in March 2011

Drowned in February 2011

Drowned in January 2011

…and that’s yer lot for two thousand and eleven. Check back in January, Sean promises that he has heaps of great records lined up to kick-start the year already.

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Spotify Apps & Radio rolling out now

We wanted to let everyone know that we’ve begun updating users to Spotify version 0.8.0. This is the latest Spotify release which includes both Spotify Apps and our new and improved Spotify Radio.

It will take a number of days to update all users. When your account is ready to be updated you’ll received a blue notice bar in Spotify asking you if to install and restart. You can also download the new update directly here.

To recap, the great new features we’ve packed into this release include:

  • Spotify Apps: includes the first apps from Rolling Stone, Last.fm, Songkick, The Guardian, TuneWiki, Soundrop, Pitchfork, Fuse, We Are Hunted, Billboard Top Charts, Moodagent, Top10, Tunigo (Sweden) and Dagbladet (Norway). More to come!
  • Spotify Radio
  • Updated ‘What’s New’ page
  • Predictive search results
  • Playlist search
  • New “Buddy List”
  • Add to Favourites
  • Full-screen support for OS X Lion

We hope you enjoy all the cool new features we’ve built into this release.

Arcade Fire comes to Spotify

Today we’re excited to announce that one of our favorite bands, Arcade Fire, is now on Spotify. The entire catalogue from these Grammy-award winning Indie rockers is available to enjoy right here.

To celebrate, we’ve compiled our top Arcade Fire tracks. Take a listen here and be sure to add these talented Canadians to your playlists today!

The sounds of December courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

The Soundtrack To November 2011

Phil Wilce‘s monthly tastemaker is now here! If you want a round-up of the best new indie and electro from the past 30 days, this is the playlist for you: Scroobius Pip, Roots Manuva, DJ Shadow feat. Little Dragon, This Is The Kit and more.

Hitmakers: Benny Blanco

SMP user Clabbe is something of an expert at uncovering these lesser-known songsmiths. His Hitamker series features stacks of producers behind some of the biggest hits of the past few years. Like this chap, Benny Blanco. The American gained recognition for his work with Spank Rock, which led to jobs behind the desk for superstars like Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Ke$ha, Justin Bieber, Mike Posner and Taio Cruz. Check them all out here.

Please Please Somebody Else

Our patience has worn thin. Time is up. We can wait no longer. With the help of SMP user The Mammal, we’ve taken the Beatles’ conspicuous absence from Spotify into our own hands. Check out their debut album, Please Please Me, reconstructed entirely from cover versions by the likes of Chaka Demus & Pliers, Estereotypo, Flamin’ Groovies and Maggie Bell tackle Fab Four classics. You can find more Beatles’ albums like this one here.

100+ indie & alternative Christmas songs

Admittedly, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the old classics on the radio, blaring from the shops and, well, just everywhere. But if you’re looking for some new twists on classic compositions, as well as some brand spanking new festive tunes, this is the mixtape for you: Pete Philly, The Decemberists, The Specials, The Flaming Lips, Frightened Rabbit, Mogwai, Smith & Burrows, Richard Hawley, Fleet Foxes and stacks more.

Unsigned Finds: The Next New Thing

We have not stopped listening to the new Unsigned Finds series of playlists, created by hoxsd1. They’re veritable feasts of the best new music on Spotify, and must-hear mixtapes for music geeks like us. It’s essential that we champion undiscovered acts like the ones featured here, of course it is. But it is also very important we play a little game of: who’s got the coolest band name? We’re going for Fearless Vampire Killers. Ace. Check out more Unsigned Finds playlists here.

Studio Soul Men: Cropper and Dunn

This little gem has been going down a storm on the old SMP Facebook page. It’s not hard to see why it’s so popular, it’s one of the most consummate collections of soul music we’ve ever received. All tracks featured have one thing in common: Steve Cropper on guitar and Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass. Otis Redding, Booker T. & The MG’s, Sam & Dave, Albert King, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and more. A real top-class playlist.

PASTE: The 50 Best Songs of 2011

Playlists made of our users’ favourite tracks from 2011 are coming in thick and fast now. Here’s our early contenders for single of the year: Yuck – Georgia; Lykke Li – Love Out Of Lust; Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues; Tom Waits – Bad As Me; M83 – Midnight City. All of which – conveniently – feature on this mixtape. Upload a mixtape full of your favourite tunes from 2011. We’d be ever so grateful.

Turkish Psychedelic Folk

We love – LOVE – absurdly obscure mixtapes like this one here at SMP – and you clearly do too, as you went Like crazy for it on the SMP Facebook page. There’s nothing we can write here that will make you want to listen to this playlist more than you will after simply reading the title: Turkish Psychedelic Folk. Brilliant.

Cool Yule

One more Chrismas mixtape before we go? Why not. You certainly won’t mind when you hear the quality on this one. You see, as festive mixtapes go, this is pretty much as cool as it gets: “Keep the Yule cool with a mix of holiday jazz classics from John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Donald Byrd, and more,” says its creator EMI Music US. Magic.

Resident Advisor Top 50 November 2011

We end, as always, with a spectacular, mind-bending, dancefloor-destroying collection of house and techno. If you’re dusting off your dancing shoes over the festive season, we’ve got your pre-party music all sewn up: Resident Advisor Top 50 November 2011. In particular, check out bangers from Mendo, Mendo, Yakine, Carl Craig, Robert Dietz, Anja Schneider and Terrence Parker.