/EINPresswire.com/ As the last month of 2011 flies by, TakeLessons invited students to sound off on their own picks for best songs of the year.

For most, the holiday excitement flies by and makes way for New Years Day in what may feel like the blink of an eye. So even though December isn’t quite halfway over, it’s not too late to start thinking about what made 2011 great. Adele was just named Billboard’s Artist of the Year – in fact, she made history as the first female singer to be named top artist, have the top album (“21″), and have the top single (“Rolling in the Deep”) as well. And publications everywhere are making their own lists of the best albums, songs and music events of the year.

TakeLessons (http://takelessons.com), the nation’s fastest growing music lessons provider, took the opportunity to ask blog readers about their own picks for the best songs of the year. In order to help get their critic hat on, the blog featured an excerpt from Time magazine’s list of best songs. The following is an excerpt from the blog:

“1. Florence + the Machine, “No Light, No Light”
In another context, this “No Light, No Light” could be the sound of a religious revival. Florence Welch’s rich voice has never sounded better than on this track; her fervent, even rapturous, lamentations about her partner’s lost lost resonate like requests for salvation made by a faltering believer with arms raised to the sky. “Heaven help me, I need to make it right,” she wails but gets no reply. Replete with harps and a tribal drum beat, “No Light, No Light” operates as a plea for salvation that will soon have you running to your deity of choice.

2. Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Sometimes you hear a tune and you just know that it will last; that in twenty years you’ll be scanning the radio dial, and the singer’s opening wail will find you again, accentuated by a kick drum and beat so recognizable that they feel like an old friend. That song — one of them, anyway — will be Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” The British singer’s passionate retort to a man who has hurt her is one of the boldest, bluesiest ballads ever written. Since its release last winter, “Rolling in the Deep” has become pervasive, appearing on Glee, on The Voice — even John Legend covered it. It’s the story of two people who “could have had it all,” but one of them threw it away, leaving the listener aligned with the wounded one (that would be Adele). Adele’s voice is in top form here, alternating between high and low notes smoothly and quickly, just as she switches between mournful and vengeful emotions. Anger and resentment never sounded this catchy.”

By asking blog readers to sound off, TakeLessons hopes to continue engaging current students and help with any musical goals they may have. Readers are invited to share their thoughts by commenting on the TakeLessons blog, where readers can also learn helpful advice for aspiring musicians, and comments are also welcomed on Facebook (http://facebook.com/takelessons).

Jon Crim

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