These picks come from Owen Stretch, the director of content at one of our sister sites,

To give you an idea of where I was coming from when I put together this Best Of 2011 list, I should tell you that right now I’m sitting in an office in Vancouver, Canada. It’s cold in Canada in December (if you haven’t heard), so you might notice my desire for a warm summery beach coming through a bit in my picks.

There are a couple of could-be pool party anthems, a couple ideal road trip songs, and a bunch of overall feel-good music, all of which might be described in one word as “sunny.”

So if you’re like me and a musical getaway sounds just about right at the moment, then go ahead ‘n get your download on.

Starfucker, “Bury Us Alive”

Wu Lyf, “Dirt”

WU LYF at the Q Awards, October, 2011 (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

WU LYF at the Q Awards, October, 2011 (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Buddy, “Awesome, Awesome”

℗ 2011

War On Drugs, “Baby Missiles”

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, “Home (RAC Mix)”

Alabama, Arkansas
I do love my Ma and Pa
But not the way that I do love you

Well, holy moly, me oh my

The Thermals, “Now We Can See”

Florrie, “Call 911 (Fred Falke Remix)”

Florrie (Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

Florrie (Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, “Yellow Missing Signs”

Pompeya, “Cheenese”

Coma Cinema, “Come On Apathy!”

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Artists: Buddy, Coma Cinema, Florrie, Pompeya, Starfucker, The Thermals, War on Drugs, WU LYF

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