It’s widely accepted that 2010 was a classic year for Irish bands, one that was always going to be difficult to reciprocate. Last year, the Point of Everything did a Best Songs of 2010 list that featured a measly six Irish bands. Looking back, so many more Irish bands deserved to feature. Irish music is stronger today than it has ever been and in numerous genres too. So it’s only right that for 2011, The Point of Everything shares its 30 favourite Irish songs of the year. Some you may be familiar with already, but others may need investigating. Cutting this list down to 30 obviously meant many bands had to miss out, but don’t be surprised to see them in other lists as December gets colder. Below is a handy copy and paste list of The Point of Everything’s Favourite Irish Songs of 2011. After the jump you can hear every single one of the songs, links to each band so you can explore some more, and on the fourth page, a little bit on why these songs made it in. The image above was designed by Brid O’Donovan.

Point of Everything’s Favourite Irish Songs of 2011:
30. Goodtime – ‘Behind This Sun’
29. Manhattan Syndrome – ‘Carnival’
28. Colin J Morris – ‘Radium Dials’
27. Tenaka – ‘Three’
26. Bouts – ‘We Tried’
25. We Cut Corners – ‘Go Easy’
24. Tieranniesaur – ‘Here Be Monsters’
23. Overhead, The Albatross – ‘Jonah’
22. Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands – ‘Miracle Candle’
21. Moths – ‘Summer’
20. Datadrip – ‘Tabletang’
19. Spies – ‘Barricade’
18. Land Lovers – ‘The Cinema Bell’
17. Crayonsmith – ‘Heaven in an Aeroplane’
16. Reid – ‘Genesis’
15. The Gorgeous Colours – ‘Chopped Heart’
14. Jon Dots – ‘Carry On Dying’
13. And So I Watch You From Afar – ’7 Billion People All Alive at Once’
12. Milan Jay – ‘Sleeping Under Saturn’
11. Jerome’s Law – ‘Albedo’
10. Tara Masterson Hally – ‘Lingering’
9. Cashier No 9 – ‘Lost At Sea’
8. Jape – ‘The Oldest Mind’
7. Squarehead – ‘Fear Your Face’
6. Water Cycle – ‘Good Friends’
5. Nouveaunoise – ‘Anotherun’
4. Lisa Hannigan – ‘Knots’
3. Ambience Affair – ‘Weeds’
2. Come On Live Long – ‘Elephants and Time’
1. We Are Losers – ‘We Vampires’

30. Goodtime – ‘Behind This Sun’

29. Manhattan Syndrome – ‘Carnival’

28. Colin J Morris – ‘Radium Dials’

27. Tenaka – ‘Three’

26. Bouts – ‘We Tried’

25. We Cut Corners – ‘Go Easy’

24. Tieranniesaur – ‘Here Be Monsters’

23. Overhead, The Albatross – ‘Jonah’

22. Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands – ‘Miracle Candle’

21. Moths – ‘Summer’