I'm ripping off Tom Breihan's format once again to run down my favorite songs of the year so far. I'll have a quarterly albums list up before the end of the week too. In the meantime, listen to these:

1. Tyler, The Creator - “Yonkers” How could it not be “Yonkers”? Tyler and his Odd Future cohorts have turned the music world upside down and given it a yellow swirly these last three months. It's easy to see why we keep coming back for more abuse: Pop music hasn't seen a talent this volatile since Tyler's hero Marshall Mathers introduced himself to a nation of gleeful teens and terrified parents. The May 10 release date for "Goblin" looms large. (see also: “Sandwitches”)

2. Frank Ocean - “Songs For Women” Ocean is technically an Odd Future affiliate as well, though only his clever pop culture references and youthful enthusiasm betray the connection; "Songs for Women"'s guitars-and-synths swag is far less punk than the bile the rest of the Wolf Gang has been spewing. Ocean did well for himself by attaching the best hook of 2011 so far to this clever, unassuming, instantly likable story about the perils of seducing the ladies via R&B. Really, though, we all benefit from a master stroke like this. (see also: “There Will Be Tears”)

3. The Strokes - “Under Cover of Darkness” "Angles" is a disjointed disaster of a comeback album, but "Under Cover of Darkness" proves The Strokes are still capable of throwing the best sock hop on the planet when they set egos aside and let Julian Casablancas take the reigns. It's pretty clear this is not a band that needs to evolve to stay alive; in fact, moving past their tried-and-true template has continually proven to be the death of them. At least this song offers four minutes of glorious resurrection. (see also: “Life Is Simple in the Moonlight”)

4. Radiohead - “Separator” Radiohead's latest surprise dispatch was underwhelming to say the least. Thankfully "The King of Limbs" wrapped up with a characteristically amazing three-song stretch culminating in this forward-looking comedown from the album's cold, cold night. Colin Greenwood and Phil Selway continue to be the most underrated rhythm section in rock, and Thom Yorke has rarely sounded this satisfied and soulful. It's true that Radiohead let us down this time, but if you think this is over, then you're wrong. (see also: “Codex”)

5. James Blake - “The Wilhelm Scream” Something about this fresh-faced Briton's singer-songwriter dubstep screams "Coming to a Starbucks near you!" Still, his latest single is noisy enough to weird out the latte drinkers he attracted with that Feist cover, and his trademark repetition is at its most haunting when he unfurls that "falling, falling, falling, falling" mantra. (see also: “I Never Learnt to Share”)

6. Stalley feat. Rashad - “Slapp”; 7. Survivalist - “Mildwinter”; 8. tUnE-YarDs - “Bizness”; 9. Cult of Youth - “New West”; 10. EMA - “California”