Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Top 20 Albums of 2011


It was truly a great year for music. There were a lot of great albums that came out that I have enjoyed and dozens that I really didn't care for. There were albums that I'm sure other major music blogs and publications will highly rate and base their lists on popularity or sales. There were albums that I liked but could only get online in the form of mixtapes. There were albums that came out only as imports and were not available in the USA, and then there were two albums and an EP that came out this year that I was personally involved with. Those albums did not make my Top 20 list of 2011. This list is based on my personal favorites of the year. Here they are:

1) The Horrors - Skying

2) Class Actress - Rapproacher

3) Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip

4) Belong - Common Era

5) Still Corners - Creatures Of An Hour

6) Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo

7) Cults - Cults

8) I Break Horses - Hearts

9) The Beach Boys - The Smile Sessions

10) The Raveonettes -  Raven In The Grave

11) Beady Eye - Different Gear, Still Speeding

12) Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Self-titled

13) Neon Indian - Era Extra├▒a

14) Clams Casino - Rain Forest EP

15) The Drums - Portamento

16) Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams

17) Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin'

18) Washed Out - Within and Without

19) Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Self-Titled

20) Tom Waits - Bad As Me

Did I not mention your favorite albums? What were your favorite albums of 2011? Happy New Year!

- Mike