The Top 50 Albums of 2011

2011 saw the rise and rise of Simon Cowell who gave us shocking artists like Cher Lloyd, Labrinth and any other parasite from his soul sucking TV shows that produce the same generic pop, dance and bass that is clogging the arteries of music. However, look hard enough and you will see that 2011 produced some real gems. This list will contain (what I consider) the top 50 albums released in 2011.

1. Björk –  Biophilia. One of the all time greatest albums, a truly stunning piece of work where each song is carefully crafted but occasionally there is a burst of energy.

2. Kate Bush – Director’s Cut. Bush revisits two previous albums to create a beautiful album full of calm and ambience.

3. Foster the People – Torches. Fusing indie, pop and dance to create one hell of a catchy album that showcases a band so full of potential.

4. Bright Eyes – The People’s Key. The amps are turned up to show that Conor Oberst’s main project can have fun too. While the delicate moments highlight why he and the band are so highly regarded.

5. Kasabian – Velociraptor! It’s raw, it’s powerful, it’s effortlessly cool; it’s just bloody awesome.

6. Feist – Metals. Sweet melodies with an incredible voice.

7. Bon Iver – Bon Iver. Beautiful and sparse, a truly stunning second album.

8. James Vincent McMorrow – Early In The Morning. A quiet, haunting debut.

9. P.J Harvey – Let England Shake. Brutal lyrics softened by gentle melodies which creates an uneasy listen.

10. The Crookes – Chasing After Ghosts. Great lyrics, great music, great style.

11. Wild Beats – Smother

12. Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow

13. Miles Kane – Colour of the Trap

14. Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire

15. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

16. The Felice Brothers – Celebration, Florida

17. The Decemberists – The King is Dead

18. Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See

19. Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde

20. Alex Turner – Submarine EP

21. Yuck – Yuck

22. Real Estate – Days

23. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing

24. Dananananaykroyd – There Is A Way

25. Metronomy – The English Riviera

26. Peggy Sue – Acrobats

27. Death Cab For Cutie – Codes and Keys

28. The Horrible Crowes – Elsie

29. Elbow  – Build A Rocket Boys!

30. Drive OST

31. The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

32. Dead Sons – Boom Boom EP

33. Patrick Wolf – Lupercalia

34. Little Dragon – Ritual Union

35. The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar

36. White Denim – D

37. Cage The Elephant – Thank You Happy Birthday

38. Wolf Gang – Suego Faults

39. Kurt Vile – Smoking Ring For My Halo

40. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light

41. Slow Club – Paradise

42. The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient

43. Ben Carrigan – The Greatest Narrators

44. Beady Eye – Different Gear, Still Speeding

45. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

46. Cults – Cults

47. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

48. Tune-Yards – W H O K I L L

49. The Strokes  -Angles

50. The Subways – Money and Celebrity

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  1. You can also download the playlist at

    Enjoy, NorthernRoom

  2. Glad you included the “Submarine EP” – that was a beautiful little disc that I feel is going to get overlooked in many of these lists. “I heard an unhappy ending, it sort of sounds like you leaving.” Not too many people are writing lyrics like that these days…

    My only advice: make some room in there for Lykke Li’s “Wounded Rhymes”! 🙂

  3. I have to agree Lykke Li’s album was fantastic, but there was a lot of other great albums that I cut such as Cloud Nothing, The Sea and Cake and Wilco. It is a shame but there had to be a cut off point.

    I have to agree again with you about Alex Turner. He can do no wrong in my eyes, except maybe his quiff.

  4. Nice list!


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