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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ebbz and Flowzzzz Top 50 Albums of 2011




Something to think about with year end lists-- do they really matter?  Probably not.  Everyone is going to have their own opinions as to the best albums of the year regardless of what anyone's list says.  What is the real difference anyway from the 24th best and 25th best albums?  What is the criteria for ranking albums?  Do you have to include all genres of music (I still don't listen to enough rap music)?  Why do people even create, or read best of lists?

Because it is fun to do, and a great way to remember a years worth of great music.  Below is our top 50 albums of 2011-- final criteria for list placement?  It just felt right.

Here's to a great year of music in 2011 and to hoping 2012 can top it. 


Ebbz and Flowzzzz Top 50 Albums of 2011

50) Cults - Cults
49) Los Campesinos! - Hello Sadness
48) The Black Keys - El Camino
47) Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
46) Dirty Beaches - Badlands
45) Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
44) Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation
43) Austra - Feel It Break
42) My Morning Jacket - Circuital
41) Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
40) Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx - We're New Here
39) The Vaccines - What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?
38) Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
37) Tennis - Cape Dory
36) Drake - Take Care
35) The Strokes - Angles
34) Wilco - The Whole Love
33) The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong
32) Toro y Moi - Underneath the Pine & Freakout EP
31) Tom Waits - Bad as Me
30) Neon Indian - Era Extra├▒a
29) Bright Eyes - The People's Key
28) The Antlers- Burst Apart
27) The Rosebuds - Loud Planes Fly Low
26) The Horrors - Skying
25) The War On Drugs - Slave Ambient
24) Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
23) Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow
22) Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
21) Bon Iver - Bon Iver
20) Atlas Sound - Parallax
19) Frank Ocean - nostalgia, ULTRA
18) Yuck - Yuck
17) Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See
16) Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
15) Radiohead - The King of Limbs
14) Cut Copy - Zonoscope
13) Washed Out - Within and Without
12) Destroyer - Kaputt
11) Real Estate - Days
10) PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
09) Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise
08) St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
07) Panda Bear - Tomboy
06) The Weeknd - House of Balloons
05) Starfucker - Reptilians
04) Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
03) Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
02) James Blake - James Blake
01) M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming