Flashflooder’s Top 50 Music Releases of 2011

And another year has gone by, just like that. Time really does fly.

What initially seemed like a bit of a slow year for music definitely caught its stride midyear and accelerated on to produce numerous quality releases across a variety of genres for your listening pleasure. I thought about writing a little blurb for each release about why I think these albums are worth checking out or even maybe buying (dear god!), but instead I’m just going to list out my top 50 releases from 2011 and let the critics do the talking and you do the listening and deciding.

In case you were wondering how I kept track of all the music I’ve listened to this year, I’ve been keeping a spreadsheet since early January and throwing albums onto it after I’ve listened to them, in approximate ranking position and then editing whenever. If you’re the type of person who does a yearly best of list, you should try it out for yourself! (it’s kind of fun)

And if you’re interested in what some other music critics thought about 2011, check out metacritic’s Music Critic Top 10 Lists for 2011, it’s quite extensive. There’s some great stuff on there and if you’re looking for new things to listen to, that’ll keep you busy for a while.

Anyways, here goes for my list…Honestly all of these releases are really great and I recommend you to check out all of them (and if you look carefully, you might find some download links below heh) regardless of the subjective order I put them in (an order that changed daily btw haha). Enjoy!

Flashflooder’s Top 50 Releases of 2011

50. Feed Me – To The Stars [Mau5trap]

49. Porter Robinson – Spitfire EP [OWSLA]

48. Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact [4AD]

47. Neon Indian – Era Extrana [Mom & Pop/Static Tongues]

46. John Maus – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves [RibbonMusic/Upset the Rhythm]

45. The Field – Looping State of Mind [Kompakt]

44. Burial – Street Halo EP [Hyperdub]

43. The Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 [Capitol]

42. The Roots – Undun [Island]

41. Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise [Circus Company]

40. Childish Gambino – Camp [Glassnote Records]

39. ASAP Rocky – LiveLoveASAP [Self Released]

38. MellowHype – BlackenedWhite [Fat Possum]

37. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra [Self Released]

36. SebastiAn – Total [Ed Banger]

35. DJ Shadow – The Less You Know, The Better [Verve/Island]

34. Washed Out – Within and Without [Sub Pop]

33. SBTRKT – SBTRKT [Young Turks]

32. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo [Matador]

31. Digitalism – I Love You Dude [V2 Records]

30. Wild Beasts – Smother [Domino]

29. Radiohead – King of Limbs [XL]

28. Bon Iver – Bon Iver [Jagjaguwar]

27. Atlas Sound – Parallax [4AD]

26. Justice – Audio, Video, Disco [Ed Banger]

25. Kaskade – Fire & Ice [Ultra Records]

24. The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) – Watch The Throne [Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam]

23. Gui Boratto – III [Kompakt]

22. Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972 [Kranky]

 21. Andy Stott – We Stay Together/ Passed Me By [Modern Love]

20. Young Montana? – Limerence [Alpha Pup]

19. Little Dragon – Ritual Union [Peacefrog Records]

18. Clams Casino – Instrumentals Mixtape/Rainforest EP [Self Released]

17. James Blake – James Blake [A&M/Atlas]

16. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes [LL Recordings]

15. Toro Y Moi – Underneath The Pine [Carpark]

14. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming [Mute]

13. The Antlers – Burst Apart [Frenchkiss Records]

12. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues [Sub Pop]

11. Balam Acab – Wander / Wonder [Tri Angle]

10. Zomby – Dedication [4AD] / Nothing EP [4AD]

09. The Weeknd – House of Balloons/Thursday/Echoes of Silence [Self Released]

08. Tyler, The Creator – Goblin [XL]

07. Drake – Take Care [Young Money]

06. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy [4AD]

05. Explosions In the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care [Temporary Residence]

04. Panda Bear – Tomboy [Paw Tracks]

03. Destroyer – Kaputt [Merge]

02. Real Estate – Days [Domino]

01. Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica [Mexican Summer/Software]