Top Albums of 2011 by Eric Berman

The big news for 2011 was Spotify. Now the only excuse for not hearing something this year was a lack of time. Every year, I question the validity of a list like the one below. Take it on face value…these are just the records (yes records) that floated my boat this past year. The ranking really doesn’t make any difference…if it’s on the list, it’s because I like it. Use it any way you choose…as a guide…as reference…as a point for arguments with me…as garbage…

Have a great holiday season and an even better new year!



  1. Wilco: The Whole Love
  2. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: Mirror Traffic
  3. Tom Waits: Bad As Me
  4. tUnE-yArDs: whokill
  5. Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues
  6. Paul Simon: So Beautiful Or So What
  7. Danger Mouse & Daniel Luppi: Rome
  8. Starfucker: Reptilians
  9. Lykke Li: Wounded Rhymes
  10. Deerhoof: Deerhoof vs. Evil
  11. Battles: Gloss Drop
  12. Black Keys: El Camino
  13. Nick Lowe: The Old Magic
  14. Glen Campbell: Ghost On The Canvas
  15. Ryan Adams: Ashes And Fire
  16. Casiokids: Aabenbaringen over aaskammen
  17. Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring For My Halo
  18. Dodos: No Color
  19. St. Vincent: Strange Mercy
  20. TV On The Radio: Nine Types Of Light
  21. Laura Marling: A Creature I Don’t Know
  22. Cut Copy: Zonoscope
  23. Vince Gill: Guitar Slinger
  24. The Roots: undun
  25. Of Montreal: thecontrollersphere
  26. Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke & Lenny White: Forever
  27. Wild Flag
  28. Rihanna: Talk That Talk
  29. Bill Callahan: Apocalypse
  30. Radiohead: King Of Limbs
  31. P.J. Harvey: Let England Shake
  32. Thurston Moore: Demolished Thoughts
  33. Drake: Take Care
  34. M83: Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
  35. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  36. My Morning Jacket: Circuital
  37. Das Racist: Relax
  38. Beastie Boys: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
  39. Steve Earle: I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
  40. The Strokes: Angles


  1. Grateful Dead: Complete Europe ‘72
  2. The Beach Boys: Smile Sessions
  3. Miles Davis Quintet: Live In Europe 1967
  4. The Who: Quadrophenia Deluxe
  5. U2: Achtung Baby Deluxe
  6. The Sir Douglas Quintet: Complete Mono Singles 1968-1972
  7. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings: Soul Time
  8. The JB’s & Fred Wesley: The Lost Album
  9. Smashing Pumpkins: Siamese Dreams Deluxe
  10. Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs: The Complete MGM Singles