The Universally Listable ’11

December 8, 2011
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Year-end lists have become a dime-a-dozen.  Print publications are easily predictable (just count the ads per issue and you’ll have your list); the online publications put out so many mid-year and quarterly reviews that it’s no surprise when the big list is revealed.  And the bloggers are so busy trying to beat each other to the punch, they forget to let the year end before naming their favorite album, artist or track (guilty).  That being said, these lists are great. This time of reflection is the best time of the year — listening back through all the playlists and determining what stood the test of time (measured in weeks and days) and browsing through all the lists to figure out what was missed throughout the year.

ILSUDH2 has the albums, artists and tracks of ’11 all picked out and is in the process of setting the order. The Class of 2011 posts should start next week.  But in the meantime, Largehearted Boy has been kind enough to collect all of the lists in one place.  These lists represent literally thousands of albums — every list is unique, yet, when digging through them all (as we did today), there are quite a few common denominators.  Based on what is out there so far, these are the most universally listable albums of ’11*. I assure you, ILSUDH2‘s list will look quite different.

  1. Bon IverBon Iver (93)
  2. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues (77)
  3. tUnE-yArDsw h o k i l l (62)
  4. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (61)
  5. PJ HarveyLet England Shake (55)
  6. St. VincentStrange Mercy (53)
  7. RadioheadThe King of Limbs (48)
  8. WilcoThe Whole Love (46)
  9. Adele21 / GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost (45)
  10. Kanye West & Jay-ZWatch the Throne (44)
  11. James BlakeJames Blake (42)
  12. Tom WaitsBad as Me (38)
  13. The DecemberistsThe King Is Dead (37)
  14. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life (36)
  15. Real EstateDays (34)
  16. The AntlersBurst Apart (33)
  17. The Black KeysEl Camino (32)
  18. The WeekndHouse of Balloons (31)
  19. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo (30)
  20. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes (29)

metal charts look like this

  1. MastodonThe Hunter (51)
  2. OpethHeritage (29)
  3. TombsPath of Totality (20)
  4. AnthraxWorship Music / KralliceDiotima (18)
  5. Machine HeadUnto the Locust (17)
  6. Wolves in the Throne RoomCelestial Lineage / YOBAtma / RevocationChaos of Forms (16)
  7. Amon AmarthSurtur Rising / The Devin Townsend ProjectDeconstruction / Liturgy – Aesthethica / Skeletonwitch – Forever Abomination / Trap ThemDarker Handcraft / UlcerateThe Destroyers of All (15)
  8. AutopsyMacabre Eternal / CraftVoid / ObscuraOmnivium / RwakeRest (14)
  9. 40 Watt SunThe Inside Room / DismaTowards the Megalith / GraveyardHisingen Blues / The Atlas MothAn Ache for the Distance (13)
  10. AbsuAbzu / DecapitatedCarnival Is Forever (12)

* based on how many times they appeared in the Top 20 section of a Best Albums post.  Updated 12/20.

The Universally Listable '11

The Universally Listable '11 (Metal)


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