Top 50 Albums of 2011 Part 1 of 5: Pop

So another year is coming to an end, and that means best music lists will be popping up everywhere including Killing Sasquatch. I’m going to do it a little differently. I’ll have 4 categories of great music then a top 15 list at the end.

So to start it off is the world renown genre of pop. Pop music is music that everyone can enjoy, no matter where you are from. It always has a catchy beat with lyrics and themes that embodies people’s emotions. I feel like these albums have not only embraced those ideas, but pushed popular music into a great direction. This list is alphabetical order.

Alexander – Alexander

Alexander – Awake My Body by tosbagasırtı

The Antlers – Burst Apart

The Antlers – I Don’t Want Love by Transgressive Records

Atlas Sound – Parallax

Atlas Sound – Terra Incognita by stopshakehoneygo

Big Troubles – Romantic Comedy

Big Troubles – Misery by Slumberland Records

Cults – Cults

Cults – Go Outside by underhisempire2

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s A Corporate World

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Morning Thought by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues by subpop

Gauntlet Hair – Gauntlet Hair

Gauntlet Hair – Top Bunk by felixnicklas

Hooray For Earth – True Loves

Hooray for Earth – True Loves by memphisindustries

Jared Mees & The Grown Children – Only Good Thoughts Can Stay

Hungry Like A Tiger by Jared Mees And TGC

M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

M83 – Wait by Reike

Portugal. The Man – In the Mountain In the Cloud

Portugal. The Man- So American by MMMusic

Starfucker – Reptilians

Bury Us Alive by starfucker_usa

Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation

Cannons by Youth Lagoon

Chrome Sparks + Alex Ebert

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ front man Alex Ebert put out a new solo project album called Alexander back in March. It is a really great American folk-y album. The single “Truth” has such a catchy whistle part coupled with simple guitar strums and the airy vocals makes for a great song.

The next band that I came across today is Chrome Sparks. His new EP titled My <3 is available on bandcamp for name your own price. There is some really great electronic layering with cool drum loops and bells, that all combine for something really beautiful. If you like Washed Out and other chillwave music definitely check out Chrome Sparks.