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

Tender Loving Empire

One of the best record labels based in Portland, Oregon is Tender Loving Empire. Some of the greatest Northwest indie bands are on this label. Something about all the bands is that feeling of classic American nostalgia. Almost like folk music, but you can hardly say that about Finn Riggins. They are more of a prog-rock trio with some steel drums in a couple of their tracks. Though they haven’t come out with a full length album in two years, they just released a single “Some Are Knightz.”
Now Jared Mees & The Grown Children are one of my new favorite bands. They just released their third album on the label called Only Good Thoughts Can Stay, which is a very appropriate title for this album. Another thing about all the bands from Tender Loving Empire is that they put on great live shows, and it seems like they are always putting on shows all over the Northwest.
Other great bands include; Typhoon, Boy Eats Drum Machine, Y La Bamba, Loch Lomond, Radiation City, and more!
You can also stream full albums from some of these bands for free here.