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Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Top 30 Albums of 2011


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This list was determined by aggregating 31 best-of-2011 album lists (see resources below) and figuring that information in with sales figures, chart data, awards, and overall status according to Dave’s Music Database. Here are the results:

1. Adele 21
2. PJ Harvey Let England Shake
3. Lady Gaga Born This Way
4. Bon Iver Bon Iver
5. Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
6. Florence + the Machine Ceremonials
7. Radiohead The King of Limbs
8. Foo Fighters Wasting Light
9. Tom Waits Bad As Me
10. James Blake James Blake

11. Wilco The Whole Love
12. Beyonce 4
13. The Horrors Skying
14. St. Vincent Strange Mercy
15. The Decemberists The King Is Dead
16. Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What
17. Lykke Lie Wounded Rhymes
18. Wild Beasts Smother
19. Arctic Monkeys Suck It and See
20. Gillian Welch The Harrow and the Harvest

21. Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne
22. Kurt Vile Smoke Rings for My Halo
23. Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
24. Tune Yards Who Kill
25. The Strokes Angles
26. Destroyer Kaputt
27. Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost
28. Fucked Up David Comes to Life
29. The Rolling Stones Some Girls (Deluxe Edition)
30. Metronomy The English Riviera


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Adele's 21 is 2011's album of the year.


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“Adele’s 2009 debut album, 19, was a Grammy-winning smash hit that revealed the British singer/songwriter’s knack for bittersweet soul and folk-infused love songs that brought to mind an infectious mix of Dusty Springfield and Terry Callier. The album earned her a ton of fans, and interest was high for the inevitable follow-up.” MC

“In many ways, her sophomore album, the similarly age-appropriate-titled 21, is a continuation of the sounds and themes Adele was working with on 19. She is still the bluesy pop diva with a singer/songwriter’s soul and seemingly bottomless capacity for heartbreak.” MC “She is able to avoid the pitfalls of sappiness and triteness that can easily come with the lovelorn, and instead comes across as mature and headstrong, though maybe a little lost.” NF “The best thing the album does is to showcase Adele’s titanic vocal ability, which – more than a few times on 21 – is simply spine-tingling.” MC

The album was primarily produced by Rick Rubin in Malibu, California, and Paul Epworth in London. WK Adele described the album as “different from 19; it’s about the same things but in a different light.” WK BBC Music called the album “simply stunning” and “genuinely brilliant” WK while the Herald Sun said that the album is “further evidence that Adele is something special.” WK Will Dean of The Guardian called it “a progressive, grown-up second collection” WK while Bernadette McNulty of The Telegraph said with her “voice that goes straight to the heart” “she out-divas them all.” WK

“Adele immediately injects us with the propulsive gospel fever-blues anthem Rolling in the Deep,” MC the song which the DMDB named song of the year. That song went to #1 in the US and #2 in the UK. The follow-up, Someone Like You, hit the top on both sides of the ocean. When it hit, “Deep” was still in the top 5 and over on the album chart, 21 was at #1 for a fourth week while the 19 album recharted in the top 5. It gave Adele the rare feat of being the first living artist since the Beatles in 1964 to have two top 5 hits on both the singles and albums charts in the U.K.

“Pop music should take more cues from Adele and this album, and less cues from other soul-wannabes/more-dancehall-hits like Duffy or Amy Winehouse. Adele should be the future of the radio, and in the near future she will be.” NF




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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Top 50 Songs of 2011


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As with most of the lists presented by the DMDB, this is an aggregate compiling multiple other lists. In this case, 30 year-end lists (see resources at bottom of page) focused on both commercially successful and/or critically acclaimed lists have been averaged together to see what comes out as the cream of the crop from this past year. In addition, major award nominations have been thrown into the mix as well. Here are the results:



1. Adele “Rolling in the Deep”
2. Foster the People “Pumped Up Kicks”
3. Nicki Minaj “Super Bass”
4. Bon Iver “Holocene”
5. Adele “Someone Like You”



6. M83 “Midnight City”
7. Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera “Moves Like Jagger”
8. Lana Del Rey “Video Games”
9. LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & Goon Rock “Party Rock Anthem”
10. The Band Perry “If I Die Young”



11. Bruno Mars “Grenade”
12. Katy Perry “Firework”
13. Tyler, the Creator “Yonkers”
14. Lady Gaga “The Edge of Glory”
15. Radiohead “Lotus Flower”



16. Britney Spears “Till the World Ends”
17. Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues”
18. Frank Ocean “Novacane”
19. St. Vincent “Cruel”
20. Lady Gaga “Born This Way”



21. Jay-Z with Kanye West “Niggas in Paris”
22. Chris Brown with Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes “Look at Me Now”
23. Girls “Vomit”
24. Pink “Fuckin’ Perfect”
25. Tune Yards “Bizness”



26. Pitbull with Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer “Give Me Everything”
27. Beyonce “Countdown”
28. Foo Fighters “Walk”
29. James Blake “The Wilhelm Scream”
30. Jay-Z with Kanye West “Otis”



31. EMA “California”
32. Katy Perry with Kanye West “E.T.”
33. DJ Khaled with Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne “I’m on One”
34. Rihanna with Calvin Harris “We Found Love”
35. Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter “You and Tequila”



36. Jason Aldean with Ludacris “Dirt Road Anthem”
37. Mumford & Sons “The Cave”
38. Cee-Lo Green “Fuck You (aka ‘Forget You’)”
39. Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
40. Katy Perry “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”



41. Taylor Swift “Mean”
42. Pink “Raise Your Glass”
43. Lupe Fiasco “The Show Goes On”
44. Beyonce “1+1”
45. Lil Wayne with Cory Gunz “6 Foot 7 Foot”



46. Bruno Mars “The Lazy Song”
47. Kanye West with Drake & Rihanna “All of the Lights”
48. Blake Shelton “Honey Bee”
49. Zac Brown Band “Colder Weather”
50. Real Estate “It’s Real”


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Monday, December 26, 2011

A Guide to Great Music Resources You May Have Missed


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Today I thought I’d depart from my daily history posts and occasional best-of lists to celebrate some of my favorite sources of music information and discussion. I’ve highlighted some of the websites, blogs, and Facebook pages which garner the most views from my eyeballs. Certainly there are a slew of well-known magazines (Rolling Stone, Q), music charts (Billboard, Official UK Charts), Hall of Fames (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame), awards organizations (The Grammys, American Music Awards, The Brit Awards, Mercury Prize), music-themed television (VH1, MTV), and individual artist pages, but I’ve opted to focus on sources which may farther off the beaten path. Here’s hoping they prove valuable resources to you as well.



Dave’s Music Database. In the interest of shameless self-promotion, here’s the DMDB right up front. As stated on the Facebook page, the DMDB is for “anyone who loves rating, ranking, reviewing, ranting, and reading about favorite albums, songs, acts, and other things music-related.” The Facebook page often highlights other music pages and scrolling through the “likes” will turn up hundreds of great music pages.







The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era 1954-1999. The first Dave’s Music Database book. Lists from more than 100 sources were compiled into this ultimate cream-of-the-crop list. The website offers sample pages, the full list, and links to watch videos, read lyrics, and buy the music. The book is available through DavesMusicDatabase.com or Amazon.com.







Aural Fixation. This is the column I write for online magazine PopMatters.com. This monthly column launched in April 2011 and offers more in-depth and often tongue-in-cheek analysis of today’s musical trends and how they fit into music history.






Counterbalance. Here’s another column from PopMatters.com which features Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn debating the classics as determined by Acclaimedmusic.net, a site which has aggregated multiple best-of lists, like DavesMusicDatabase.com. This is my favorite writing on music out there. Period. In the spirit of music geekdom and in the tradition of the best music journalism, Klinger and Mendelsohn express their insights with wit and humor. Always educational and entertaining.







The Daily Guru. Delivers a daily review of a “must own” album or song each day. Covers a wide variety of eras and genres.







Future Rock Legends. Their tagline: “Uncovering the next generation’s Hall of Fame.”







International Society of Music Snobs & Elitists. Tagline: “A website for those with discerning tastes.”







Tom Lane’s Music Blog. Tom posts quick insights, usually just a paragraph or two, about various musical events.






Music Snoob Daily. Tagline: “Your daily source for something to listen to.”







Not in Hall of Fame. The focus here is on sports as well as music, but the website’s ranked list of the top 500 acts not yet in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is fantastic. They also do an excellent job highlighting who becomes eligible for the Hall over the next few years.







Oldies.com. A family-owned and operated music and movie mail-order company outside of Philadelphia. Founded in 1980.






Once Upon a Time. Launched in August of 2010, the aim of this blog is to work through the Acclaimedmusic.net website of the top 3000 songs of all time, in chronological order.







The People’s Hall of Rock ‘n’ Roll Legends. Their tagline is “The only hall of fame BY and FOR the People!” Designed as a sort of alternative Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this site lets site visitors vote on who should be inducted. To date, 200 artists and groups have been inducted. See the complete list here.







Pretty Much Amazing. The website features a blog and reviews focused on indie music. Started by Luis Tovar in 2007.






Rock Hall Monitors. As it says on the blog, “We keep an eye on the goings-on in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation: hat is, what isn’t what could be ,what should be, what oughtn’t be, etc.”







Seven-Inch Vinyl: A Rock and Roll Novel. As the Facebook page says, this novel “chronicles the evolution of rock and roll between the years 1953-1969” from the R&B of rural Kentucky to the juke joints of Memphis, the street corner doo-wop groups of New York, the British Invasions, the founding of Motown, the emergence of the Greenwich Village folk scene, and the Haight-Asbury scene.







Slicing Up Eyeballs: The Legacy of ‘80s College Rock. A celebration of college, modern and alt rock from the 1980s.







This Day in Music. Pretty self-explanatory. The website offers a searchable database to look up any day of the year. Any given day offers plenty of births and musical events of the day. Focus is largely on the classic rock of the ‘60s and ‘70s.







This Day in Rock. Another page with its focus on specific days in musical history.







Todays Song Is…. Here’s the description on the Facebook page: “Quite simply I choose a new song everyday. I have 500 characters in which to describe it and hopefully we'll have people comment on it. I blog together all the songs in the notes section weekly with a playlist. Tell all your friends ... and enemies.”







Ultimate Classic Rock. News about classic rock.







Ultimate Twang. Reviews of classic country albums from the 1950s through the ‘90s.







The Way Back Experience focuses on the 1960s and ‘70s with videos and other media posts celebrating music, movies, television, and other pop culture of the era.