Heather’s Top 10 Albums of 2011

We hope you’re enjoying your holidays! As we reflect back on 2011, our second installment of ‘bests’ n music as seen by PlayNetwork’s Music Superivisor’s brings up Music Supervisor, Heather Thueringer’s Top 10 Albums of 2011. Without further ado…

10. Ellie Goulding – Lights

PlayNetwork was fortunate to host a PlayLive event featuring Ellie Goulding just weeks before she was tapped to play the Royal wedding and Saturday Night Live.  She did a great set on our mainstage and was as nice as could be.  Listening to her album Lights, it’s easy to see why she was one of the top-selling British artists in 2010.

Watch Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” Video…

[youtube  http://youtu.be/0NKUpo_xKyQ]

9.  Jamie Woon – Mirrorwriting

I was lucky enough to catch Jamie Woon at South By Southwest and he was fantastic!  His whole album is great and I would highly encourage seeing him live if you can!  You will not be disappointed.

Watch Jamie Woon’s “Night Air” Video…

[youtube http://youtu.be/EL0pTo9Z_XU]

8.  Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes

Lykke Li had one of my favorite albums as well as my favorite video of the year.  Her video for “I Follow Rivers” is perfect.  I strongly encourage you to check out both!

Watch Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers” Video…

[youtube http://youtu.be/vZYbEL06lEU]

7.  St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clarke) wrote most of her 2011 album Strange Mercy right here in Seattle.  It’s an eclectic album that really allows her to show off her guitar chops.  The woman can play!

Watch St. Vincent’s “Cruel” Video…

[youtube http://youtu.be/Itt0rALeHE8]

6.  Friendly Fires – Pala

Another artist I had the pleasure to watch at South By Southwest, although regrettably I did not stay for their whole set.  I am still bummed about this.  I hope Friendly Fires come back to Seattle soon so I can remedy that.

Watch Friendly Fires’ “Hurting” Video…

[youtube http://youtu.be/bhdVV58l0vA]

5.  Foster The People – Torches

Foster The People certainly had a banner year, but they totally deserved it.  Torches is a fantastic album, designed to get your body moving.  Just try to sit still while you listen to it.  I dare you!

Watch Foster The People’s “Call It What You Want” Video…

[youtube http://youtu.be/1prhCWO_518]

4.  Holy Ghost! – Holy Ghost!

What is a Top 10 album list without an electro-pop album?  Nothing, that’s what!  And Holy Ghost! definitely had the best electro-pop album of 2011.  I could listen to their self-titled debut all day without stopping (and believe me, I have.)  Good stuff!

Watch Holy Ghost!’s “Wait And See” Video…

[youtube http://youtu.be/VcehYrGX8TU]

3.  Plan B – The Defamation Of Strickland Banks

Plan B is one of those artists who is absolutely massive in just about every country in the world except the US.  For some reason, he just hasn’t caught on here.  Yet, anyway.  Here’s hoping this amazing artist finds his American audience.  He totally deserves it!

Watch Plan B’s “She Said” Video…

[youtube http://youtu.be/rQjh9H-ymK4]

2.  Adele – 21

OK, so you’d pretty much have to have been living under a rock not to have heard from Adele this year, but that’s because every once in a great, great while the starts align and popular music and great music are actually one in the same.  Congrats on your success this year, Adele.  It couldn’t have happened to a better artist.

Watch Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” Video…

[youtube http://youtu.be/rYEDA3JcQqw]

1.  Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials

Florence + The Machine did something that not very many artist do these days: she put out a sophomore album that is better than her debut.  Ceremonials is as close to perfection as many artists got this year.  Keep it up, Flo.

Watch Florence + The Machine’s “No Light, No Light” Video…

[youtube http://youtu.be/HGH-4jQZRcc]

– Heather Thueringer, Music Supervisor – PlayNetwork

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