sideways ponytails

sideways ponytails’ albums of 2011

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Why do people make lists like these? They’re dumb. Saying one album is better than the other is really subjective and somewhat contrary to the whole idea of music. Regardless, it’s fun and it gives us a chance to both recognize our favorite albums of the year and maybe find a few we missed along the way. Finalizing this year’s list was as difficult as ever. Luckily we added Stephen to the team a few months ago to help the whole process/site out. Easily the best decision we’ve made to this day. Listed below are our 50 favorite albums of the year. We teased a bit as to what might be our favorite and maybe you figured it out. There are albums from all sorts of different genres represented on this list. That’s how we like it! There were definitely some that barely missed the cut, but we can’t list them all. Choosing the top album of the year was tough as there are several who were worthy. As always, please tell us your favorites and what you think we messed up or may have missed.

Lastly, this post also recognizes a full year of Sideways Ponytails. We are really excited about what we’ve done and even more excited about what’s to come. Thanks for reading, keep coming back, and tell your friends! Without further ado, click the link below to view our favorite albums of the year…

50 Little Dragon | Ritual Union

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little dragon “ritual union”

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49 Powerful Science | Super Doomy

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powerful science “world of birds” 

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48 Wu Lyf | Go Tell Fire On The Mountain

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wu lyf “heavy pop” 

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47 Dum Dum Girls | Only In Dreams

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dum dum girls “coming down” 

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46 Dirty BeachesBadlands

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dirty beaches “sweet 17” 

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45 Korallreven | An Album By Korallreven

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korallreven “sa sa samoa”

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44) Oneohtrix Point Never | Replica
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oneohtrix point never “replica” 
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43 Feist | Metals
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feist “a commotion” 
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42 The War on Drugs | Slave Ambient
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the war on drugs “baby missles”
 
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41 AraabmuzikElectronic Dream
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araabmuzik “let it go”
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40 Frank OceanNostalgia/Ultra
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frank ocean “swim good” 
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39 TV on the Radio9 Types of Light
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tv on the radio “will do”
 
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38 A$AP RockyLiveLoveA$AP
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a$ap rocky “peso”
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37 Elite GymnasticsRUIN
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elite gymnastics “omamori”
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36 Radiohead | The King of Limbs
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radiohead “little by little” 
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35 GrouperA I A : Alien Observer
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grouper “moon is sharp”
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34 Bodies of WaterTwist Again
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bodies of water “open rhythms” 
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33 DucktailsDucktails III : Arcade Dynamics
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ducktails “killin the vibe”
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32 Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xxWe’re New Here
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gil scott-heron & jamie xx “running”
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31 Jay-Z & Kanye WestWatch the Throne
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jay-z & kanye west “murder to excellence” 
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30 Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
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lykke li “rich kid blues”
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29 BattlesGloss Drop
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battles “futura” 
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28 Ford & LopatinChannel Pressure
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ford & lopatin “the voices” 
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27 White DenimD
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white denim “is and is and is”
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26 Bon IverBon Iver
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bon iver “michicant”
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25 tUnE-yArDsW H O K I L L
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tune-yards “bizness”
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24 Twin SisterIn Heaven
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twin sister “gene ciampi”
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23 The AntlersBurst Apart
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the antlers “french exit”
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22  Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
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fleet foxes “lorelai”
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21 Peaking Lights936
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peaking lights “all the sun that shines”
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20 Cut CopyZonoscope
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cut copy “take me over” 
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19 BeirutThe Rip Tide
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beirut “a candle’s fire” 
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18 The WeekndHouse of Balloons
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the weeknd “house of ballons / glass table girls”
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17 CANT | Dreams Come True
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cant “answer”
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16 Puro InstinctHeadbangers in Ecstasy
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puro instinct “stilyagi”
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15 Balam Acab | Wander/Wonder
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balam acab “motion”
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14 Youth LagoonYear of Hibernation
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youth lagoon “july” 
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13 John MausWe Must Become the Pitiless Sensors of Ourselves
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john maus “hey moon”  (for you, Todd)
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12 Real EstateDays
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real estate “it’s real”
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11 St. VincentStrange Mercy
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st. vincent “strange mercy”
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10 Toro y MoiUnderneath The Pine
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toro y moi “new beat” 
toro y mo “elise”
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09 Atlas SoundParallax
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atlas sound “mona lisa”
atlas sound “flagstaff”
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08 Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
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gang gang dance “mindkilla”
gang gang dance “glass jar”
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07 James BlakeJames Blake
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james blake “the wilhem scream”
james blake “limit to your love”
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06 Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
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shabazz palaces “swerve…”
shabazz palaces “recollections of the wraith”
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05 Neon IndianEra Extrana
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neon indian “polish girl”
neon indian “hex girlfriend”
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04 GirlsFather, Son, and Holy Ghost
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girls “honey bunny”
girls “vomit”
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03 Washed OutWithin and Without
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washed out “soft”
washed out “far away”
washed out “a dedication” 
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02 Panda BearTomboy
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panda bear “alsatian darn”
panda bear “slow motion”
panda bear “surfer’s hymn” 
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01 M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
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m83 “intro (ft. zola jesus)” 
m83 “reunion”
m83 “ok pal”
m83 “steve mcqueen”
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