I love doing these types of lists, because I always dis­cover a lot of artists that weren’t pre­vi­ously on my radar. Def­i­nitely the case in this list as well! (See Also: Top Albums in 2010 from Music Indus­try Pro­fes­sion­als).

Here are some of the best albums of 2011 (so far), cho­sen by peo­ple who work in music everyday:

Emily White, Co-Founder of White­Smith Entertainment

Eleanor Fried­berger — Last Sum­mer
Raphael Saadiq — Stone Rollin’
Hooray for Earth — True Loves
Urge Overkill — Rock&Roll Sub­ma­rine
Por­tu­gal. The Man — In The Moun­tain In The Cloud

Ian Hog­a­rth, CEO + Co-Founder of Song­kick

Frank Ocean — Nos­tal­gia Ultra (lis­ten here)
The Weeknd — House of Bal­loons
The Rural Alberta Advan­tage — Depart­ing
Tyler, the Cre­ator — Gob­lin
Pusha T — Fear of God

Nicole St.Jean, Pro Ser­vices Pro­ducer at Top­spin Media

Elec­tronic Dream — Araab­muzik
Bon Iver — Bon Iver
Diego Gar­cia — Laura
The Hor­rors — Skying

Gray Blue, Direc­tor of Music Indus­try Rela­tions at Fan­Bridge

White Lies — Rit­ual
UNKLE — Where Did The Night Fall: Another Night Out
Red Fang — Mur­der the Moun­tain
Gringo Star — Count Yer Lucky Stars (Out Sept 27, 2011)
Queens of the Stone Age — S/T (Remastered)

Bren­dan Moore, Founder of Recep­tive Music

Fleet Foxes — Help­less­ness Blues
Bon Iver — Bon Iver
Gar­dens & Villa — Gar­dens & Villa
TV on the Radio — Nine Types of Light
The Civil Wars — Bar­ton Hollow

J Sider (and the Root­Mu­sic office!), CEO & Founder of Root­Mu­sic

Lit­tle Dragon - Rit­ual Union
Nico­las Jaar - Space Is Only Noise (lis­ten here)
Friendly Fires — Pala
Tyler — Gob­lin
Cut Copy — Zono­scope
Bat­tles — Gloss Drop
J Mas­cis — Sev­eral Shades of Why
Noir — Blue Sky Black Death
James Blake — James Blake
Danny Dance — Here for the Dance­floor (lis­ten here)

What albums did we miss? Put your favorite albums in the com­ments so we can check them out.

  • Jason Spitz

    I don’t see The Belle Brigade any­where on here. Shame­ful omission!

  • Danny Dance

    Many thanks to the Root­Mu­sic team for this sur­prise! :) - Danny Dance