Best of 2011: Greg Haymes’ Top 13 Most-Listened-To Albums

Willy DeVille: Come A Little Bit Closer

I’m not saying that these were the best albums of the year. But they were the ones that I found myself returning to again and again and again:

13. Laura Marling’s “A Creature I Don’t Know” (Virgin)
12. Joe Ely’s “Satisfied at Last” (Rack’em)
11. Tom Waits’ “Bad as Me” (Anti-)
10. Alison Krauss & Union Station’s “Paper Airplane” (Rounder)
9. Abigail Washburn’s “City of Refuge” (Foreign Children)
8. Gillian Welch’s “The Harrow & the Harvest” (Acony)
7. Gretchen Parlato’s “The Lost and Found” (ObliqSound)
6. James Blake’s “James Blake” (Universal Republic)
5. Wilco’s “The Whole Love” (dBpm)
4. Lindsey Buckingham’s “Seeds We Sow” (Mind Kit)
3. Ry Cooder’s “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down” (Nonesuch)
2. Glen Campbell’s “Ghost on the Canvas” (Surfdog)
1. Willy DeVille’s “The Best of Willy DeVille: Come a Little Bit Closer” (Eagle)

by Greg Haymes, Nippertown writer-editor


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  1. Bill says

    Nice list. I like that they are not listed as “Best of”. Thanks!

  2. TL says

    Willy Deville is one of the great unsung American singers and songwriters. Thanks for making me aware of this live best of… Just found it online digitally at a ridiculously low price..

  3. Tom Keyser says

    Thanks for the list, Greg. I started listening to the albums I hadn’t heard yesterday online, you know, listening to those snippets on, and ordered two of your first three. I look forward to listening to the others. … Happy New Year to you and everyone at Nippertown.

  4. chris busone says

    Yes! Willie DeVille!

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