Hello friends and random internet readers, and welcome to the 2011 edition of the now fourth annual Ultimate Music Megapost! As you can see I’ve got my Critic Face on (I am also listening to an ipod while adjusting unfamiliar knobs on the keyboard…Holly was nice to play along), so let’s get to it. Every year I view this post as the ultimate culmination of my hobby, where I pull together every Saturday morning spent pouring through music blogs, every long drive soundtracked to my current favorite songs, and every excited purchase of a new album. Each year I highlight what I feel was the best music of that year in a broad range of categories and then open it up for what I hope will be spirited discussion.
As with every year, I must start with a disclaimer. I’m a big fan of music but by no means is this a profession, which means that I don’t get free music sent to me by bands. This means primarily two things: 1) I haven’t heard EVERYTHING, though I venture to say I’ve heard quite a bit and 2) there are sometimes things that get released in the year prior that don’t make it to my collection until the next year, meaning I’m pretty liberal about allowing 2010 songs into the 2011 list, but try to avoid going too far back. If the point is to highlight good new music to the casual fan, then I do not want to leave off a solid track. I also try not to get carried away with single bands, so even if I might feel like one album was so good it might justify having seven songs on the list, I’ll leave that commentary for the Best Albums section and diversify the Top 50.
As always, I welcome any and all commentary, both positive or negative. This is a massive project to undertake, and although I have fun with it even if barely anyone reads it, it’s always nice to know that people are giving it a try. It would make my day to know that I helped someone find a new band that they love.
Over the next few days and weeks I will be posting different categories, from albums to songs to lyrics. You can start below by clicking on the link. I hope you enjoy it!