The Top 20 of 2011 Readers Poll Results

Remember when I said the last list was the last list? I lied.

Probably the first thing you’re going to notice about this top 20 is that there are 36 bands on it. Go figure. There were a bunch of bands that tied, and I didn’t think it was fair to leave anyone out, so there’s a couple number nines, a few 18s. You know how it is.

For those, I just put them with the same number in alphabetical order, and left it at that. I was glad to have a definitive number one and two though, and I was super surprised what the number one pick was, but I checked and rechecked the numbers, so it’s right. You should’ve seen me doing the math yesterday — a very sad picture of me counting on my fingers. But the numbers don’t lie: It’s Graveyard all the way.

I was sure it’d be YOB. The whole time, YOB was in the lead, but in the end, they just didn’t win out. Here’s the full list with the numbers of votes:

1. Graveyard, Hisingen Blues – 69
2. YOB, Atma – 64
3. Red Fang, Murder the Mountains – 42
4. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Blood Lust – 36
5. Elder, Dead Roots Stirring – 34
5. Lo-Pan, Salvador – 34
6. Mastodon, The Hunter – 33
7. Weedeater, Jason… the Dragon – 30
8. Orchid, Capricorn – 25
9. The Gates of Slumber, The Wretch – 23
9. Rwake, Rest – 23
10. Premonition 13, 13 – 22
11. Blood Ceremony, Living with the Ancients – 21
12. The Atlas Moth, An Ache for the Distance – 18
12. Wo Fat, Noche del Chupacabra – 18
13. Sungrazer, Mirador – 17
14. Opeth, Heritage – 16
14. Radio Moscow, The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz – 16
14. The Wounded Kings, In the Chapel of the Black Hand – 16
15. Mars Red Sky, Mars Red Sky – 14
15. Roadsaw, Roadsaw – 14
16. Black Cobra, Invernal – 13
16. Dark Castle, Surrender to all Life Beyond Form – 13
16. 40 Watt Sun, The Inside Room – 13
16. Tombs, Path of Totality – 13
17. Lord Vicar, Signs of Osiris – 11
17. Wolves in the Throne Room, Celestial Lineage – 11
18. The Atomic Bitchwax, The Local Fuzz – 10
18. Indian, Guiltless – 10
18. Sigiriya, Return to Earth – 10
18. Pentagram, Last Rites – 10
19. Grails, Deep Politics – 9
19. Monkey3, Beyond the Black Sky – 9
19. Russian Circles, Empros – 9
19. Sourvein, Black Fangs – 9
20. Freedom Hawk, Holding On – 8
20. Serpent Venom, Carnal Altar – 8

A big thanks to the 190 people who participated by submitting a list. I’d actually forgotten that there was a readers poll in 2010, but looking back at the results now and seeing Ufomammut won with 11 votes, it’s good to know there was some growth between then and now. Happy New Year to you and yours, and please know that your contribution here is appreciated.


12 Responses to “The Top 20 of 2011 Readers Poll Results”

  1. Sebastian says:

    Why there’s no fuckin’ U.S.CHRISTMAS?!
    The Valley Path was so underrated, that’s a shame.

  2. Ricardo Mora says:

    I’m sorry I didn’t send my list, but I’m really glad Graveyard made it all the way to the top, I bought both the CD and the LP versions and everyone I’ve been sharing them with are more than pleasantly surprised by the quality of all the songs and the honesty in the music, they don’t sound retro just for the sake of it.

  3. Bubba says:

    Wow. Great list. Weird to see Elder did not even make it here. As it ended up as number one on Stoner HiVe.

  4. Bill Goodman says:

    Quite the diverse list here

  5. C. says:

    Graveyard dominates. Fitting. Best record of the year, by far.

  6. Fastnbulbous says:

    I barely got my vote in on time and Graveyard was my #1 so I guess you can blame/thank me for pushing it past Yob!

  7. Rocco says:

    Good to see 7 out of my 10 on there. I’m a little surprised that Subrosa didn’t make it but a really solid list with a bunch of albums that I still need to check out.

  8. Bubba says:

    Ooh, was it there when I made that remark?

    (I guess it had something to do with the New Years Eve liquor still flowing through my veins…)

  9. mrPalomar says:

    I’m surprised Omega Massif didn’t make the cut. Karpatia is fantastic.

  10. Reefer says:

    I listened to Hisingen Blues probably over a hundred times in late November and early December. i gave it a break because I was afraid I would burn out on it. I heard part of it today for the first time in a while. It was still as rocking, infectious, and just goddamn good as ever. Well deserved the spot. Pretty nice list overall. Lotta’ my top picks made it on.

  11. goAt says:

    How many people actually put Graveyard at the top of their lists?

    I was just thinkin’, YOB probably got more “passionate” placing in lists (TOP 3), I would think?

    I mean, who reads this blog and DOESN’T *like* Graveyard?

    Dudes be RELIGIOUS about YOB.

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