Well, folks...here we are, approaching the end of another year full of so many good albums it's hard to even count. In other words, it's time for year-end lists.
There's a long tradition here at No Depression of compiling a community poll - a grand list of albums you, the community, most loved and adored this year. The rules are pretty simple. Respond to this blog post (in the comments section) with your personal Top 10 Albums of 2011. While you're more than welcome to expand upon your list with video clips, explanations, etc., in a separate blog post, you'll have to post your basic Top 10 in the comments here in order to be counted. Likewise, lists posted on Facebook, Twitter, or any other site around the web won't be counted unless they're also included in the comments here.
To comment on this post, scroll to the bottom of this page and leave your list in the comments section.
In the interest of my sanity (your fearless Community Manager Kim) We will not be accepting Top 20 (or longer) lists this year but feel free to add honorable mentions in addition to your top 10.
You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Dec. 16 to submit your top ten list via this blog post. I (along with a small team of volunteers) will then disappear into a meditative state, where I will employ a complicated mathematical formula to combine all your lists into one master list. This master list will be published on this site on Monday Dec. 26, 2011, as the final official No Depression Community Poll. (Also published that day will be a masterlist of the favorites from our most frequently featured bloggers - the closest we'll get on this site to your standard critics' poll).
Reissues don't count, nor do box sets. We're looking for the ten best new recordings this year. Some allowances can be made for albums released in 2010 in Europe and 2011 in the States, and vice versa. No other scientific rules apply.
Now, give it some thought, then cast your votes.