Top Ranking Albums of 2011

1. Stephen Marley – Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life [Tuff Gong 2011]

2. Alborosie – 2 Times Revolution [Greensleeves 2011]

3. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead [Capital Records 2011]

4. Various ArtistsReggae’s Gone Country [VP Records 2011]

5. Bright EyesThe People’s Key [Saddle Creek 2011]

6. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What [Hear Music 2011]

7. Hayes CarllKMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) [Lost Highway 2011]

8. Pokey LaFarge & The South City ThreeMiddle of Everywhere [Free Dirt Records 2011]

9. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest [Acony Records 2011]

10. Richie SpiceBook of Job [VP Records 2011]

Top Ranking Albums of 2011

Top Ranking Singles of 2011

Graham Wilkinson – Focus

Stephen Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, & Buju BantonJah Army

Hayes Carll – KMAG YOYO

The Decemberists – This Is Why We Fight

Busy Signal – The Gambler

Stevie Face – Can’t Go Round

Emmylou Harris – My Name Is Emmett Till

Damian “Jr. Gong” MarleyWanted (Just Ain’t The Same)

Bright EyesOne For You, One For Me

Courtney John – Never Keep You Waiting

GyptianDuggu Duggu

Pokey LaForge & the South City Three – Feel So Good

Richie SpiceMy Life

Paul Simon Getting Ready For Christmas

Alborosie & Junior ReidRespect

Peter Bjorn & John – Second Chance

Iron & Wine – Tree By The River

Third World, Damian Marley, & Stephen Marley96 Degrees 

Amos Lee – Windows Are Rolled Down

Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, and Josey Wales – Sweet Jamaica

The Uprising Roots Band – Steamers

Mac MillerParty On Fifth Ave

Richie Spice – Soothing Sound 

Raging Fyah – Irie Vibe

Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, & Yo-Yo MaAttaboy

Sanchez – El Paso

The Decemberists – Down By The Water

Courtney John – Everyday

The Beastie Boys & Santigold – Don’t Play No Games

Cham – Stronger

Bright Eyes – Firewall

I-Wayne – Pure As the Nile

The Decemberists – June Hymn

Vybz Kartel – Poor People Land

Protoje – Take Control

Tarrus Riley – The Chair

Lil Wayne, Bun B, Nas, Shyne, & Busta Rhymes – Outro

Chino – Driving Me Insane

Iba Mahr – Will I Wait

Thievery Corporation – Culture of Fear

Laza – One By One

Gillian Welch – Scarlet Town

Stephen Marley – Pale Moonlight (How Many Times)

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. – Waves on the Ocean

Alborosie – La Revolucion

Brian Wilson – Listen To Me

Assassin – How Mi Feel

James Blake – Limit to Your Love

Shaggy  & Tarrus Riley – Just Another Girl

Stephen Marley – Can’t Keep I Down

Lyle Lovett – Well…Alright

Shabba Ranks – None Ah Dem

Wilco – I Might

Freddie McGregor – A House Is Not A Home

Smith Westerns – Weekend

Romain Virgo & Larry Gatlin – California

Das Racist – Booty in the Air

DeMarco – Love My Life

Tune-Yards – You Yes You

Richie Spice – Legal

Gillian Welch – The Way It Goes

Easy Star All Stars – Paid My Dues

Queen Ifrica – Pot Still Haffi Bubble

Wiz Khalifa & Too Short – On My Level

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – So Long Honeybee, Goodbye

Stephen Marley – No Cigarette Smoking In My Room

Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What

Collie Buddz – Playback

Bright Eyes – Shell Games

Gyptian – My Number One

The Decemberists – All Arise!

L.U.S.T. – Flowers on the Wall

Lil Wayne – How To Love

Romain Virgo – The System

Alexi Murdoch – Crinan Wood

Easy Star All Stars, Daddy Lion Chandell, & Junior Jazz – One Likkle Draw

Bright Eyes – A Machine Spiritual (In The People’s Key)

Richie Spice – Father

YACHT – Dystopia

Alborosie & Giuseppe Tarantino – International Drama

Zooey Deschanel – It’s So Easy

Tarrus Riley – Never Leave I

The Decemberists – January Hymn

Beres Hammond – Pull Up

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – Keep Your Hands of My Gal

Paul Simon – Love Is Eternal Sacred Light

Richie Spice – Yap Yap

Coldplay – Paradise

Stephen Marley – Old Slaves

Gillian Welch – Hard Times

Gramps Morgan – Feels So Right

The Decemberists – Calamity Song

Alborosie – Rolling Like A Rock

Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie

Beres Hammond – He Stopped Loving Her Today

Adele – Rolling in the Deep

Queen Ifrica – Times Like These

Gillian Welch – Six White Horses

Stephen Marley & Spragga Benz – Working Ways

James Blake – Wilhelm Scream

Tarrus Riley – Shaka Zulu Pickney

Robbie Robertson & Robert Randolph – How To Become Clairvoyant

Chino – God Nah Sleep (Rise and Fall Story)

Jeff Lynne – Words of Love

Richie Spice – Black Woman

Adele – Someone Like You

Alborosie – Ragamuffin

Paul Simon – The Afterlife

Stephen Marley – Freedom Time

Lil Wayne – President Carter

Vybz Kartel – Summertime

Alexander – In the Twilight

SuperHeavy – Miracle Worker

Ziggy Marley & Heavy D – It

Paul Simon – Rewrite

Alexi Murdoch – Through the Dark

Bounty Killer – Ready Fi Dem

Alexander – Truth

Snoop Dogg & T-Pain – Boom

Easy Star All Stars – Reggae Pension

Alexander – Awake My Body

Stephen Marley – Tight Ship

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. – Black Baldy Stallion

Luciano – He’ll Have To Go

Wilco – Dawned On Me

Vybz Kartel – Whine (Wine)

Ringo Starr – Think It Over

Stephen Marley – Now I Know

Robbie Robertson, Eric Clapton, & Steve Winwood – Fear of Falling

The Beastie Boys & Nas – Too Many Rappers (New Reactionaries Version)

Easy Star All Stars – Don’t Stop the Music

Smith Westerns – Only One

Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On

Ziggy Marley – Personal Revolution

Pokey LaForge & the South City Three – Drinking Whiskey Tonight

Alborosie – One Draw

Paul Simon – Love and Blessings

Stephen Marley – Break Us Apart

Das Racist – Relax

Richie Spice – Got To Make It

Wanda Jackson – You Know That I’m No Good

Beres Hammond – I Am Missing You

Mavado – Peppa

Hayes Carll – Stomp and Holler

Tarrus Riley – Groovy Little Thing

Tune-Yards – Bizness

Snoop Dogg & Willie Nelson – Superman

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – Weedwacker Rag

Shaggy & Agent Sasco (aka Assassin) – Feeling Alive

Alexander – Let’s Win

Alborosie – Camilla

Bright Eyes – Haile Selassie

Richie Spice – Serious Woman

Robert Earl Keen – Top Down

Stephen Marley – The Chapel

Alborosei & Etana – You Make Me Feel Good

Gillian Welch – The Way The Whole Thing Ends

Shaggy & Alaine – For Yur Eyez Only

Alexander – Let’s Make To Not Make A Deal

The Decemberists – Rise To Me

Etana – People Talk

Smith Westerns – Still New

Richie Spice – Confirmation

The Decemberists – Rox in the Box

Dr. Dre – Kush

Richie Spice – Mother of Creation

The Beastie Boys – Funky Donkey

Tune-Yards – Killa

Hayes Carll – Another Like You

Alborosie – Who You Think You Are

Robert Earl Keen, Jr. – Who Do Man

Hayes Carll – Hard Out Here

Richie Spice – Jah Never Let Us Down

Paul Simon – Questions For the Angels

Stephen Marley – She Knows Now

The Decemberists – Dear Avery

Wiz Khalifa – Black & Yellow

Jamelody – This Time

Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, & Yo Yo Ma – Less Is Moi

Chipmunk – Every Gal

Wanda Jackson – Thunder On The Mountain

Etana – Crazy

The Beastie Boys – Here’s A Little Something For You

Beenie Man – Let’s Go

Tessanne Chin – Firework

Dr. Dre – I Need A Doctor

Alexander – A Million Years

Easy Star All Stars, Lady Ann, Tony Tuff, and the Meditations – Easy Now Star

Paul Simon – Dazzling Blue

Stephen Marley – False Friends

Alexander – Bad Bad Love

Tune-Yards – Gangsta

Harvey and Mista Brown – Hot Gyal

Robbie Robertson – Tango for Django

The Decemberists – Don’t Carry It All

Mavado – Final Destination

Emmylou Harris – Hard Bargain

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three – River Rock Bottom

Thievery Corporation – Overstand

Richie Spice – Better Tomorrow

Lil Wayne – 6 Foot 7 Foot

I-Octane – Nuh Ramp Wid We


Top Ranking Singles of 2011

The Top 40 Albums of May 2010!!!

Distant Relatives

May 2010 has been a fruitful month for music. Reggae, country, jazz, and rock music have been well represented. The Junior Gong aka Damian Marleydropped his long anticipated album Distant Relatives with rap legend Nas. The album features reggae, sick African beats, hip-hop, and spot on guest appearances by k’naan and Lil Wayne.

On the country side, Texan outlaw Willie Nelson strikes again with Country Music and Merle Haggard makes one of his best records in recent memory with the album I Am What I Am (Amazon Exclusive Version). And the Preservation Hall Jazz Band made an amazing album An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program (Deluxe Version) with guests like Louis Armstrong, Andrew BirdSteve Earleand Jim James aka Yim Yames from My Morning Jacket. And on the rock scene, new albums from Cornershop, LCD Soundsystem, and Broken Social Scene add balance to a nice month in music.

From Latin rappers Cypress Hill to African drummer Tony Allen (part of Fela Kuti‘s legendary band) to Texan musicians Court Yard Hounds(part of the Dixie Chicks) this months selection is diverse and full of wonderful sounds. Here are the Top 40 albums of May…

The Best of May 2010

  1. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & NasDistant Relatives [Universal 2010]
  2. Merle Haggard I Am What I Am [Vanguard Records 2010]
  3. Willie Nelson Country Music [Rounder 2010]
  4. Various ArtistsAn Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program [Preservation Hall Recording 2010]
  5. Toots & the MaytalsFlip and Twist [D and F Music 2010]
  6. Jakob Dylan Women And Country [Columbia 2010]
  7. Tony Allen Secret Agent [Nonesuch Records 2010]
  8. Cornershop Judy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast [Ample Play Recordings 2010]
  9. Peter Wolf Midnight Souvenirs [Verve 2010]
  10. The PhysicsFuture Talk [The Physics 2007]
  11. Pretty LightsMaking Up A Changing Mind [Pretty Lights Music 2010]
  12. V.V. BrownTravelling Like The Light [Capitol 2010]
  13. Winston JarrettBushwhackers Gangbangers [Bigmore Productions 2010]
  14. Various Artists Something Old, Something New, Volume 5 [Penthouse Records 2010]
  15. Various Artists Big Stage Riddim [Penthouse Records 2010]
  16. Very Be Careful Escape Room [Barbes Records 2010]
  17. Various ArtistsSpecial Request, Volume 3 [Penthouse Records 2010]
  18. Mulatu Astatke Mulatu Steps Ahead [Strut Records 2010]
  19. Dr. DogShame Shame [Anti 2010]
  20. Radar Bros. The Illustrated Garden [Merge Records 2010]
  21. The Apples in Stereo Travellers In Space And Time [Yep Roc Records 2010]
  22. MGMTCongratulations [Sony 2010]
  23. Court Yard Hounds Court Yard Hounds [Columbia 2010]
  24. Caribou Swim [Merge Records 2010]
  25. LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening [Virgin Records 2010]
  26. Broken Social Scene Forgiveness Rock Record [Arts & Crafts Records 2010]
  27. The Kissaway Trail Sleep Mountain [Bella Union 2010]
  28. Passion Pit Manners [Columbia Records 2010]
  29. The Hold Steady Heaven Is Whenever [Vagrant Records 2010]
  30. Various ArtistsJoe Gibbs 12” Disco Showcase Volume 4 [VP Records 2010]
  31. The Dead Weather Sea Of Cowards [Third Man 2010]
  32. Gogol BordelloTrans-Continental Hustle [American Recordings 2010]
  33. Cypress HillRise Up [Priority Records]
  34. Solomon BurkeNothing’s Impossible [E1 Music 2010]
  35. GinjahNever Lost My Way [Digital Release 2010]
  36. Alan Jackson – Freight Train [Arista 2010]
  37. Judgement Day Peacocks / Pink Monsters [Judgement Day 2010]
  38. The RaftersAnimal Feelings [Asthmatic Kitty Records 2010]
  39. Jeff Beck Emotion & Commotion [Atco/Rhino 2010]
  40. SlashSlash [Dik Hayd 2010]
The Top 40 Albums of May 2010!!!

The World of Reggae Music Collection — Reggae inna Folk-Country Version

World of Reggae Music

Reggae ina Folk Country Version

Beenie Man and Willie Nelson have more in common than you think. They both play country music. And they both play reggae music. Country and Reggae collide on this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection. From Steve Earle, Jimmy Buffett, and Johnny Cash to Delroy Wilson, Dennis Brown, and John Holt this is Reggae inna Folk and Country stylee.

The Survivors  Rawhide

Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire>

The Ethiopians – Free Man

Willie Nelson – I’ll Still Be Thinking of You

Busy Signal – The Gambler

Charlie Pride – You’re My Jamaica

Josh Heinrichs – Cryin’ Time

Peter Rowan – No Woman No Cry

LUST – Flowers on the Will

Tony Joe White – Rainy Night In Georgia [Bozzo Bajou’s Georgia Dub]

Sanchez – El Paso

Robert Earl Keen – Waves on the Ocean

Delroy Wilson – I Shall Be Released

Willie Nelson – The Harder They Come

Freddie McGregor – The King of the Road

Beenie Man –Ain’t Gonna Figure It Yet

Slightly Stoopid – I’m On Fire

Gramps Morgan – Feels So Right

Willie Nelson – I’ve Just Destroyed The World

Toots & the Maytals – Take Me Home, Country Roads

Ziggy Marley & The Meloday Makers – Everyone Want To Be

Sinead O’Connor – Untold Stories

The SkatalitesOccupation

Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion

Tarrus Riley – The Chair

John Holt – Before The Next Teardrop Falls

J.J Cale – Crying

Beres Hammond – He Stopped Loving Her Today

The Sensations – Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast

Bonnie Raitt, Toots & The Maytals – True Love Is Hard To Find

The Mighty Diamonds – Lay Lady Lay

The Mighty Diamonds – Lay Lady Lay Dub

Willie Nelson – Sitting In Limbo

Tenor Saw – Lone Ranger and tonto

Hopeton Lewis Don’t Take Your Guns To Town

Steve Earle – Rivers Of Babylon

Etana – Crazy

Nicky Thomas – If I Had A Hammer/ Hammering Version

Delbert McClinton – Stir It Up

Romain Virgo & Larry Gatlin – California

Willie Nelson & Toots & the Maytals – Still Is Still Moving To Me

Denzil Dennis – South of the Border

Jerry Jeff Walker – Sangria Wine (Live 1973 Luckenbach, Texas)

Luciano – He’ll Have To Go

Ken Parker – Kiss An Angel Good Morning

Taj Mahal – Never Let You Go

Richie Stephens – Wolverton Mountain

Killer Bees – El Paso

J Rod Records – Bad Cowboy Riddim Version

Ninja Man – Badman Law

Stephen Marley – Can’t Keep I Down

Willie Nelson – One In A Row

Sinead O’Connor – Marcus Garvey

Christopher Martin – If I Were A Carpenter

J.C. Lodge – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright

J.C. Lodge – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright Dub

Gary P. Nunn – London Homesick Blues (Home of the Reggae Armadillo)

Lloyd Charmers – Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)

Jimmy Buffett – Jamaica Mistaica

Aswad – Best Of My Love

Dennis Brown – The Last Thing On My Mind

Kymani Marley – Rude Boy

Willie Nelson – You Left Me A Long, Long Time Ago

Ras Abijah – One Too Many Mornings

Ras Abijah – One Too Many Mornings Dub

Duane Stephenson – Suspicions

Roman Stewart – Wolverton Mountain

Tessanne Chin – Don’t It Make It My Brown Eyes Blues

Delroy WilsonGreen Green Grass Of Home

Willie Nelson & Toots & the Maytals – I’m A Worried Man

John Holt Help Me Make It Through the Night

Steve Earle & the V-Roys – Johnny Too Bad

The Pioneers – Sweet Dreams

Taj Mahal, Ziggy Marley, and Rudy Costa – Black Man, Brown Man

Hazel WrightPlease Help Me I’m Falling (In Love With You)

Willie Nelson & Wyclef Jean – To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before

Michael Rose – Lonesome Death of Hattie Caroll

Michael Rose – Lonesome Death of Hattie Caroll Dub

John HoltWasted Days And Wasted Nights

Sinead O’Connor – Jah Nuh Dead

Mariene WebberStand By Your Man

Willie Nelson – How Long Is Forever

The Inventors Bye Bye Love

Noel “Bunny” BrownFor the Good Times

Hopeton Lewis – Drift Away

Johnny Cash & Willie NelsonWorried Man

Dennis Brown – Little Green Apples

Taj MahalJohnny Too Bad

Wyclef Jean & Kenny Rogers – The Gambler

Willie Nelson Undo The Right

Bob AndyWalk A Mile In My Shoes

Sanchez & Beenie Man – Refugee

Doreen Sheaffer Walk Through This World With Me

Count Prince Miller Mule Train

Max RomeoBlowin’ In The Wind

Gary P. Nunn – Corona Con Lima

Ken Parker – Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Willie Nelson – Something To Think About

Bob Andy – The Games People Play

The Heptones – Guman Coming To Town

Wayne Wade – Lady

Bob Dylan – I And I

Bob Dylan – I And I Dub

John HoltIf I Were a Carpenter

Taj Mahal – African Herbsman

Willie NelsonI Guess I’ve Come To Live Here

Boris Gardiner – I Want To Wake Up With You

Mishka – Shadow in the Shade

Jackie EdwardsSomeone Loves You Honey

Willie Nelson – Sitting In Limbo (Live at Farm Aid)

Jimmy Riley Statue Of A Fool

The Aggrolites – Countryman Fiddle

Cornell Campbell She Wears My Ring

Abijah – One Too Many Mornings

Abijah – One Too Many Mornings Dub

Max RomeoMissing You

Ziggy Marley & Paul SimonWalk Tall

John Holt – Mr. Bojangles

Slightly Stoopid – Know You Rider

Ken Parker – Guilty

Ziggy Marley & Willie NelsonThis Train

John Holt – Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms)

Brother Nolan – Coconut Girl

Michael Chung – For The Good Times

Jerry Garcia Band – The Harder They Come

Pat Kelly – Sunshine On My Shoulders

Harry Nlsson – Many Rivers To Cross

Eric Donaldson – Sylvia’s Mother

The Bellamy Brothers – I Love Her Mind

Max Romeo – Is It Really Over

Ziggy Marley – Blowin’ In The Wind

Nicky Thomas – Don’t Touch Me

Manu Chao – La Vacaloca

John Holt – Working Kind (Chokin’ Kind)

Ken Boothe – Mona Lisa

Ewan, Jerry, & the Caribbeats – Tennessee Waltz

Gloria Crawford – Sad Movies Make Me Cry

Hortense Ellis – Stand By Your Man

The Bleechers – Send Me The Pillow

Hortonese Ellis – My Last Date

Anonymously Yours – Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratching You

Willie Francis – I’m Going To Change Everything (aka Burn Them)

Ernest Wilson – My Elusive Dreams

Raphael Stewart & Hot Tops – He’ll Have To Go (aka Put Your Sweet Lips)

Hopeton Lewis – City of New Orleans (Good Morning Jamaica)

Ed Robinson – Knocking On Heavens Door

Ziggy Marley, Paula Fuga, & Jack Johnson – Cry, Cry, Cry

Nicky Thomas – Love Of The Common People

Ken Parker – Help Me Make It Through The Night

Bob Andy – Lay Lady Lay

Denzil Dennis – Zip a Dee Doo Dah

Dennis Walks – Snowbird

The Bellamy Brothers – If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me

Pat Kelly – Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings

Rip & Lan – In The Ghetto

David Isaacs – Just Enough (To Keep Me Hanging On)

Hopeton Lewis – Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me

Jimmy Buffett – Jamaica Farewell

Pluto Shervington – Jambalaya

Joya Landis – Angel of the Morning

Mikey Chung – Crying In The Chapel

The Clash – The Man In Me

Ernie Smith – Sunday Morning Coming Down

The Abyssinians – Blowin’ In The Wind

NEED

Willie NelsonDo You Mind Too Much If I Don’t Understand

Lloyd Charmers – Mr. Bojangles

The Skatalites – Ring of Fire

The Bellamy Brothers – Get Into Reggae Cowboy

Johnny CashI’m A Worried Man

J.C. Lodge & Junior Kelly – Someone Loves You Honey

Robert Palmer & UB40 – I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight

The World of Reggae Music Collection — Reggae inna Folk-Country Version