KROQ DJs Reveal Their Favorite Albums Of 2011

What was your favorite album of 2011 and why?

My favorite SONG of 2011…”Walk” by the Foo Fighters.

Nicole and her bull-running buddies

There was so much good music all over the place this year, I could barely keep up. Musically speaking, there was never a dull moment. However, out of all the songs that came out this year, the Foo Fighter’s “Walk” was, by far, the song that meant the most to me. I had so many “moments” with that song that if given the opportunity, I would have its babies. In fact, it was the song me and 8 of my friends listened to the morning we ran with bulls in Pamplona, Spain. It made us brave. I went as far as to tattoo some of the lyrics on my chest. Yes, very close to my heart (and my boobie).


2011 was another phenomenal year for music. Fleet Foxes, Black Keys, Adele, Dawes, Black Lips, Gillian Welch, Wild Flag, Wilco, Paul Simon…. my list of favorites goes on and on. Trying to decide on just one proved difficult so I went to my iTunes to see which album I had actually played the most all year.

What came back was “Rolling Papers” by Wiz Khalifa. From Pennsylvania, he turned his love of the Pittsburgh Steelers into the #1 song “Black And Yellow” which the team then used as their anthem all the way to the Superbowl in January. Wiz’s songs were all over the radio since the album dropped in March. “No Sleep,” “Roll Up,” and my favorite, “Rooftops.”

Wiz Khalifa – No Sleep

Wiz Khalifa – Rooftops


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“Angles” The Strokes After all these months of listening, my favorite song on the record changes every few weeks.

Toss up – BLACK KEYS/El Camino and M83/Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. They’re a perfect KROQ mix – rock and synth. Perfectly 2011.


Can’t pick just one.

The Black Keys – El Camino – The whole record is solid. Sexy and rockin’. They just keep getting better.

M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – First listen I was hooked by “Midnight City.” Beautiful record beginning to end and how can you not love a band that brought back the saxophone?

Gotye – Making Mirrors – I can’t stop listening. The duet with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” is insanely good.


Don’t have just one. I loved Neighborhoods by Blink, Wasting Light by Foos, Watch the Throne by Kanye and Jay-Z, If Not Now, When? By Incubus, El Camino by The Black Keys, Turtleneck and Chain by Lonely Island, and Hell: The Sequel by Bad Meets Evil.

Things I’m still listening to from last year: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye, and Rise Up by Cypress Hill. I also listen to The Mission (M is for Milla Mix) from Puscifer a lot.

And Gleeber by Glee doing the songs of Justin Bieber.

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Rise Against’s Endgame because everything that those guys put out is FANTASTIC!

Rise Against – Help Is On The Way


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