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We asked our on-air hosts to come up with a list of their favorite songs, and favorite albums of the year. Here's their top picks for 2011.

Bob Bumbera

News & Sports Director, XPN Morning Show

  • Songs
    1. Dawes - Time Spent in Los Angeles
    2. Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys
    3. Ben Folds - House
    4. Diego Garcia - Laura
    5. Adele - Someone Like You
    6. REM - Discoverer
    7. Social Distortion -
      California (Hustle & Flow)
    8. Laura Marling -
      The Needle & the Damage Done
    9. The Smithereens - Sorry
    10. Joe Bonamassa & Beth Heart –
      Well, Well
  • Albums
    1. Dawes - Nothing is Wrong
    2. Adele - 21
    3. Peter Gabriel - New Blood
    4. Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys
    5. Diego Garcia - All Eyes on You
    6. Ben Folds – The Best Imitation of Myself
    7. REM - Collapse into Now
    8. Social Distortion -
      Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes
    9. Cars - Move Like This
    10. The Smithereens - Smithereens 2011

Debra D'Alessandro

Host, Amazon Country

  • Albums
    1. Adele - 21
    2. Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
    3. Ember Swift - 11.11
    4. Catie Curtis - Stretch LImousine On Fire
    5. Melissa Li and the Barely Theirs - The Beginning
    6. Melissa Ferrick - Still Right Here
    7. Eliza Gildyson - Roses at the End of Time
    8. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
    9. Lady Gaga - Born This Way

John Diliberto

Host of Sleepy Hollow, Sundays and Echoes

  • Songs
    1. Agnes Obel - Riverside
    2. Lia Ices - Daphne
    3. Moby - Rockets
    4. Dustin O'Halloran We Move Lightly
    5. Thurston Moore - Benediction
    6. The Horrors - I Can See Through You
    7. Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
    8. Moya Brennan & Cormac de Barra - Go Brách
    9. Johanna & The Dusty Floor - Heavy Heart
    10. Austra - Darken Her Horse
  • Albums
    1. Agnes Obel - Philharmonics
    2. Skuli Sverrisson - Seria II
    3. Moby - Destroyed
    4. Lia Ices - Grown Unknown
    5. Winterlight - Hope Dies Last
    6. Olafur Arnalds - And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness
    7. Colin Vallon Trio - Rruga
    8. David Arkenstone – Ambient World
    9. General Fuzz - Miles Tones
    10. The Horrors - Skying

David Dye

Host of World Cafe and Funky Friday

  • Songs
    1. Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
    2. Adele - Rolling In The Deep
    3. Diego Garcia - You Were Never There
    4. The Jayhawks -
      She Walks In So Many Ways
    5. Laura Marling - Sophia
    6. Bon Iver - Holocene
    7. The Head and The Heart -
      Lost In My Mind
    8. Nick Lowe - Sensitive Man
    9. Dawes – A Little Bit of Everything
    10. War On Drugs - Baby Missles
  • Albums
    1. Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What
    2. Nick Lowe - The Old Magic
    3. St Vincent - Strange Mercy
    4. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
    5. Tune Yards - w h o k i l l
    6. Middle Brother - Middle Brother
    7. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
    8. John Martyn Tribute Album -
      Johnny Boy Would Love This
    9. Ry Cooder -
      Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
    10. Wilco - The Whole Love

Chuck Elliot

Host of Sleepy Hollow, Saturdays

  • Songs
    1. Wilco - "One Sunday Morning"
    2. Jono McCleery - "The Gymnopedist"
    3. Red Molly - "Dear Someone"
    4. Pat Donohue - "Would You Like to Play the Guitar"
    5. Jenny Bienemann - "Whispers"
    6. Joe henry - "Tomorrow is October"
    7. Catherine Marie Charlton - "Red Leaf, Grey Sky"
    8. Sonogram - "Certainty Obscured"
    9. Jackson Browne - "You Know the Night"
    10. LisaBeth Weber - "Trouble Man"
  • Albums
    1. Various Artists – (Woody Guthrie Poetry) Note of Hope
    2. Jono MeCleery – There Is
    3. Wilco – The Whole Love
    4. Hayley Westenra & Ennio Morricone – Paradiso
    5. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & the Harvest
    6. Jenny Bienemann – Girl Friday
    7. Tom Waits – Bad as Me
    8. The Wailin' Jennys – Bright Morning Stars
    9. Fellaheen – Death & Frolic
    10. Kathryn Kaye – Dreaming Still

Dan Gutierrez

Weekend Host

  • Songs
    1. Cake - Sick Of You
    2. The Strokes - Under Cover Of Darkness
    3. Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
    4. Fool's Gold - Wild Window
    5. Givers - Up Up Up
    6. Beady Eye - The Roller
    7. Man Man - Life Fantastic
    8. Laura Marling - Sophia
    9. Cults - Go Outside
    10. Washed Out - Washed Out
  • Albums
    1. The War On Drugs - Slave Ambient
    2. The Strokes- Angles
    3. Paul Simon- So Beautiful Or So What
    4. Feist - Metals
    5. Givers - In Light
    6. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
    7. Booker T. Jones - The Road From Memphis
    8. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
    9. Cults - Cults
    10. Cold War Kids - Mine is Yours

Helen Leicht

Host of XPN Midday, Leicht Lunch and XPN Local

  • Songs
    1. Dawes - "If I Wanted Someone"
    2. Lissie - "Games People Play"
    3. Amos Lee - "Violin"
    4. Diego Garcia - "You Were Never There"
    5. Joe Bonamassa - "Dust Bowl"
    6. The Black Keys - "Lonely boy"
    7. Rachael Yamagata - "Even if I don't"
    8. Tom Waits - "Back in the Crowd"
    9. The War on Drugs "Baby Missiles
    10. Florence & the Machine - "Shake it Out"
  • Albums
    1. Amos Lee - Mission Bell
    2. Adele - 21
    3. Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
    4. Dawes - Nothing is Wrong
    5. Diego Garcia - Laura
    6. Matt Duke - One Day Die
    7. Alison Krauss & Union Station - Paper Airplane
    8. My Morning Jacket - Circuital
    9. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
    10. Foster the People - Torches

Michaela Majoun

Host of the XPN Morning Show

  • Songs
    1. Adele - Rolling In The Deep
    2. Dawes - Time Spent In Los Angeles
    3. Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
    4. My Morning Jacket - Holding On To Black Metal
    5. Diego Garcia - You Were Never There
    6. The War On Drugs - Baby Missiles
    7. Jessica Lea Mayfield - Our Hearts Are Wrong
    8. Amos Lee El Camino
    9. Cults Go Outside
    10. Fleet Foxes Grown Ocean
  • Albums
    1. Adele – 21
    2. Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong
    3. Foster The People – Torches
    4. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
    5. TV on the Radio – 9 Types of Light
    6. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
    7. Feist – Metals
    8. Amos Lee – El Camino
    9. Cults – Cults
    10. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l

Jonny Meister

Host of The Blues Show and Blues and Beyond

  • Blues Songs
    1. Graná Louise "Bang Bang Ba-Bang Bang Bang Bang"
    2. Laurie Morvan Band "Long Time 'Til I'm Gone"
    3. Bobby Rush "Playing Me Crazy"
    4. Cedric Burnside Project "The World Don't Owe You Nothing"
    5. Diunna Greenleaf "Sunny Day Friends"
    6. John "Broadway" Tucker "I Wish I'd Saved For These Days"
    7. Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne "Wild Turkey 101 Proof"
    8. Nellie "Tiger" Travis "Before You Grab This Tiger By The Tail"
    9. Watermelon Slim & Super Chikan "Diddley-Bo Jam"
    10. Quintus McCormick Blues Band "The Blues Has Been Good To Me"
  • Blues Albums
    1. Bobby Rush - "Show You A Good Time"
    2. Cedric Burnside Project "The Way I Am"
    3. Diunna Greenleaf "Trying To Hold On
    4. Graná Louise "Getting' Kinda Rough!"
    5. Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne "An Old Rock On A Roll"
    6. Laurie Morvan Band "Breathe Deep"
    7. Quintus McCormick Blues Band "Put It On Me!"
    8. Nellie "Tiger" Travis "I'm Going Out Tonight"
    9. Various Artists "Mistakes Were Made: A Broke & Hungry Records Retrospective"
    10. Watermelon Slim & Super Chikan "Okiesippi Blues" >
  • Blues and Beyond Songs
    1. Vijay Iyer, Prasanna, & Nitin Mitta "Gauntlet"
    2. Laura Ainsworth "Keep It To Yourself"
    3. Dr. Michael White "Pata Pata/The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Mbube)"
    4. Terri Lyne Carrington "Michelle"
    5. Vicki Richards "Driving Till Dawn"
    6. Poncho Sanchez & Terence Blanchard "Harris' Walk"
    7. Eliane Amherd "Me Fe Tan Pliji"
    8. Nicole Mitchell "Awakening"
    9. Stefon Harris "La Fiesta Va" (DVD version)
    10. Ladysmith Black Mambazo "Old McDonald... Zulu Style"
  • Blues and Beyond Albums
    1. Vijay Iyer, Prasanna, & Nitin Mitta - Tirtha
    2. Laura Ainsworth - Keep It To Yourself
    3. Terri Lyne Carrington - The Mosaic Project
    4. Dr. Michael White - Adventures In New Orleans Jazz, Part 1
    5. Nicole Mitchell - Awakening
    6. Poncho Sanchez & Terence Blanchard - Chano y Dizzy
    7. Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica - Third River Rangoon
    8. Vicki Richards - She Vanishes
    9. Eric Reed - The Dancing Monk
    10. Stefon Harris - Ninety Miles

Kathy O'Connell

Host, Kids Corner

  • Non-Kids Songs
    1. Foster the People - Pumped-Up Kicks
    2. Givers - Up Up Up
    3. Dawes - Time Spent in Los Angeles
    4. Raphael Saadiq - Heart Attack
    5. Paul Simon - The Afterlife
    6. Cake - Sick of You
    7. Garland Jeffreys - Coney Island Winter
    8. Drive-By Truckers - Used to Be a Cop
    9. Adele - Someone Like You
    10. Hoots & Hellmouth -
      Apple Like a Wrecking Ball
  • Non-Kids Corner Albums
    1. Original Cast Album - The Book of Mormon
    2. Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
    3. Hoots & Hellmouth - Salt
    4. Adele - 21
    5. Garland Jeffreys - The King of In Between
    6. Susan Werner - Kicking the Beehive
    7. Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin'
    8. Cake - Showroom of Compassion
    9. The Strokes - Angles
    10. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
  • Kids' Albums
    1. Trout Fishing in America - Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important
    2. The Hipwaders - The Golden State
    3. The Not-Its - Tag, You're It!
    4. Recess Monkey - Flying
    5. Joanie Leeds - What a Zoo!
    6. Various Artists - Big Bully
    7. Billy Kelly & the Blah Blah Blahs -
      The Family Garden
    8. The Jimmies - Practically Ridiculous
    9. The Deedle Deedle Dees -
      Strange Dees, Indeed
    10. Dan Zanes & Friends - Little Nut Tree

Dan Reed

WXPN Music Director and Host, Afternoons

  • Songs
    1. Battles – Ice Cream
    2. The Jim Jones Revue – High Horse
    3. Dum Dum Girls – Always Looking
    4. The Cars – Sad Song
    5. Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
    6. Mayer Hawthorne – The Walk
    7. Gary Clark, Jr. – Don't Owe You A Thang
    8. The War On Drugs – Baby Missiles
    9. Drive-By Truckers – Used To Be A Cop
    10. Diego Garcia – You Were Never There
  • Albums
    1. Washed Out - Within And Without
    2. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
    3. Battles - Gloss Drop
    4. Man Man - Life Fantastic
    5. The War On Drugs - Slave Ambient
    6. Warpaint - The Fool
    7. TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light
    8. Foster The People - Torches
    9. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
    10. Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know

Gene Shay

Host of The Folk Show

  • Top Folk Songs - (alpha order)
    1. Hoots & Hellmouth - "Apple Like A Wrecking Ball"
    2. David Bromberg w Tim O'Brien - "Blue Is Fallin'"
    3. Judy Collins and Joan Baez - "Diamonds And Rust"
    4. Pete Morton - "Disobedience"
    5. Putnam Smith - "I Dream Of Apple Orchards "
    6. Downtown Ramblers - "I Never Planned "
    7. Joe Crookston - "The Nazarene"
    8. Arborea - "Phantasmagoria In Two"
    9. Spuyten Duyvil - "Shady Grove"
    10. June Tabor & Oyster Band - "Son David"
  • Top Folk Albums - (alpha order)
    1. Various Artists - Nod To Bob (Vol. II) Dylan Tribute
    2. Joe Crookston - Darkling & The Bluebird Jubilee
    3. Friends Of Fall - Crooked Still -
    4. Tom Russell w/ Lucinda Williams & Calexico - Mesabi
    5. Spuyten Duyvil - New Amsterdam
    6. Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers - Rare Bird Alert
    7. The Once - Row Upon Row Of People They Know
    8. Tim Grimm - Thank You Tom Paxton
    9. Gillian Welch - The Harrow And The Harvest
    10. Martin Simpson - Purpose + Grace

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  • Songs
    1. R E M - "Oh My Heart"
    2. The Strokes - Taken For A Fool "
    3. Gary Clark Jr. - "Don't Owe You A Thang"
    4. Raphael Saadiq - m"Heart Attack"
    5. Ben Folds 5 - "House"
    6. Iron and Wine - "Tree By The River"
    7. The Civil Wars - c"Barton Hollow"
    8. Cake - "Long Time"
    9. Bon Iver - "Holocene"
    10. T V On The Radio - "Second Song"
  • Albums
    1. R E M - Collapse Into Now
    2. The Strokes - Angles
    3. Amos Lee - Mission Bell
    4. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator
    5. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
    6. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
    7. Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
    8. Gillian Welch - The Harrow and the Harvest
    9. Keb' Mo' - The Reflection
    10. The Jayhawks - Mockingbird Time

Mike Vasilikos

Assistant Music Director and Host, New Music Tuesdays and The Monday 8 O'Clock News

  • Songs
    1. TV on the Radio - "Will Do"
    2. Laura Marling - "Sophia"
    3. Dawes - "Little Bit of Everything"
    4. Kanye West & JayZ - "Otis"
    5. Foster the People - "Pumped Up Kicks"
    6. Bombay Bicycle Club - "Shuffle"
    7. tUnE-yArDs - "Gangsta"
    8. Lupe Fiasco - "The Show Goes On"
    9. Black Keys - "Lonely Boy"
    10. Fleet Foxes - "Battery Kinzie"
  • Albums
    1. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
    2. Kanye West & JayZ - Watch The Throne
    3. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
    4. Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
    5. Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys!
    6. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
    7. Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
    8. Foster the People - Torches
    9. Lupe Fiasco - Lasers
    10. Adele - 21

Bruce Warren

Program Director

  • Songs
    1. Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
    2. Bon Iver - Holocene
    3. Dawes - Little Bit Of Everything,
    4. Adele - Somebody Like You
    5. James Blake - Limit To Your Love
    6. Black Keys - Lonely Boy
    7. Lana Del Ray - Video Games
    8. Frank Ocean - Novacane
    9. Marissa Nadler Baby - I Will Leave You In The Morning
    10. War On Drugs - Baby Missiles

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