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Billboard‘s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011

Alison Krauss & Union Station's 2011 CD, Paper Airplane. Photo courtesy of Rounder Records.

Billboard.com has released their list of the Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011. Albums were ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Congratulations to Alison Krauss & Union Station for having the Top Bluegrass Album of the year with Paper Airplane! What do you think of this ranking? Who’d top YOUR Top 50 list? Leave us a comment below!

  1. Paper Airplane Alison Krauss & Union Station
  2. Rare Bird Alert – Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
  3. Up On The Ridge Dierks Bentley
  4. The Goat Rodeo Sessions – Yo-Yo Ma/Stuart Duncan/Edgar Meyer/Chris Thile
  5. Follow Me Down Sarah Jarosz
  6. The Grascals and Friends: Country Classics With A Bluegrass SpinThe Grascals
  7. Palomino – Trampled By Turtles
  8. Bright Morning Stars – The Wailin’ Jennys
  9. Genuine Negro Jigs – Carolina Chocolate Drops
  10. Best of Bluegrass – Steve Ivey
  11. Antifogmatic – Punch Brothers
  12. City of Refuge – Abigail Washburn
  13. Christmas – The Isaacs
  14. Sleep With One Eye Open – Chris Thile & Michael Daves
  15. Reckless – The SteelDrivers
  16. Daybreak Sierra Hull
  17. Dailey & Vincent Sing The Statler Brothers – Dailey & Vincent
  18. The Isaacs Naturally: An Almost A Cappella Collection – The Isaacs
  19. Taken Rhonda Vincent
  20. Country Hits Bluegrass Style Ricky Skaggs
  21. Carolina Chocolate Drops/ Luminescent Orchestrii – Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orchestrii
  22. American Legacies – Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Del McCoury Band
  23. Legacy – Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
  24. Bluegrass Gospel – Steve Ivey
  25. O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack – Various Artists
  26. Best of Bluegrass – Steve Ivey
  27. The Great Divide – Tommy Shaw
  28. Bluegrass Christmas – Dr. Elmo
  29. Mother’s Prayer Ralph Stanley
  30. Song Up In Her Head Sarah Jarosz
  31. Why Can’t We – The Isaacs
  32. Stomp And Smash – The Devil Makes Three
  33. Handguns – Greensky Bluegrass
  34. Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail – Noam Pikelny
  35. Sounds of Home – Blue Highway
  36. Chicken & Egg – Tim O’Brien
  37. Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin’ The Grascals
  38. Live At The Mauch Chunk Opera House – The Wailin’ Jennys
  39. Echo Boom – The Farewell Drifters
  40. Guts N’ Teeth – Old Man Markley
  41. Lonesome Whistle The Roys
  42. Reason and Rhyme: Bluegrass Songs By Robert Hunter & Jim LauderdaleJim Lauderdale
  43. Tall Grass & Cool Water: Cowboy Songs – Michael Martin Murphy
  44. The Heart of a Song – Junior Sisk & The Ramblers Choice
  45. The Brick Album – The Greencards
  46. An Appalachian Christmas – Mark O’Connor
  47. Songs of the Grateful Dead – Jesse McReynolds & Friends with David Nelson & Stu Allen
  48. Live At The Down Home – NewFound Road
  49. A Skaggs Family ChristmasRicky Skaggs
  50. The All-Star Jam – Various Artists

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2 comments to Billboard‘s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011

  • Kathy

    Carolina Chocolate Drops are extraordinary!

  • Sherri

    Gillian Welch should be at the top of that list for one and as a huge fan of Alison Krauss and Union Station, I can unbiasedly say this was not their best work, very good, but not better than her last album.