Brent Porche

Brent Porche

Brent Porche

March 11th is 311 Day (get it?). To celebrate, we’re ranking the band’s best albums from their 30-year career.

311 formed in Omaha, Nebraska and rose to alt-rock fame in the mid-90s, propelled by a combustible mix of sunny reggae, infectious funk and hard-driving rock. Their self-titled LP celebrated its 30th anniversary last summer. Dubbed ‘The Blue Album’ by their fans, it’s landmark release in 311’s career. It helped to establish the band as a major force in the alternative rock scene, and it remains one of their most popular albums to this day. (Scroll down to see where it landed in our ranking…) Fun fact for Philadelphians: 311 played the Trocadero Theatre in 1995 and the Electric Factory in 1996 for this particular album cycle. Maybe you were there!

This past weekend, the group streamed two gigs back-to-back in honor of their own annual holiday. Watch 311 Day: Live from Las Vegas on demand via Veeps.

RELATED: 311 at Atlantic City Beer Fest

You can watch them in a much smaller setting, literally: all five members of the band packed into NPR’s offices for a Tiny Desk Concert, performing “Beautiful Disaster,” “All Mixed Up,” “Amber,” and “Down” in a very intimate and colorful setting. It just debuted today; watch that here.

They’ve got a lot more in store for 2024 and beyond. They just announced their Unity Tour of North America with special guests AWOLNATION and Neon Trees. Tickets for all of the tour dates go on sale this Friday (3/15) at 10am local time.

Keep the party going with 311 on their eighth edition of the 311 Caribbean Cruise. It sets sail March 26-31, 2025 from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau. Get info at

Brent Porche is a longtime fan of 311, and he’s selected five of the band’s best albums for 311 Day. Keep scrolling to check out his picks. Let us know what your favorites are on Instagram and Facebook.

  • 5. 311 (aka The Blue Album)

    311’s third studio album that features some of their breakthrough songs including their smash hits “Down”, “All Mixed Up”, and “Don’t Stay Home”. Other favorites of mine off the Blue Album are “Jackolantern’s Weather”, “Loco”, “Misdirected Hostility”, and “Hive”. The whole album is excellent and really catapulted 311 into the mainstream.

    "The Blue Album" became the nickname for 311's self-titled 1995 album. The inside cover & CD of 311's self-titled third studio album also known as the Blue Album

  • 4. Evolver

    311’s seventh studio album overall and second via the Volcano Entertainment imprint, features two of my all-time favorite songs of theirs, “Creatures (For a Whille)” and “Beyond the Gray Sky”. “Creatures…” makes you want to dance around and go a little crazy, and “Gray Sky” gives you a more atmospheric, chill vibe, and is just a beautiful song.

  • 3. Transistor

    311’s fourth release via Capricorn Records features another one of my absolute favorite songs from the band, “Beautiful Disaster”. The album has a great vibe to it with songs like “Stealing Happy Hours”, “Jupiter”, and “Electricity”. There’s another hidden track on the album, “Enter Hexum Space”, which is great too.

  • 2. Music

    Another masterpiece of an album from 311, their debut, Music has one of the best songs ever written in the history of music, which is also the “hidden track” on the album “F*** the BullSh*t”. If that song doesn’t get your fired up, you better check your pulse! Other gems on the album and favorites of mine are “Freak Out”, “Feels So Good”, “Unity” & “My Stoney Baby”.

  • 1. Grassroots

    311’s sophomore release that is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary this year features a bunch of my favorite songs of theirs and a lot of which they continue to play live while on tour, including – “Omaha Stylee”, “Applied Science” and “Offbeat Bare Ass”.

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