Year-End Lists

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PopMatters: 75 Best Albums of 2011

12 December 2011

PopMatters: 75 Best Albums of 2011

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012]

  1. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  2. Bon IverBon Iver
  3. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  4. Tune-YardsWhokill
  5. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  6. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  7. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  8. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  9. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
  10. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  11. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  12. Adele21
  13. The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
  14. James BlakeJames Blake
  15. YuckYuck
  16. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  17. Raphael SaadiqStone Rollin’
  18. Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Del McCoury BandAmerican Legacies
  19. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  20. ElbowBuild a Rocket Boys!
  21. The AntlersBurst Apart
  22. Wild FlagWild Flag
  23. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  24. DestroyerKaputt
  25. Florence + The MachineCeremonials
  26. Peter Bjorn and JohnGimme Some
  27. WilcoThe Whole Love
  28. TV on the RadioNine Types of Light
  29. Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
  30. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  31. The Mountain GoatsAll Eternals Deck
  32. Washed OutWithin and Without
  33. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What
  34. Big K.R.I.T.Return of 4Eva
  35. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  36. Panda BearTomboy
  37. CultsCults
  38. DJ QuikThe Book of David
  39. Okkervil RiverI Am Very Far
  40. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  41. Foo FightersWasting Light
  42. The HorrorsSkying
  43. Ambrose AkinmusireWhen the Heart Emerges Glistening
  44. Eleanor FriedbergerLast Summer
  45. Charles BradleyNo Time for Dreaming
  46. Hammers of Misfortune17th Street
  47. Drive-By TruckersGo-Go Boots
  48. Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972
  49. Watt SunThe Inside Room
  50. Wye OakCivilian
  51. Smith WesternsDye It Blonde
  52. Black LipsArabia Mountain
  53. Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
  54. My Morning JacketCircuital
  55. They Might Be GiantsJoin Us
  56. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  57. BattlesGloss Drop
  58. MogwaiHardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
  59. Bright EyesThe People’s Key
  60. FeistMetals
  61. MastodonThe Hunter
  62. AustraFeel It Break
  63. Joy FormidableThe Big Roar
  64. DawesNothing is Wrong
  65. Mayer HawthorneHow Do You Do?
  66. Atlas SoundParallax
  67. The Airborne Toxic EventAll at Once
  68. Slow ClubParadise
  69. Lucinda WilliamsBlessed
  70. The FieldLooping State of Mind
  71. Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
  72. The VaccinesWhat Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
  73. Zola JesusConatus
  74. Amon TobinISAM
  75. My Brightest DiamondAll Things Will Unwind