Year-End Lists

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Under the Radar: Top 80 Albums of 2011

18 December 2011

Under the Radar: Top 80 Albums of 2011

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015]

  1. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  2. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  3. Bon IverBon Iver
  4. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  5. The HorrorsSkying
  6. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  7. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  8. YuckYuck
  9. Washed OutWithin and Without
  10. Anna CalviAnna Calvi
  11. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  12. I Break HorsesHearts
  13. Florence + The MachineCeremonials
  14. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  15. Death Cab for CutieCodes and Keys
  16. ElbowBuild a Rocket Boys!
  17. Youth LagoonThe Year of Hibernation
  18. Cat’s EyesCat’s Eyes
  19. Toro y MoiUnderneath the Pine
  20. BeirutThe Rip Tide
  21. John MausWe Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
  22. Tune-YardsWhokill
  23. Wild FlagWild Flag
  24. DestroyerKaputt
  25. Slow ClubParadise
  26. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  27. Wild BeastsSmother
  28. Cut CopyZonoscope
  29. Real EstateDays
  30. TV on the RadioNine Types of Light
  31. Hooray for EarthTrue Loves
  32. Atlas SoundParallax
  33. Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
  34. James BlakeJames Blake
  35. Telekinesis12 Desperate Straight Lines
  36. MetronomyThe English Riviera
  37. Summer CampWelcome to Condale
  38. Friendly FiresPala
  39. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  40. Dum Dum GirlsOnly in Dreams
  41. WilcoThe Whole Love
  42. Smith WesternsDye It Blonde
  43. Pains of Being Pure at HeartBelong
  44. S.C.U.MAgain Into Eyes
  45. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  46. The StepkidsThe Stepkids
  47. WU LYFGo Tell Fire to the Mountain
  48. British Sea PowerValhalla Dancehall
  49. R.E.M.Collapse Into Now
  50. Neon IndianEra Extraña
  51. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  52. Iron & WineKiss Each Other Clean
  53. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  54. IceageNew Brigade
  55. Okkervil RiverI Am Very Far
  56. Gruff RhysHotel Shampoo
  57. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
  58. Memory TapesPlayer Piano
  59. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  60. Panda BearTomboy
  61. The RosebudsLoud Planes Fly Low
  62. The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
  63. BattlesGloss Drop
  64. The DodosNo Color
  65. Big Black DeltaBBDLP1
  66. LowC’mon
  67. Julianna BarwickThe Magic Place
  68. Eleanor FriedbergerLast Summer
  69. Lanterns on the LakeGracious Tide, Take Me Home
  70. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  71. Still CornersCreatures of an Hour
  72. The AntlersBurst Apart
  73. Future IslandsOn the Water
  74. The DearsDegeneration Street
  75. Bonnie “Prince” BillyWolfroy Goes to Town
  76. Bill CallahanApocalypse
  77. Stephen Malkmus and the JicksMirror Traffic
  78. Acid House KingsMusic Sounds Better with You
  79. Cloud ControlBliss Release
  80. ApparatThe Devil’s Walk