Year-End Lists

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American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2011

30 November 2011

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2011

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012]

  1. WilcoThe Whole Love
  2. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
  3. Adele21
  4. Drive-By TruckersGo-Go Boots
  5. DawesNothing is Wrong
  6. Hayes CarllKMAG YOYO
  7. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What
  8. Pistol AnniesHell on Heels
  9. The Black KeysEl Camino
  10. FeistMetals
  11. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  12. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitHere We Rest
  13. Lucinda WilliamsBlessed
  14. My Morning JacketCircuital
  15. Bon IverBon Iver
  16. Miranda LambertFour the Record
  17. Jessica Lea MayfieldTell Me
  18. Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
  19. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  20. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
  21. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  22. Bright EyesThe People’s Key
  23. The Civil WarsBarton Hollow
  24. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  25. Sarah JaroszFollow Me Down
  26. Pieta BrownMercury
  27. Deer TickDivine Providence
  28. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  29. A.A. BondyBelievers
  30. The Felice BrothersCelebration, Florida
  31. Robert EllisPhotographs
  32. The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
  33. HoneyhoneyBilly Jack
  34. Joe HenryReverie
  35. KORTInvariable Heartache
  36. Old 97′sThe Grand Theatre, Vol. 2
  37. Steve EarleI’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
  38. Real EstateDays
  39. Those DarlinsScrews Get Loose
  40. Middle BrotherMiddle Brother
  41. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  42. Noel GallagherNoel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  43. Jonny CorndawgDown On The Bikini Line
  44. TristenCharlatans At The Garden Gate
  45. JEFF The BrotherhoodWe Are the Champions
  46. Loney DearHall Music
  47. Caitlin RoseOwn Side Now
  48. Abigail WashburnCity of Refuge
  49. BeirutThe Rip Tide
  50. Centro-maticCandidate Waltz