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Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2011

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Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2011

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Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2011

Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2011

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Language Advisory: This program contains song lyrics that some listeners may find offensive.

All Songs Considered listeners picked their favorite albums of 2011.
Mito Habe-Evans/NPR
All Songs Considered listeners picked their favorite albums of 2011.
Mito Habe-Evans/NPR

This summer, when All Songs Considered asked listeners to vote for their favorite albums of the year so far, there were a handful of shoo-ins. Instantly beloved releases by Bon Iver, Adele, Fleet Foxes, The Decemberists and others all made a predictably strong showing.

Six months later, many of those albums have held their ground — but our poll of listeners' 100 favorite records from all of 2011 still had its surprises. The Black Keys swooped into the No. 6 slot with El Camino, an album just a few days older than the poll itself. Ceremonials, the follow-up to Florence + The Machine's sleeper hit Lungs, followed close behind. And it wasn't just the dark horses that stunned us — two of our personal favorites, the strong spring releases from Wye Oak and The Antlers, each dropped a dozen spots.

This week's episode includes songs from the Top 25 listener picks. Once you've listened to the show, head to the All Songs blog for the full list of your 100 favorite albums of 2011.

Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2011

Cover for Bon Iver

1. Bon Iver

  • Song: Calgary
  • from Bon Iver
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Cover for Helplessness Blues

2. Fleet Foxes

  • Song: Grown Ocean
  • from Helplessness Blues
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Cover for 21

3. Adele

  • Song: Rolling In The Deep
  • from 21
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Cover for The King Is Dead

4. The Decemberists

  • Song: June Hymn
  • from The King Is Dead
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Cover for The King Of Limbs

5. Radiohead

  • Song: Lotus Flower
  • from The King Of Limbs
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Cover for El Camino

6. The Black Keys

  • Song: Lonely Boy
  • from El Camino
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Cover for Whole Love

7. Wilco

  • Song: Born Alone
  • from Whole Love
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Cover for Ceremonials

8. Florence + The Machine

  • Song: Shake It Out
  • from Ceremonials
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Cover for The Rip Tide

9. Beirut

  • Song: Santa Fe
  • from The Rip Tide
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Cover for Torches

10. Foster The People

  • Song: Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)
  • from Torches
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Cover for Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

11. M83

  • Song: Midnight City
  • from
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Cover for Metals

12. Feist

  • Song: How Come You Never Go There
  • from Metals
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Cover for Kiss Each Other Clean

13. Iron & Wine

  • Song: Tree by the River
  • from Kiss Each Other Clean
Cover for w h o k i l l

14. tUnE-yArDs

  • Song: Bizness
  • from w h o k i l l
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Cover for Strange Mercy

15. St. Vincent

  • Song: Cruel
  • from
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Cover for Barton Hollow

16. The Civil Wars

  • Song: Barton Hollow
  • from Barton Hollow
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Cover for Codes And Keys

17. Death Cab For Cutie

  • Song: You Are A Tourist
  • from Codes And Keys
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Cover for Bad As Me

18. Tom Waits

  • Song: Bad As Me
  • from Bad As Me
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Cover for Circuital

19. My Morning Jacket

  • Song: Circuital
  • from Circuital
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Cover for The People's Key

20. Bright Eyes

  • Song: Shell Games
  • from The People's Key
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Cover for Watch the Throne

21. Jay-Z/Kanye West

  • Song: Otis
  • from Watch the Throne

Warning: This song contains language some listeners may find offensive.

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Cover for Mylo Xyloto

22. Coldplay

  • Song: Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
  • from Mylo Xyloto
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Cover for Let England Shake

23. PJ Harvey

  • Song: Let England Shake
  • from Let England Shake
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Cover for Cults

24. Cults

  • Song: Go Outside
  • from Cults
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Cover for James Blake

25. James Blake

  • Song: The Wilhelm Scream
  • from James Blake
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