Best Music Of 2011

Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2011

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All Songs Considered listeners picked their favorite albums of 2011.
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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
Cover for Helplessness Blues

2. Fleet Foxes

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

3. Adele

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

4. The Decemberists

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

5. Radiohead

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

6. The Black Keys

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

7. Wilco

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

8. Florence + The Machine

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

9. Beirut

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

10. Foster The People

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

11. M83

  • Song: Midnight City
  • From: Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Cover for Metals

12. Feist

  • Song: How Come You Never Go There
  • From: Metals
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
Cover for Strange Mercy

15. St. Vincent

  • Song: Cruel
  • From:
Cover for Barton Hollow

16. The Civil Wars

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

17. Death Cab For Cutie

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

18. Tom Waits

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

19. My Morning Jacket

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

20. Bright Eyes

  • Song: Shell Games
  • From: The People's Key
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.

Cover for Mylo Xyloto

22. Coldplay

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

23. PJ Harvey

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

24. Cults

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

25. James Blake

  • Song: The Wilhelm Scream
  • From: James Blake



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