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Diamond Mine by King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Bob Boilen's pick for the album of the year.

Read Bob Boilen's 11 Favorite Albums Of 2011

December 7, 2011 – For a year overflowing with wonderful records, a list that refuses to be trimmed down to 10 picks.

Barton Hollow, by the Nashville duo The Civil Wars, was released in February, but took a long road to Ann Powers' list of albums of the year.

Read Ann Powers' 10 Favorite Albums of 2011

December 7, 2011 – Albums by The Civil Wars, Kate Bush and others that moved one critic through a year in transit.

Wye Oak's Civilian, known now and forever as Stephen Thompson's third favorite record of 2011.

Read Stephen Thompson's 10 Favorite Albums Of 2011

December 7, 2011 – A list of albums showcasing the stormy elegance, big ideas and transporting melodies of 2011.

Read 50 Favorites Of 2011: S-W

December 5, 2011 – The list of our 50 favorite albums of the year includes Tom Waits and more artists from S to W.

Read 50 Favorites Of 2011: K-R

December 5, 2011 – The list of our 50 favorite albums includes Kanye West And Jay-Z and more artists from K to R.

Read 50 Favorites Of 2011: F-J

December 5, 2011 – The list of our 50 favorite albums of the year includes Frank Ocean and more artists from F to J.

Read 50 Favorites Of 2011: B-E

December 5, 2011 – The list of our 50 favorite albums includes Bright Eyes and more artists from B to E.

Read 50 Favorites Of 2011: A-B

December 5, 2011 – The list of our 50 favorite albums of the year includes Adele and more artists from A to B.

Read NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2011: Complete List

December 5, 2011 – The complete collection of NPR's recommendations for the best music of 2011.

Artwork for Nicholas Szczepanik 's Please Stop Loving Me.

Read The Best Outer Sound Albums Of 2011

November 30, 2011 – Synths got out of control in 2011, but Lars Gotrich picks the best, plus drone and abstract guitar.

Artwork from Cormorant's Dwellings.

Read The Best Metal Of 2011

November 30, 2011 – Metallic meditations ruled Lars Gotrich's 2011, but so did knotty death-metal and "The Grain."

Read Viking's Choice: 2011 In Metal And Outer Sound

November 30, 2011 – Lars Gotrich highlights the year in Swiss gondola recordings, progressive metal and dramatic drone.

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Best Music Of 2011

Hear a mix of what the year sounded like to us — funny, joyful, heavy  and  always surprising.

NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2011

Hear a mix of what the year sounded like to us — funny, joyful, heavy and always surprising.

Each one gave us something to fall in love with this year, so we're passing the gift along to you.

Download: NPR Music's Favorite New Artists Of 2011

Each one gave us something to fall in love with this year, so we're passing the gift along to you.

Though spring releases mostly held their  ground, a few dark horses swooped into top slots.

Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2011

Though spring releases mostly held their ground, a few dark horses swooped into top slots.

This year saw a series of reissues function as part of a mission to extend psychedelia's reaches.

Psych Rock Redefined: The Reissues Of 2011

This year saw a series of reissues function as part of a mission to extend psychedelia's reaches.

Bob Boilen salutes his 15 favorite live concerts. What were your most memorable shows this year?

Bob Boilen's Favorite Live Shows of 2011

Bob Boilen salutes his 15 favorite live concerts. What were your most memorable shows this year?

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