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

Use the list below to browse NPR's recommendations for the Best Music of 2011.

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2011

Recommended by NPR Music Staff

Adele, 21

Alexandre Tharaud, Scarlatti: Sonatas

Antlers, Burst Apart

Ashton Shepherd, Where Country Grows

Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal, Chamber Music

Beirut, The Rip Tide

Beyonce, 4

Bombino, Agadez

Bon Iver, Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Book Of Mormon, Cast Recording

Bright Eyes, The People's Key

Brooklyn Rider Brooklyn Rider Plays Philip Glass

Captain Black Big Band, Captain Black Big Band

Civil Wars, Barton Hallow

Colin Stetson, New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges

Cormorant, Dwellings

Davila 666, Tan Bajo

Demdike Stare, Tryptych

Donnacha Dennehy, Gra Agus Bas

Ebene Quartet, Fiction

Eric Church, Chief

Frank Ocean, Nostalgia, Ultra

Fucked Up, David Comes To Life

Girl In A Coma, Exits And All The Rest

Glenn Jones, The Wanting

Gretchen Parlato, The Lost And Found

James Blake, James Blake

Joseph Calleja, The Maltese Tenor (Decca)

Julianna Barwick, The Magic Place

June Tabor, Ashore

Kendrick Lamar, Section.80

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine

La Vida Boheme, Nuestra

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony 2 (Mahler, Jurowski)

Los Rakas, Chancletas Y Camiseta Bordada

Miguel Zenon, Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook

PJ Harvey, Let England Shake

Radiohead, King Of Limbs

Roots, undun

Shabazz Palaces, Black Up

Sonny Rollins, Road Shows Vol 2

St. Vincent, Strange Mercy

STS, The Illustrious

Tim Hecker, Ravedeath, 1972

Tom Waits, Bad As Me

Tommy Guerrero, Lifeboats & Follies

tUnE-yArDs, w h o k i l l

Wilco, The Whole Love

Wye Oak, Civilian