Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2011 While most big releases from the first half of the year held their ground, a few dark horses swooped into top slots — and sent some All Songs favorites tumbling down the list.

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.

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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

  • 1. Bon Iver

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    "Calgary"

    From 'Bon Iver'

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  • 2. Fleet Foxes

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    "Grown Ocean"

    From 'Helplessness Blues'

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  • 3. Adele

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    "Rolling In The Deep"

    From '21'

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  • 4. The Decemberists

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    "June Hymn"

    From 'The King Is Dead'

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  • 5. Radiohead

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    "Lotus Flower"

    From 'The King Of Limbs'

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  • 6. The Black Keys

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    "Lonely Boy"

    From 'El Camino'

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  • 7. Wilco

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    "Born Alone"

    From 'Whole Love'

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  • 8. Florence + The Machine

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    "Shake It Out"

    From 'Ceremonials'

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  • 9. Beirut

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    "Santa Fe"

    From 'The Rip Tide'

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  • 10. Foster The People

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    "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)"

    From 'Torches'

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  • 11. M83

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    "Midnight City"

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  • 12. Feist

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    "How Come You Never Go There"

    From 'Metals'

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  • 13. Iron & Wine

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    "Tree by the River"

    From 'Kiss Each Other Clean'

  • 14. tUnE-yArDs

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    "Bizness"

    From 'w h o k i l l'

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  • 15. St. Vincent

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    "Cruel"

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  • 16. The Civil Wars

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    "Barton Hollow"

    From 'Barton Hollow'

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  • 17. Death Cab For Cutie

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    "You Are A Tourist"

    From 'Codes And Keys'

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  • 18. Tom Waits

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    "Bad As Me"

    From 'Bad As Me'

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  • 19. My Morning Jacket

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    "Circuital"

    From 'Circuital'

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  • 20. Bright Eyes

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    "Shell Games"

    From 'The People's Key'

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  • 21. Jay-Z/Kanye West

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    "Otis"

    From 'Watch the Throne'

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  • 22. Coldplay

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    "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall"

    From 'Mylo Xyloto'

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  • 23. PJ Harvey

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    "Let England Shake"

    From 'Let England Shake'

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  • 24. Cults

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    "Go Outside"

    From 'Cults'

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  • 25. James Blake

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    "The Wilhelm Scream"

    From 'James Blake'

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