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Albums of the Year

Music, Year-End, Reader Lists | By The Top 13 on December 2, 2011

With 2011 now nothing but a memory, we reveal the Top 13 Albums of the Year, as selected by our readers. For the third straight year, we received far more submissions than we had expected, and, once again, the results suggest that the public largely agrees with the blogs and other media outlets on 2011's best albums.

Honorable mentions go to the albums with the next seven highest vote totals: The Decemberists' The King Is Dead (14); Beirut's The Rip Tide (15); Cults' self-titled debut (16); Zola Jesus' Conatus (17); My Morning Jacket's Circuital (18); Real Estate's Days (19); and Gang Gang Dance's Eye Contact (20).

And now, your Top 13 Albums of 2011:

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M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

1

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

Cut Copy - Zonoscope

2

Cut Copy - Zonoscope

Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

3

Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Bon Iver - Bon Iver

4

Bon Iver - Bon Iver

Radiohead - The King of Limbs

5

Radiohead - The King of Limbs

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

6

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Wilco - The Whole Love

7

Wilco - The Whole Love

The Black Keys - El Camino

8

The Black Keys - El Camino

Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch the Throne

9

Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch the Throne

Destroyer - Kaputt

10

Destroyer - Kaputt

Atlas Sound - Parallax

11

Atlas Sound - Parallax

tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l

12

tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l

TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light

13

TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light

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Comments Leave a comment

byrone 

what?

8:01 PM   Jan 05, 2012

jason ★★

I'm legitimately shocked by #2 (and I like Cut Copy).

9:59 PM   Jan 05, 2012

nizz 

3/13
6/20

12:29 AM   Jan 08, 2012

tloveisready ★★

Ugh. 2 of these made my top 50. Two. Terrible taste exists.

11:47 AM   Jan 09, 2012

bdouble 

This is one of the worst lists i've seen. I love RadioHead but w/ the exception of the Kanye/Jay-Z album it looks like the top 13 obscure racist college albums of the year.

2:15 PM   Jan 11, 2012

stillathreat ★★

For what it's worth, this is what the readers voted for - not what the site chose. Also, there are black people in TV on the Radio.

3:18 PM   Jan 12, 2012

blair2100 

I seriously doubt anyone in any of these bands are racist, they are forward thinking open minded musicians. If it matters what color skin they have then that is racist.

11:57 PM   Jan 13, 2012

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