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Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums Of 2011

Tom Breihan | December 7, 2011 - 11:12 am

Here’s a fun one! Rolling Stone, everyone’s uncle’s favorite magazine, has just unveiled its year-end top-50 albums list, and there’s a lot to pick through here. The magazine named Adele’s 21 as its #1 album of the year, and that actually makes sense, since it’s pretty much everything Rolling Stone looks for in music: Incredibly popular, reverent toward boomer-friendly music history, steeped in outmoded ideas about musical authenticity. (It’s also, I should add, a pretty good album.)

The rest of the list, however, is just a fascinating mess, with the usual critics’ favorites sharing space with a ghastly collection of classic-rockist silliness: The Tom Morello solo album! Tedeschi Trucks Band! Mick Jagger’s absurd and near-universally-hated supergroup SuperHeavy! It’s nice to see Wild Flag in the top 10, and the list does give some love to a few relatively neglected types like Big K.R.I.T. and (yeah, I’m going to say it) Miranda Lambert, but hoo boy, this thing. The magazine also dropped a list of its top 50 singles, and we’ve got their top 10 below as well; Adele also tops that one. Pick through it all at your leisure below.

Top albums:

50 The Lonely Island – Turtleneck & Chain
49 Wavves – Life Sux
48 Charles Bradley – No More Time For Dreaming
47 PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
46 White Denim – D
45 Tedeschi Trucks Band – Revelator
44 Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin
43 The Kills – Blood Pressures
42 Destroyer – Kaputt
41 Little Dragon – Ritual Union
40 Gary Clark Jr. – The Bright Lights
39 Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
38 Mastodon – The Hunter
37 Panda Bear – Tomboy
36 Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – Mirror Traffic
35 Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong
34 SuperHeavy – SuperHeavy
33 Josh T. Pearson – Last Of The Country Gentlemen
32 Big K.R.I.T. – Return Of 4Eva
31 Miranda Lambert – Four The Record
30 Tom Morello, The Nightwatchman – World Wide Rebel Songs
29 Pistol Annies – Hell On Heels
28 Das Racist – Relax
27 Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials
26 St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
25 Beyoncé – 4
24 Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra.
23 Tom Waits – Bad As Me
22 Drake – Take Care
21 Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
20 Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
19 Eric Church – Chief
18 Feist – Metals
17 TV On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light
16 R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now
15 Cage The Elephant – Thank You Happy Birthday
14 Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2
13 tUnE-YarDs – w h o k i l l
12 The Black Keys – El Camino
11 My Morning Jacket – Circuital
10 Robbie Robertson – How To Become Clairvoyant
09 Wild Flag – Wild Flag
08 Wilco – The Whole Love
07 The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
06 Lady Gaga – Born This Way
05 Radiohead – The King Of Limbs
04 Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
03 Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What
02 Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne
01 Adele – 21

Top singles:

10 The Decemberists – “Don’t Carry It All”
09 Lil Wayne – “Six Foot Seven Foot” (Feat. Cory Gunz)
08 Beyoncé – “Countdown”
07 Lady Gaga – “Edge Of Glory”
06 Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
05 Paul Simon – “Rewrite”
04 Foo Fighters – “These Days”
03 Britney Spears – “Till The World Ends”
02 Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Niggas In Paris”
01 Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”

(via Rolling Stone, where you can see all top 50 singles, as well as the magazine’s list of top 10 films)

You can check out Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011 list here.

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