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SPIN’s 50 Best Albums Of 2011

We’re deep enough into Listmas to know which albums to expect on year-end roll calls, and how to identify something approximating an outlier. SPIN’s list of the year’s best LPs gives proper props to often overlooked records like The Men’s Leave Home, Tim Hecker’s Ravedeath, 1979, and Azari & III, keeps Bon Iver and Drake out of the Top 10, and makes Max Martin and Dr. Luke’s day with a nod for Britney’s Femme Fatale. Also: They’re shining a little light on David Comes To Life. Head to SPIN for their critics’ explanations and annotations, peruse the sheer data below:


50 Britney Spears – Femme Fatale
49 Yob – Atma
48 Various Artists – Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
47Gillian Welch – The Harrow And The Harvest
46 Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
45 Azari & III – Azari & III
44 The Roots – Undun
43 Kendrick Lamar – Section.80
42 Eric Church – Chief
41 Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra
40 Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne
39 Beyoncé – 4
38 Zola Jesus – Conatus
37 The Field – Looping State Of Mind
36 The Black Keys – El Camino
35 Washed Out – Within And Without
34 St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
33 Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
32 Hayes Carll – KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories)
31 Yuck – Yuck
30 tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
29 Lady Gaga – Born This Way
28 Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1979
27 Big K.R.I.T. – Return Of 4eva
26 Liturgy – Aesthetica
25 Cass McCombs – Wit’s End/Humor Risk
24 Deer Tick – Divine Providence
23 Iceage – New Brigade
22 Drake – Take Care
21 Youth Lagoon – The Year Of Hibernation
20 Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
19 M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
18 SBTRKT – SBTRKT
17 Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams
16 Das Racist – Relax
15 The Men – Leave Home
14 Bon Iver – Bon Iver
13 The Weeknd – House Of Balloons/Thursday
12 Telekinesis – Desperate Straight Lines
11 Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – Mirror Traffic
10 Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
09 Wild Flag – Wild Flag
08 G-Side – The One…Cohesive
07 The Rapture – In The Grace Of Your Love
06 Danny Brown – XXX
05 Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
04 Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
03 EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
02 PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
01 Fucked Up – David Comes To Life

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

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