100 Greatest Albums of 2011

Criteria: These music albums from the year 2011 were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general. Also considered is critical acclaim. The list includes rock and roll and related genres that were influential on rock music.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. 21
2. Take Care
3. Born This Way
Lady Gaga
4. Watch the Throne
Jay-Z and Kanye West
5. Bon Iver
Bon Iver
6. 4
7. Wasting Light
Foo Fighters
8. Let England Shake
PJ Harvey
9. Barton Hollow
The Civil Wars
10. 50 Words for Snow
Kate Bush
11. Talk That Talk
12. Undun
The Roots
13. James Blake
James Blake
14. Making Mirrors
15. El Camino
The Black Keys
16. David Comes to Life
Fucked Up
17. W H O K I L L
18. Civilian
Wye Oak
19. +
Ed Sheeran
20. Helplessness Blues
Fleet Foxes
21. Ceremonials
Florence + The Machine
22. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
23. Tomboy
Panda Bear
24. Goblin
Tyler, the Creator
25. Nine Types of Light
TV on the Radio
26. Black Up
Shabazz Palaces
27. Past Life Martyred Saints
28. Mylo Xyloto
29. Torches
Foster the People
30. Collapse into Now
31. The King is Dead
The Decemberists
32. Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Beastie Boys
33. Kaputt
34. Bad as Me
Tom Waits
35. Biophilia
36. Gloss Drop
37. Underneath the Pine
Toro y Moi
38. Strange Mercy
St. Vincent
39. Father, Son, Holy Ghost
40. Suck It And See
Arctic Monkeys
41. The King of Limbs
42. Smoke Ring for My Halo
Kurt Vile
43. So Beautiful or So What
Paul Simon
44. The Light of the Sun
Jill Scott
45. Arabia Mountain
Black Lips
46. Cole World: The Sideline Story
J. Cole
47. Wild Flag
Wild Flag
48. Tha Carter IV
Lil Wayne
49. Femme Fatale
Britney Spears
50. The Big Roar
The Joy Formidable

51. XXX
Danny Brown
52. The Whole Love
53. Belong
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
54. Up All Night
One Direction
55. Noel Gallagher's Flying Birds
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
56. The R.E.D. Album
57. Skying
The Horrors
58. Wounded Rhymes
Lykke Li
59. Blue Slide Park
Mac Miller
60. Cults
61. Days
Real Estate
62. Codes and Keys
Death Cab for Cutie
63. Section.80
Kendrick Lamar
64. Only in Dreams
Dum Dum Girls
65. Never Trust a Happy Song
66. Wit's End
Cass McCombs
67. Stronger
Kelly Clarkson
68. The People's Key
Bright Eyes
69. Metals
70. Dye it Blonde
Smith Westerns
71. Zonoscope
Cut Copy
72. Yuck
73. Slave Ambient
The War on Drugs
74. A Creature I Don't Know
Laura Marling
75. Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings
76. Fallen Empires
Snow Patrol
77. Lasers
Lupe Fiasco
78. Vows
79. Parallax
Atlas Sound
80. My Head is an Animal
Of Monsters and Men
81. Apollo Kids
Ghostface Killah
82. Join Us
They Might Be Giants
83. What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?
The Vaccines
84. Build a Rocket Boys!
85. Camp
Childish Gambino
86. Different Gear, Still Speeding
Beady Eye
87. Burst Apart
The Antlers
88. Kiss Each Other Clean
Iron & Wine
89. Veronica Falls
Veronica Falls
90. Coastal Grooves
Blood Orange
91. England Keep My Bones
Frank Turner
92. The Papercut Chronicles II
Gym Class Heroes
93. Rolling Blackouts
The Go! Team
94. Blood Pressures
The Kills
95. A Different Kind of Fix
Bombay Bicycle Club
96. The English Riviera
97. Move Like This
The Cars
98. Go-Go Boots
Drive-By Truckers
99. Mirror Traffic
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
100. All Eternals Deck
The Mountain Goats
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 2011
Ryan's choice - An unheralded great album from 2011
Hello Sadness
Los Campesinos!

Lew's choice:
Mission Bell
Amos Lee
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