It’s That Time Of Year: Paste Releases Their Top 50 Albums Of 2011

by (@kat_george)

Another year, another 50 albums you need to know, according to Paste Magazine. Yep, 2011 is coming to a close, and we’re about to be slammed with the “tops” and the “bests” of the year, not to mention the “musts” and the “watch this spaces” for 2012. Paste Magazine has kicked off the festivities with their top 50 favorite albums of 2011, and while 50 seems like a big number, it’s certainly not enough.

We’ve been drooling over the list, which lists Bon Iver‘s Bon Iver, Bon Iver as the best album of the year, but also includes VH1 favorites like Adele (#14), My Morning Jacket (#3) and even You Oughta Know artist Dawes (#8). However, we ask, where praytell is Beyoncé? We implore! And what of Watch The Throne?

Of the lesser knowns, how could Youth Lagoon, The Weeknd and Atlas Sound fail to make the cut? It’s been a big year indeed, and it looks like culling a list down to even a generous 50 is a ruthless task. Hats off to Paste Magazine for taking a decisive plunge into rating 2011′s vast and amazing releases.

Check out their complete list below the jump.

Paste Magazine’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011:
50. Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones
49. Mates Of State – Mountaintops
48. Drake – Take Care
47. Real Estate – Days
46. Holy Ghost! – Holy Ghost!
45. Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose
44. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
43. The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar
42. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
41. James Blake – James Blake
40. Portugal. The Man – In The Mountain, In The Cloud
39. Gillian Welch – The Harrow And The Harvest
38. Over The Rhine – The Long Surrender
37. The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
36. Mister Heavenly – Out Of Love
35. Childish Gambino – Camp
34. Seryn – This Is Where We Are
33. The Head And The Heart – The Head And The Heart
32. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
31. Telekinesis – 12 Desperate Straight Lines
30. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
29. Feist – Metals
28. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
27. Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
26. The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh
25. The Antlers – Burst Apart
24. TV On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light
23. The Belle Brigade – The Belle Brigade
22. The Black Keys – El Camino
21. Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming
20. Beirut – The Rip Tide
19. Cults – Cults
18. Wye Oak – Civilian
17. The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
16. Yuck – Yuck
15. Deer Tick – Divine Providence
14. Adele – 21
13. Radiohead – The King Of Limbs
12. Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
11. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
10. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
09. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
08. Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong
07. Wilco – The Whole Love
06. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s A Corporate World
05. Middle Brother – Middle Brother
04. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
03. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
02. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
01. Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver

The 50 Best Albums of 2011 [Paste]
Paste‘s Top 50 Albums Of 2011 [Stereogum]

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