SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2011



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST

List Rating: 79
Based on 483 album ratings

Genre Breakdown:
Hip Hop (9), Indie Pop (3), Alternative Rock (3), Pop (3), Indie Rock (3), Folk (3), Indie Folk (2), Dream Pop (2), Experimental (2), Alt-Country (2), Rock (2), R&B (2), Disco (1), Singer-Songwriter (1), Post-Punk (1), Doom Metal (1), Chillwave (1), Synthpop (1), Black Metal (1), Dubstep (1), Electronic (1), Drone (1), Alternative Dance (1), Psychedelic (1), Country (1), Hardcore Punk (1), Dance Punk (1), Lo-Fi (1), House (1), Art Pop (1), Noise Rock (1)

1. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
June 7, 2011
Hardcore Punk
CRITIC SCORE
84
17 reviews
USER SCORE
80

It's one 
of the most overly complicated hard-rock records 
of the past ten years. It's also one of the best.


2. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
89
22 reviews
USER SCORE
87

3. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints

EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
May 10, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
83
17 reviews
USER SCORE
81

4. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
March 8, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
15 reviews
USER SCORE
83

5. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
84
19 reviews
USER SCORE
82

6. Danny Brown - XXX

Danny Brown - XXX
August 15, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
82
5 reviews
USER SCORE
83

7. The Rapture - In The Grace of Your Love

The Rapture - In The Grace of Your Love
September 6, 2011
Alternative Dance
CRITIC SCORE
66
17 reviews
USER SCORE
75

8. G-Side - The ONE...COHESIVE

G-Side - The ONE...COHESIVE
January 3, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
83
4 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

9. Wild Flag - Wild Flag

Wild Flag - Wild Flag
September 13, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
14 reviews
USER SCORE
77

10. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
March 1, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
82
14 reviews
USER SCORE
81

11. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Mirror Traffic

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Mirror Traffic
August 23, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
16 reviews
USER SCORE
80

12. Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines

Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines
February 15, 2011
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
70
12 reviews
USER SCORE
75

13. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

The Weeknd - House of Balloons
March 21, 2011
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
84
14 reviews
USER SCORE
87

14. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
June 21, 2011
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
84
20 reviews
USER SCORE
88

15. The Men - Leave Home

The Men - Leave Home
May 24, 2011
Noise Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
6 reviews
USER SCORE
80

16. Das Racist - Relax

Das Racist - Relax
September 13, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
72
10 reviews
USER SCORE
73

17. Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams

Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams
September 27, 2011
Lo-Fi
CRITIC SCORE
72
13 reviews
USER SCORE
80

18. SBTRKT - SBTRKT

SBTRKT - SBTRKT
June 28, 2011
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
78
12 reviews
USER SCORE
81

19. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
October 18, 2011
Dream Pop
CRITIC SCORE
77
16 reviews
USER SCORE
83

20. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
June 28, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
88
14 reviews
USER SCORE
85

21. Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation

Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation
September 27, 2011
Dream Pop
CRITIC SCORE
79
10 reviews
USER SCORE
85

22. Drake - Take Care

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
82
19 reviews
USER SCORE
82

23. Iceage - New Brigade

Iceage - New Brigade
June 21, 2011
Post-Punk
CRITIC SCORE
83
14 reviews
USER SCORE
83

24. Deer Tick - Divine Providence

Deer Tick - Divine Providence
October 25, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
64
12 reviews
USER SCORE
40

25. Cass McCombs - Humor Risk

Cass McCombs - Humor Risk
November 8, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
76
12 reviews
USER SCORE
71

25. Cass McCombs - WIT'S END

Cass McCombs - WIT'S END
April 26, 2011
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
75
12 reviews
USER SCORE
77

26. Liturgy - Aesthethica

Liturgy - Aesthethica
May 10, 2011
Black Metal
CRITIC SCORE
83
9 reviews
USER SCORE
85

27. Big K.R.I.T. - Return Of 4eva

Big K.R.I.T. - Return Of 4eva
March 22, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
83
6 reviews
USER SCORE
85

28. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
February 15, 2011
Drone
CRITIC SCORE
87
13 reviews
USER SCORE
85

29. Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Lady Gaga - Born This Way
May 23, 2011
Pop
CRITIC SCORE
67
15 reviews
USER SCORE
59

30. tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l

tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
April 19, 2011
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
86
20 reviews
USER SCORE
84

31. Yuck - Yuck

Yuck - Yuck
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
16 reviews
USER SCORE
81

32. Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)

Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)
February 15, 2011
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
80
6 reviews
USER SCORE
77

33. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
May 3, 2011
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
87
20 reviews
USER SCORE
86

34. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
89
21 reviews
USER SCORE
86

35. Washed Out - Within and Without

Washed Out - Within and Without
July 12, 2011
Chillwave
CRITIC SCORE
71
16 reviews
USER SCORE
80

36. The Black Keys - El Camino

The Black Keys - El Camino
December 6, 2011
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
15 reviews
USER SCORE
82

37. The Field - Looping State of Mind

The Field - Looping State of Mind
October 11, 2011
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
81
19 reviews
USER SCORE
81

38. Zola Jesus - Conatus

Zola Jesus - Conatus
October 4, 2011
Psychedelic
CRITIC SCORE
77
21 reviews
USER SCORE
72

39. Beyoncé - 4

Beyoncé - 4
June 28, 2011
Pop
CRITIC SCORE
73
19 reviews
USER SCORE
71

40. Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
August 8, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
79
15 reviews
USER SCORE
78

41. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.

Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.
February 18, 2011
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
75
6 reviews
USER SCORE
82

42. Eric Church - Chief

Eric Church - Chief
July 26, 2011
Country
CRITIC SCORE
72
4 reviews
USER SCORE
57

43. Kendrick Lamar - Section.80

Kendrick Lamar - Section.80
July 2, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
82
5 reviews
USER SCORE
85

44. The Roots - Undun

The Roots - Undun
December 6, 2011
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
84
15 reviews
USER SCORE
83

45. Azari & III - Azari & III

Azari & III - Azari & III
August 1, 2011
House
CRITIC SCORE
76
8 reviews
USER SCORE
72

46. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
April 12, 2011
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
15 reviews
USER SCORE
79

It's Grohl's most memorable set of songs since 1997's The Colour and the Shape.


47. Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest

Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
June 28, 2011
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
82
10 reviews
USER SCORE
78

48. Various Artists - Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Various Artists - Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
October 11, 2011
CRITIC SCORE
77
3 reviews
USER SCORE
77

49. Yob - Atma

Yob - Atma
August 16, 2011
Doom Metal
CRITIC SCORE
80
3 reviews
USER SCORE
86

50. Britney Spears - Femme Fatale

Britney Spears - Femme Fatale
March 29, 2011
Pop
CRITIC SCORE
71
12 reviews
USER SCORE
67

Original Source: http://www.spin.com/articles/spins-50-best-albums-2011?page=0%2C0

MORE 2011 YEAR END LISTS:


MORE YEAR END LISTS FROM SPIN:


Check out our 2011 Year End Summary.