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LITS’s Top 25 Albums Of 2011

2011 was a great year for music and if one thing’s for certain, it’s the fact that there is always a constant stream of new artists and new music to listen to. In fact, if I had to give 2011 a tagline, it’d be “The Year of the Newcomer,” a title that’s also quite fitting for our list of the top albums of the year. Our list, as voted by our editorial staff, is full of new artists that surprised us with their craft, some of which was actually self-released for free through outlets like Bandcamp. It’s crazy to think that in an age that is so densely packed with new releases and new information, so many of our favorites come from such humble origins. It almost makes you feel like you’re lost… lost in the sound. And that’s something I’m completely okay with.

Here are our favorite albums from 2011. We hope you find something you enjoy just as much as we have over the past twelve months.

25. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

24. Moon Duo – Mazes

23. Owen – Ghost Town

22. Beau Navire – Hours

21. Caroline – Verdugo Hills

20. Wilco – The Whole Love

19. Death in Vegas – Trans-Love Energies

18. Belong – Common Era


16. Leann Grimes – Leann Grimes

15. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

14. The Roots – Undun

13. Radiohead – The King of Limbs

12. ASAP Rocky – LiveLoveA$AP

11. The Horrible Crowes – Elsie

10. Arrange – Plantation

09. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

08. The Wonder Years – Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing

07. Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions

06. The Rosebuds – Loud Planes Fly Low

05. James Blake – James Blake

04. Kendrick Lamar – Section.80

03. Drake – Take Care

02. Bon Iver – Bon Iver

01. The Weeknd – House of Balloons


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  • Dave

    The Weeknd at number one? It was good but I don’t think it was better than some of the other releases this year.

    • Paul D.

      Have you listened to HoB? It’s phenomenal!

    • Hey Dave, thanks for voicing your opinion. Like I mentioned above, we did a group vote and that album was the one that was most consistently in our top lists, netting itself the number one spot. Just keep in mind that music is subjective and these were our favorites and obviously, not yours.

  • Shellymorris

    Thank you for giving The Wonder Years their due respect.

  • Beaunavire

    Wow!!! Thank youall so much. Seeing Hours in a top of the year like this is absolutely incredible!
    It means so much to us and thanks!!
    Much love.
    Beau Navire

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  • Gideon

    How did J cole’s and wale’s album both not make the list??

    • Trust me, it was hard to make this list, especially since all of us have pretty wide music tastes. Were those two your favorites of the year?

  • Stevenveres

    Thank you for putting kendrick and A$AP Rocky on there!