Best Music of 2011

I collected over 21 lists of “Best Music of 2011” and combined them into one list.  Here are all the albums on 4 or more of the original lists.  An asterisk indicates that I own the album.

On 21 Lists 
Bon IverBon Iver, Bon Iver*
Tom WaitsBad as Me*

On 20 Lists
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues*
tUnE-yArDsw h o k i l l*

On 19 Lists
P.J. HarveyLet England Shake*
WilcoThe Whole Love*

On 18 Lists  
James BlakeJames Blake*
St. VincentStrange Mercy*

On 17 Lists 
The DecemberistsThe King Is Dead*
RadioheadThe King of Limbs*

On 15 Lists
Gillian WelchThe Harrow & the Harvest*

On 14 Lists 
Real EstateDays* 

On 13 Lists
Shabazz PalacesBlack Up*

On 12 Lists 
Ryan AdamsAshes and Fire*
M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Jay-Z & Kanye WestWatch the Throne
Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo*
Wild FlagWild Flag*

On 11 Lists 
Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life

On 10 Lists
Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
Wye OakCivilian

On 9 Lists
The AntlersBurst Apart
DawesNothing is Wrong
DrakeTake Care
GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost*
My Morning JacketCircuital 
Washed OutWithin and Without*

On 8 Lists
Beastie BoysHot Sauce Committee Part Two
BeirutRip Tide*
Kate Bush50 Words for Snow
The Civil WarsBarton Hollow*
King Creosote and John Hopkins – Diamond Mine
Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
IceageNew Brigade
Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know*
Paul SimonSo Beautiful Or So What*
TV on the RadioNine Types of Light
The WeekndHouse of Balloons XO

On 7 Lists
The Black KeysEl Camino*
Bill CallahanApocolypse*
The Horrors Skying
MetronomyThe English Riviera
Josh T. PearsonLast of the Country Gentlemen
The RootsUndun*
Raphael SaadiqStone Rollin’*
The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
Wild BeastsSmother

On 6 Lists
Charles BradleyNo Time For Dreaming*
Bright EyesThe People’s Key
Anna CalviAnna Calvi
Danger Mouse & Daniele LuppiRome
Das RacistRelax
Drive By TruckersGo-Go Boots
EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
Tim HeckerRavedeath
Little DragonRitual Union
MastodonThe Hunter
Pistol Annies Hell on Heels
Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra.
Smith WesternsDye It Blonde
Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol 2: Judges
Tyler, the CreatorGoblin
White Denim

On 5 Lists 
Ambrose Akinmusire – When the Heart Emerges Glistening*
Atlas SoundParallax
Black LipsArabia Mountain
Eric ChurchChief*
Diego GarciaLaura
Gil Scott Heron & Jamie XXWe’re New Here
Lady GagaBorn This Way
Kendrick LamarSection.80 
La Vida BohemeNuestra
Gretchen Parlato –  The Lost And Found*
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Unknown Mortal Orchestra 

On 4 Lists
AA BondyBelievers
Arctic MonkeysSuck It and See
AustraFeel It Break 
Julianna BarwickThe Magic Place
Cut CopyZonoscope
Childish GambinoCamp
ElbowBuild A Rocket Boys
The Field Looping State of Mind
Mayer HawthorneHow Do You Do?
The Head and the HeartThe Head and the Heart
Charles IvesViolin Sonatas (Hilary Hahn, violinist; Valentina Lisitsa, pianist)*
Nicolas JaarSpace Is Only Noise
Sarah JaroszFollow Me Down*
The KillsBlood Pressures
Cass McCombsWit’s End
James Vincent McMorrowEarly in the Morning
Thurston MooreDemolished Thoughts
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsNoel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Oneohtrix Point NeverReplica
The Pains of Being Pure at HeartBelong*
Panda BearTomboy 
Sonny Rollins   Road Shows, Vol. 2*
Toro Y MoiUnderneath The Pine
Jonathan WilsonGentle Spirit

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