Posted in music on December 23, 2011

Adele

We already posted Pitchfork's and SPIN's, so... here's Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2011. It's got tons of big sellers and major label players taking high spots like Adele, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Paul Simon, and Lady Gaga, but then something unexpected like tUnE-yArDs places at #13. There are also some odd inclusions like Wavves' Life Sux EP and then some albums you could only find on a Rolling Stone list like SuperHeavy (the supergroup featuring Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and others). They also give shots to Little Dragon, Josh T Pearson, Das Racist, Wild Flag, and many more. Check out the full list below...

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ROLLING STONE's TOP ALBUMS OF 2011
50 The Lonely Island - Turtleneck & Chain
49 Wavves - Life Sux
48 Charles Bradley - No More Time For Dreaming
47 PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
46 White Denim - D
45 Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator
44 Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin
43 The Kills - Blood Pressures
42 Destroyer - Kaputt
41 Little Dragon - Ritual Union
40 Gary Clark Jr. - The Bright Lights
39 Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
38 Mastodon - The Hunter
37 Panda Bear - Tomboy
36 Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks - Mirror Traffic
35 Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
34 SuperHeavy - SuperHeavy
33 Josh T. Pearson - Last Of The Country Gentlemen
32 Big K.R.I.T. - Return Of 4Eva
31 Miranda Lambert - Four The Record
30 Tom Morello, The Nightwatchman - World Wide Rebel Songs
29 Pistol Annies - Hell On Heels
28 Das Racist - Relax
27 Florence & The Machine - Ceremonials
26 St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
25 Beyoncé - 4
24 Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.
23 Tom Waits - Bad As Me
22 Drake - Take Care
21 Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
20 Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
19 Eric Church - Chief
18 Feist - Metals
17 TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light
16 R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now
15 Cage The Elephant - Thank You Happy Birthday
14 Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2
13 tUnE-YarDs - w h o k i l l
12 The Black Keys - El Camino
11 My Morning Jacket - Circuital
10 Robbie Robertson - How To Become Clairvoyant
09 Wild Flag - Wild Flag
08 Wilco - The Whole Love
07 The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
06 Lady Gaga - Born This Way
05 Radiohead - The King Of Limbs
04 Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
03 Paul Simon - So Beautiful Or So What
02 Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne
01 Adele - 21

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Comments (69)

Adelol

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 3:23 PM

SuperHeavy is opening for YLT on Sunday.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 3:24 PM

Rolling Stone more like how fucking irrelevant stone

Posted by Rick | December 23, 2011 3:24 PM

R.E.M. !!! lulz!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 3:26 PM

i like most of the artists on this list and even i think it's stupid.

i also refuse to acknowledge any top 50 albums of 2011 list that doesn't either a) mention the weeknd's house of balloons or b) has an asterisk for how 'house of balloons' couldn't be included since it's a mixtape and doesn't qualify

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 3:26 PM

Yea Asmell!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 3:27 PM

this may be one of the worst lists ever pubslised. almost all of it is commercial crap. adele #1?!?! time to stop publishing this irrelevant rag.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 3:30 PM

C'MON, ROLLING STONE IS JUST NOT RELEVANT ANYMORE. AGING CORPORATE BULLSHIT

Posted by AL CAP | December 23, 2011 3:33 PM

Lady Gaga at number 6? Really? The leadoff single on that album was an almost identical re-write of Madonna's "Express Yourself". What a load of crap.
This is the music list for people who don't like music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 3:35 PM

This list went up like two weeks ago. It sucked then and it still does.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 3:48 PM

Watch the throne at number 2? Are you fucking kidding me

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 3:49 PM

Fred Armisen is never funny.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 3:53 PM

R.E.M., Tom Morello, and Beastie Boys are only on this list because they're friends with Jan Wenner.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 3:53 PM

Definitely the worst list yet.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 3:54 PM

Oh yeah, and Paul Simon is part of the Jan Wenner clique too.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 3:54 PM

Watch the Throne should be number 1.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 3:55 PM

this is a joke

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 4:07 PM

At least they recognize the SHEER BRILLIANCE OF DRAKE.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 4:10 PM

Yawn Wenner

Posted by Dave | December 23, 2011 4:10 PM

The new Guided By Voices sucks. But it's better than Panda Bear.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 4:19 PM

pj harvey at #47 is kinda ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 4:19 PM

4:19...agreed om PJ...she was #1 with Uncut and Mojo, much better than irrelevant stone mag

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 4:28 PM

After reading this list, i kinda felt like i had to throw up, and its not due to the hummus I eat on a daily basis causes

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 4:43 PM

Rumblings of a Rocket from the Throne reunion, which is a lot more exciting...

Posted by Anormonast | December 23, 2011 4:43 PM

I prefer the sheer brilliance of Hostess cakes, over Drake. Twinkies are my favorite.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 4:45 PM

Little Debbie Swiss Rolls

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 4:51 PM

Hey guys, don't knock being friends with Jann Wenner guys. Try it. You might get in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (like me!) He's like some kind of gay magician. I love the guy.

R-O-C-K in the U.S.A.!!!!

Goodnight!

Posted by John Cougar Mellencamp | December 23, 2011 4:59 PM

4:59. Brilliant.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 5:01 PM

Bob Pollard is friends with Jan Wenner, and he's not on the list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 5:05 PM

^ ^ That's because Guided By Voices suck!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 5:06 PM

Neon Indian should be #1

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 5:07 PM

Hey check out (and like) an awesome video interview with the talented Derek Trucks at: http://culturecatch.com/vidcast/derek-trucks

Posted by Michelle | December 23, 2011 5:37 PM

Adele only got in there since she always buys the cheese burgers for Jan while singing ballads.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 6:17 PM

Where the fuck is liturgy?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 6:40 PM

and they wonder why print is dying.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 6:47 PM

That is exactly my list, I agree 100% percent. Except I had Robbie Robertson at 9 and Wild Flag at 10. How could you get that so wrong, RS?!? Fucking rag.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 7:04 PM

Guys seriously


Don't let me get in my zone x2

Fucking crackers.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 7:21 PM

Thats cute 6:40 PM.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 7:22 PM

Robbie Robertson made a new album? and it's good?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 7:27 PM

who the fuck is robbie robertson???

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 7:30 PM

Jann MEHner.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 7:46 PM

Haha, I just noticed Robbie Robertson on the RS list. Another obvious friend of Jan. If you read a lot of RS back in the day, you can figure out who Jan's friends are after a while...
@ 7:30 - Most people these days probably wouldn't know who he is. He hasn't done anything relevant since he was in The Band in the 70's.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 8:13 PM

YEAH REALLY WTF!!!! ROLLING STONE IS IRRELEVANT!! Oops, sorry. My caps lock was on. I'm really not mad.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 8:42 PM

Not surprisingly, RS omitted these records from their ultra-definitive list:

Apparat - The Devil's Walk
Atlas Sound - Parallax
I Break Horses - Hearts
Krallice - Diotima
Battles - Glass Drop
Wye Oak - Civilian
M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Braids - Native Speaker
Cymbals Eat Guitars - Lenses Alien
The Antlers - Burst Apart
Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
John Maus - We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves

I can't believe RS totally ignored these great albums. Actually, I can believe it cuz RS sucks giant falafel balls.

Posted by Joseph | December 23, 2011 10:33 PM

@10:33

Throw in Toro and St. Vincent and your list is pretty much my top album list of 11

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | December 23, 2011 10:47 PM

war on drugs - slave ambient?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 11:09 PM

@10:47

Actually, RS did include St. Vincent at #26. Annie Clark can kick Adele's rather bulbous ass.

Posted by Joseph Roth | December 24, 2011 2:00 AM

worst.
list.
ever.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 2:07 AM

This list is just... Retarded.

Where is The Weeknd- house of ballons?
Or Toro Y Moi?

Stupid Rolling Stone

Posted by jon | December 24, 2011 2:35 AM

How the fuck did watch the throne even make the list?

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 3:28 AM

How many comments so far and no one's trashed the inclusion of King of Limbs in the Top 5?! Come on, you blowhards, get on that.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 9:59 AM

King of Limbs is the best radiohead album ever made.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 10:16 AM

Rolling Stone is filled with aging hippies, so once they're dead, Rolling Stone is dead and I would say good riddance.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 2:08 PM

CANNOT believe that neither CHIXXX nor YOU/ME/MACHINE were included on this list. I mean seriously. CHIXXX + YOU/ME/MACHINE > this whole fucking list. i mean seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 3:56 PM

10:33 All those albums suck. Thats why they're not on the list.

What a shitty year for "indie" music. This list is pretty accurate in my opinion.

Unfortunately "mainstream" "commercial" music way outshone "indie" music this year.

That shit cray.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 3:59 PM

when is jan werner going to die

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 5:30 PM

conditions of my parole? volcanic sunlight? weak sauce, jan.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 5:36 PM

Fred Armisen #1

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 9:40 PM

seriously guys you expect this magazine to have a top 50 that is relevant to you? OBVIOUSLY it sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 11:25 PM

Rollingstone hasn't been relevant since 1970.

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2011 1:33 AM

AA Bondy - Believers getting no love anywhere is sad, not that R&S would have a clue as to how to interpet this record....

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2011 12:23 PM

zzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzz

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2011 1:26 PM

Today I discovered El Camino from Black Keys, beautiful album

Posted by Ana | December 25, 2011 4:40 PM

stack it to back it

Posted by The blasted, blazing Fivel stamps east-northeast, briefly | December 25, 2011 5:40 PM

I'm sure his new album sucks but If you don't know who Robbie Robertson is you are an ignorant hipster dipshit.

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2011 6:52 PM

WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS
THURSTON MOORE
J MASCIS

wtf

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2011 7:42 PM

People still say "weak sauce"?

Posted by Dave | December 25, 2011 9:13 PM

List is bad But REM, Decemberists, Radiohead and Wilco were decent enough this year

Posted by Anonymous | December 27, 2011 10:32 AM

adele is amazing.

Posted by jordon | August 9, 2013 7:54 PM

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