Time, Rolling Stone Announce Best Albums Of 2011

Published: Thursday 8th Dec 2011 by David

As 2011 draws to close, a number of publications have began to reveal their respective ‘Best Of..’ lists.

Today ,Time and Rolling Stone get in on the action with the surfacing of their ‘Best Albums Of 2011′ lists.

Without further adieu, find out who made the cut below…

TIME’s Top 10 Albums of 2011

1. Adele, 21
2. Florence and the Machine, Ceremonials
3. Kanye West and Jay-Z, Watch the Throne
4. PJ Harvey, Let England Shake
5. Frank Ocean, Nostalgia, Ultra
6. tUnE-yArDs, W h o k i l l
7. Caitlin Rose, Own Side Now
8. The Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee Part II
9. Civil Wars, Barton Hollow
10. Black Keys, El Camino

Rolling Stone’s Best Albums of 2011

1. Adele, 21
2. Kanye West and Jay-Z, Watch the Throne
3. Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What
4. Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues
5. Radiohead, The King of Limbs
6. Lady Gaga, Born This Way
7. The Decemberists, The King Is Dead
8. Wilco, The Whole Love
9. Wild Flag, Wild Flag
10. Robbie Robertson, How to Become Clairvoyant


Many thanks to RU.



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  1. Keep It Moving December 8, 2011

    Where is My Life II: The Journey Continues (Act 1) ???

  2. THE GREAT LACEFRONCE. December 8, 2011

    1. talk that talk

    RS hasn’t has any credibility in YEARS

    Who cares???? 😀

  3. pat December 8, 2011

    where is 4?? LMMFAO

  4. MATT December 8, 2011

    Gaga slaying with Flop this way, haters you can kill yo selffff. Adele effortlessly slaying at number one on both lists, proud to be English with Adele and Jessie J, true vocalists!!!

  5. THE GREAT LACEFRONCE. December 8, 2011

    Where is Khia on this list??!!!

  6. Teairra December 8, 2011


  7. Malibu Barbie December 8, 2011

    BEYONCE’S 4 ALBUM should have been NO.1 or NO.2
    thank god nicki minaj’s Pink Trash wasnt on that list.

  8. Onyx December 8, 2011

    Theres a lost great Albums in 2011, i think Adele’s 21 is good but not the best, i don’t care about the sales, to me is not the best. I think “Born This way” by Lady Gaga is the best album of 2011 by a Female Artist but if you aks me in general i say Foster the People “Torches”.

  9. Onyx December 8, 2011

    Notice how Sam did not mention that Beyonce and Rihanna are not in the list, i’m sure if Beyonce was part of the list and RiRi not, he would make a post just about that. Oh! this Guy is so…..

  10. Love December 8, 2011

    loving the Frank Ocean love from TIME… was looking for some Cole World: The Sideline Story too though. :-p

  11. MISHKA December 8, 2011

    So “21” and “Watch The Throne” are the best albums of the year.

    I agree.

  12. AuntieJackie December 8, 2011

    Awesome lists, and I think they were pretty accurate–except having Born This Way. I think that was a terrible album, but maybe it was a good pop album compared to the rest out that year. I like Beyonce, but I don’t think ‘4’ was her very best work.

  13. KAT DELUNA FAN December 8, 2011

    Beyonce is #25 on RS list 🙄 you always have bey on your mind haters.

    Adele is #1 because she is selling.19 was good but nobody gave a shiiiiiiit ,the game is fixed

  14. KAT DELUNA FAN December 8, 2011

    mmm FRANCK OCEAN album came out at #24 in the RS (while Bey) is 25.Yet in the TIME list,he is #2 and Bey aint there.
    Those lists are just opinion.

    Bey made the top 5 of many list from MSN to AMAZON.Plus,4 made more “BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR” lists then IASF 🙄

  15. julissa December 8, 2011

    Theres like 4 lists thats out of Best Albums Beyonce is on it. Rolling Stone stated ” Countdown” is one of the best songs of 2011. so chill out, its not that serious.

  16. JohnVidal December 8, 2011

    Well they both got it right (right enough at least). Both “21” and “Born this way” slay

  17. A Nu Day Has Come December 8, 2011

    I know Adele better had the best album, cuz all the other albums may be good, but did not sell like 21! I need to check out the throne, but knowing me, ill just get bored with it, rap is in the shits at this point!! Good Job Adele and Jay-z!!

  18. OnlyB December 8, 2011

    You should have added 4 which came in at #25.

    Guess which goat was nowhere to be seen

  19. AuntieJackie December 8, 2011

    @ Kat

    I went to check and I see her (Bey) there at #25! I think she could have been a little higher, but it’s nice she was on the list. I like ‘4’ because she stayed true to herself, but I actually like B’Day the best out of all of the albums. She could have just went with that stupid generic sound this time and blasted the competition, but she still went with her own sound—a testament to her selling power and confidence. Countdown is a good example of the bright spots of the album.

  20. KAT DELUNA FAN December 8, 2011

    Yeah,Bday is one of her best album cause she wasnt “INSPIRED” by nobody but herself.Plus,when you look at what was hot at the time ie nelly furtado,Pussycat dolls…you can see that she did what she wanted to do.4 is a grown mature album not a p**** poppin one but l applaud her for expressing herself at this point of her careerr.The reason why she is snubbed is because RS loves “Selling artists”.l mean RS put Snookie on the cover and named icki a queen 3 months after her album release.

    it’s not that serious 😆

    The promo sucks this era,that’s the only problem 🙁

  21. Eric December 8, 2011

    I like RS’s list better, but where the f*** is Bon Iver?

  22. MissImpartial December 8, 2011

    I like Bday best as well but she did say that Dreamgirls inspired her and she wanted to say all those things that Deena did not say in the movie.

  23. BitchIcantevenspellwelfare December 8, 2011

    @ERIC, RS has Bon Iver at #21 but this is a top 10 album to me.

  24. YOOSONDALOOSE December 8, 2011

    Good lists, fair, shocked at some though.

  25. KAT DELUNA FAN December 8, 2011

    lol l forgot about that 😆 l was talkin about another singer like Fela Kuti(EOT)

  26. josh December 8, 2011

    Adele did great this year.
    Glad watch the throne is up there too!

    In my opinion, not talking about the list above or anything.
    i think 4 is the best album beyonce has done to date.
    i lovedddd I am sasha era & bday but her album 4 you can
    see how much she has grown, i love this album so much.
    i hated that there wasnt much uptempo dance songs but
    i love her slow songs as well. she kills them all with her

    Still enjoying my Live at Roseland dvd as well<3
    haters see her as being fake, but you cant get more real then her.

    (dont want anyones reply) just stating my opinion

  27. MissImpartial December 8, 2011

    Why did she sample EOT??

  28. MissImpartial December 8, 2011

    I am going to reply. Lol. I do agree on though with you this year she showed a lot of personality and a sense of humour and she seems more relaxed and happy. I think she does not feel the pressure to be number one any more.

  29. josh December 8, 2011

    Yeah thats how i see it, like she said she just wanted to do what makes her happy, and i truly believe shes happy! She didnt have to do all she did this era while prego, she did it for us fans. I truly appriciate her work ethic.
    Im excited to see what she has in mind when she returnes.

    But until then i just wish her a healthy preganancy, a safe delivery & a healthy beautiful baby. She deserves everything she has and more <3

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  31. KAT DELUNA FAN December 8, 2011

    No it was sampled but “INSPIRED” 😉

  32. MissImpartial December 8, 2011

    Oh ok. I find it funny how you put the word inspired in exclamation marks. LOL

  33. KAT DELUNA FAN December 8, 2011

    you know it’s sarcasm towards the haters about Bey’s statements.When Bey said she is inspired ..it has always another meaning 😆

  34. RatedXXX(you mad because????) December 8, 2011

    so adele is numero uno?

    damn this woman is breaking every single charts……just by sitting on a chair….

    19 has sold over 5 million copies.. so who doesnt give a s*** about it?

    i swear bittter bishes irks my nerves

  35. NICK December 8, 2011

    good list, happy to see WATCH THE THRONE got love, b/c that cd is flawless!!!! I do wish 4 made it, I love it, BUT it was a sloppy year for her-still love her, but she needs daddy back-ummmmmmmmm ADEL is real, no hating there, she kills it, GAGA album is ok., it was different so i like that-

  36. MichaelAngelo December 9, 2011

    this had to be based on sales not quality. No r7B based albums where named.(side eye)

  37. La-Q December 9, 2011

    Rihanna couldnt evan touch this s***. bwhahahahaha

  38. pop royalty ( RUDE BOY) December 9, 2011

    based on sales i guess …..

    cuz beyonce’s 4 deserved a better position !!!!

    let alone rihanna ! her albums was just released days ago 😡 !

    RS is not that credible nowadays 😡

  39. Anne December 10, 2011

    Rolling Stone also announced the best singles of the year and COUNTDOWN by BEYONCE is number eight! Go Bey!

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