PMA’s 40 Best Albums of 2011

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This time of year is perfect to catch up and reflect on the music that has released throughout the past 11 and a half months. We started our annual year-end summary of favorites earlier this month with our 100 favorite songs of 2011. We took a look at our favorite long-form releases with our 5 Favorite Mixtapes and 5 Favorite EPs of 2011 lists, and then our 30 Honorable Mentions of the Year. We wrap up our year-end retrospective with our 40 favorite albums of 2011. After this, we can officially look to 2012 – and we’re already excited about several of the albums lined up. *Note: Links lead to Spotify streams.

See also:
Our 30 Honorable Mentions
Our Favorite Mixtapes & EPs of 2011


40 Wild BeastsSmother

Wild Beasts – “Loop the Loop”

39 Smith WesternsDye it Blonde
38 AustraFeel It Break
37 The HorrorsSkying

The Horrors – “Still Life”

36 Nicolas JaarSpace is Only Noise
35 IceageNew Brigade
34 Beyoncé4

Beyoncé – “Countdown”

33 FeistMetals
32 The Roots undun
31 EMAPast Life Martyred Saints

30 The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
29 Twin SisterIn Heaven

Twin Sister – “Kimmi In A Rice Field”

28 Active Child You Are All I See
27 Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xxWe’re New Here
26 WilcoThe Whole Love

Wilco – “Art of Almost”

25 Black LipsArabia Mountain
24 Atlas SoundParallax
23 Zola JesusConatus

Zola Jesus – “Vessel”

22 KorallrevenAn Album By Korallreven
21 DestroyerKaputt

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