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Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2011

December 15th, 2011

Episode 375 of 811 episodes

This summer, when All Songs Considered asked listeners to vote for their favorite albums of the year so far, there were a handful of shoo-ins. Instantly beloved releases by Bon Iver, Adele, Fleet Foxes, The Decemberists and others all made a predictably strong showing.Six months later, many of those albums have held their ground — but our poll of listeners' 100 favorite records from all of 2011 still had its surprises. The Black Keys swooped into the No. 6 slot with El Camino, an album just a few days older than the poll itself. Ceremonials, the follow-up to Florence + the Machine's sleeper hit Lungs, followed close behind. And it wasn't just the dark horses that stunned us — two of our personal favorites, the strong spring releases from Wye Oak and The Antlers, each dropped a dozen spots.This week's episode includes songs from the top 25 listener picks. Once you've listened to the show, head to the All Songs blog for the full list of your 100 favorite albums of 2011.Bon IverAlbum: Bon IverSong: CalgaryFleet FoxesAlbum: Helplessness BluesSong: Grown OceanAdeleAlbum: 21Song: Rolling In The DeepThe DecemberistsAlbum: The King Is DeadSong: June HymnRadioheadAlbum: The King Of LimbsSong: Lotus FlowerThe Black KeysAlbum: El CaminoSong: Lonely BoyWilcoAlbum: Whole LoveSong: Born AloneFlorence + the MachineAlbum: CeremonialsSong: Shake It OutBeirutAlbum: The Rip TideSong: Santa FeFoster the PeopleAlbum: TorchesSong: Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)M83Album: Hurry Up, We're DreamingSong: Midnight CityFeistAlbum: MetalsSong: How Come You Never Go ThereIron & WineAlbum: Kiss Each Other CleanSong: Tree by the RivertUnE-yArDsAlbum: w h o k i l lSong: BiznessSt. VincentAlbum: Strange MercySong: CruelThe Civil WarsAlbum: Barton HollowSong: Barton HollowDeath Cab For CutieAlbum: Codes And KeysSong: You Are A TouristTom WaitsAlbum: Bad As MeSong: Bad As MeMy Morning JacketAlbum: CircuitalSong: CircuitalBright EyesAlbum: The People's KeySong: Shell GamesJay-Z/Kanye WestAlbum: Watch the ThroneSong: OtisColdplayAlbum: Mylo XylotoSong: Every Teardrop Is a WaterfallPJ HarveyAlbum: Let England ShakeSong: Let England ShakeCultsAlbum: CultsSong: Go OutsideJames BlakeAlbum: James BlakeSong: The Wilhelm Scream

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