Rolling Stone Best of 2011
2011-12-17 by Tanner Lichty (Twlichty) | 118 Comments

Rolling Stone Magazine has released their list of the 50 best albums of 2011. The list can
be accessed here:



http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-best-albums-of-2011-20111207


Rolling Stone Magazine's Choice For Top 10 of 2011:

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

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OysterizerInsomniac
December 18th 2011

407 Comments


on a scale from 1 to I disagree this gets an 8

SiliconSunshine
December 18th 2011

77 Comments


Makes Pitchfork's list look good by comparison.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2011

30882 Comments


You could've at least posted the top 10....

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2011

49801 Comments


Wild Flag at 9 so I'm happy

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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2011

4507 Comments


List fucking blows.

lancebramsay
December 18th 2011

1585 Comments


Reading the comments on the list makes me lol hard

sixthgoldenticket
December 18th 2011

1176 Comments


if anyone's surprised by this, they shouldn't be

lancebramsay
December 18th 2011

1585 Comments


Wow, navigating through this list is possibly the most retarded part about it. Glad to see that Charles Bradley made one list, apparently the rest of the world is ignoring how awesome that dude is.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 18th 2011

10585 Comments


What a bare bones fucking article. You could have posted a little more.


Either way, I guess I'm just surprised that this list came from one of the most laughable publications, considering it's not all THAT bad. There are some weird/terrible choices (Eric Church/Lady Gaga), but seeing Wilco and Tune-yards is pretty cool.

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FearThyEvil
December 18th 2011

12280 Comments


PitchFork and Rolling Stone are hands down the worst music magazines/sites I've ever seen to rate music. Incredibly bias and it's actually pretty pathetic that Pitchfork did better than this.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 18th 2011

10585 Comments


"...And why isn't Lulu on this list?"


A person said this.

daIceman
December 18th 2011

396 Comments


this is scary disgusting list ! I am affraid to say that but Pitchfork list is about ten times better than this

Acanthus
December 18th 2011

9537 Comments


"I hate the single album per page format" says the lazy internet user in me.

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FearThyEvil
December 18th 2011

12280 Comments


Honestly, the way the list has been, I really wouldn't have been surprised if Rolling Stone put it on there. Why is every magazine glorifying Beyonce's new album? Also, man is Adele's album getting way to much recognition.

daIceman
December 18th 2011

396 Comments


they have to hate hip-hop so much attention on bloody overrated LP's and 2.rank for Watch the Throne is pathetic... No Cunninlynguists, No Danny Brown, No Shabazz Palaces.... well Fuck 'em

Kris.
December 18th 2011

12152 Comments


can't tell if the comments about lulu deserving to be on the list are serious or not......

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2011

4507 Comments


Nah, say what you want about Pitchfork, but I've found some nice music from their site because of the amount of albums they review a day.

daIceman
December 18th 2011

396 Comments


Well sometimes I agree with Pitchfork reviews but Rollingstone contributors are bench of clowns

Piglet
December 18th 2011

4653 Comments


Adele's good, but mannnnnn. That's just not right.

twlichty
December 18th 2011

3407 Comments


list is wiggity wiggity whack

lancebramsay
December 18th 2011

1585 Comments


Adele is such a beaitful person and shes amazing talent god bless her and hope she beats her vocal chord operation she deserves everything in the world her album is the best thing ever created thank you rolling stone

Metamorphosis
December 18th 2011

420 Comments


Again, not a terrible list. Adele being one is pretty shitty, but Wilco, Radiohead and Fleet Foxes make me smile.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2011

30882 Comments


Any reason why the Grammy nominated best surround sound album of 2011 by Steven Wilson is not on the list?


TooLateToGoBack
December 18th 2011

1753 Comments


Pretty terrible list.

lol at Lady Gaga being anywhere near the top 10.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2011

49801 Comments


I bet they only put Wild Flag to get indie cred

SaneTBP
December 18th 2011

1644 Comments


Incredible list, has almost all my favorites.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2011

30882 Comments


Reckless & Relentless by Asking Alexandria should have been on here :P Foo Fighters should have been higher and Cage the Elephant is right in there place. I only have one thing to say about all the pop albums on here, it sucks :P Adele is a good singer, don't get me wrong. But I'm not a fan at all


Comment section is like Youtube on steroids

twlichty
December 18th 2011

3407 Comments


Rolling Stones end of the year list always make me laugh.

pretty horrible list

sailSAway
December 18th 2011

838 Comments


who makes up these lists?

Masochist
December 18th 2011

7961 Comments


Lots of hate here.

I mean, other than Lady Gaga, I don't see that top 10 being all that bad, ESPECIALLY considering that it's Rolling Stone.

And Adele is getting some hate, isn't she? I've never listened to anything beyond her singles, but I can't imagine that she'd be getting as much shit here on Sputnik if she had only, say, Regina Spektor's level of fame.

Manic_
December 18th 2011

447 Comments


who makes up these lists?

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2011

30882 Comments


who makes up these lists?


At a guess, the same people who publish them

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2011

30882 Comments


Before my time

KjSwantko
December 18th 2011

9054 Comments


List is flawless

Jellingman
December 18th 2011

357 Comments


Eeeew, this list reeks.

YetAnotherBrick
December 18th 2011

4398 Comments


i'm so glad that places like sputnik exist, where music fans who aren't stupid can make fun of the music fans that are stupid. :]

twlichty
December 18th 2011

3407 Comments


Rolling Stones opinion mattered from the 60's to the 90's , they've been slacking hard since early 00's

Imperial
December 18th 2011

1721 Comments


Why are people surprised when a mainstream magazine only focuses on mainstream artists?

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chug73
December 18th 2011

907 Comments


gay

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gabethepiratesquid
December 18th 2011

4521 Comments


"PitchFork and Rolling Stone are hands down the worst music magazines/sites I've ever seen to rate music. Incredibly bias and it's actually pretty pathetic that Pitchfork did better than this."

I feel like you say this because it's cool to hate on Pitchfork because of its popularity. Pitchfork has plenty of good reviewers and it's great for news/its BNMs are usually great.

taylormemer
December 18th 2011

4913 Comments


Some of this is wtf material

Jellingman
December 18th 2011

357 Comments


Comments tells a lot about Rolling Stone's demographic.

"However, Katy Perry, Radiohead, Lady Gaga are incredible too."

When you've got comments like that in your top 50 countdown, you know your magazine sucks. Not including Radiohead in this context, btw.

SylentEcho
December 18th 2011

1570 Comments


What a horrible fucking list of non music.

iluvtweepop
December 18th 2011

463 Comments


Wilco and Radiohead are a bit high aren't they??
But Wild Flag and Fleet Foxes being in the top 10 is awesome

qwe3
December 18th 2011

21353 Comments


lol youre such a terrible user sylentecho

Spec
December 18th 2011

27062 Comments


Who cares.

DikkoZinner
December 18th 2011

2713 Comments


You see why movies like Twilight are #1 box office draws. Lots of commercial faggots out there, mainstream maggots. Let them have their gay top 10 lists and may they all burn in the fiery pits of Hades.

iFghtffyrdmns
December 18th 2011

7047 Comments


andcas, somethinger of something something and fuck you i'm just not feeling very witty right now.

SylentEcho
December 18th 2011

1570 Comments


lol youre such a terrible user sylentecho
That's what she said.

Steoandnoodles
December 18th 2011

2832 Comments


Good list. A blend of pop music, folk, hip-hop etc. Bit of everything. =)
Loved Radiohead, Fleet Foxes, Paul Simon and Wilco's new albums.

Probably wouldn't have ordered them that way myself but I get that Rolling Stones have to appeal to a broad audience in order to compete with the competition.

The only list that matters is your own list though and the albums that you continue to listen to after 2011 is over. =)

Nomad
December 18th 2011

247 Comments


"remember when rolling stone's opinion mattered?"

They gave Abbey Road an unfavourable review when it was released. How the fuck is that even possible? Their opinion never mattered.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2011

7319 Comments


This list is awful. Yuck.

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2011

21582 Comments


"PitchFork and Rolling Stone are hands down the worst music magazines/sites I've ever seen to rate music."
sup Kerrang

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Ommushwo
December 18th 2011

112 Comments


just the idea of making a top 10 list sucks, it's like declaring war on everybody.

on the other hand people asking why there's no [any band] in the list aren't helping either...

+1 for the anarchistfish

fuckthatnoise
December 18th 2011

1479 Comments


They gave Abbey Road an unfavourable review when it was released. How the fuck is that even possible? Their opinion never mattered.


abbey road is mediocre though.

newjunkaesthetic93
December 18th 2011

1871 Comments


"abbey road is mediocre though."

You should wite for Rolling Stone.



FadedSun
December 18th 2011

1245 Comments


Is this for serious?

PGST3
December 18th 2011

53 Comments


"abbey road is mediocre though"
fuckTHATnoise.
Velvet Underground is mediocre, and I blame them hipsters, pitchfork, and best of lists, and making heroin supes cool.

MyDearWormwood
December 18th 2011

225 Comments


this list is hilarious

North0House2
December 18th 2011

5817 Comments


Lol 5 being one of the best of the year? I thought that album sucked.

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johnnydeking29
December 18th 2011

8999 Comments


Haha, the Rolling Stone; what a JOKE!

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zxlkho
December 18th 2011

3460 Comments


Well at least there's no Lulu.

xfearbefore
December 18th 2011

1245 Comments


Rolling Stone's musical opinions have never mattered. This is the same magazine that shit all over every Led Zeppelin album when they were released. They couldn't even get shit right in the 60s-70s. The only thing they've ever been good for are some of their various loosely affiliated writers over the years like Hunter S. Thompson.

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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2011

15727 Comments


well at least someone else likes king of limbs as much as me

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2011

14990 Comments


i like the paul simon shoutout honestly

theacademy
December 18th 2011

28255 Comments


it really didnt matter what Watch the Throne ended up sounding like, it was destined to be in every publication's top 10 list.... The fact that it was pretty decent overall is like, undercut by this... nobody on the rolling stone staff even listened to it...

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2011

49801 Comments


Rolling Stone's musical opinions have never mattered. This is the same magazine that shit all over every Led Zeppelin album when they were released

Rolling Stone is really infamous for changing their opinion on bands and albums once they become classic

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2011

21582 Comments


"Rolling Stone is really infamous for changing their opinion on bands and albums once they become classic"
yeah I noticed this

NigelH
December 18th 2011

1571 Comments


Finally some love for TKOL. List is still shit though.

krazytom
December 18th 2011

123 Comments


over-rated

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2011

17200 Comments


rolling stone's music coverage is terrible but to you fagass scene metalheads complaining about p4k just because you don't agree with them doesn't mean they don't have incredible writers.

Sleaper
December 18th 2011

3321 Comments


most fucking retarded top 10 ive ever seen. and this is from rolling stone. another reason to not read this stupid stupid thing.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2011

49801 Comments


My biggest problem is that they only pay attention to like 3 genres

Sleaper
December 18th 2011

3321 Comments


its almost like they dont pay any attention to anything that isnt on the radio. Its funny because this year was so good for hip hop, yet they have yeezy and jay z on here. which honestly could compete for one of the WORST hip hop albums of the year. meh.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2011

17200 Comments


they have a core audience just like every site ever has a key demographic. to expect something outside of that is just asinine. i mean yeah it's a "ooooooooooh time to bitch at the mainstream" excuse but to actually think that it's gonna be anything other than what it is means you're probably some retarded 15 year old and you haven't realized that your opinion doesn't matter anyways. RABBLERABBLERABBLECHOKEONDICKRABBLE

trebor's cool, just more to the rest of you angry little shits who i have no idea who you are.

MrxSelfxDestruct
December 18th 2011

495 Comments


I'm appreciating the inclusion of Fleet Foxes and The Decemberists, the rest is pretty inconsequential imho

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2011

49801 Comments


I don't know how much of Rolling Stone's core audience listens to Adele

gabethepiratesquid
December 18th 2011

4521 Comments


"This is the same magazine that shit all over every Led Zeppelin album when they were released."

Led Zeppelin sux, tho. They just plagiarized half of every blues guitarist along with cheesy lyrics
then brought this "technicality equals talent" mindset into music.

but seriously, I don't know why you guys are shocked that x super obscure release isn't on a fucking
ROLLING STONE list.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2011

17200 Comments


plus 8 of these are good albums. I only think that fleet foxes album is the only one worthy of any top 25 praise but it still doesnt take away from the fact that these albums are at least somewhat enjoyable. lower your fucking expectations for a mainstream publication.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2011

17200 Comments


Led Zeppelin owns dude. you just lost your visa to Middle Earth.

SylentEcho
December 18th 2011

1570 Comments


abbey road is mediocre though.
What are you on? ?!

Sleaper
December 18th 2011

3321 Comments


"lower your fucking expectations for a mainstream publication."

make me

gabethepiratesquid
December 18th 2011

4521 Comments


"Led Zeppelin owns dude. you just lost your visa to Middle Earth.


@Pawpnbawtlez: Wanna throw down? I'll fight you.

Sleaper
December 18th 2011

3321 Comments


yeh son, bring it. nah ur a homie im talkin bout redsky. mur fur

sailSAway
December 18th 2011

838 Comments


Trolling Stone. its official.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2011

49801 Comments


I guess Adele's label payed them off considering rolling stone gave her album 3 and a half stars, but put it as number 1

JWT155
December 18th 2011

9205 Comments


Am I the only one who thinks that Watch the Throne is over-rated? It's good but not as good as Yeezy's and Jay's best solo efforts.

Sleaper
December 18th 2011

3321 Comments


i dont think its over rated, its shit. as have many other reviewers and people have said aswell. its only getting into the spotlight because it is yeezy and jay.

gabethepiratesquid
December 18th 2011

4521 Comments


Nahhh it's not shit. It's good for some bangers but as an album it's just okay.

CrownOfMagnets
December 18th 2011

2232 Comments


This list of albums makes me cringe. some are good though

theacademy
December 18th 2011

28255 Comments


its overrated. its a nice album but its so vastly overshadowed by Kanye's album (still); the eminem/royce album... sheeeet, carter 4 shit on watch the throne

PistolPete
December 18th 2011

3560 Comments


oh....gawd...what the....what the FUCK!

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AtavanHalen
December 18th 2011

17927 Comments


"angry little shits who i have no idea who you are"

OH MY GOD THIS IS ME ON EVERY PAGE ON THIS SITE

EVERY SINGLE ONE

peaks40
December 18th 2011

2740 Comments


watch the throne was a great album but doesnt deserve to be that high, and rollingstones opinion sucks hard

TheBalderdashMan
December 18th 2011

34 Comments


Thank you for reminding me how much I hate Rolling Stone's website, leaving entirely aside the publication itself.

MrxSelfxDestruct
December 18th 2011

495 Comments


lol, trolling stone, I like it

KnuckleChowder
December 18th 2011

157 Comments


This list is a fucking joke.

MrxSelfxDestruct
December 18th 2011

495 Comments


Jokes are funny^

FearThyEvil
December 18th 2011

12280 Comments


sup Kerrang

Damn, you got me there.

pizzamachine
December 18th 2011

12571 Comments


sucky suck list

TheFifthEye
December 18th 2011

121 Comments


Why haven't they included the new album by Dream Thea-HAHAHAHAHA!

Seriously though. I expected nothing better from Rolling Stone so I'm just glad Fleet Foxes got up there.

KjSwantko
December 18th 2011

9054 Comments


lol rolling stone

lancebramsay
December 18th 2011

1585 Comments


lolling stone

Monstar1790
December 18th 2011

124 Comments


If that's the top 10, Fleet Foxes should've been #1.

theartofdoom
December 18th 2011

254 Comments


I don't even know the band at 49, but why the fuck is their album cover a picture of Darkthrone?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2011

30882 Comments



Led Zeppelin owns dude. you just lost your visa to Middle Earth.


???

gabethepiratesquid
December 19th 2011

4521 Comments


It's a reference to how they made concepts/lyrics related to Lord of the Rings.

paxman
December 19th 2011

4084 Comments


I don't see what's wrong with Pitchfork. The writing is excellent.

AsoTamaki
December 19th 2011

2525 Comments


Pitchfork is too overtly hipster for the true hipsters.

Eons
December 19th 2011

447 Comments


This list is a piece of shit. Adele is an overweight, ugly , and overrated tramp.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 19th 2011

30882 Comments


I don't see what's wrong with Pitchfork. The writing is excellent.


They know how to write a sentence, but I personally take issue with them latching onto blog trends to try and appeal to a wider audience. Their electronic reviews really aren't the best either, mainly because they're a bunch of Americans (a guess here) trying to understand the UK music scene

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2011

7314 Comments


"they're a bunch of Americans (a guess here) trying to understand the UK music scene"

Definitely agree here

The complete over-analysis in some reviews is what irks me the most.



MrxSelfxDestruct
December 19th 2011

495 Comments


^^^ They complain about pretentious music and themes, which makes them hypocrites of the highest caliber.

Fieryfenderz
December 19th 2011

1425 Comments


As long as the Gaga album is on here, this list is void.

paxman
December 19th 2011

4084 Comments


"They know how to write a sentence, but I personally take issue with them latching onto blog trends to try and appeal to a wider audience. Their electronic reviews really aren't the best either, mainly because they're a bunch of Americans (a guess here) trying to understand the UK music scene"

I can see that, but for me it's less about opinions and trends and audiences than it is writing well. I suppose it's because I want to be a writer.

PaulShallPerish
December 19th 2011

84 Comments


.....................................................................fatpenis.

ReadyForTheHouse
December 19th 2011

51 Comments


List has no Wild Beasts. List sucks.

eggsvonsatan
December 20th 2011

1087 Comments


I clicked just to have a laugh.



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