Vote for the Best Albums of 2011

Lukas Clark-Memler

Lukas writes about music for a wide range of international publications and a number of vaguely respected websites. He's music editor here at Chelsey, and hates having an empty inbox, so drop him a line with any questions, comments or music to check out at

Today is December 1st, which for most people marks the first day of Summer – for me it means getting my end of year music lists together. Over the next month, all music magazines and websites will put forth their ‘Best Albums of 2011’ list. It comes every year, yet it never gets any easier. Choosing the top records of the year requires all sorts of revisiting, reshuffling and general anxiety. 

This year for the first time in Chelsey's history, I am opening it up to our readers to have a say. One man’s opinion is meaningless, but with your votes I can feel far more confident in crowning the champion.

Just to jog your memory, below are some of the better releases of the year. Obviously I have missed many albums out, so please leave a comment or send me an email ( with your picks for best albums of 2011.

   James Blake - James Blake
   Kanye West and Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
   The Strokes - Angles
   Florence And The Machine - Ceremonials
   Tyler, The Creator - Goblin
   Foster The People - Torches
   Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
   Bon Iver - Bon Iver
   Adele - 21
   Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
   Washed Out - Within and Without
   M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
   Cults - Cults
   Summer Camp - Welcome to Condale
   Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation
   Tennis - Cape Dory
   St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
   Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
   Destroyer - Kaputt
   The Horrors - Skying
   Jamie xx - We're New Here
   Drake - Take Care
   Radiohead - The King of Limbs
   Toro y Moi - Underneath the Pine
   Panda Bear - Tomboy
   Real Estate - Days
   Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
   Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
   Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
   Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See

Please leave a comment below with your top ten favourite albums of 2011. Thanks for your input!

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  • SarahC says
    Adele! She rocks.
    • Cinty says
      I have to agree with you on that one! Definitely my favorite!
      • Juliet says
        same here
        • Kathryn says
          Adele - 21
          • jewelz says
            My pic is The Darkroom by an Aussie band called the Angels very hard to get a complete copy of but everysong blends well into the next and no one else sounds like them really cool
          • Foreverme says
            Hi Music Man,
            I wish Lady6 had done an Album this year she is awesome.
            Adele 21
            Gin Wigmore Gravel and Wine
            Midnight Youth World comes calling
            Kanye West and Jay- Z Watch the Throne
            Mylo Xyloto Coldplay
            Teenage Dream Katy Perry
            Ceremonials Florence and the machine
            Vows Kimbra
            Own the night Lady Antebellum
            and just to add a bit of controversy, hey just loved to shuffle at parties this year to Party Rock anthem
            Sorry for Party Rocking LMFAO
            ooops left out Bruno Mars another great artist ah well all my choices are above.
          • julz1983 says
            Adele - 21
          • Wice says
            I find it almost impossible to keep up with new releases. I already have so much great music that I don't get much of a chance to listen to. Right now my cup is overflowing with music! I need more hours in the day!
          • Gail says
            Oh the Foo's just amp it up year after year - seasoned professionals that are rocking the Southern world right now - see you next Tues fans. How does Dave manage to send out so many great 'pop'songs but disguise it with overflowing guitars - obviously a big fan. Ditto for Kings of Leon. However, Kiwi music is having a strong year too welcome to 6sixty, and Gin Wigmore needs mention too, I could go on and on .....
          • Char says
            Adele - 21 - There are so many great songs from that album
          • jbutterfly says
            Agreed with most people here :)

            Adele xox
            • Foreverme says
              Hi Music Man I have asked my FB friends to have there say on the 10 Album choices responses so far

              Talk That Talk Rhianna
              Watch the Throne JayZ and Kayne West
              Hands all Over Maroon 5
              Adele 21
              Pink Friday Nicki Minaj
              Stronger Kelly Clarkson
              Now 40 Various Artists
              Ceremonials Florence and The Machine
              Born This Way Lady Gaga
              Mylo Xyloto Coldplay

              I hope this helps and I will post any more choices that I get it's going a bit slow.
              • julz1983 says
                Some of these albums mentioned were released in 2010 e.g. Nicki Minaj - Pnk Friday
              • starsong001 says
                Has to be Adele :)
              • New Member says
                My fav ten would be:

                Kanye West and Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
                Foster The People - Torches
                Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
                Adele - 21
                M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
                Jamie xx - We're New Here
                Drake - Take Care
                Radiohead - The King of Limbs
                Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
                Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See
                • Dee-Dee says
                  ...yep some great one's in that list totally agree....
                • ClaireElizabeth says
                  Adele 21, even hubby has been listening to it.

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