Adele tops Rolling Stone s list of best albums of 2011


Here’s a fun one! Rolling Stone, everyone’s uncle’s favorite magazine, has just unveiled its year-end top-50 albums list, and there’s a lot to pick through here. The magazine named Adele’s “21” as its No. 1 album of the year, and that actually makes sense, since it’s pretty much everything Rolling Stone looks for in music: incredibly popular, reverent toward boomer-friendly music history, steeped in outmoded ideas about musical authenticity. (It’s also, I should add, a pretty good album.)

The rest of the list, however, is just a fascinating mess, with the usual critics favorites sharing space with a ghastly collection of classic-rockist silliness: The Tom Morello solo album! Tedeschi Trucks Band! Mick Jagger’s absurd and near-universally hated supergroup, SuperHeavy! It’s nice to see Wild Flag in the top 10, and the list does give some love to a few relatively neglected types like Big K.R.I.T. and (yeah, I’m going to say it) Miranda Lambert, but hoo boy, this thing. The magazine also dropped a list of its top 50 singles, and we’ve got their top 10 below as well; Adele also tops that one.

Top albums:
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”

Top singles:
10. The Decemberists – “Don’t Carry It All”
9. Lil Wayne – “Six Foot Seven Foot” (Feat. Cory Gunz)
8. Beyoncé – “Countdown”
7. Lady Gaga – “The Edge of Glory”
6. Radiohead – “Lotus Flower
5. Paul Simon – “Rewrite”
4. Foo Fighters – “These Days”
3. Britney Spears – “Till the World Ends”
2. Jay-Z and Kanye West – “N—-s in Paris”
1. Adele – Rolling in the Deep”