2011: top songs from James Blake, Adele, Bon Iver

2011 had more than its fair share of pop hits.

It would be easy to say that 2011 belonged to Adele. Her sophomore LP 21 scooped up six Grammy Awards and had five international hit singles.

But then you remember Bon Iver’s self-titled second record. And Gotye’s crossover breakthrough “Somebody That I Used to Know.” James Blake’s game-changing debut. The Civil Wars. Fleet Foxes. The War on Drugs. Foster the People.

The list goes on.

We were introduced to Warpaint, The Head and the Heart and Diego Garcia, reintroduced to TV on the Radio, My Morning Jacket and Wilco.

Was 2011 the Greatest Year in Music? Let us know what you think in the comments below and across social media with #XPNGreatestYear.


Days – Real Estate
21 – Adele
Father, Son, Holy Ghost – Girls
Hurry Up We’re Dreaming – M83
Kaputt – Destroyer
Nothing is Wrong – Dawes
Build a Rocket Boys! – Elbow
Laura – Diego Garcia
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
The Head and the Heart – The Head and the Heart
Slave Ambient – The War on Drugs
The Old Magic – Nick Lowe
The Rip Tide – Beirut
Making Mirrors – Gotye
Strange Mercy – St. Vincent
Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars
w h o k i l l – Tune Yards
The Whole Love – Wilco
Mondo Amore – Nicole Atkins
The Harrow & the Harvest – Gillian Welch
A Creature I Don’t Know – Laura Marling
Every Kingdom – Ben Howard
Ceremonials – Florence and the Machine
2011 – The Smithereens
New Blood – Peter Gabriel
The King of Limbs – Radiohead
So Beautiful or So What – Paul Simon
Torches – Foster the People
Metals – Feist
In Light – Givers
Little Hell – City & Colour
The King is Dead – The Decemberists
Smoke Ring for My Halo – Kurt Vile
Codes and Keys – Death Cab for Cutie
Mission Bell – Amos Lee
Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay
Revelator – Tedeschi Trucks Band
Ashes and Fire – Ryan Adams
Cults – Cults
Circuital – My Morning Jacket
Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes
Stone Rollin’ – Raphael Saadiq
Burst Apart – The Antlers
Within and Without – Washed Out
Let England Shake – PJ Harvey
House of Balloons – The Weeknd
Gloss Drop – Battles
Life Fantastic – Man Man
The Fool – Warpaint
Nine Types of Light – TV on the Radio
El Camino – Black Keys
James Blake – James Blake
The Year of Hibernation – Youth Lagoon
Tomboy – Panda Bear
Watch the Throne – Jay-Z / Kanye West
Bad As Me – Tom Waits

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Article by: Julie Miller