The Edge’s Top Albums of 2011: Full Top 40


Following on from our Top Ten Albums of 2011 feature of the last few weeks, we can now reveal the full top 40 as voted for by our readers, writers and editors. Check them out below, and let us know what shocks you in the comments!

1. The Vaccines — What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?

2. Radiohead — The King of Limbs

3. Metronomy — The English Riviera

4. Bon Iver — Bon Iver, Bon Iver

5. The Horrors — Skying

6. Florence and the Machine — Ceremonials

7. PJ Harvey — Let England Shake

According to Metacritic, Let England Shake topped the 'best of 2011' lists of 16 publications.

8. James Blake — James Blake

9. Frank Turner — England Keep My Bones

10. Bombay Bicycle Club — A Different Kind of Fix

11. M83 — Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

12. tUnE-yArDs — who kill

13. Jay-Z & Kanye West — Watch the Throne

14. The Roots — undun

15. Noah and the Whale — Last Night on Earth

Coldplay's fifth album reached #1 in over 15 countries, including the UK and the US.

16. Coldplay — Mylo Xyloto


18. Jamie Woon — Mirrorwriting

19. Fleet Foxes — Helplessness Blues

20. Elbow — Build a Rocket Boys!

21. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds — Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

22. The Weeknd — House of Balloons

Wasting Light by Foo Fighters is nominated for the 2012 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

23. Foo Fighters — Wasting Light

24. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx — We’re New Here

25. Cults — Cults

26. Björk — Biophilia

27. Friendly Fires — Pala

28. Wild Beasts — Smother

29. The Antlers — Burst Apart

30. The Lonely Island — Turtleneck & Chain

31. Foster the People — Torches

32. Miles Kane — Colour of the Trap

Adele's second album was the best-selling of 2011, shifting more than double the copies of second-placed Christmas by Michael Bublé.

33. Adele — 21

34. Nero — Welcome Reality

35. Arctic Monkeys — Suck It and See

36. Benjamin Francis Leftwich — Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm

37. Kasabian — Velociraptor!

38. Lykke Li — Wounded Rhymes

39. Yuck — Yuck

40. Battles — Gloss Drop


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  1. avatar

    I was surprised at a few things:
    1. That Jay-Z and Kanye West got that high. I didn’t realise we had so many hip-hop fans, it’s great!
    2. That Coldplay didn’t make the top ten. Pretty much everyone I know has sung the praises of that album!
    3. That Noel Gallagher didn’t make the top 20. One of the strongest and best-selling albums of the year.
    4. That Adele was all the way down at #33. Really?

    But it is a very interesting list, for sure.

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    I don’t think anyone here was that impressed by the Coldplay album nor the Snow Patrol one; they both seemed distinctly average. The only top 10 surprise for me is James Blake and naturally I would have hoped Foster The People had done better, having voted it #1.

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    I’m very surprised that Laura Marling’s “A Creature I Don’t Know” didn’t even get a look in. I thought she was pretty popular in Southampton and the album’s certainly deserving (I’m fairly sure it cracked a lot of critics’ top 20 lists). And I’m not just saying that because I’m a teensy bit in love with her, it’s genuinely an incredible album!

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