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Be it by digital download or old-fashioned CD, most of us have purchased one musical album or another during 2011, but which one is the absolute best album of 2011? Just as we all have different musical tastes, the best albums of 2011 are diverse in the genre of music they include from the likes of rock and pop to rap and R&B to country and gospel and everything in between.

According to Nielson SoundScan, "21" by British songstress Adele and "Born This Way" by shock-pop singer Lady Gaga were the best selling albums for the first half of 2011. Mumford & Sons with "Sign No More," Jason Aldean with "My Kinda Party" and Bruno Mars with "Doo Wops & Hooligans" rounded out the top five. The charts of album sales however only show half of the story (and half of the year) as just because a particular album sold the most does not mean it's definitely better than others.

The answer to which album is best is quite subjective as we all have our own favorites. Many may prefer the Top 40 sounds like those from Katy Perry and her record "Teenage Dream," Britney Spears and her release of "Femme Fatale" and P!nk for her album "Greatest Hits" while others will opt more for lighter sounds like Taylor Swift's "Speak Now," Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0," or Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now."

Those looking for a more robust sound may lean toward the likes of the Foo Fighters, with their album "Wasting Light," Five Finger Death Punch with their release of "American Capitalist" or even Red Hot Chili Peppers and their "I'm With You." Let's not forget about country music as well as rap and R&B, all of which is represented with country albums like "Eleven" from Martina McBride and rap records like the highly anticipated Jay-Z and Kanye West collaboration in "Watch the Throne."

While we all may never agree on which music is the best, it's likely that we can all conclude that these are the best albums of 2011 regardless of genre.
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Dream with Me is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Dream with Me Jackie Evancho

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21 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
21 Adele

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122 532
Wasting Light is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Wasting Light Foo Fighters

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86 205
Doo-Wops & Hooligans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums of 2011

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55 155
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Let England Shake PJ Harvey

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73 200
Bon Iver, Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of 2011

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88 240
Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of 2011

8
85 180
Mylo Xyloto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Mylo Xyloto Coldplay

9
52 121
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I’m With You Red Hot Chili Peppers

10
100 340
Watch the Throne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Watch the Throne The Throne, Jay-Z, Kanye West

11
85 222
The King of Limbs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
The King of Limbs Radiohead

12
111 366
Born This Way is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Born This Way Lady Gaga

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44 121
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Suck It and See Arctic Monkeys

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27 29
El Camino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
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39 110
The King Is Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
The King Is Dead The Decemberists

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97 199
Loud is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Loud Rihanna

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40 120
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Evanescence Evanescence

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55 127
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Helplessness Blues Fleet Foxes

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47 90
Torches is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Torches Foster the People

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30 91
The Whole Love is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of 2011

21
26 31
Stronger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Stronger Kelly Clarkson

22
14 22
Strange Mercy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Strange Mercy David Byrne, St. Vincent

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25 31
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming! M83

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30 37
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of 2011

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16 32
Duets II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Duets II Frank Sinatra

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19 48
So Beautiful or So What is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums of 2011

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26 76
Circuital is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Circuital My Morning Jacket

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11 14
Ceremonials is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Ceremonials Florence and the Machine

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15 47
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24 64
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Yuck Yuck

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9 12
Whokill is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Whokill Tune-Yards

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6 18
Belong is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
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12 27
Metals is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Metals Feist

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8 13
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House of Balloons

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12 23
Relapse is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Relapse Eminem

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20 43
Collapse Into Now is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums of 2011

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36 72
Femme Fatale is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Femme Fatale Britney Spears

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11 31
Barton Hollow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Barton Hollow Joy Williams, The Civil Wars

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16 31
undun is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
undun The Roots

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21 66
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Rome Danger Mouse, Daniele Luppi

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17 49
Hardcore Will Never Die, but Y... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums of 2011

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18 45
James Blake is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
James Blake

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3 11
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Tomboy Panda Bear

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25 37
Noel Gallagher's High Flying B... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

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10 29
The English Riviera is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums of 2011

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11 14
Take Care is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Take Care Drake

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35 112
Tha Carter IV is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Tha Carter IV Lil Wayne

49
19 30
Biophilia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Biophilia Björk

50
14 25
Pink Friday is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Pink Friday Nicki Minaj