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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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Let Them Talk is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
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The Hunter is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
The Hunter Mastodon

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Teenage Dream is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Teenage Dream Katy Perry

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Go Tell Fire to the Mountain is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Go Tell Fire to the Mountain

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Hurry Up We're Dreaming is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Hurry Up We're Dreaming M83

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The Head and the Heart is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
The Head and the Heart The Head and the Heart

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David Comes to Life is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Albums of 2011

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Bad as Me is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Bad As Me Tom Waits

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Tao of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
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Rolling Papers is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Rolling Papers Wiz Khalifa

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Young the Giant is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Young the Giant Young the Giant

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The Year of Hibernation is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Albums of 2011

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The Great Escape Artist is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
The Great Escape Artist Jane's Addiction

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Mountaintops is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Mountaintops Mates of State

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Echoes of Silence

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Thank You, Happy Birthday is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Thank You, Happy Birthday Cage the Elephant

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The Apostasy is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
The Apostasy Behemoth

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Both Ways Open Jaws is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
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Sadie is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
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Blood Pressures is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
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Own the Night is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Own the Night Lady Antebellum

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12 Desperate Straight Lines is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Albums of 2011

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Wounded Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Wounded Rhymes Lykke Li

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Maurice Narcisse is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
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Finally Famous is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Finally Famous Big Sean

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Mockingbird Time is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Mockingbird Time Jayhawks

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The Errant Charm Vetiver

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Cults is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Cults Cults

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Cold. is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
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Goblin is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Goblin Tyler, the Creator

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Yours Truly is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Yours Truly Sublime with Rome

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Last Summer Eleanor Friedberger

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Give Till It's Gone Ben Harper

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Demolished Thoughts Thurston Moore

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Dark Hope Renée Fleming

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Kiss Each Other Clean Iron & Wine

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Diotima Krallice

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American Capitalist is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
American Capitalist Five Finger Death Punch

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Parallax Atlas Sound

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Ambition Wale

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Dei Gratia is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Dei Gratia Jacob's Well

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Nine Types of Light is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
Nine Types of Light TV on the Radio

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Constant Future Parts & Labor

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Forevermore is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
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Simple Math is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
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F.A.M.E. is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
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My Kinda Party is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
My Kinda Party Jason Aldean

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Soul Punk is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Albums of 2011
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