Radiohead, the Black Keys + More Top Rolling Stone Readers’ Poll


Story by Cat Badra

Rolling Stone readers pick their favorite 2011 releases

As 2011 winds down, it’s time to look back at the music that really broke new ground over the past year. With that mindset, Rolling Stone magazine conducted its annual Readers’ Poll for the Best Albums of 2011 to nail down the top releases of the year, and it’s no surprise who ranked high on the list.

Coming in at No. 1 was grunge personality Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters with their 2011 release, Wasting Light. “Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light only came in at Number 20 on Rolling Stone’s list, but it was your favorite album of the year by a wide margin,” stated the magazine. “This isn’t too surprising– the Foos are one of the great populist rock bands of this era, and intense tunes like the disc’s second single, ‘Walk,’ made it clear that Dave Grohl and company are still experts at blending melody with aggression.”

Radiohead’s The King of Limbs, scored the No. 2 spot, followed by The Black KeysEl Camino. As for the latter, Rolling Stone gave the Keys props, saying new album takes the duo “to the next level”: “The Black Keys’ El Camino just hit stores this month, but that didn’t stop a huge number of you from throwing your support behind it as your favorite of the year. It’s not too surprising – if you love this band, this record just pushes everything that’s great about them to the next level.”

Adele’s 21 and Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues, respectively, rounded out the Top 5. Following closely behind, the Red Hot Chili PeppersI’m With You and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ self-titled release also made the Top 10.


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