Adele Tops ‘Rolling Stone’ Year-End Lists For Best Album And Single

Becky Bain | December 7, 2011 11:04 am

We’ve already explained our picks for the year’s best in music, now it’s time for everyone else’s opinions to roll out. Rolling Stone unveiled their Top 50 lists of the Best Albums and Best Singles of 2011, and pop holds sway on both. Britney Spears and Beyonce make the cut for the music mag’s Top 10 Singles of the year, while Adele, Lady Gaga and The Throne (aka Jay-Z and Kanye West) are featured on the list for both singles and albums. Hop below to check the Top 10 for both year-end lists.

The mag calls Gaga’s Born This Way (#6) “anything-goes extravagance” and Watch The Throne (#2) a triumph of “Kanye West’s genius for beats both iconoclastic and pop-savvy.” But the most praise goes to Adele’s extremely successful 21, which topped the list: “The sound is state-of-theart retro soul, with touches of Motown, bossa nova and 1970s piano pop. But at its heart was that voice: giant, classic-sounding, promising emotional depth way beyond its years.”


1 Adele – 21 2 Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne 3 Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What 4 Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues 5 Radiohead – The King Of Limbs 6 Lady Gaga – Born This Way 7 The Decemberists – The King Is Dead 8 Wilco – The Whole Love 9 Wild Flag – Wild Flag 10 Robbie Robertson – How To Become Clairvoyant

Full Top 50 list here.

As for the year’s best singles, RS describes Beyonce’s track “Countdown” (#8) as a “triumphal love song, slathered in crazy sauce” and likens Gaga’s “The Edge Of Glory” (#7) to “a million little monsters pounding Four Loko on Mount Olympus.” Need a stranger description? How about their write-up of Brit’s Ke$ha-penned hit single “Till The World Ends” (#3): “That ‘whoa-ho-ho’ choir sounds like Cher leading an aircraft carrier full of gay sailors.”


1 Adele – “Rolling In The Deep” 2 Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Niggas In Paris” 3 Britney Spears – “Till The World Ends” 4 Foo Fighters – “These Days” 5 Paul Simon – “Rewrite” 6 Radiohead – “Lotus Flower” 7 Lady Gaga – “The Edge Of Glory” 8 Beyoncé – “Countdown” 9 Lil Wayne – “Six Foot Seven Foot” (Feat. Cory Gunz) 10 The Decemberists – “Don’t Carry It All”

Full Top 50 list here.