Must listen music of 2011

One thing I really enjoy about the end of the year is the “Best Of” lists, especially for music. I don’t get to pay much attention to all the music happenings and this does some of the sorting for me.

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What music do you recommend someone “must listen to” for 2011, that if someone overlooked they’d be missing out on something great. Last year, for me it was Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus. This year, it is Foster The People – Torches. Neither of these are unknowns or overlooked music, but they were unknown to me. Actually, those two I found via their Saturday Night Live appearances. The Foster The People album is good from start to finish.

Hip-hop is my primary music genre, so it’s great to find exposure to bands of other genres that are undeniably good. What is good that I’ve been missing?

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For 2011 in hip-hop, you’ve obviously got to listen to Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. And his other album from this year, with Jay Watch the Throne. It was a good year for Kanye Fans. There’s lots of other great stuff, but I’ll let you read about it in the year’s Best Of lists.

What have I missed that I should be listening to right now?

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