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    NPR Music Listeners Name The Black Keys, Björk, Emmylou Harris Albums Among Favorites of 2011

    The NPR Music listeners have spoken, choosing their 100 favorite albums of 2011, and coming in at No. 6 is The Black Keys' brand-new Nonesuch release, El Camino. As NPR says, "The Black Keys swooped into the No. 6 slot with El Camino, an album just a few days older than the poll itself." NPR's All Songs Considered, in a special two-hour episode, counts down the top 25 albums on the list, playing a song from each album, El Camino included, from which they play the first single, "Lonely Boy." Also on the list of NPR Music listeners' Top 100 is Björk's latest album, Biophilia, and Emmylou Harris's Hard Bargain.

    "I was pretty thrilled by this list," says All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. "I was pretty proud of our listeners."

    The list of fan favorites follows the NPR Music staff's recent choices of the year's best albums, which includes Steve Reich's WTC 9/11 among its Ten Favorite Classical Albums of 2011 and James Farm's self-titled debut album among the Best Jazz Albums of 2011. James Farm's "Polliwog" also makes NPR Music's list of its 100 Favorite Songs of 2011, described as "an instrumental with more engaging, rollicking episodes than most sitcoms out there today," as Björk's "Virus," off of Biophilia, which NPR calls "a stunning minimalist song about how science and humanity (or lovers, or an iconic musician and her fans) interact."

    Click here to the hear latest episode of All Songs Considered with the Top 25 and click here to read the complete list of fan favorites.

    To pick up a copy of any of these albums, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CDs, LPs, and DVDs are now 34% off SRP for the store's fourth anniversary sale. Orders of the above CDs also include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout.

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NPR Music Listeners Name The Black Keys, Björk, Emmylou Harris Albums Among Favorites of 2011

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The NPR Music listeners have spoken, choosing their 100 favorite albums of 2011. "The Black Keys swooped into the No. 6 slot with El Camino," says NPR, "an album just a few days older than the poll itself." "I was pretty thrilled by this list," says NPR's Bob Boilen in the All Songs Considered countdown of the Top 25. Also among the Top 100 listener favorites are Björk's Biophilia and Emmylou Harris's Hard Bargain. Björk's "Virus" is among the NPR Music staff's favorite songs of the year, as is James Farm's "Polliwog."

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The NPR Music listeners have spoken, choosing their 100 favorite albums of 2011, and coming in at No. 6 is The Black Keys' brand-new Nonesuch release, El Camino. As NPR says, "The Black Keys swooped into the No. 6 slot with El Camino, an album just a few days older than the poll itself." NPR's All Songs Considered, in a special two-hour episode, counts down the top 25 albums on the list, playing a song from each album, El Camino included, from which they play the first single, "Lonely Boy." Also on the list of NPR Music listeners' Top 100 is Björk's latest album, Biophilia, and Emmylou Harris's Hard Bargain.

"I was pretty thrilled by this list," says All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. "I was pretty proud of our listeners."

The list of fan favorites follows the NPR Music staff's recent choices of the year's best albums, which includes Steve Reich's WTC 9/11 among its Ten Favorite Classical Albums of 2011 and James Farm's self-titled debut album among the Best Jazz Albums of 2011. James Farm's "Polliwog" also makes NPR Music's list of its 100 Favorite Songs of 2011, described as "an instrumental with more engaging, rollicking episodes than most sitcoms out there today," as Björk's "Virus," off of Biophilia, which NPR calls "a stunning minimalist song about how science and humanity (or lovers, or an iconic musician and her fans) interact."

Click here to the hear latest episode of All Songs Considered with the Top 25 and click here to read the complete list of fan favorites.

To pick up a copy of any of these albums, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CDs, LPs, and DVDs are now 34% off SRP for the store's fourth anniversary sale. Orders of the above CDs also include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout.

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