The Honest Truth - Typhoon
Give Me Everything - Pitbull (also my choice for Song of the Summer 2011)
Helplessness Blues and Grown Ocean - Fleet Foxes
God is God - Steve Earle
Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO (FUN listening to it immediately after the ball dropped on New Year's Eve, to ring in 2012!)
Hosanna - Andrew Lipke
Wash. - Bon Iver
Mean - Taylor Swift
I Need a Doctor - Dr. Dre and Eminem (duets remain a favorite genre for me, and I love the back and forth on this one)
Although there's no single favorite for 2011 (a la Domani (2009) and Freyda's trio of lullabies (2010)), if I were forced to choose I'd put The Honest Truth and Give Me Everything at the top of the list.
My preferences aside, Adele was clearly the musician of the year: her album transcended taste/genre in a way that I cannot recall happening for a number of years. Rolling in the Deep, in particular, will be a classic for years to come, and I do love those shaking water glasses in the video.
I continued to listen to lots of All Songs Considered this past year, and I maintained my love-hate relationship with Bob Boilen et als. I love the way they talk so passionately and enthusiastically about music. They also introduce me to new artists and have definitely expanded my music horizons.
That said, they frustrate me with their single-minded focus on "indie" music and their (implicit, sometimes explicit) refusal to acknowledge good music in country, hip-hop, pop, etc. That's why I was particuarly amused at the writer this fall who said that indie is the new adult contemporary -- and I found it hilarious that just as I've actually gotten into certain Boilen-esque music (Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver), it's being described as bland and middlebrow.