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Adele, Jay-Z, Kanye West Make Time’s 2011 Top 10 Lists

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Time magazine has more Top 10 lists than David Letterman could ever dream of. In a feature called ‘The Top 10 Everything of 2011,’ the magazine ranks its favorites in music, news, society and celebrity culture, with Adele, Jay-Z and Kanye West at the top of the music lists.

Time selects Adele’s ’21’ as its Album of the Year, calling it a “nuanced breakup album that is steeped in sadness but never veers into cornball territory.” Right behind is Florence + the Machine‘s ‘Ceremonials,’ followed by Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘Watch the Throne.’ Frank Ocean‘s ‘Nostalgia, Ultra’ is a surprise choice at No. 5, while newly-announced Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Beastie Boys take No. 8 with ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part II.’

The list of Best Songs features many of the same acts. Florence + the Machine’s ‘No Light, No Light’ tops the list, with Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ at No. 2, Jay-Z and Kanye’s ‘Otis’ at No. 4, and Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Super Bass’ in at No. 5.

The Top 10 Comebacks, a wide-ranging list that includes everyone from Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to Beavis and Butt-head, features a handful of singers. Boy band supergroup NKOTBSB places No. 2, while Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson also make the cut.

When it comes to the Viral Videos of 2011, there could be no other choice than Rebecca Black‘s ‘Friday,’ which infamously amassed hundreds of millions of YouTube views. Also on the viral list: The Lonely Island and Michael Bolton, for their SNL short ‘Jack Sparrow.’

Black appears on the list of Top 10 Fleeting Celebrities, along with Cheryl Cole, whose stint as a judge on the U.S. edition of ‘X Factor‘ was over almost before it started.

Beyonce makes the list of Top 10 Scandals for her “Disappearing Baby Bump.” But she also ranks No. 1 on the Best Fashion Moments countdown for her MTV Video Music Awards dress. On the other hand, Christina Aguilera and Adam Lambert are among those to show up on the Worst Fashion Moments list.

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