12/31/2011 07:30 am ET

The Year In Culture: The 5 Best Genre Collaborations Of 2011 (VIDEO)

2011 was the year the old guard transfused young blood. From Lou Reed and Metallica's badly-received pipe dream to David Lynch's various casual flings with the younger crowd, established artists threw caution to the wind this year and came out with wacky, oft-maligned, occasionally brilliant stuff. Click through our list of the five most fascinating genre collaborations of the year and judge which ones served their old masters best.