Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.
2011 Albums

Fly: Top 50 Albums of 2011

30 November 2011

The Fly: Top 50 Albums of 2011

[see also 2012]

  1. The AntlersBurst Apart
  2. MetronomyThe English Riviera
  3. The HorrorsSkying
  4. Smith WesternsDye It Blonde
  5. Bombay Bicycle ClubA Different Kind of Fix
  6. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  7. Wild BeastsSmother
  8. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  9. The VaccinesWhat Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
  10. BattlesGloss Drop
  11. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  12. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  13. YuckYuck
  14. Friendly FiresPala
  15. Anna CalviAnna Calvi
  16. Washed OutWithin and Without
  17. Bon IverBon Iver
  18. James BlakeJames Blake
  19. Veronica FallsVeronica Falls
  20. Florence + The MachineCeremonials
  21. Unknown Mortal OrchestraUnknown Mortal Orchestra
  22. Real EstateDays
  23. Black LipsArabia Mountain
  24. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
  25. White DenimD
  26. Baxter DuryHappy Soup
  27. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  28. WU LYFGo Tell Fire to the Mountain
  29. BraidsNative Speaker
  30. Gardens & VillaGardens & Villa
  31. MazesA Thousand Heys
  32. Dutch UnclesCadenza
  33. Noah & The WhaleLast Night on Earth
  34. Gruff RhysHotel Shampoo
  35. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  36. Arctic MonkeysSuck It and See
  37. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  38. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  39. Stephen Malkmus and the JicksMirror Traffic
  40. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  41. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  42. ColdplayMylo Xyloto
  43. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  44. Cerebral BallzyCerebral Ballzy
  45. ElbowBuild a Rocket Boys!
  46. The StrokesAngles
  47. Slow ClubParadise
  48. British Sea PowerValhalla Dancehall
  49. The Naked and FamousPassive Me, Aggressive You
  50. Joy FormidableThe Big Roar
2011 Books

Publishers Weekly: Best Books of 2011

30 November 2011

Publishers Weekly: Best Books of 2011 [fiction, nonfiction]

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2012]

    Fiction

    Nonfiction

2011 Books

New York Times: Ten Best Books of 2011

30 November 2011

The New York Times: Ten Best Books of 2011

[see also 100 Notable Books of 2012, 100 Notable Books of 2011]

2011 Albums

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2011

30 November 2011

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2011

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012]

  1. WilcoThe Whole Love
  2. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
  3. Adele21
  4. Drive-By TruckersGo-Go Boots
  5. DawesNothing is Wrong
  6. Hayes CarllKMAG YOYO
  7. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What
  8. Pistol AnniesHell on Heels
  9. The Black KeysEl Camino
  10. FeistMetals
  11. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  12. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitHere We Rest
  13. Lucinda WilliamsBlessed
  14. My Morning JacketCircuital
  15. Bon IverBon Iver
  16. Miranda LambertFour the Record
  17. Jessica Lea MayfieldTell Me
  18. Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
  19. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  20. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
  21. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  22. Bright EyesThe People’s Key
  23. The Civil WarsBarton Hollow
  24. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  25. Sarah JaroszFollow Me Down
  26. Pieta BrownMercury
  27. Deer TickDivine Providence
  28. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  29. A. A. BondyBelievers
  30. The Felice BrothersCelebration, Florida
  31. Robert EllisPhotographs
  32. The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
  33. HoneyhoneyBilly Jack
  34. Joe HenryReverie
  35. KORTInvariable Heartache
  36. Old 97′sThe Grand Theatre, Vol. 2
  37. Steve EarleI’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
  38. Real EstateDays
  39. Those DarlinsScrews Get Loose
  40. Middle BrotherMiddle Brother
  41. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  42. Noel GallagherNoel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  43. Jonny CorndawgDown On The Bikini Line
  44. TristenCharlatans At The Garden Gate
  45. JEFF The BrotherhoodWe Are the Champions
  46. Loney DearHall Music
  47. Caitlin RoseOwn Side Now
  48. Abigail WashburnCity of Refuge
  49. BeirutThe Rip Tide
  50. Centro-maticCandidate Waltz
2011 Albums

Sonic: Best Albums of 2011

29 November 2011

Sonic Magazine: Best Albums of 2011 [staff lists]

[see also 2012]

  1. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  2. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
  3. My Morning JacketCircuital
  4. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What
  5. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  6. James BlakeJames Blake
  7. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  8. Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
  9. TinariwenTassili
  10. FeistMetals
  11. Bon IverBon Iver
  12. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  13. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  14. WilcoThe Whole Love
  15. Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra
  16. A. A. BondyBelievers
  17. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  18. Adele21
  19. Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972
  20. Tyler, The CreatorGoblin
  21. DeporteesIslands & Shores
  22. ZombyDedication
  23. Ison & FilleFör evigt
  24. Holy Ghost!Holy Ghost!
  25. Jonathan JohanssonKlagomuren