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.

Drowned in Sound: Favourite Albums of 2011

15 December 2011

Drowned in Sound: Favourite Albums of 2011

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012]

  1. The AntlersBurst Apart
  2. Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972
  3. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  4. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  5. Kate Bush50 Words for Snow
  6. When Saints Go MachineKonkylie
  7. Nils FrahmFelt
  8. Bright EyesThe People’s Key
  9. BeirutThe Rip Tide
  10. MetronomyThe English Riviera
  11. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  12. Bon IverBon Iver
  13. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  14. LowC’mon
  15. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  16. A Winged Victory For The SullenA Winged Victory for the Sullen
  17. Wild BeastsSmother
  18. Aidan Moffat & Bill WellsEverything’s Getting Older
  19. The FieldLooping State of Mind
  20. DestroyerKaputt
  21. Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
  22. MogwaiHardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
  23. I Break HorsesHearts
  24. AustraFeel It Break
  25. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  26. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  27. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  28. The HorrorsSkying
  29. Josh T PearsonLast of the Country Gentlemen
  30. BjörkBiophilia
  31. Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra
  32. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  33. Tune-YardsWhokill
  34. My Brightest DiamondAll Things Will Unwind
  35. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  36. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  37. …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of DeadThe Tao of the Dead
  38. Katy BOn A Mission
  39. WALLSCoracle
  40. MastodonThe Hunter
  41. James FerraroFar Side Virtual
  42. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  43. Marissa NadlerMarissa Nadler
  44. Panda BearTomboy
  45. New LookNew Look
  46. David LynchCrazy Clown Time
  47. Tori AmosNight of Hunters
  48. Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
  49. Lady GagaBorn This Way
  50. Nicolas JaarSpace is Only Noise
  51. Friendly FiresPala
  52. Oneohtrix Point NeverReplica
  53. John MausWe Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
  54. Youth LagoonThe Year of Hibernation
  55. Cut CopyZonoscope
  56. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  57. ZombyDedication
  58. Atlas SoundParallax
  59. WilcoThe Whole Love
  60. IceageNew Brigade
  61. Kate WaxDust Collision
  62. RustieGlass Swords
  63. Explosions in the SkyTake Care, Take Care, Take Care
  64. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  65. Emmy the GreatVirtue
  66. Moon DuoMazes
  67. Peaking Lights936
  68. Nicola RobertsCinderella’s Eyes
  69. Mark McGuireA Young Person’s Guide
  70. WU LYFGo Tell Fire to the Mountain
  71. Veronica FallsVeronica Falls
  72. The PiercesYou & I
  73. Los CampesinosHello Sadness
  74. James BlakeJames Blake
  75. Britney SpearsFemme Fatale