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

Les Inrocks: 100 Best Albums of 2011

18 December 2011

Les Inrockuptibles: 100 Best Albums of 2011

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

  1. The Black KeysEl Camino
  2. MetronomyThe English Riviera
  3. WU LYFGo Tell Fire to the Mountain
  4. François & the Atlas MountainsE Volo Love
  5. Jonathan WilsonGentle Spirit
  6. Daniel DarcLa Taille de mon âme
  7. Connan MockasinForever Dolphin Love
  8. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  9. The ShoesCrack My Bones
  10. Tyler, The CreatorGoblin
  11. Gruff RhysHotel Shampoo
  12. CultsCults
  13. Baxter DuryHappy Soup
  14. Other LivesTamer Animals
  15. James BlakeJames Blake
  16. Cat’s EyesCat’s Eyes
  17. TinariwenTassili
  18. Dirty BeachesBadlands
  19. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  20. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  21. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  22. Anthony Joseph & the Spasm BandRubber Orchestra
  23. YelleSafari Disco Club
  24. JusticeAudio,Video,Disco
  25. The DrumsPortamento
  26. Nicolas JaarSpace is Only Noise
  27. FeistMetals
  28. Timber TimbreCreep On Creepin’ On
  29. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  30. The RaptureIn the Grace of Your Love
  31. BeirutThe Rip Tide
  32. DrakeTake Care
  33. Miles KaneColour of the Trap
  34. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  35. SalemKing Night
  36. Dum Dum GirlsOnly in Dreams
  37. The Go! TeamRolling Blackouts
  38. The HorrorsSkying
  39. The DoBoth Ways Open Jaws
  40. Zola JesusConatus
  41. Anna CalviAnna Calvi
  42. Bon IverBon Iver
  43. OrelsanLe Chant des Sirènes
  44. Hanni El KhatibWill the Guns Come Out
  45. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  46. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  47. Theophilus LondonTimez Are Weird These Days
  48. Mansfield.TYANyx
  49. MiossecChanson Ordinaires
  50. Arctic MonkeysSuck It and See
  51. YuckYuck
  52. David LynchCrazy Clown Time
  53. Jay-Jay JohansonSpellbound
  54. AustraFeel It Break
  55. DiscodeineDiscodeine
  56. Hollie CookHollie Cook
  57. Piers FacciniMy Wilderness
  58. Smith WesternsDye It Blonde
  59. SebastianTotal
  60. Tune-YardsWhokill
  61. Housse de RacketAlesia
  62. Blood OrangeCoastal Grooves
  63. Le Prince MiiaouFill the Blank with Your Own Emptiness
  64. BrazzavilleJetlag Poetry
  65. Bill CallahanApocalypse
  66. YuksekLiving on the Edge of Time
  67. The VaccinesWhat Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
  68. Keren Ann101
  69. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xxWe’re New Here
  70. Black LipsArabia Mountain
  71. ZombyDedication
  72. Michel CloupNotre Silence
  73. Friendly FiresPala
  74. John MausWe Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
  75. Mehdi ZannadFugue
  76. Emmanuelle ParreninMaison Cube
  77. The AntlersBurst Apart
  78. PLANNINGTOROCKW
  79. WeekendSports
  80. Smith & BurrowsFunny Looking Angels
  81. Jeffrey LewisA Turn in the Dream-Songs
  82. Kouyaté-NeermanSkyscrapers & Deities
  83. ApparatThe Devil’s Walk
  84. The Middle EastI Want That You Are Always Happy
  85. BattlesGloss Drop
  86. Lil WayneTha Carter IV
  87. Jono McCleeryThere Is
  88. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  89. Alex BeaupainPourquoi battait mon coeur
  90. Puro InstinctHeadbangers in Ecstasy
  91. Cliff Martinez & various artistsDrive Original Soundtrack
  92. KillsBlood Pressures
  93. The KooksJunk of the Heart
  94. TV on the RadioNine Types of Light
  95. Class ActressRapprocher
  96. Saul WilliamsVolcanic Sunlight
  97. CascadeurThe Human Octopus
  98. Birdy Nam NamDefiant Order
  99. Foster the PeopleTorches
  100. Dengue FeverCannibal Courtship