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.

Obscure Sound: Best Albums of 2011

12 December 2011

Obscure Sound: Best Albums of 2011

  1. DestroyerKaputt
  2. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  3. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  4. Atlas SoundParallax
  5. The WindHarum Scarum
  6. Real EstateDays
  7. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  8. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  9. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  10. Smith WesternsDye It Blonde
  11. Toro y MoiUnderneath the Pine
  12. The FieldLooping State of Mind
  13. Junior BoysIt’s All True
  14. Julianna BarwickThe Magic Place
  15. Wolves in the Throne RoomCelestial Lineage
  16. Wild BeastsSmother
  17. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  18. Kate Bush50 Words for Snow
  19. The AntlersBurst Apart
  20. James BlakeJames Blake
  21. Washed OutWithin and Without
  22. Cass McCombsWIT’S END
  23. NewVillagerNew Villager
  24. The Black KeysEl Camino
  25. Bonnie “Prince” BillyWolfroy Goes to Town
  26. Grimes & d’EonDarkbloom
  27. Timber TimbreCreep On Creepin’ On
  28. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  29. Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972
  30. Russian CirclesEmpros
  31. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  32. Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
  33. Cass McCombsHumor Risk
  34. Panda BearTomboy
  35. Mr. GnomeMadness in Miniature
  36. Marissa NadlerMarissa Nadler
  37. Bon IverBon Iver
  38. Cut CopyZonoscope
  39. DrakeTake Care
  40. The Mountain GoatsAll Eternals Deck
  41. BeirutThe Rip Tide
  42. Neon IndianEra Extraña
  43. Man ManLife Fantastic
  44. Bill CallahanApocalypse
  45. John MausWe Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
  46. Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
  47. Matthew HerbertOne Pig
  48. QuichenightQuichenight I
  49. MoonfaceOrgan Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped
  50. Dirty BeachesBadlands