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

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2011

16 December 2011

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2011

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. Bon IverBon Iver
  2. DestroyerKaputt
  3. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  4. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  5. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  6. Oneohtrix Point NeverReplica
  7. Tune-YardsWhokill
  8. DrakeTake Care
  9. Real EstateDays
  10. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  11. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  12. James BlakeJames Blake
  13. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  14. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  15. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  16. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  17. Clams CasinoInstrumentals
  18. Atlas SoundParallax
  19. Danny BrownXXX
  20. Nicolas JaarSpace is Only Noise
  21. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  22. The CaretakerAn Empty Bliss Beyond This World
  23. Bill CallahanApocalypse
  24. Julianna BarwickThe Magic Place
  25. Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
  26. The FieldLooping State of Mind
  27. Beyoncé4
  28. Cut CopyZonoscope
  29. DJ QuikThe Book of David
  30. Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972
  31. Ty SegallGoodbye Bread
  32. Panda BearTomboy
  33. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  34. Katy BOn A Mission
  35. Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra
  36. Kate Bush50 Words for Snow
  37. IceageNew Brigade
  38. Sandro PerriImpossible Spaces
  39. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  40. AraabMuzikElectronic Dream
  41. LiturgyAesthethica
  42. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  43. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  44. Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
  45. Kendrick LamarSection.80
  46. CultsCults
  47. SepalcureSepalcure
  48. Toro y MoiUnderneath the Pine
  49. Wild FlagWild Flag
  50. Youth LagoonThe Year of Hibernation