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.

Prefix: Top Albums of 2011

12 December 2011

Prefix Magazine: Top Albums of 2011

  1. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  2. DestroyerKaputt
  3. Danny BrownXXX
  4. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  5. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  6. Tune-YardsWhokill
  7. Real EstateDays
  8. Bon IverBon Iver
  9. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  10. DrakeTake Care
  11. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  12. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  13. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  14. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  15. Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
  16. James BlakeJames Blake
  17. Panda BearTomboy
  18. Das RacistRelax
  19. The WeekndHouse of Balloons & Thursday
  20. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  21. Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972
  22. YuckYuck
  23. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  24. Big K.R.I.T.Return of 4Eva
  25. Unknown Mortal OrchestraUnknown Mortal Orchestra
  26. Bill CallahanApocalypse
  27. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  28. Josh T PearsonLast of the Country Gentlemen
  29. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  30. BeirutThe Rip Tide
  31. GhostpoetPeanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
  32. AustraFeel It Break
  33. Cass McCombsWIT’S END
  34. Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
  35. Atlas SoundParallax
  36. Youth LagoonThe Year of Hibernation
  37. Dirty BeachesBadlands
  38. Cloud NothingsCloud Nothings
  39. Washed OutWithin and Without
  40. Wild FlagWild Flag
  41. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  42. GrailsDeep Politics
  43. Matana RobertsCOIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres
  44. Peaking Lights936
  45. Clams CasinoInstrumental Mixtape
  46. Oneohtrix Point NeverReplica
  47. Young WidowsIn and Out of Youth and Lightness
  48. Beyoncé4
  49. MogwaiHardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
  50. VetiverThe Errant Charm