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.

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2011

07 December 2011

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2011

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

  1. Adele21
  2. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  3. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What
  4. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  5. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  6. Lady GagaBorn This Way
  7. The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
  8. WilcoThe Whole Love
  9. Wild FlagWild Flag
  10. Robbie RobertsonHow To Become Clairvoyant
  11. My Morning JacketCircuital
  12. The Black KeysEl Camino
  13. Tune-YardsWhokill
  14. Beastie BoysHot Sauce Committee Part Two
  15. Cage the ElephantThank You, Happy Birthday
  16. R.E.M.Collapse Into Now
  17. TV on the RadioNine Types of Light
  18. FeistMetals
  19. Eric ChurchChief
  20. Foo FightersWasting Light
  21. Bon IverBon Iver
  22. DrakeTake Care
  23. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  24. Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra
  25. Beyoncé4
  26. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  27. Florence + The MachineCeremonials
  28. Das RacistRelax
  29. Pistol AnniesHell on Heels
  30. Tom Morello: The NightwatchmanWorld Wide Rebel Songs
  31. Miranda LambertFour the Record
  32. Big K.R.I.T.Return of 4Eva
  33. Josh T PearsonLast of the Country Gentlemen
  34. SuperHeavySuperHeavy
  35. DawesNothing is Wrong
  36. Stephen Malkmus and the JicksMirror Traffic
  37. Panda BearTomboy
  38. MastodonThe Hunter
  39. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  40. Gary Clark Jr.The Bright Lights
  41. Little DragonRitual Union
  42. DestroyerKaputt
  43. KillsBlood Pressures
  44. Raphael SaadiqStone Rollin’
  45. Tedeschi Trucks BandRevelator
  46. White DenimD
  47. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  48. Charles BradleyNo Time for Dreaming
  49. WavvesLife Sux
  50. The Lonely IslandTurtleneck & Chain