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.

Spin: 50 Best Albums of 2011

12 December 2011

Spin: 50 Best Albums of 2011

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

  1. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  2. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  3. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  4. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  5. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  6. Danny BrownXXX
  7. The RaptureIn the Grace of Your Love
  8. G-SideThe One…Cohesive
  9. Wild FlagWild Flag
  10. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  11. Stephen Malkmus and the JicksMirror Traffic
  12. Telekinesis12 Desperate Straight Lines
  13. The WeekndHouse of Balloons & Thursday
  14. Bon IverBon Iver
  15. The MenLeave Home
  16. Das RacistRelax
  17. Dum Dum GirlsOnly in Dreams
  18. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  19. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  20. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  21. Youth LagoonThe Year of Hibernation
  22. DrakeTake Care
  23. IceageNew Brigade
  24. Deer TickDivine Providence
  25. Cass McCombsWit’s End/Humor Risk
  26. LiturgyAesthethica
  27. Big K.R.I.T.Return of 4Eva
  28. Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972
  29. Lady GagaBorn This Way
  30. Tune-YardsWhokill
  31. YuckYuck (specifically the Deluxe Edition)
  32. Hayes CarllKMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories)
  33. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  34. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  35. Washed OutWithin and Without
  36. The Black KeysEl Camino
  37. The FieldLooping State of Mind
  38. Zola JesusConatus
  39. Beyoncé4
  40. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  41. Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra
  42. Eric ChurchChief
  43. Kendrick LamarSection.80
  44. The RootsUndun
  45. Azari & IIIAzari & III
  46. Foo FightersWasting Light
  47. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
  48. various artists — Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  49. YobAtma
  50. Britney SpearsFemme Fatale