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

Guardian: Best Albums of 2011

01 December 2011

The Guardian: Best Albums of 2011

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

  1. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  2. Katy BOn A Mission
  3. Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra
  4. Beyoncé4
  5. Bon IverBon Iver
  6. James BlakeJames Blake
  7. MetronomyThe English Riviera
  8. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  9. RustieGlass Swords
  10. Tune-YardsWhokill
  11. White DenimD
  12. Wild BeastsSmother
  13. King Creosote & Jon HopkinsDiamond Mine
  14. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  15. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  16. The HorrorsSkying
  17. BjörkBiophilia
  18. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  19. DrakeTake Care
  20. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  21. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
  22. Noah & The WhaleLast Night on Earth
  23. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
  24. FeistThe Bad in Each Other
  25. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  26. Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
  27. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  28. Jonathan WilsonGentle Spirit
  29. Kate Bush50 Words for Snow
  30. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xxWe’re New Here
  31. Lady GagaBorn This Way
  32. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  33. DestroyerKaputt
  34. Jamie WoonMirrorwriting
  35. Cat’s EyesCat’s Eyes
  36. Pistol AnniesHell on Heels
  37. Watch the ThroneKanye West/Jay-Z
  38. Nicola RobertsCinderella’s Eyes
  39. The StreetsComputers and Blues
  40. Gruff RhysHotel Shampoo
  41. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  42. Nils FrahmFelt
  43. Machine HeadUnto the Locust
  44. Marius NesetGolden Xplosion
  45. Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
  46. BeirutThe Rip Tide
  47. True WidowAs High as the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth
  48. Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
  49. The AntlersBurst Apart
  50. IceageNew Brigade