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

Rip It Up: 10 Best Albums of 2011

10 January 2012

Rip It Up: 10 Best Albums of 2011

  1. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  2. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  3. KasabianVelociraptor!
  4. Azari & IIIAzari & III
  5. The HorrorsSkying
  6. Foo FightersWasting Light
  7. The Black KeysEl Camino
  8. Arctic MonkeysSuck It and See
  9. The JezabelsPrisoner
  10. Cut CopyZonoscope

Guitar World: Top 50 Albums of 2011

10 January 2012

Guitar World: Top 50 Albums of 2011

  1. Foo FightersWasting Light
  2. OpethHeritage
  3. Asking AlexandriaReckless & Relentless
  4. AnthraxWorship Music
  5. MastodonThe Hunter
  6. Joe BonamassaDust Bowl
  7. Children of BodomRelentless Reckless Forever
  8. MegadethTH1RT3EN
  9. Cage the ElephantThank You, Happy Birthday
  10. Dream TheaterA Dramatic Turn of Events
  11. Black Veil BridesSet the World on Fire
  12. Black Country Communion2
  13. Red Hot Chili PeppersI’m With You
  14. Animals As LeadersWeightless
  15. Machine HeadUnto the Locust
  16. Gregg AllmanLow Country Blues
  17. Explosions in the SkyTake Care, Take Care, Take Care
  18. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  19. Of Mice & MenThe Flood
  20. Warren HaynesMan in Motion
  21. Falling In ReverseThe Drug in Me Is You
  22. WilcoThe Whole Love
  23. Protest the HeroScurrilous
  24. KornThe Path of Totality
  25. Brad PaisleyThis Is Country Music
  26. SkeletonwitchForever Abomination
  27. Tedeschi Trucks BandRevelator
  28. Iced EarthDystopia
  29. Russian CirclesEmpros
  30. Kenny Wayne ShepherdHow I Go
  31. Black Dahlia MurderRitual
  32. PrimusGreen Naugahyde
  33. Steel PantherBalls Out
  34. Jane’s AddictionThe Great Escape Artist
  35. Jimmie VaughanPlays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites
  36. The Black KeysEl Camino
  37. The Human AbstractDigital Veil
  38. RevocationChaos of Forms
  39. The CarsMove Like This
  40. George Thorogood and the Destroyers2120 South Michigan Ave.
  41. The Devil Wears PradaDead Throne
  42. Stephen Malkmus and the JicksMirror Traffic
  43. DecapitatedCarnival is Forever
  44. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsNoel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  45. TexturesDualism
  46. ChickenfootChickenfoot III
  47. Gang of FourContent
  48. Five Finger Death PunchAmerican Capitalist
  49. Brian SetzerSetzer Goes Instru-MENTAL!
  50. TriviumIn Waves

Margaret Moser: Top 10 Albums of 2011

10 January 2012

Margaret Moser: Top 10 Albums of 2011, as published by The Austin Chronicle

  1. Lucinda WilliamsBlessed
  2. The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
  3. Adele21
  4. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  5. The Civil WarsBarton Hollow
  6. The Black KeysEl Camino
  7. Cornell DupreeI’m Alright
  8. Amy WinehouseLioness: Hidden Treasures
  9. Gregg AllmanLow Country Blues
  10. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest

Austin Powell: Top 10 Albums of 2011

10 January 2012

Austin Powell: Top 10 Albums of 2011, as published by The Austin Chronicle

  1. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  2. Tune-YardsWhokill
  3. Orchestre Poly-RythmoCotonou Club
  4. WilcoThe Whole Love
  5. Josh T PearsonLast of the Country Gentlemen
  6. YuckYuck
  7. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What
  8. My Morning JacketCircuital
  9. Atlas SoundParallax
  10. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints

Mark Morford: Top 10 Most Awesome Records of 2011

04 January 2012

Mark Morford: Top 10 Most Awesome Records of 2011, as published by SFGate

  1. [“Nope, nothing.”]
  2. Julianna BarwickThe Magic Place
  3. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  4. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  5. Massive Attack vs. BurialFour Walls
  6. Burial, Four Tet, and Thom Yorke12″ single
  7. Explosions in the SkyTake Care, Take Care, Take Care
  8. WU LYFGo Tell Fire to the Mountain
  9. The FieldLooping State of Mind
  10. Rival SonsPressure & Time
  11. ElbowBuild a Rocket Boys!