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

Gigwise: Top 50 Albums of 2011

12 December 2011

Gigwise: Top 50 Albums of 2011

[see also 2012]

  1. MetronomyThe English Riviera
  2. The HorrorsSkying
  3. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  4. Beastie BoysHot Sauce Committee Part Two
  5. The StrokesAngles
  6. KasabianVelociraptor!
  7. Arctic MonkeysSuck It and See
  8. Florence + The MachineCeremonials
  9. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  10. Friendly FiresPala
  11. Foo FightersWasting Light
  12. Wild BeastsSmother
  13. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  14. The AntlersBurst Apart
  15. ColdplayMylo Xyloto
  16. The VaccinesWhat Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
  17. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  18. Iron & WineKiss Each Other Clean
  19. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsNoel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  20. Jamie WoonMirrorwriting
  21. Bombay Bicycle ClubA Different Kind of Fix
  22. BjörkBiophilia
  23. Black LipsArabia Mountain
  24. Blood OrangeCoastal Grooves
  25. The StreetsComputers and Blues
  26. Bright EyesThe People’s Key
  27. CultsCults
  28. ElbowBuild a Rocket Boys!
  29. Esben and the WitchViolet Cries
  30. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xxWe’re New Here
  31. Frankie and the HeartstringsHunger
  32. Veronica FallsVeronica Falls
  33. James BlakeJames Blake
  34. Joy FormidableThe Big Roar
  35. Katy BOn A Mission
  36. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
  37. MogwaiHardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
  38. TV on the RadioNine Types of Light
  39. Noah & The WhaleLast Night on Earth
  40. Unknown Mortal OrchestraUnknown Mortal Orchestra
  41. YuckYuck
  42. Adele21
  43. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  44. Danger Mouse & Daniel LuppiRome
  45. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  46. SullyCarrier
  47. RustieGlass Swords
  48. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  49. Tom VekLeisure Seizure
  50. You Me At SixSinners Never Sleep
2011 Albums

ChartAttack: 12 Favourite Albums of 2011

12 December 2011

ChartAttack: 12 Favourite Albums of 2011, in no particular order

2011 Albums

Claire Suddath: Top 10 Albums of 2011

12 December 2011

Claire Suddath: Top 10 Albums of 2011, as published by Time Magazine

  1. Adele21
  2. Florence + The MachineCeremonials
  3. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  4. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  5. Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra
  6. Tune-YardsWhokill
  7. Caitlin RoseOwn Side Now
  8. Beastie BoysHot Sauce Committee Part Two
  9. The Civil WarsBarton Hollow
  10. The Black KeysEl Camino
2011 Albums

Magnet: Top 20 Albums of 2011

11 December 2011

Magnet Magazine: Top 20 Albums of 2011

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

  1. YuckYuck
  2. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  3. Wild FlagWild Flag
  4. Stephen Malkmus and the JicksMirror Traffic
  5. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  6. R.E.M.Collapse Into Now
  7. Bright EyesThe People’s Key
  8. Wye OakCivilian
  9. Bird of YouthDefender
  10. Bill CallahanApocalypse
  11. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  12. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  13. Bon IverBon Iver
  14. Tune-YardsWhokill
  15. WilcoThe Whole Love
  16. KillsBlood Pressures
  17. Eleanor FriedbergerLast Summer
  18. Thurston MooreDemolished Thoughts
  19. Panda BearTomboy
  20. James BlakeJames Blake
2011 Movies

David Ehrlich: 25 Best Films of 2011

11 December 2011

David Ehrlich of Movies.com’s Criterion Corner: 25 Best Films of 2011

NOTE: In Boxoffice Magazine, Ehrlich lists Certified Copy (Kiarostami) as tied for first, noted that the Panahi film does not come out in the US until February 2012 (he says it’s available for streaming at Netflix, but as of December 12, 2011, that is not the case), and omits the Loktov and Naranjo films.

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

  1. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  2. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  3. Kill ListBen Wheatley
  4. The ArborClio Barnard
  5. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  6. HugoMartin Scorsese
  7. The Loneliest PlanetJulia Loktev
  8. Miss BalaGerardo Naranjo
  9. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  10. The Girl with the Dragon TattooDavid Fincher
  11. The Adventures of TintinSteven Spielberg
  12. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr
  13. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  14. The InterruptersSteve James
  15. FootnoteJoseph Cedar
  16. How to Die in OregonPeter Richardson
  17. ShameSteve McQueen
  18. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  19. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  20. [tie] PinaWim Wenders
  21. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  22. The Time That RemainsElia Suleiman
  23. [missing]
  24. The TripMichael Winterbottom
  25. Buddha MountainLi Yu
  26. The DescendantsAlexander Payne