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.

Fact: 50 Best Albums of 2011

02 December 2011

Fact Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2011

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

  1. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  2. RustieGlass Swords
  3. Clams CasinoInstrumentals
  4. PrurientBermuda Drain
  5. AraabMuzikElectronic Dream
  6. James FerraroFar Side Virtual
  7. DrakeTake Care
  8. Julianna BarwickThe Magic Place
  9. LV & Joshua IdehenRoutes
  10. Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra
  11. Laurel HaloHour Logic
  12. James BlakeJames Blake
  13. Julia HolterTragedy
  14. A$AP RockyLIVE.LOVE.A$AP
  15. ZombyDedication
  16. KuedoSeverant
  17. Motion Sickness of Time TravelSeeping Through The Veil Of The Unconscious
  18. Patrice & FriendsCashmere Sheets
  19. Danny BrownXxx
  20. Cut HandsAfro Noise Vol. 1
  21. Roly PorterAftertime
  22. Oneohtrix Point NeverReplica
  23. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xxWe’re New Here
  24. John MausWe Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
  25. MachinedrumRoom(s)
  26. ByetoneSyMeta
  27. Peaking Lights936
  28. Andy StottPassed Me By
  29. pattenGLAQJO XAACSSO
  30. Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
  31. Ricardo Villalobos & Max LoderbauerRe: ECM
  32. The HorrorsSkying
  33. Main Attrakionz808s & Dark Grapes II
  34. Kode9 and The SpaceapeBlack Sun
  35. Jon BrooksMusic For Thomas Carnacki Vol. 1
  36. Tropic of CancerThe End of All Things
  37. Balam AcabWander / Wonder
  38. SurgeonBreaking the Frame
  39. James PantsJames Pants
  40. The Haxan CloakThe Haxan Cloak
  41. LegoweltThe Teac Life
  42. 2562Fever
  43. Wild BeastsSmother
  44. BjörkBiophilia
  45. Blanck MassBlanck Mass
  46. DamuUnity
  47. ContainerLP
  48. Juicy J & Lex LugerRubba Band Business 2
  49. Africa Hitech93 Million Miles
  50. Xander HarrisUrban Gothic

Filter: Top 20 Albums of 2011

01 December 2011

Filter Magazine: Top 20 Albums of 2011

[see also 2012]

  1. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  2. Bon IverBon Iver
  3. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  4. Mayer HawthorneHow Do You Do?
  5. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  6. Adele21
  7. ElbowBuild a Rocket Boys!
  8. Black LipsArabia Mountain
  9. Washed OutWithin and Without
  10. A$AP RockyLIVE.LOVE.A$AP

    Honorable Mentions (in order)

  1. James BlakeJames Blake
  2. Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
  3. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  4. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsNoel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  5. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  6. Little DragonRitual Union
  7. Foo FightersWasting Light
  8. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  9. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  10. JusticeAudio,Video,Disco

Mojo: Best Albums of 2011

01 December 2011

Mojo Magazine: Best Albums of 2011 [writers]

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

  1. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  2. The HorrorsSkying
  3. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  4. Jonathan WilsonGentle Spirit
  5. Kate Bush50 Words for Snow
  6. White DenimD
  7. Josh T PearsonLast of the Country Gentlemen
  8. Anna CalviAnna Calvi
  9. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  10. Wild BeastsSmother
  11. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
  12. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  13. Cat’s EyesCat’s Eyes
  14. King Creosote & Jon HopkinsDiamond Mine
  15. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What
  16. Bon IverBon Iver
  17. Bill Wells & Aidan MoffatEverything’s Getting Older
  18. Thurston MooreDemolished Thoughts
  19. James BlakeJames Blake
  20. My Morning JacketCircuital
  21. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  22. BeirutThe Rip Tide
  23. Bill CallahanApocalypse
  24. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  25. The StepkidsThe Stepkids
  26. Drive-By TruckersGo-Go Boots
  27. ArbouretumThe Gathering
  28. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  29. WilcoThe Whole Love
  30. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  31. Nick LoweThe Old Magic
  32. BjörkBiophilia
  33. Glenn JonesThe Wanting
  34. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
  35. TinariwenTassili
  36. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  37. Duane EddyRoad Trip
  38. The Sand BagAll Through The Night
  39. Arctic MonkeysSuck It and See
  40. Charles BradleyNo Time for Dreaming
  41. DestroyerKaputt
  42. Booker T. JonesThe Road From Memphis
  43. Gwilym SimcockGood Days At Scholss Elmau
  44. Glen CampbellGhost On The Canvas
  45. Tune-YardsWhokill
  46. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsNoel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  47. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  48. WireRed Barked Tree
  49. Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra
  50. Joe HenryReverie

FasterLouder: Best Albums of 2011

01 December 2011

FasterLouder: Best Albums of 2011

[see also 2015, 2012]

  1. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  2. Unknown Mortal OrchestraUnknown Mortal Orchestra
  3. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  4. AdalitaAdalita
  5. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  6. YuckYuck
  7. HarmonyHarmony
  8. Bon IverBon Iver
  9. Royal HeadacheRoyal Headache
  10. TV on the RadioNine Types of Light
  11. James BlakeJames Blake
  12. MastodonThe Hunter
  13. Wild FlagWild Flag
  14. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  15. Lanie LaneTo the Horses
  16. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  17. Liam FinnFOMO
  18. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
  19. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  20. Cut CopyZonoscope
  21. FeistMetals
  22. Stephen Malkmus and the JicksMirror Traffic
  23. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
  24. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  25. Wild BeastsSmother
  26. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  27. BattlesGloss Drop
  28. MetronomyThe English Riviera
  29. Dum Dum GirlsOnly in Dreams
  30. Arctic MonkeysSuck It and See
  31. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsNoel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  32. The PanicsRain on the Humming Wire
  33. KimbraVows
  34. GotyeMaking Mirrors
  35. The Black KeysEl Camino
  36. Iron & WineKiss Each Other Clean
  37. Tune-YardsWhokill
  38. Teeth and TongueTambourine
  39. The GratesSecret Rituals
  40. WilcoThe Whole Love
  41. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  42. Foster the PeopleTorches
  43. Eagle and the WormGood Times
  44. The Vasco EraThe Vasco Era
  45. My Morning JacketCircuital
  46. The StrokesAngles
  47. KillsBlood Pressures
  48. Charles BradleyNo Time for Dreaming
  49. WagonsRumble, Shake & Tumble
  50. RadioheadThe King of Limbs

Guardian: Best Albums of 2011

01 December 2011

The Guardian: Best Albums of 2011

[see also 2018, 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