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.

John Waters: Best Films of 2011

01 December 2011

John Waters: Best Films of 2011, as published by Artforum

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

  1. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  2. Mildred PierceTodd Haynes
  3. Justin Bieber: Never Say NeverJon M. Chu
  4. HadewijchBruno Dumont
  5. KaboomGregg Araki
  6. If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation FrontMarshall Curry and Sam Cullman
  7. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  8. I’m Glad My Mother Is AliveClaude and Nathan Miller
  9. We Were HereDavid Weissman
  10. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul

Piccadilly Records: Albums of 2011

01 December 2011

Piccadilly Records: Albums of 2011

[see also 2012]

  1. Peaking Lights936
  2. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  3. The Phoenix FoundationBuffalo
  4. Maria MinervaCabaret Cixous
  5. MetronomyThe English Riviera
  6. Wooden ShjipsWest
  7. Other LivesTamer Animals
  8. KillsBlood Pressures
  9. Black LipsArabia Mountain
  10. WidowspeakWidowspeak
  11. Shimmering StarsViolent Hearts
  12. Dum Dum GirlsOnly in Dreams
  13. Pure XPleasure
  14. Jonathan WilsonGentle Spirit
  15. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  16. Harvey Presents LocussolusLocussolus
  17. VetiverThe Errant Charm
  18. J MascisSeveral Shades of Why
  19. Real EstateDays
  20. Washed OutWithin and Without
  21. Sun ArawAncient Romans
  22. Soft MetalsSoft Metals
  23. Kitty, Daisy & LewisSmoking In Heaven
  24. Crystal StiltsIn Love With Oblivion
  25. BeirutThe Rip Tide
  26. Bon IverBon Iver
  27. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xxWe’re New Here
  28. Dirty BeachesBadlands
  29. Moon DuoMazes
  30. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  31. Lanterns on the LakeGracious Tide, Take Me Home
  32. Baxter DuryHappy Soup
  33. King Creosote & Jon HopkinsDiamond Mine
  34. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
  35. Thee Oh SeesCastlemania
  36. Holy OtherWith U
  37. James BlakeJames Blake
  38. Still CornersCreatures of an Hour
  39. HatchbackZeus and Apollo
  40. John StammersJohn Stammers
  41. A Winged Victory For The SullenA Winged Victory for the Sullen
  42. Arthur’s LandingArthur’s Landing
  43. Cashier No. 9To the Death of Fun
  44. Thurston MooreDemolished Thoughts
  45. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  46. Strange BoysLive Music
  47. Dutch UnclesCadenza
  48. 6th Borough ProjectOne Night in the Borough
  49. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  50. WallsCoracle
  51. BjörkBiophilia
  52. AlmuniaNew Moon
  53. ThundercatThe Golden Age of Apocalypse
  54. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
  55. DestroyerKaputt
  56. Nicolas JaarSpace is Only Noise
  57. Craft SpellsIdle Labor
  58. James FerraroOn Air
  59. Eternal TapestryBeyond the 4th Door
  60. Beastie BoysHot Sauce Committee Part Two
  61. The FieldLooping State of Mind
  62. Sarabeth TucekGet Well Soon
  63. TropicsParodia Flare
  64. Stephen Malkmus and the JicksMirror Traffic
  65. Hercules and Love AffairBlue Songs
  66. BoxcutterThe Dissolve
  67. Gruff RhysHotel Shampoo
  68. Crazy PWhen We On
  69. CultsCults
  70. John MausWe Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
  71. White HillsH-p1
  72. SeahawksVision Quest One: Spaceships Over Topanga Canyon
  73. WoodsSun and Shade
  74. KWJAZKWJAZ
  75. BibioMind Bokeh
  76. I Break HorsesHearts
  77. Big TroublesRomantic Comedy
  78. Carlton MeltonCountry Ways
  79. John TejadaParabolas
  80. Azari & IIIAzari & III
  81. SepalcureSepalcure
  82. Water BordersHarbored Mantras
  83. GangliansStill Living
  84. Panda BearTomboy
  85. Little DragonRitual Union
  86. Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
  87. Balam AcabWander / Wonder
  88. LA Vampires Goes ItalStreetwise
  89. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  90. Tune-YardsWhokill
  91. WU LYFGo Tell Fire to the Mountain
  92. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  93. Wild BeastsSmother
  94. The StepkidsThe Stepkids
  95. Ty SegallGoodbye Bread
  96. Toro y MoiFreaking Out
  97. Danger Mouse & Daniel LuppiRome
  98. Zola JesusConatus
  99. TinariwenTassili
  100. Josh T PearsonLast of the Country Gentlemen

Fly: Top 50 Albums of 2011

30 November 2011

The Fly: Top 50 Albums of 2011

[see also 2012]

  1. The AntlersBurst Apart
  2. MetronomyThe English Riviera
  3. The HorrorsSkying
  4. Smith WesternsDye It Blonde
  5. Bombay Bicycle ClubA Different Kind of Fix
  6. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  7. Wild BeastsSmother
  8. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  9. The VaccinesWhat Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
  10. BattlesGloss Drop
  11. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  12. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  13. YuckYuck
  14. Friendly FiresPala
  15. Anna CalviAnna Calvi
  16. Washed OutWithin and Without
  17. Bon IverBon Iver
  18. James BlakeJames Blake
  19. Veronica FallsVeronica Falls
  20. Florence + The MachineCeremonials
  21. Unknown Mortal OrchestraUnknown Mortal Orchestra
  22. Real EstateDays
  23. Black LipsArabia Mountain
  24. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
  25. White DenimD
  26. Baxter DuryHappy Soup
  27. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  28. WU LYFGo Tell Fire to the Mountain
  29. BraidsNative Speaker
  30. Gardens & VillaGardens & Villa
  31. MazesA Thousand Heys
  32. Dutch UnclesCadenza
  33. Noah & The WhaleLast Night on Earth
  34. Gruff RhysHotel Shampoo
  35. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  36. Arctic MonkeysSuck It and See
  37. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  38. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  39. Stephen Malkmus and the JicksMirror Traffic
  40. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  41. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  42. ColdplayMylo Xyloto
  43. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  44. Cerebral BallzyCerebral Ballzy
  45. ElbowBuild a Rocket Boys!
  46. The StrokesAngles
  47. Slow ClubParadise
  48. British Sea PowerValhalla Dancehall
  49. The Naked and FamousPassive Me, Aggressive You
  50. Joy FormidableThe Big Roar

Publishers Weekly: Best Books of 2011

30 November 2011

Publishers Weekly: Best Books of 2011 [fiction, nonfiction]

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2012]

    Fiction

    Nonfiction

New York Times: Ten Best Books of 2011

30 November 2011

The New York Times: Ten Best Books of 2011

[see also 100 Notable Books of 2012, 100 Notable Books of 2011]