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.

musicOMH: Top 50 Albums of 2011

12 December 2011

musicOMH: Top 50 Albums of 2011

[see also 2012]

  1. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  2. MetronomyThe English Riviera
  3. Wild BeastsSmother
  4. Tune-YardsWhokill
  5. Bon IverBon Iver
  6. The AntlersBurst Apart
  7. The HorrorsSkying
  8. BjörkBiophilia
  9. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  10. King Creosote & Jon HopkinsDiamond Mine
  11. Summer CampWelcome to Condale
  12. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  13. Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972
  14. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  15. Little DragonRitual Union
  16. ElbowBuild a Rocket Boys!
  17. Slow ClubParadise
  18. Kate Bush50 Words for Snow
  19. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xxWe’re New Here
  20. Anna CalviAnna Calvi
  21. A Winged Victory For The SullenA Winged Victory for the Sullen
  22. Arctic MonkeysArctic Monkeys
  23. Iron & WineKiss Each Other Clean
  24. TV on the RadioNine Types of Light
  25. GhostpoetPeanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
  26. Bill Wells & Aidan MoffatEverything’s Getting Older
  27. I Break HorsesHearts
  28. BeirutThe Rip Tide
  29. James BlakeJames Blake
  30. Explosions in the SkyTake Care, Take Care, Take Care
  31. Friendly FiresPala
  32. Azari & IIIAzari & III
  33. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  34. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  35. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  36. Washed OutWithin and Without
  37. Gus GusArabian Horse
  38. Nicolas JaarSpace is Only Noise
  39. Cat’s EyesCat’s Eyes
  40. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  41. Nils FrahmFelt
  42. AustraFeel It Break
  43. Pains of Being Pure at HeartBelong
  44. ZombyDedication
  45. MogwaiHardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
  46. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  47. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
  48. Patrick WolfLupercalia
  49. The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
  50. Cut CopyZonoscope

PopMatters: 75 Best Albums of 2011

12 December 2011

PopMatters: 75 Best Albums of 2011

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012]

  1. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  2. Bon IverBon Iver
  3. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  4. Tune-YardsWhokill
  5. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  6. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  7. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  8. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  9. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
  10. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  11. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  12. Adele21
  13. The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
  14. James BlakeJames Blake
  15. YuckYuck
  16. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  17. Raphael SaadiqStone Rollin’
  18. Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Del McCoury BandAmerican Legacies
  19. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  20. ElbowBuild a Rocket Boys!
  21. The AntlersBurst Apart
  22. Wild FlagWild Flag
  23. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  24. DestroyerKaputt
  25. Florence + The MachineCeremonials
  26. Peter Bjorn and JohnGimme Some
  27. WilcoThe Whole Love
  28. TV on the RadioNine Types of Light
  29. Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
  30. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  31. The Mountain GoatsAll Eternals Deck
  32. Washed OutWithin and Without
  33. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What
  34. Big K.R.I.T.Return of 4Eva
  35. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  36. Panda BearTomboy
  37. CultsCults
  38. DJ QuikThe Book of David
  39. Okkervil RiverI Am Very Far
  40. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  41. Foo FightersWasting Light
  42. The HorrorsSkying
  43. Ambrose AkinmusireWhen the Heart Emerges Glistening
  44. Eleanor FriedbergerLast Summer
  45. Charles BradleyNo Time for Dreaming
  46. Hammers of Misfortune17th Street
  47. Drive-By TruckersGo-Go Boots
  48. Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972
  49. Watt SunThe Inside Room
  50. Wye OakCivilian
  51. Smith WesternsDye It Blonde
  52. Black LipsArabia Mountain
  53. Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
  54. My Morning JacketCircuital
  55. They Might Be GiantsJoin Us
  56. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  57. BattlesGloss Drop
  58. MogwaiHardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
  59. Bright EyesThe People’s Key
  60. FeistMetals
  61. MastodonThe Hunter
  62. AustraFeel It Break
  63. Joy FormidableThe Big Roar
  64. DawesNothing is Wrong
  65. Mayer HawthorneHow Do You Do?
  66. Atlas SoundParallax
  67. The Airborne Toxic EventAll at Once
  68. Slow ClubParadise
  69. Lucinda WilliamsBlessed
  70. The FieldLooping State of Mind
  71. Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
  72. The VaccinesWhat Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
  73. Zola JesusConatus
  74. Amon TobinISAM
  75. My Brightest DiamondAll Things Will Unwind

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

ChartAttack: 12 Favourite Albums of 2011

12 December 2011

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

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