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.

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]

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2011

30 November 2011

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2011

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

  1. WilcoThe Whole Love
  2. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
  3. Adele21
  4. Drive-By TruckersGo-Go Boots
  5. DawesNothing is Wrong
  6. Hayes CarllKMAG YOYO
  7. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What
  8. Pistol AnniesHell on Heels
  9. The Black KeysEl Camino
  10. FeistMetals
  11. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  12. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitHere We Rest
  13. Lucinda WilliamsBlessed
  14. My Morning JacketCircuital
  15. Bon IverBon Iver
  16. Miranda LambertFour the Record
  17. Jessica Lea MayfieldTell Me
  18. Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
  19. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  20. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
  21. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  22. Bright EyesThe People’s Key
  23. The Civil WarsBarton Hollow
  24. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  25. Sarah JaroszFollow Me Down
  26. Pieta BrownMercury
  27. Deer TickDivine Providence
  28. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  29. A. A. BondyBelievers
  30. The Felice BrothersCelebration, Florida
  31. Robert EllisPhotographs
  32. The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
  33. HoneyhoneyBilly Jack
  34. Joe HenryReverie
  35. KORTInvariable Heartache
  36. Old 97′sThe Grand Theatre, Vol. 2
  37. Steve EarleI’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
  38. Real EstateDays
  39. Those DarlinsScrews Get Loose
  40. Middle BrotherMiddle Brother
  41. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  42. Noel GallagherNoel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  43. Jonny CorndawgDown On The Bikini Line
  44. TristenCharlatans At The Garden Gate
  45. JEFF The BrotherhoodWe Are the Champions
  46. Loney DearHall Music
  47. Caitlin RoseOwn Side Now
  48. Abigail WashburnCity of Refuge
  49. BeirutThe Rip Tide
  50. Centro-maticCandidate Waltz

Sonic: Best Albums of 2011

29 November 2011

Sonic Magazine: Best Albums of 2011 [staff lists]

[see also 2012]

  1. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  2. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
  3. My Morning JacketCircuital
  4. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What
  5. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  6. James BlakeJames Blake
  7. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  8. Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
  9. TinariwenTassili
  10. FeistMetals
  11. Bon IverBon Iver
  12. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  13. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  14. WilcoThe Whole Love
  15. Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra
  16. A. A. BondyBelievers
  17. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  18. Adele21
  19. Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972
  20. Tyler, The CreatorGoblin
  21. DeporteesIslands & Shores
  22. ZombyDedication
  23. Ison & FilleFör evigt
  24. Holy Ghost!Holy Ghost!
  25. Jonathan JohanssonKlagomuren

Paste: 50 Best Albums of 2011

29 November 2011

Paste Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2011

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

  1. Bon IverBon Iver
  2. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  3. My Morning JacketCircuital
  4. Tune-YardsWhokill
  5. Middle BrotherMiddle Brother
  6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.It’s A Corporate World
  7. WilcoThe Whole Love
  8. DawesNothing is Wrong
  9. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  10. The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
  11. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  12. Iron & WineKiss Each Other Clean
  13. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  14. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost [special addition]
  15. Adele21
  16. Deer TickDivine Providence
  17. YuckYuck
  18. The Civil WarsBarton Hollow
  19. Wye OakCivilian
  20. CultsCults
  21. BeirutThe Rip Tide
  22. Charles BradleyNo Time for Dreaming
  23. The Black KeysEl Camino
  24. The Belle BrigadeThe Belle Brigade
  25. TV on the RadioNine Types of Light
  26. The AntlersBurst Apart
  27. The Low AnthemSmart Flesh
  28. Black LipsArabia Mountain
  29. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  30. FeistMetals
  31. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  32. Telekinesis12 Desperate Straight Lines
  33. Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
  34. The Head and the HeartThe Head and the Heart
  35. SerynThis Is Where We Are
  36. Childish GambinoCamp
  37. Mister HeavenlyOut of Love
  38. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  39. Over the RhineThe Long Surrender
  40. Foster the PeopleTorches
  41. Portugal. The ManIn the Mountain in the Cloud
  42. James BlakeJames Blake
  43. Wild FlagWild Flag
  44. Joy FormidableThe Big Roar
  45. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  46. Those DarlinsScrews Get Loose
  47. Holy Ghost!Holy Ghost!
  48. Real EstateDays
  49. DrakeTake Care
  50. Mates of StateMountaintops
  51. Frank TurnerEngland Keep My Bones

Q: Top 50 Albums of 2011

29 November 2011

Q Magazine: Top 50 Albums of 2011

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

  1. Florence + The MachineCeremonials
  2. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  3. Adele21
  4. Bon IverBon Iver
  5. ColdplayMylo Xyloto
  6. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  7. Arctic MonkeysSuck It and See
  8. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  9. WU LYFGo Tell Fire to the Mountain
  10. ElbowBuild a Rocket Boys!
  11. The HorrorsSkying
  12. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
  13. Bombay Bicycle ClubA Different Kind of Fix
  14. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  15. Baxter DuryHappy Soup
  16. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  17. MetronomyThe English Riviera
  18. Anna CalviAnna Calvi
  19. Cass McCombsWIT’S END
  20. The WeekndThursday
  21. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsNoel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  22. White LiesRitual
  23. BjörkBiophilia
  24. Real EstateDays
  25. Wild BeastsSmother
  26. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  27. Ed Sheeran+
  28. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
  29. KasabianVelociraptor!
  30. Lady GagaBorn This Way
  31. Beastie BoysHot Sauce Committee Part Two
  32. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  33. Tune-YardsWhokill
  34. Gruff RhysHotel Shampoo
  35. Cass McCombsHumor Risk
  36. Katy BOn A Mission
  37. Washed OutWithin and Without
  38. FeistMetals
  39. James BlakeJames Blake
  40. Danger Mouse & Daniel LuppiRome
  41. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  42. Josh T PearsonLast of the Country Gentlemen
  43. King Creosote & Jon HopkinsDiamond Mine
  44. Death In VegasTrans-Love Energies
  45. Miles KaneColour of the Trap
  46. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  47. MastodonThe Hunter
  48. Noah & The WhaleLast Night on Earth
  49. Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra
  50. JusticeAudio,Video,Disco