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.

Peter Bradshaw: Best Films of 2011

08 December 2011

Peter Bradshaw: Best Films of 2011, as published by The Guardian

[see also 2012]

    Best Film

  1. The ArtistMichel Hazanavicius
  2. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  3. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  4. Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyTomas Alfredson
  5. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  6. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  7. Le quattro volteMichelangelo Frammartino
  8. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  9. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  10. BridesmaidsPaul Feig

    Best Documentary

  1. SennaAsif Kapadia
  2. George Harrison: Living in the Material WorldMartin Scorsese
  3. Cave of Forgotten DreamsWerner Herzog
  4. PinaWim Wenders
  5. Inside JobCharles Ferguson
  6. Dreams of a LifeCarol Morley
  7. Bobby Fischer Against the WorldLiz Garbus
  8. Waste LandLucy Walker
  9. TT3D: Closer to the EdgeRichard de Araques
  10. Project NimJames Marsh

Quietus: Albums of the Year 2011

08 December 2011

The Quietus: Albums of the Year 2011

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

  1. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  2. Azari & IIIAzari & III
  3. Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972
  4. The Haxan CloakThe Haxan Cloak
  5. PercWicker & Steel
  6. Cut HandsAfro Noise
  7. Katy BOn A Mission
  8. Wild BeastsSmother
  9. Death GripsExmilitary
  10. PrurientBermuda Drain
  11. ÅrabrotSolar Anus
  12. Laurel HaloHour Logic
  13. Sandwell DistrictFeed Forward
  14. John MausWe Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
  15. Cold CaveCherish the Light Years
  16. Alexander TuckerDorwytch
  17. Pinch and ShackletonPinch & Shackleton
  18. MastodonThe Hunter
  19. Oneohtrix Point NeverReplica
  20. Cornershop & Bubbly KaurThe Double O Groove
  21. John Foxx and the MathsInterplay
  22. My DiscoLittle Joy
  23. Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra
  24. Uncle Acid and the DeadbeatsBlood Lust
  25. Hype WilliamsOne Nation
  26. Leyland KirbyEager To Tear Apart The Stars
  27. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  28. YobAtma
  29. DestroyerKaputt
  30. Roly PorterAftertime
  31. BattlesGloss Drop
  32. The FallErsatz GB
  33. Zun Zun EguiKatang
  34. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  35. SnowmanAbsence
  36. Clams CasinoInstrumentals
  37. ObakeObake
  38. ElzhiElmatic
  39. Aidan Moffat & Bill WellsEverything’s Getting Older
  40. Master Musicians of BukkakeTotem Three
  41. Thurston MooreDemolished Thoughts
  42. Wolves in the Throne RoomCelestial Lineage
  43. British Sea PowerValhalla Dancehall
  44. BjörkBiophilia
  45. Skull Defekts featuring Daniel HiggsPeer Amid
  46. Maria MinervaCabaret Cixous
  47. MogwaiHardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
  48. ByetoneSyMeta
  49. AmebixSonic Mass
  50. LiturgyAesthethica

Jim DeRogatis: 40 Favorite Albums of 2011

07 December 2011

Jim DeRogatis: 40 Favorite Albums of 2011, as posted by WBEZ and aired on Sound Opinions

[see also 2019, 2018, 2015, 2014, 2012]

  1. Le ButcherettesSin Sin Sin
  2. Wild FlagWild Flag
  3. Das RacistRelax
  4. The FeeliesHere Before
  5. Danger Mouse & Daniel LuppiRome
  6. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  7. Bewitched HandsBirds & Drums
  8. Tune-YardsWhokill
  9. The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
  10. The Go! TeamRolling Blackouts
  11. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  12. WilcoThe Whole Love
  13. PonytailDo Whatever You Want All the Time
  14. Raphael SaadiqStone Rollin’
  15. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  16. The Cool KidsWhen Fish Ride Bicycles
  17. Beastie BoysHot Sauce Committee Part Two
  18. TV on the RadioNine Types of Light
  19. Kate Bush50 Words for Snow
  20. MastodonThe Hunter
  21. Van HuntWhat Were You Hoping For?
  22. Sons & DaughtersMirror Mirror
  23. Lucinda WilliamsBlessed
  24. Drive-By TruckersGo-Go Boots
  25. GorillazThe Fall
  26. Lydia LovelessIndestructible Machine
  27. Stephen Malkmus and the JicksMirror Traffic
  28. Lupe FiascoLasers
  29. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  30. Damon & NaomiFalse Beats and True Hearts
  31. Steven WilsonGrace for Drowning
  32. Trombone ShortyFor True
  33. Wye OakCivilian
  34. Mannequin MenMannequin Men
  35. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  36. Beats AntiqueElektrafone
  37. Smoking PopesThis Is Only A Test
  38. North Mississippi AllstarsKeys to the Kingdom
  39. Marketa IrglovaAnar
  40. Smith WesternsDye It Blonde

Dummy: 12 Albums for 2011

07 December 2011

Dummy: 12 Albums for 2011, chronologically:

[see also 2015]

Richard Brody: 26 Best Films of 2011

07 December 2011

Richard Brody: 26 Best Films of 2011, as published by The New Yorker

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

  1. The FutureMiranda July
  2. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  3. Film SocialismeJean-Luc Godard
  4. HugoMartin Scorsese
  5. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  6. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  7. PetitionZhao Liang
  8. Putty HillMatthew Porterfield
  9. Silver BulletsJoe Swanberg
  10. A Screaming ManMahamat-Saleh Haroun
  11. The InterruptersSteve James
  12. You All Are CaptainsOliver Laxe
  13. BellflowerEvan Glodell
  14. J. EdgarClint Eastwood
  15. Midnight in ParisWoody Allen
  16. TerriAzazel Jacobs
  17. ImpolexAlex Ross Perry
  18. MoneyballBennett Miller
  19. Road to NowhereMonte Hellman
  20. BridesmaidsNicole Holofcener
  21. The DescendantsAlexander Payne
  22. Uncle KentJoe Swanberg
  23. The Time That RemainsElia Suleiman
  24. Le HavreAki Kaurismäki
  25. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  26. RestlessGus Van Sant