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.

Clash: Top 40 Albums of 2011

04 December 2011

Clash Magazine: Top 40 Albums of 2011

[see also 2012]

  1. ModeselektorMonkeytown
  2. The HorrorsSkying
  3. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  4. BattlesGloss Drop
  5. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  6. MetronomyThe English Riviera
  7. KillsBlood Pressures
  8. Adele21
  9. My Morning JacketCircuital
  10. ZombyDedication
  11. BeirutThe Rip Tide
  12. BjörkBiophilia
  13. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  14. King Creosote & Jon HopkinsDiamond Mine
  15. Wild BeastsSmother
  16. Beastie BoysHot Sauce Committee Part Two
  17. PLANNINGTOROCKW
  18. Gruff RhysHotel Shampoo
  19. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  20. DJ ShadowThe Less You Know The Better
  21. Oneohtrix Point NeverReplica
  22. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  23. WilcoThe Whole Love
  24. BibioMind Bokeh
  25. Explosions in the SkyTake Care, Take Care, Take Care
  26. Bon IverBon Iver
  27. The Low AnthemSmart Flesh
  28. Florence + The MachineCeremonials
  29. Matthew HerbertOne Pig
  30. Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
  31. Little DragonRitual Union
  32. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  33. KasabianVelociraptor!
  34. White DenimD
  35. Red Hot Chili PeppersI’m With You
  36. Richard DonosoProgress Chance
  37. Wagon ChristToomorrow
  38. Wooden ShjipsWest
  39. When Saints Go MachineKonkylie
  40. Danger Mouse & Daniel LuppiRome

AwkwardSound: 25 Best Albums of 2011

04 December 2011

AwkwardSound: 25 Best Albums of 2011

  1. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  2. Touché AmoréParting the Sea Between Brightness and Me
  3. YuckYuck
  4. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  5. Trash TalkAwake EP
  6. Zola JesusConatus
  7. IceageNew Brigade
  8. The MenLeave Home
  9. DrakeTake Care
  10. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  11. Pains of Being Pure at HeartBelong
  12. Oneohtrix Point NeverReplica
  13. ThursdayNo Devolución
  14. Cloud NothingsCloud Nothings
  15. The HorrorsSkying
  16. …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of DeadThe Tao of the Dead
  17. Atlas SoundParallax
  18. Real EstateDays
  19. JEFF The BrotherhoodWe Are the Champions
  20. Title FightShed
  21. LiturgyAesthethica
  22. Cold CaveCherish the Light Years
  23. Youth LagoonThe Year of Hibernation
  24. DisappearsGuider
  25. Mr. DreamTrash Hit

Greg Kot: Top Albums of 2011

03 December 2011

Greg Kot: Top Albums of 2011, as published by The Chicago Tribune and aired on Sound Opinions

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2012]

  1. Wild FlagWild Flag
  2. The RootsUndun
  3. Tune-YardsWhokill
  4. Van HuntWhat Were You Hoping For?
  5. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  6. The FeeliesHere Before
  7. Raphael SaadiqStone Rollin’
  8. Bewitched HandsBirds & Drums
  9. Das RacistRelax
  10. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  11. Lydia LovelessIndestructible Machine
  12. TV on the RadioNine Types of Light
  13. Sam PhillipsSolid State: Songs from the Long Play
  14. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  15. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  16. Danger Mouse & Daniel LuppiRome
  17. Anna CalviAnna Calvi
  18. Cymbals Eat GuitarsLenses Alien
  19. Le ButcherettesSin Sin Sin
  20. LowC’mon

BBC: Top 25 Albums of 2011

02 December 2011

Music Writers for the BBC: Top 25 Albums of 2011

  1. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  2. Wild BeastsSmother
  3. The HorrorsSkying
  4. The AntlersBurst Apart
  5. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  6. MetronomyThe English Riviera
  7. Beyoncé4
  8. Josh T PearsonLast of the Country Gentlemen
  9. Bon IverBon Iver
  10. IceageNew Brigade
  11. BjörkBiophilia
  12. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  13. Katy BOn A Mission
  14. Drive-By TruckersGo-Go Boots
  15. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xxWe’re New Here
  16. Anna CalviAnna Calvi
  17. Kate Bush50 Words for Snow
  18. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  19. Julianna BarwickThe Magic Place
  20. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  21. The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
  22. Trap ThemDarker Handcraft
  23. Cold CaveCherish the Light Years
  24. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
  25. Bright EyesThe People’s Key

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