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.
  1. Sonic: Best Albums of 2011
  2. Guardian: Best Albums of 2011
  3. Quietus: Albums of the Year 2011
  4. Rip It Up: 10 Best Albums of 2011
  5. BBC: Top 25 Albums of 2011
  6. James Reed: Top Albums of 2011
  7. Ann Powers: 10 Favorite Albums of 2011
  8. Hot Press: Top 30 Albums of 2011
  9. Slant: 25 Best Albums of 2011
  10. NME: Best Albums of 2011
  11. musicOMH: Top 50 Albums of 2011
  12. FasterLouder: Best Albums of 2011
  13. Randall Roberts: 10 Favorite Albums of 2011
  14. Mojo: Best Albums of 2011
  15. DIY: Albums of 2011
  16. Q: Top 50 Albums of 2011
  17. Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2011
  18. Richard Trapunski: Top 10 Albums of 2011
  19. Spin: 50 Best Albums of 2011
  20. Kitty Empire: Best Pop Music of 2011
  21. Drowned in Sound: Favourite Albums of 2011
  22. Gigwise: Top 50 Albums of 2011
  23. Clash: Top 40 Albums of 2011
  24. NME: Greatest Albums of the Decade
  25. Claire Suddath: Top 10 Albums of 2011
  26. Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2011
  27. Consequence of Sound: Top 50 Albums of 2011
  28. AwkwardSound: 25 Best Albums of 2011
  29. Ology: Top 15 Indie/Alternative Albums of 2011
  30. Nitsuh Abebe: Top 10 Albums of 2011
  31. Web in Front: Best Albums of 2011
  32. Robert Everett-Green: Top 10 Albums of 2011
  33. Magnet: Top 20 Albums of 2011
  34. Treble: Top 50 Albums of 2011
  35. Jim Harrington: 50 Best Albums of the Decade
  36. Fly: Top 50 Albums of 2011
  37. Rise: Records of the Year 2011
  38. Under the Radar: Top 80 Albums of 2011
  39. Jason Bentley: Top 10 Albums of 2011
  40. Exclaim: 30 Best Pop & Rock Albums of 2011
  41. PopMatters: 75 Best Albums of 2011
  42. Stereogum: Top 50 Albums of 2011
  43. Les Inrocks: 100 Best Albums of 2011
  44. Obscure Sound: Best Albums of 2011
  45. Slant: The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s
  46. Epitonic: Top 40 Albums of 2011
  47. Pinpoint Music: Top 25 Albums of 2011
  48. Piccadilly Records: Albums of 2011
  49. Pretty Much Amazing: 40 Best Albums of 2011
  50. Antiquiet: 20 Best Albums of 2011
  51. Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2011
  52. Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Albums of 2011
  53. Cokemachineglow: Top 50 Albums of 2011
  54. Prefix: Top Albums of 2011
  55. Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2011
  56. Vice: The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s
  57. Consequence of Sound: Top 100 Albums of the 2010s
  58. Pitchfork: The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s