Year-End Lists

A hand-curated, browsable index of notable year-end lists. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its author, at the source.

Lists

  1. Billboard: The 50 Best Albums of 2021
  2. Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2021
  3. Los Angeles Times: Mikael Wood: The 10 Best Albums of 2021
  4. Uproxx Music Critics Poll: Best Albums of 2021
  5. New York Times: Jon Caramanica: Best Albums of 2021
  6. USA Today: Melissa Ruggieri: 5 Best Albums of 2021
  7. NPR Music: Bob Boilen: Top 10 Albums of 2021
  8. Ringer: The Best Albums of 2021
  9. Spin: The 30 Best Albums Of 2021
  10. Robert Christgau: Dean's List 2021
  11. New York Times: Lindsay Zoladz: Best Albums of 2021
  12. Variety: Chris Willman: The Best Albums of 2021
  13. New York Times: Jon Pareles: Best Albums of 2021
  14. The Line of Best Fit: The Best Albums of 2021 Ranked
  15. Guardian: The 50 Best Albums of 2021
  16. NME: The 50 Best Albums of 2021
  17. Entertainment Weekly: The 10 Best Albums of 2021
  18. Dazed: The Best Albums of 2021
  19. A.V. Club: The 20 Best Albums of 2021
  20. Stereogum: The 50 Best Albums Of 2021
  21. PopMatters: The 75 Best Albums of 2021
  22. Flood: The Best Albums of 2021
  23. Gigwise: 51 Best Albums of 2021
  24. Complex: The Best Albums of 2021
  25. Jordan Cronk: The Top 30 Albums of 2021
  26. Pitchfork: The 50 Best Albums of 2021
  27. Consequence of Sound: Top 50 Albums of 2021
  28. Brooklyn Vegan: Top 50 Albums of 2021
  29. Clash: Albums of the Year 2021
  30. The Fader: The 50 Best Albums of 2021
  31. Slant: The 50 Best Albums of 2021
  32. Albumism: The 100 Best Albums of 2021