Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists. 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.

NME: Best Albums of 2011

07 December 2011

NME: Best Albums of 2011

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012]

  1. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  2. MetronomyThe English Riviera
  3. The HorrorsSkying
  4. Wild BeastsSmother
  5. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  6. Arctic MonkeysSuck It and See
  7. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  8. Katy BOn A Mission
  9. Tune-YardsWhokill
  10. WU LYFGo Tell Fire to the Mountain
  11. Anna CalviAnna Calvi
  12. ScumAgain Into Eyes
  13. SuunsZeroes QC
  14. The VaccinesWhat Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
  15. Wild FlagWild Flag
  16. Bombay Bicycle ClubA Different Kind of Fix
  17. BattlesGloss Drop
  18. Cat’s EyesCat’s Eyes
  19. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know
  20. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  21. KasabianVelociraptor!
  22. Noah & The WhaleLast Night on Earth
  23. YuckYuck
  24. Big TalkBig Talk
  25. PLANNINGTOROCKW
  26. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  27. Black LipsArabia Mountain
  28. The FieldLooping State of Mind
  29. Smith WesternsDye It Blonde
  30. Friendly FiresPala
  31. Florence + The MachineCeremonials
  32. Alex TurnerSubmarine OST
  33. JusticeAudio,Video,Disco
  34. Unknown Mortal OrchestraUnknown Mortal Orchestra
  35. TV on the RadioNine Types of Light
  36. IceageNew Brigade
  37. White DenimD
  38. BjörkBiophilia
  39. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsNoel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  40. Cold CaveCherish the Light Years
  41. Death GripsExmilitary
  42. Patrick WolfLupercalia
  43. Foo FightersWasting Light
  44. DestroyerKaputt
  45. AustraFeel It Break
  46. Bon IverBon Iver
  47. Real EstateDays
  48. Slow ClubParadise
  49. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  50. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne

Benjamin Schwarz: Books of the Year 2011

06 December 2011

The Atlantic’s literary editor, Benjamin Schwarz, chooses the best five books of 2011:

[see also 2012]

David Denby: Best Films of 2011

06 December 2011

David Denby: Best Films of 2011, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2014, 2012]

  1. HugoMartin Scorsese
  2. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  3. Margin CallJ.C. Chandor
  4. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  5. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  6. ContagionSteven Soderbergh
  7. The DescendantsAlexander Payne
  8. J. EdgarClint Eastwood
  9. Source CodeDuncan Jones
  10. Rise of the Planet of the ApesRupert Wyatt

A.V. Club: Best Music of 2011

06 December 2011

The A.V. Club: Best Music of 2011 [ballots]

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012]

  1. Wye OakCivilian
  2. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  3. Bon IverBon Iver
  4. LowC’mon
  5. WilcoThe Whole Love
  6. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  7. Real EstateDays
  8. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  9. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  10. The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
  11. TV on the RadioNine Types of Light
  12. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  13. DrakeTake Care
  14. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What
  15. Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra
  16. YuckYuck
  17. Wild FlagWild Flag
  18. DestroyerKaputt
  19. Cloud NothingsCloud Nothings
  20. Telekinesis12 Desperate Straight Lines
  21. IceageNew Brigade
  22. SaigonThe Greatest Story Never Told
  23. Britney SpearsFemme Fatale
  24. Washed OutWithin and Without
  25. Florence + The MachineCeremonials

Nitsuh Abebe: Top 10 Albums of 2011

05 December 2011

Nitsuh Abebe: Top 10 Albums of 2011, as published by New York Magazine, but “in no great order“

  1. AustraFeel It Break
  2. Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
  3. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  4. DestroyerKaputt
  5. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  6. IceageNew Brigade
  7. Tune-YardsWhokill
  8. Kendrick LamarSection.80
  9. Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
  10. Nicolas JaarSpace is Only Noise

Raven Sings the Blues: Top 20 of 2011

05 December 2011

Raven Sings the Blues: Top 20 of 2011 [“in no particular order whatsoever”]

NPR Music: 50 Favorite Albums of 2011

05 December 2011

NPR Music: 50 Favorite Albums of 2011, alphabetical

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012]

Library Journal: Ten Best Books of 2011

05 December 2011

Library Journal: Ten Best Books of 2011

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016, 2012]

Stereogum: Top 50 Albums of 2011

05 December 2011

Stereogum: Top 50 Albums of 2011

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  2. DrakeTake Care
  3. Bon IverBon Iver
  4. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  5. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  6. Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
  7. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  8. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  9. A$AP RockyLIVE.LOVE.A$AP
  10. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  11. Kate Bush50 Words for Snow
  12. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  13. YuckYuck
  14. AustraFeel It Break
  15. Zola JesusConatus
  16. Neon IndianEra Extraña
  17. Oneohtrix Point NeverReplica
  18. Beyoncé4
  19. IceageNew Brigade
  20. Real EstateDays
  21. Clams CasinoInstrumental Mixtape
  22. Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
  23. Wild FlagWild Flag
  24. Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra
  25. Cold CaveCherish the Light Years
  26. Pains of Being Pure at HeartBelong
  27. DestroyerKaputt
  28. PictureplaneThee Physical
  29. Washed OutWithin and Without
  30. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  31. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  32. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  33. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  34. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  35. Atlas SoundParallax
  36. Cut CopyZonoscope
  37. Smith WesternsDye It Blonde
  38. The AntlersBurst Apart
  39. Nicolas JaarSpace is Only Noise
  40. Kendrick LamarSection.80
  41. Das RacistRelax
  42. Unknown Mortal OrchestraUnknown Mortal Orchestra
  43. Mr Twin SisterIn Heaven
  44. James BlakeJames Blake
  45. Adele21
  46. Tune-YardsWhokill
  47. WilcoThe Whole Love
  48. OddiseeRock Creek Park
  49. Toro y MoiUnderneath the Pine
  50. Youth LagoonThe Year of Hibernation

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2011

05 December 2011

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2011

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. We Have a PopeNanni Moretti
  2. The Strange Case of AngelicaManoel de Oliveira
  3. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  4. Outside SatanBruno Dumont
  5. Essential KillingJerzy Skolimowski
  6. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  7. A Burning Hot SummerPhilippe Garrel
  8. Super 8JJ Abrams
  9. House of PleasuresBertrand Bonello
  10. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt