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.

Obscure Sound: Best Albums of 2011

12 December 2011

Obscure Sound: Best Albums of 2011

  1. DestroyerKaputt
  2. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  3. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  4. Atlas SoundParallax
  5. The WindHarum Scarum
  6. Real EstateDays
  7. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  8. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  9. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  10. Smith WesternsDye It Blonde
  11. Toro y MoiUnderneath the Pine
  12. The FieldLooping State of Mind
  13. Junior BoysIt’s All True
  14. Julianna BarwickThe Magic Place
  15. Wolves in the Throne RoomCelestial Lineage
  16. Wild BeastsSmother
  17. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  18. Kate Bush50 Words for Snow
  19. The AntlersBurst Apart
  20. James BlakeJames Blake
  21. Washed OutWithin and Without
  22. Cass McCombsWIT’S END
  23. NewVillagerNew Villager
  24. The Black KeysEl Camino
  25. Bonnie “Prince” BillyWolfroy Goes to Town
  26. Grimes & d’EonDarkbloom
  27. Timber TimbreCreep On Creepin’ On
  28. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  29. Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972
  30. Russian CirclesEmpros
  31. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  32. Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
  33. Cass McCombsHumor Risk
  34. Panda BearTomboy
  35. Mr. GnomeMadness in Miniature
  36. Marissa NadlerMarissa Nadler
  37. Bon IverBon Iver
  38. Cut CopyZonoscope
  39. DrakeTake Care
  40. The Mountain GoatsAll Eternals Deck
  41. BeirutThe Rip Tide
  42. Neon IndianEra Extraña
  43. Man ManLife Fantastic
  44. Bill CallahanApocalypse
  45. John MausWe Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
  46. Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
  47. Matthew HerbertOne Pig
  48. QuichenightQuichenight I
  49. MoonfaceOrgan Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped
  50. Dirty BeachesBadlands

Andrew O’Hehir: 10 Best Movies of 2011

12 December 2011

Andrew O’Hehir: 10 Best Movies of 2011, as published by Salon

[see also 2014, 2012]

  1. PoetryLee Chang-dong
  2. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  3. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  4. CoriolanusRalph Fiennes
  5. Mysteries of LisbonRaoul Ruiz
  6. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  7. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  8. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  9. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  10. Putty HillMatthew Porterfield

Kitty Empire: Best Pop Music of 2011

12 December 2011

Kitty Empire: Best Pop Music of 2011, as published by The Observer

[see also 2012]

  1. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest
  2. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  3. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  4. Fool’s GoldLeave No Trace
  5. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  6. James BlakeJames Blake
  7. Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
  8. BjörkBiophilia
  9. Tom WaitsBad as Me
  10. Childish GambinoCamp

Prefix: Top Albums of 2011

12 December 2011

Prefix Magazine: Top Albums of 2011

  1. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  2. DestroyerKaputt
  3. Danny BrownXXX
  4. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  5. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  6. Tune-YardsWhokill
  7. Real EstateDays
  8. Bon IverBon Iver
  9. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  10. DrakeTake Care
  11. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  12. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  13. The War on DrugsSlave Ambient
  14. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  15. Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
  16. James BlakeJames Blake
  17. Panda BearTomboy
  18. Das RacistRelax
  19. The WeekndHouse of Balloons & Thursday
  20. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  21. Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972
  22. YuckYuck
  23. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  24. Big K.R.I.T.Return of 4Eva
  25. Unknown Mortal OrchestraUnknown Mortal Orchestra
  26. Bill CallahanApocalypse
  27. SBTRKTSBTRKT
  28. Josh T PearsonLast of the Country Gentlemen
  29. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  30. BeirutThe Rip Tide
  31. GhostpoetPeanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
  32. AustraFeel It Break
  33. Cass McCombsWIT’S END
  34. Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
  35. Atlas SoundParallax
  36. Youth LagoonThe Year of Hibernation
  37. Dirty BeachesBadlands
  38. Cloud NothingsCloud Nothings
  39. Washed OutWithin and Without
  40. Wild FlagWild Flag
  41. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  42. GrailsDeep Politics
  43. Matana RobertsCOIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres
  44. Peaking Lights936
  45. Clams CasinoInstrumental Mixtape
  46. Oneohtrix Point NeverReplica
  47. Young WidowsIn and Out of Youth and Lightness
  48. Beyoncé4
  49. MogwaiHardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
  50. VetiverThe Errant Charm

Sasha Frere-Jones: Favorite Albums of 2011

12 December 2011

Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker: Favorite Albums of 2011, ordered by release date

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