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.

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 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]