Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Month: November, 2011

The Fly: Top 50 Albums of 2011

The Fly: Top 50 Albums of 2011

  1. The Antlers — Burst Apart
  2. Metronomy — The English Riviera
  3. The Horrors — Skying
  4. Smith Westerns — Dye It Blonde
  5. Bombay Bicycle Club — A Different Kind of Fix
  6. PJ Harvey — Let England Shake
  7. Wild Beasts — Smother
  8. Girls — Father, Son, Holy Ghost
  9. The Vaccines — What Did You Expect From The Vaccines
  10. Battles — Gloss Drop
  11. Kurt Vile — Smoke Ring for My Halo
  12. Radiohead — The King of Limbs
  13. Yuck — Yuck
  14. Friendly Fires — Pala
  15. Anna Calvi — Anna Calvi
  16. Washed Out — Within and Without
  17. Bon Iver — Bon Iver
  18. James Blake — James Blake
  19. Veronica Falls — Veronica Falls
  20. Florence + the Machine — Ceremonials
  21. Unknown Mortal Orchestra — Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  22. Real Estate — Days
  23. Black Lips — Arabia Mountain
  24. Laura Marling — A Creature I Don’t Know
  25. White Denim — D
  26. Baxter Dury — Happy Soup
  27. Fleet Foxes — Helplessness Blues
  28. WU LYF — Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
  29. Braids — Native Speaker
  30. Gardens & Villa — Gardens & Villa
  31. Mazes — A Thousand Heys
  32. Dutch Uncles — Cadenza
  33. Noah & The Whale — Last Night on Earth
  34. Gruff Rhys — Hotel Shampoo
  35. St. Vincent — Strange Mercy
  36. Arctic Monkeys — Suck It and See
  37. EMA — Past-Life Martyred Saints
  38. Lykke Li — Wounded Rhymes
  39. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks — Mirror Traffic
  40. SBTRKT — SBTRKT
  41. The War on Drugs — Slave Ambient
  42. Coldplay — Mylo Xyloto
  43. Shabazz Palaces — Black Up
  44. Cerebral Ballzy — Cerebral Ballzy
  45. Elbow — Build a Rocket Boys!
  46. The Strokes — Angles
  47. Slow Club — Paradise
  48. British Sea Power — Valhalla Dancehall
  49. The Naked and Famous — Passive Me, Aggressive You
  50. The Joy Formidable — The Big Roar

Publishers Weekly: Best Books of 2011

Publishers Weekly: Best Books of 2011 [fiction, nonfiction]

Fiction

  1. The Marriage Plot — Jeffrey Eugenides
  2. The Devil All the Time — Donald Ray Pollock
  3. State of Wonder — Ann Patchett
  4. There but for the — Ali Smith
  5. The Wandering Falcon — Jamil Ahmad
  6. The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar — Alina Bronsky (translated by Tim Mohr)
  7. The Sisters Brothers — Patrick DeWitt
  8. Say Her Name — Francisco Goldman
  9. Volt — Alan Heathcock
  10. The Stranger’s Child — Alan Hollinghurst
  11. Train Dreams — Denis Johnson
  12. Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes — William Kennedy
  13. The Night Circus — Erin Morgenstern
  14. The Call — Yannick Murphy
  15. The Tiger’s Wife — Téa Obreht
  16. Cain — José Saramago
  17. Luminarium — Alex Shakar
  18. Someday This Will Be Funny — Lynne Tillman
  19. I Married You for Happiness — Lily Tuck
  20. Leche — R. Zamora Linmark

Nonfiction

  1. Bossypants — Tina Fey
  2. Catherine the Great — Roberk K. Massie
  3. Hemingway’s Boat — Paul Hendrikson
  4. One Day I Will Write About This Place — Binyavanga Wainaina
  5. Arguably: Essays — Christopher Hitchens
  6. The Convert: A Parable of Islam and America — Deborah Baker
  7. The Anatomy of a Moment — Javier Cercas
  8. The Beautiful and the Damned:A Portrait of the New India — Siddhartha Deb
  9. Blue Nights — Joan Didion
  10. Townie: A Memoir — Andre Dubus III
  11. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern — Stephen Greenblatt
  12. Life Itself: A Memoir — Roger Ebert
  13. A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War — Amanda Foreman
  14. Tiger, Tiger — Margaux Fragoso
  15. Love and Capital: Karl Marx and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution — Mary Gabriel
  16. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood — James Gleick
  17. Blood, Bones, and Butter — Gabrielle Hamilton
  18. A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers — Michael Holroyd
  19. Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History — Robert Hughes
  20. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin — Erik Larson
  21. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World — Michael Lewis
  22. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention — Manning Marable
  23. Believing Is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography — Errol Morris
  24. Rin Tin Tin: The Live and the Legend — Susan Orlean
  25. The Long Goodbye: A Memoir — Meghan O’Rourke
  26. The Psychopath Test — Jon Ronson
  27. The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity — Jeffrey D. Sachs
  28. Charles Dickens: A Life — Claire Tomalin
  29. The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt — Toby Wilkinson

New York Times: Ten Best Books of 2011

The New York Times: Ten Best Books of 2011 [see also: 100 Notable Books of 2011]

Fiction (alphabetical)

  • The Art of Fielding — Chad Harbach
  • 11/22/63 — Stephen King
  • Swamplandia! — Karen Russell
  • Ten Thousand Saints — Eleanor Henderson
  • The Tiger’s Wife — Téa Obreht

Nonfiction (alphabetical)

  • Arguably: Essays — Christopher Hitchens
  • The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son — Ian Brown
  • Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention — Manning Marable
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow — Daniel Kahneman
  • A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War — Amanda Foreman

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2011

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2011

  1. Wilco – The Whole Love
  2. Gillian Welch – The Harrow And The Harvest
  3. Adele – 21
  4. Drive-By Truckers – Go-Go Boots
  5. Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong
  6. Hayes Carll – KMAG YOYO
  7. Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What
  8. Pistol Annies – Hell on Heels
  9. The Black Keys – El Camino
  10. Feist – Metals
  11. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
  12. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Here We Rest
  13. Lucinda Williams – Blessed
  14. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
  15. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  16. Miranda Lambert – Four The Record
  17. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Tell Me
  18. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
  19. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  20. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
  21. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  22. Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
  23. Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
  24. The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
  25. Sarah Jarosz – Follow Me Down
  26. Pieta Brown – Mercury
  27. Deer Tick – Divine Providence
  28. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  29. A. A. Bondy – Believers
  30. The Felice Brothers – Celebration, Florida
  31. Robert Ellis – Photographs
  32. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
  33. Honeyhoney – Billy Jack
  34. Joe Henry – Reverie
  35. KORT – Invariable Heartache
  36. Old 97′s – The Grand Theatre, Vol. 2
  37. Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
  38. Real Estate – Days
  39. Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose
  40. Middle Brother – Middle Brother
  41. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
  42. Noel Gallagher – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  43. Jonny Corndawg – Down On The Bikini Line
  44. Tristen – Charlatans At The Garden Gate
  45. JEFF The Brotherhood – We Are The Champions
  46. Loney Dear – Hall Music
  47. Caitlin Rose – Own Side Now
  48. Abigail Washburn – City of Refuge
  49. Beirut – The Rip Tide
  50. Centro-matic – Candidate Waltz

Uncut: Music Awards 2011

Uncut Music Awards 2011

  1. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  2. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
  3. Metronomy – The English Riviera
  4. White Denim – D
  5. Josh T. Pearson – Last Of The Country Gentlemen
  6. The Horrors – Skying
  7. Radiohead – The King Of Limbs
  8. Wild Beasts – Smother
  9. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  10. The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
  11. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
  12. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  13. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
  14. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
  15. Wilco – The Whole Love
  16. Jonathan Wilson – Gentle Spirit
  17. Feist – Metals
  18. Tinariwen – Tassili
  19. Drive-By Truckers – Go-Go Boots
  20. Ry Cooder – Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
  21. James Blake – James Blake
  22. Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
  23. Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts
  24. Real Estate – Days
  25. Bill Callahan – Apocolypse
  26. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
  27. Björk – Biophilia
  28. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
  29. Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What
  30. Tim Hecker – Ravendeath, 1972
  31. Destroyer – Kaputt
  32. Gil Scott Heron & Jamie XX – We’re New Here
  33. Low – C’Mon
  34. Fatoumata Diawara – Fatou
  35. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
  36. Jonny – Jonny
  37. Little Dragon – Ritual Union
  38. His Golden Messenger – From Country Hai East Cotton
  39. Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong
  40. Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow
  41. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’
  42. Jenny Hval – Viscera
  43. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  44. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
  45. Mikal Cronin – Mikal Cronin
  46. Iceage – New Brigade
  47. The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
  48. Cornershop Featuring Bubbley Kaur – Cornershop And The Double-O Groove Of
  49. Arbouretum – The Gathering
  50. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

New York Film Critics Circle: Awards for 2011

New York Film Critics Circle Awards for 2011

  • Best Picture — The Artist
  • 2011 Special Award — Raoul Ruiz [posthumous]
  • Best Cinematography — Emmanuel Lubezki for Tree of Life
  • Best Screenplay — Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin for Moneyball
  • Best Director — Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
  • Best Foreign Language Film — A Separation
  • Best Actor — Brad Pitt for Moneyball, and Tree of Life
  • Best Supporting Actor — Albert Brooks for Drive
  • Best Actress — Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady
  • Best Supporting Actress — Jessica Chastain for Tree of Life, The Help, and Take Shelter
  • Best Nonfiction Film — Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  • Best First Feature — Margin Call

Sonic: Best Albums of 2011

Sonic Magazine: Best Albums of 2011 [staff lists]

  1. PJ Harvey — Let England Shake
  2. Gillian Welch — The Harrow & the Harvest
  3. My Morning Jacket — Circuital
  4. Paul Simon — So Beautiful or So What
  5. Lykke Li — Wounded Rhymes
  6. James Blake — James Blake
  7. Fleet Foxes — Helplessness Blues
  8. Ryan Adams — Ashes & Fire
  9. Tinariwen — Tassili
  10. Feist — Metals
  11. Bon Iver — Bon Iver
  12. The Weeknd — House of Balloons
  13. Shabazz Palaces — Black Up
  14. Wilco — The Whole Love
  15. Frank Ocean — Nostalgia, Ultra
  16. A. A. Bondy — Believers
  17. Kurt Vile — Smoke Ring for My Halo
  18. Adele — 21
  19. Tim Hecker — Ravedeath, 1972
  20. Tyler, The Creator — Goblin
  21. Deportees — Islands & Shores
  22. Zomby — Dedication
  23. Ison & Fille — För evigt
  24. Holy Ghost! — Holy Ghost!
  25. Jonathan Johansson — Klagomuren

Paste: 50 Best Albums of 2011

Paste: 50 Best Albums of 2011

  1. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  2. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  3. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
  4. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
  5. Middle Brother – Middle Brother
  6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s A Corporate World
  7. Wilco – The Whole Love
  8. Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong
  9. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  10. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
  11. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  12. Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
  13. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  14. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost [special addition]
  15. Adele – 21
  16. Deer Tick – Divine Providence
  17. Yuck – Yuck
  18. The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
  19. Wye Oak – Civilian
  20. Cults – Cults
  21. Beirut – The Rip Tide
  22. Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming
  23. The Black Keys – El Camino
  24. The Belle Brigade – The Belle Brigade
  25. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
  26. The Antlers – Burst Apart
  27. The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh
  28. Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
  29. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
  30. Feist – Metals
  31. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
  32. Telekinesis – 12 Desperate Straight Lines
  33. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
  34. The Head and the Heart – The Head and the Heart
  35. Seryn – This Is Where We Are
  36. Childish Gambino – Camp
  37. Mister Heavenly – Out Of Love
  38. The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
  39. Over the Rhine – The Long Surrender
  40. Foster the People – Torches
  41. Portugal. The Man – In The Mountain, In The Cloud
  42. James Blake – James Blake
  43. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
  44. The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar
  45. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
  46. Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose
  47. Holy Ghost! – Holy Ghost!
  48. Real Estate – Days
  49. Drake – Take Care
  50. Mates of State – Mountaintops
  51. Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones

NME: Cool List 2011

 

NME: Cool List [see also: Best Albums of 2011]

  1. Azealia Banks
  2. Jarvis Cocker
  3. Honor Titus (Cerebral Ballzy)
  4. Tom Meighan (Kasabian)
  5. Serge Pizzorno (Kasabian) [tie]
  6. Lana Del Rey
  7. Rhys Webb (The Horrors)
  8. Theo Hutchcraft (Hurts)
  9. Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys)
  10. Ellery Roberts (WU LYF)
  11. Noel Gallagher
  12. Dave Grohl
  13. Laura Marling
  14. Katy B
  15. Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys)
  16. Gaspard Auge (Justice)
  17. Janelle Monáe
  18. Charlie Fink (Noah & The Whale)
  19. Orlando Weeks (The Maccabees)
  20. Florence Welch
  21. Joe Mount (Metronomy)
  22. Freddie Cowan (The Vaccines)
  23. Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (Iceage)
  24. Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club)
  25. Christopher Owens (Girls)
  26. PJ Harvey
  27. Drake
  28. Tom Cohen (Scum)
  29. Kurt Vile
  30. Kanye West
  31. ASAP Rocky
  32. Miles Kane
  33. Hayden Thorpe (Wild Beasts)
  34. Ian Brown (The Stone Roses)
  35. Tyler, The Creator (Odd Future)
  36. Frank Turner
  37. Björk
  38. King Krule
  39. Fred Macpherson (Spector)
  40. Orlando Higginbottom (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)
  41. Bethany Costentino (Best Coast)
  42. Nick Wire (Manic Street Preachers)
  43. Toddla T
  44. Jordan Gatesmith (Howler)
  45. Johnny Llloyd (Tribes)
  46. Reni (The Stone Roses)
  47. Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs)
  48. St. Vincent
  49. Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers/Big Talk)
  50. Liam Gallagher

Q Magazine: Top 50 Albums of 2011

Q Magazine: Top 50 Albums of 2011

  1. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
  2. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  3. Adele – 21
  4. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  5. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
  6. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne
  7. Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See
  8. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  9. WU LYF – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
  10. Elbow – Build A Rocket Boys!
  11. The Horrors – Skying
  12. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
  13. Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind Of Fix
  14. The Weeknd – House Of Balloons
  15. Baxter Dury – Happy Soup
  16. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
  17. Metronomy – The English Riviera
  18. Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi
  19. Cass McCombs – Wit’s End
  20. The Weeknd – Thursday
  21. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  22. White Lies – Ritual
  23. Björk – Biophilla
  24. Real Estate – Days
  25. Wild Beast – Smother
  26. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
  27. Ed Sheeran – +
  28. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
  29. Kasabian – Velociraptor!
  30. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
  31. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part II
  32. Radiohead – King Of Limbs
  33. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
  34. Gruff Rhys – Hotel Shampoo
  35. Cass McCombs – Humor Risk
  36. Katy B – On A Mission
  37. Washed Out – Within And Without
  38. Feist – Metals
  39. James Blake – James Blake
  40. Danger Mouse & Daniel Luppi – Rome
  41. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
  42. Josh T Pearson – Last Of The Country Gentlemen
  43. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
  44. Death In Vegas – Trans-Love Energies
  45. Miles Kane – Colour Of The Trap
  46. SBTRKT – SBTRKT
  47. Mastodon – The Hunter
  48. Noah & The Whale – Last Night On Earth
  49. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra
  50. Justice – Audio Video Disco