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.

Filter: Top 20 Albums of 2011

Filter Magazine: Top 20 Albums of 2011

  1. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  2. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  3. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  4. Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do?
  5. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
  6. Adele – 21
  7. Elbow – Build a Rocket, Boys!
  8. Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
  9. Washed Out – Within and Without
  10. A$AP Rocky – LIVELOVEA$AP

Honorable Mentions (in order)

  1. James Blake – James Blake
  2. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
  3. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
  4. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  5. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
  6. Little Dragon – Ritual Union
  7. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  8. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  9. Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
  10. Justice – Audio, Video, Disco

Mojo: Best Albums of 2011


Mojo: Best Albums of 2011 [writers] [see also 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  2. The Horrors – Skying
  3. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  4. Jonathan Wilson – Gentle Spirit
  5. Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow
  6. White Denim – D
  7. Josh T Pearson – Last Of The Country Gentlemen
  8. Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi
  9. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
  10. Wild Beasts – Smother
  11. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
  12. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
  13. Cat’s Eyes – Cat’s Eyes
  14. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
  15. Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What
  16. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  17. Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat – Everything’s Getting Older
  18. Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts
  19. James Blake – James Blake
  20. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
  21. The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
  22. Beirut – The Rip Tide
  23. Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
  24. EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
  25. The Stepkids – The Stepkids
  26. Drive-By Truckers – Go-Go Boots
  27. Arbouretum – The Gathering
  28. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
  29. Wilco – The Whole Love
  30. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
  31. Nick Lowe – The Old Magic
  32. Bjork – Biophilia
  33. Glenn Jones – The Wanting
  34. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
  35. Tinariwen – Tassili
  36. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
  37. Duane Eddy – Road Trip
  38. The Sand Bag – All Through The Night
  39. Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See
  40. Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming
  41. Destroyer – Kaputt
  42. Booker T. Jones – The Road From Memphis
  43. Gwilym Simcock – Good Days At Scholss Elmau
  44. Glen Campbell – Ghost On The Canvas
  45. tUnE-YarDs – w h o k i l l
  46. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  47. Radiohead – The King Of Limbs
  48. Wire – Red Barked Tree
  49. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra
  50. Joe Henry – Revere

Guardian: Best Albums of 2011

The Guardian: Best Albums of 2011

  1. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  2. Katy B – On a Mission
  3. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra
  4. Beyoncé – 4
  5. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  6. James Blake – James Blake
  7. Metronomy – The English Riviera
  8. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
  9. Rustie – Glass Swords
  10. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
  11. White Denim – D
  12. Wild Beasts – Smother
  13. King Creosote and John Hopkins – Diamond Mine
  14. Tom Waits – Bad as Me
  15. SBTRKT – SBTRKT
  16. The Horrors – Skying
  17. Björk – Biophilia
  18. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  19. Drake – Take Care
  20. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  21. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & the Harvest
  22. Noah and the Whale – Last Night on Earth
  23. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
  24. Feist – The Bad in Each Other
  25. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
  26. Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
  27. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  28. Jonathan Wilson – Gentle Spirit
  29. Kate Bush – 50 Words for Snow
  30. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX – We’re New Here
  31. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
  32. Lykke Li – Wounded Rymes
  33. Destroyer – Kaputt
  34. Jamie Woon – Mirrorwriting
  35. Cats Eyes – Cats Eyes
  36. Pistol Annies – Hell on Heels
  37. Watch the Throne – Kanye West/Jay-Z
  38. Nicola Roberts – Cinderella’s Eyes
  39. The Streets – Computers and Blues
  40. Gruff Rhys – Hotel Shampoo
  41. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
  42. Nils Frahm – Felt
  43. Machine Head – Unto the Locust
  44. Marius Neset – Golden Xplosion
  45. Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol 2: Judges
  46. Beirut – Rip Tide
  47. True Widow – As High as the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth
  48. Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire
  49. The Antlers – Burst Apart
  50. Iceage – New Brigade

Sight & Sound Poll: Best Films of 2011

Sight & Sound poll of 100 critics and curators: Best Films of 2011 [ballots] [see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick
  2. A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
  3. The Kid With a Bike – Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
  4. Melancholia – Lars von Trier
  5. The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
  6. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  7. [tie] The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr
  8. We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lynne Ramsay
  9. Le Quattro Volte – Michelangelo Frammartino
  10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Tomas Alfredson
  11. [tie] This Is Not a Film – Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

John Waters: Best Films of 2011


John Waters: The Best Films of 2011 [as published in Artforum]

  1. The Skin I Live In – Pedro Almodóvar
  2. Mildred Pierce – Todd Haynes
  3. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – Jon M. Chu
  4. Hadewijch – Bruno Dumont
  5. Kaboom – Gregg Araki
  6. If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front – Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
  7. The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick
  8. I’m Glad My Mother Is Alive – Claude and Nathan Miller
  9. We Were Here – David Weissman
  10. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives – Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Fasterlouder: Best Albums of 2011

Fasterlouder: Best Albums of 2011

  1. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  3. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
  4. Adalita – Adalita
  5. Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
  6. Yuck – Yuck
  7. Harmony – Harmony
  8. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  9. Royal Headache – Royal Headache
  10. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
  11. James Blake – James Blake
  12. Mastodon – The Hunter
  13. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
  14. SBTRKT – SBTRKT
  15. Lanie Lane – To the Horses
  16. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
  17. Liam Finn – FOMO
  18. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
  19. Jay- Z And Kanye West – Watch The Throne
  20. Cut Copy – Zonoscope
  21. Feist – Metals
  22. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Mirror Traffic
  23. Gillian Welch – The Harrow and the Harvest
  24. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  25. Wild Beasts – Smother
  26. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
  27. Battles – Gloss Drop
  28. Metronomy – The English Riviera
  29. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams
  30. Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See
  31. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  32. The Panics – Rain on the Humming Wire
  33. Kimbra – Vows
  34. Gotye – Making Mirrors
  35. The Black Keys – El Camino
  36. Iron and Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
  37. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
  38. Teeth and Tongue – Tambourine
  39. The Grates – Secret Rituals
  40. Wilco – The Whole Love
  41. EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
  42. Foster The People – Torches
  43. Eagle and the Worm – Good Times
  44. The Vasco Era – The Vasco Era
  45. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
  46. The Strokes – Angles
  47. The Kills – Blood Pressures
  48. Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming
  49. Wagons – Rumble, Shake & Tumble
  50. Radiohead – King of Limbs

Piccadilly Records: Albums of 2011

Piccadilly Records: Albums of 2011

  1. Peaking Lights – 936
  2. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
  3. The Phoenix Foundation – Buffalo
  4. Maria Minerva – Cabaret Cixous
  5. Metronomy – The English Riviera
  6. Wooden Shjips – West
  7. Other Lives – Tamer Animals
  8. The Kills – Blood Pressures
  9. Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
  10. Widowspeak – Widowspeak
  11. Shimmering Stars – Violent Hearts
  12. Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams
  13. Pure X – Pleasure
  14. Jonathan Wilson – Gentle Spirit
  15. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  16. Harvey Presents Locussolus – Locussolus
  17. Vetiver – The Errant Charm
  18. J Mascis – Several Shades of Why
  19. Real Estate – Days
  20. Washed Out – Within and Without
  21. Sun Araw – Ancient Romans
  22. Soft Metals – Soft Metals
  23. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – Smoking In Heaven
  24. Crystal Stilts – In Love With Oblivion
  25. Beirut – The Rip Tide
  26. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  27. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX – We’re New Here
  28. Dirty Beaches – Badlands
  29. Moon Duo – Mazes
  30. SBTRKT – SBTRKT
  31. Lanterns On The Lake – Gracious Tide, Take Me Home
  32. Baxter Dury – Happy Soup
  33. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
  34. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
  35. Thee Oh Sees – Castlemania
  36. Holy Other – With U
  37. James Blake – James Blake
  38. Still Corners – Creatures of an Hour
  39. Hatchback – Zeus and Apollo
  40. John Stammers – John Stammers
  41. A Winged Victory for the Sullen – A Winged Victory for the Sullen
  42. Arthur’s Landing – Arthur’s Landing
  43. Cashier No. 9 – To the Death of Fun
  44. Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts
  45. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
  46. Strange Boys – Live Music
  47. Dutch Uncles – Cadenza
  48. 6th Borough Project – One Night in the Borough
  49. The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
  50. Walls – Coracle
  51. Björk – Biophilia
  52. Almunia – New Moon
  53. Thundercat – The Golden Age of Apocalypse
  54. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
  55. Destroyer – Kaputt
  56. Nicolas Jaar – Space is Only Noise
  57. Craft Spells – Idle Labor
  58. James Ferraro – On Air
  59. Eternal Tapestry – Beyond the 4th Door
  60. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
  61. The Field – Looping State of Mind
  62. Sarabeth Tucek – Get Well Soon
  63. Tropics – Parodia Flare
  64. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Mirror Traffic
  65. Hercules and Love Affair – Blue Songs
  66. Boxcutter – The Dissolve
  67. Gruff Rhys – Hotel Shampoo
  68. Crazy P – When We On
  69. Cults – Cults
  70. John Maus – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
  71. White Hill – H-p1
  72. Seahawks – Vision Quest One: Spaceships Over Topanga Canyon
  73. Woods – Sun and Shade
  74. Kwjaz – Kwjaz
  75. Bibio – Mind Bokeh
  76. I Break Horses – Hearts
  77. Big Troubles – Romantic Comedy
  78. Carlton Melton – Country Ways
  79. John Tejada – Parabolas
  80. Azari & III – Azari & III
  81. Sepalcure – Sepalcure
  82. Water Borders – Harbored Mantras
  83. Ganglians – Still Living
  84. Panda Bear – Tomboy
  85. Little Dragon – Ritual Union
  86. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
  87. Balam Acab – Wander / Wonder
  88. LA Vampires Goes Ital – Streetwise
  89. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  90. tUnE-YarDs – w h o k i l l
  91. WU LYF – Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
  92. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  93. Wild Beasts – Smother
  94. The Stepkids – The Stepkids
  95. Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread
  96. Toro y Moi – Freaking Out
  97. Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Rome
  98. Zola Jesus – Conatus
  99. Tinariwen – Tassili
  100. Josh T Peterson – Last of the Country Gentlemen