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.

Jim DeRogatis: 40 Favorite Albums of 2011

Jim DeRogatis of WBEZ: My 40 Favorite Albums of 2011:

  1. Le Butcherettes – Sin Sin Sin
  2. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
  3. Das Racist – Relax
  4. The Feelies – Here Before
  5. Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi – Rome
  6. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
  7. Bewitched Hands – Birds and Drums
  8. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
  9. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
  10. The Go! Team – Rolling Blackouts
  11. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
  12. Wilco – The Whole Love
  13. Ponytail – Do Whatever You Want All the Time
  14. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’
  15. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  16. The Cool Kids – When Fish Ride Bicycles
  17. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
  18. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
  19. Kate Bush – 50 Words for Snow
  20. Mastodon – The Hunter
  21. Van Hunt – What Were You Hoping For?
  22. Sons & Daughters – Mirror Mirror
  23. Lucinda Williams – Blessed
  24. Drive-By Truckers – Go-Go Boots
  25. Gorillaz – The Fall
  26. Lydia Loveless – Indestructible Machine
  27. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Mirror Traffic
  28. Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
  29. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  30. Damon & Naomi – False Beats and True Hearts
  31. Steven Wilson – Grace for Drowning
  32. Trombone Shorty – For True
  33. Wye Oak – Civilian
  34. Mannequin Men – Mannequin Men
  35. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
  36. Beats Antique – Elektrafone
  37. Smoking Popes – This Is Only A Test
  38. North Mississippi Allstars – Keys to the Kingdom
  39. Marketa Irglova – Anar
  40. Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde

Dummy: 12 Albums for 2011

Dummy: 12 Albums for 2011, chronologically:

  • James Blake – James Blake
  • PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  • Nicolas Jaar – Space is Only Noise
  • Hype Williams – One Nation [“our favorite album of the year,” pictured above]
  • Kanye West & Jay-Z – Watch The Throne
  • Clams Casino – Instrumentals Mixtape
  • Julia Holter – Tragedy
  • Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
  • Rustie – Glass Swords
  • Kuedo – Severant
  • James Ferraro – Far Side Virtual
  • Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica

Richard Brody: 26 Best Films of 2011

Richard Brody: The 26 Best Films of 2011 [as published by The New Yorker]

  1. The Future – Miranda July
  2. The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick
  3. Film Socialisme – Jean-Luc Godard
  4. Hugo – Martin Scorsese
  5. Certified Copy – Abbas Kiarostami
  6. Margaret – Kenneth Lonergan
  7. Petition – Zhao Liang
  8. Putty Hill – Matt Porterfield
  9. Silver Bullets – Joe Swanberg
  10. A Screaming Man – Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
  11. The Interrupters – Steve James
  12. You All Are Captains – Oliver Laxe
  13. Bellflower – Evan Glodell
  14. J. Edgar – Clint Eastwood
  15. Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
  16. Terri – Azazel Jacobs
  17. Impolex – Alex Ross Perry
  18. Moneyball – Bennett Miller
  19. Road to Nowhere – Monte Hellman
  20. Bridesmaids – Nicole Holofcener
  21. The Descendants – Alexander Payne
  22. Uncle Kent – Joe Swanberg
  23. The Time That Remains – Elia Suleiman
  24. Le Havre – Aki Kaurismäki
  25. The Skin I Live In – Pedro Almodóvar
  26. Restless – Gus Van Sant

The Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2011

The Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2011 [see also: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016]

  1. James Ferraro – Far Side Virtual
  2. Rustie – Glass Swords
  3. Eliane Radigue – Transamorem – Transmortem
  4. Hype Williams – One Nation
  5. The Beach Boys – The SMiLE Sessions
  6. Michael Chapman – The Resurrection and Revenge of the Clayton Peacock
  7. DJ Rashad – Just A Taste
  8. Laurel Halo – Hour Logic
  9. Lou Reed & Metallica – Lulu
  10. John Wall & Alex Rogers – Work 2006-2011
  11. Keiji Haino / Jim O’Rourke / Oren Ambarchi – In a Flash Everything Comes Together As One There Is No Need For A Subject
  12. Sun Araw – Ancient Romans
  13. Bill Orcutt – How the Thing Sings
  14. Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
  15. Peaking Lights – 936
  16. Corrupted – Garten Der Unberwusstheit
  17. Balam Acab – Wander/Wonder
  18. Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer – Re: ECM
  19. Anti G – Presents Kentje’sz Beatsz
  20. Thomas Ankersmit & Valerio Tricoli – Forma II
  21. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  22. Cornelius Cardew – The Great Learning
  23. Thundercat – The Golden Age of Apocalypse
  24. Hecker – Speculative Solution
  25. Andy Stott – We Stay Together
  26. Ben UFO – Remix of Rinse 16
  27. Radiohead – The King Of Limbs
  28. Margaret Dygas – Margaret Dygas
  29. Jim O’Rourke – Old News #5
  30. Various – Bangs & Works Vol. 2: The Best of Chicago Footwork
  31. Ekoplekz – Intrusive Incidentalz Vol 1
  32. Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
  33. The Advisory Circle – As The Crow Flies
  34. Miles Davis – Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1
  35. Alexander Tucker – Dorwytch
  36. Helm – Cryptography
  37. John Chantler – The Luminous Ground
  38. Ectoplasm Girls – TxN
  39. Cindytalk – Hold Everything Dear
  40. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra
  41. Kuedo – Severant
  42. Structure – Toad Blinker
  43. The Fall – Ersatz GB
  44. Leyland Kirby – Intrigue & Stuff Vol. 1
  45. Patrice & Friends – Cashmere Sheets
  46. Zomby – Dedication
  47. Various – Music For Merce (1952-2009)
  48. Peter Evans Quintet – Ghosts
  49. Rrose x Bob Ostertag – Motormouth Variations
  50. Michael Chapman – Trainsongs: Guitar Compositions 1967-2010

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2011

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2011

  1. Adele – 21
  2. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne
  3. Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What
  4. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  5. Radiohead – The King Of Limbs
  6. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
  7. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
  8. Wilco – The Whole Love
  9. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
  10. Robbie Robertson – How To Become Clairvoyant
  11. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
  12. The Black Keys – El Camino
  13. tUnE-YarDs – w h o k i l l
  14. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2
  15. Cage The Elephant – Thank You Happy Birthday
  16. R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now
  17. TV On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light
  18. Feist – Metals
  19. Eric Church – Chief
  20. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  21. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  22. Drake – Take Care
  23. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
  24. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra
  25. Beyoncé – 4
  26. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  27. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
  28. Das Racist – Relax
  29. Pistol Annies – Hell On Heels
  30. Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman – World Wide Rebel Songs
  31. Miranda Lambert – Four The Record
  32. Big K.R.I.T. – Return Of 4Eva
  33. Josh T Pearson – Last Of The Country Gentlemen
  34. SuperHeavy – SuperHeavy
  35. Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong
  36. Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – Mirror Traffic
  37. Panda Bear – Tomboy
  38. Mastodon – The Hunter
  39. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
  40. Gary Clark Jr. – The Bright Lights
  41. Little Dragon – Ritual Union
  42. Destroyer – Kaputt
  43. The Kills – Blood Pressures
  44. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin
  45. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Revelator
  46. White Denim – D
  47. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  48. Charles Bradley – No More Time For Dreaming
  49. Wavves – Life Sux
  50. The Lonely Island – Turtleneck & Chain

NME: Best Albums of 2011

NME: The Best Albums of 2011

  1. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  2. Metronomy – The English Riviera
  3. The Horrors – Skying
  4. Wild Beasts – Smother
  5. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
  6. Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See
  7. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  8. Katy B – On a Mission
  9. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
  10. WU LYF – Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
  11. Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi
  12. Scum – Again Into Eyes
  13. Suuns – Zeroes QC
  14. The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
  15. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
  16. Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind of Fix
  17. Battles – Gloss Drop
  18. Cat’s Eyes – Cat’s Eyes
  19. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
  20. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  21. Kasabian – Velociraptor!
  22. Noah & The Whale – Last Night on Earth
  23. Yuck – Yuck
  24. Big Talk – Big Talk
  25. PLANNINGTOROCK – W
  26. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
  27. Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
  28. The Field – Looping State of Mind
  29. Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde
  30. Friendly Fires – Pala
  31. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
  32. Alex Turner – Submarine OST
  33. Justice – Audio,Video,Disco
  34. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  35. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
  36. Iceage – New Brigade
  37. White Denim – D
  38. Björk – Biophilia
  39. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  40. Cold Cave – Cherish the Light Years
  41. Death Grips – Exmilitary
  42. Patrick Wolf – Lupercalia
  43. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  44. Destroyer – Kaputt
  45. Austra – Feel It Break
  46. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  47. Real Estate – Days
  48. Slow Club – Paradise
  49. SBTRKT – SBTRKT
  50. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne