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.

One Thirty BPM: Top 100 Tracks of 2011

One Thirty BPM: The Top 100 Tracks of 2011 [playlists: Spotify]

  1. M83 – “Midnight City”
  2. Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
  3. WU LYF – “We Bros”
  4. Girls – “Vomit”
  5. The Antlers – “Putting The Dog To Sleep”
  6. The Weeknd – “Wicked Games”
  7. Bon Iver – “Holocene”
  8. Cut Copy – “Need You Now”
  9. The Do – “Too Insistent”
  10. St. Vincent – “Cruel”
  11. Arctic Monkeys – “That’s Where You’re Wrong”
  12. Cold Cave – “The Great Pan Is Dead”
  13. Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”
  14. Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues”
  15. SBTRKT featuring Yukimi Nagano – “Wildfire”
  16. Real Estate – “It’s Real”
  17. James Blake – “The Wilhelm Scream”
  18. Atlas Sound – “Te Amo”
  19. Thom Yorke, Burial, and Four Tet – “Ego”
  20. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “No Church in the Wild”
  21. Gang Gang Dance – “Glass Jar”
  22. EMA – “California”
  23. Kendrick Lamar – “Hiiipower”
  24. Junior Boys – “Banana Ripple”
  25. Active Child featuring How to Dress Well – “Playing House”
  26. Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”
  27. Burial – “NYC”
  28. Yuck – “Operation”
  29. St. Vincent – “Strange Mercy”
  30. The Mountain Goats – “High Hawk Season”
  31. Wilco – “Art of Almost”
  32. Kate Bush – “Misty”
  33. Real Estate – “Green Aisles”
  34. Wild Beasts – “Reach A Bit Further”
  35. Jay-Z and Kanye West – “Otis”
  36. TV On The Radio – “Will Do”
  37. Wild Flag – “Romance”
  38. Thee Oh Sees – “The Dream”
  39. Big K.R.I.T. – “Dreamin’”
  40. Yuck – “Get Away”
  41. Dum Dum Girls – “Coming Down”
  42. Wolves In The Throne Room – “Thuja Magus Imperium”
  43. Lykke Li – “Love Out Of Lust”
  44. Nas – “Nasty”
  45. Gang Gang Dance – “MindKilla”
  46. The Roots featuring Big K.R.I.T. and Dice Raw – “Make My”
  47. M83 – “Steve McQueen”
  48. Youth Lagoon – “17″
  49. The Weeknd – “The Birds (Part 1)”
  50. The Decemberists – “Don’t Carry It All”
  51. The Strokes – “Machu Pichu”
  52. The Antlers – “I Don’t Want Love”
  53. SBTRKT – “Trials of the Past”
  54. Big K.R.I.T. – “The Vent”
  55. Lykke Li – “I Know Places”
  56. James Blake – “Lindesfarne II”
  57. Tom Waits – “Hell Broke Luce”
  58. The Horrors – “I Can See Through You”
  59. EMA – “Butterfly Knife”
  60. Balam Acab – “Oh, Why”
  61. The Weeknd featuring Drake – “The Zone”
  62. Ty Segall – “Goodbye Bread”
  63. White Denim – “No Real Reason”
  64. Wilco – “One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend)”
  65. Giles Corey – “No One Is Ever Going To Want Me”
  66. ASAP Rocky – “Peso”
  67. Lil B – “R.I.P. The Rap Game”
  68. WU LYF – “Such A Sad Puppy Dog”
  69. Times New Viking – “Fuck Her Tears”
  70. Destroyer – “Suicide Demo For Kara Walker”
  71. Purity Ring – “Belispeak”
  72. Beirut – “Goshen”
  73. Jens Lekman – “Waiting For Kirsten”
  74. Xylos – “Darling Dearest”
  75. Shabazz Palaces – “Free Press and Curl”
  76. Machinedrum – “Lay Me Down”
  77. Frank Ocean – “We All Try”
  78. Elite Gymnastics – “So Close To Paradise”
  79. Peter Bjorn and John – “I Know You Don’t Love Me”
  80. Dumbo Gets Mad – “Harmony”
  81. Raekwon featuring Nas – “Rich and Black”
  82. Born Gold – “Lawn Knives”
  83. Iceage – “White Rune”
  84. Pusha T – “Blow”
  85. Washed Out – “Eyes Be Closed”
  86. Total Babes – “How We Wanna Be”
  87. Blue Sky Black Death – “Sleeping Children Are Still Flying”
  88. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – “NY Is Killing Me”
  89. The Weeknd – “The Morning”
  90. Death Grips – “Exmilitary”
  91. Braids – “Glass Deers”
  92. Fleet Foxes – “The Shrine/An Argument”
  93. Radiohead – “Give Up The Ghost”
  94. Ryan Adams – “Lucky Now”
  95. Feist – “The Circle Married The Line”
  96. Little Dragon – “Ritual Union”
  97. Girls – “Honey Bunny”
  98. Cults – “You Know What I Mean”
  99. Fucked Up – “Queen of Hearts”
  100. Curren$y – “Scottie Pippens”

Slant: 25 Best Albums of 2011

Slant Magazine: The 25 Best Albums of 2011

  1. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  2. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
  3. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
  4. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
  5. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  6. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
  7. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  8. Katy B – On a Mission
  9. Wild Beasts – Smother
  10. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
  11. Das Racist – Relax
  12. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
  13. Meshell Ndegeocello – Weather
  14. Drake – Take Care
  15. Patrick Wolf – Lupercalia
  16. James Blake – James Blake
  17. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne
  18. Destroyer – Kaputt
  19. Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
  20. Hank 3 – Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town
  21. Young Galaxy – Shapeshifting
  22. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
  23. Ben Sollee – Inclusions
  24. Fred Falke – Part IV
  25. Yuck – Yuck

DIY: Albums of 2011

DIY: Albums of 2011

  1. Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancoly Jam
  2. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  3. Metronomy – The English Riviera
  4. Wild Beasts – Smother
  5. The Antlers – Burst Apart
  6. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
  7. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  8. Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
  9. The Weeknd – House Of Balloons
  10. Adele – 21
  11. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  12. The Horrors – Skying
  13. Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See
  14. Kurt Vile – Smoke Rings For My Halo
  15. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – We’re Here Now
  16. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
  17. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
  18. Los Campesinos – Hello Sadness
  19. Slow Club – Paradise
  20. Yuck – Yuck
  21. Summer Camp – Welcome To Condale
  22. Eleanor Friedberger – Last Summer
  23. Three Trapped Tigers – Route One Or Die
  24. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lenses Alien
  25. Destroyer – Kaputt
  26. James Blake – James Blake
  27. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
  28. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  29. Gruff Rhys – Hotel Shampoo
  30. Banjo or Freakout – Banjo or Freakout
  31. Male Bonding – Endless Now
  32. The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
  33. Patten – Glaqco Xaacsso
  34. Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
  35. Tyler, The Creator – Goblin
  36. Real Estate – Days
  37. Björk – Biophilia
  38. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong
  39. Battles – Gloss Drop
  40. EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
  41. Washed Out – Within & Without
  42. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
  43. British Sea Power – Vahalla Dancehall
  44. Veronica Falls – Veronica Falls
  45. Iceage – New Brigade
  46. Korallreven – An Album By Korallreven
  47. Stephen Malkmaus and The Jicks – Mirror Traffic
  48. Other Lives – Tamer Animals
  49. Peggy Sue – Acrobats
  50. Ben Howard – Every Kingdom

Billboard: 20 Best Songs of 2011

Billboard: 20 Best Songs of 2011

  1. Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
  2. Adele – “Someone Like You”
  3. Britney Spears – “Til The World Ends”
  4. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Niggas in Paris”
  5. Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne – “Motivation”
  6. Frank Ocean – “Novacane”
  7. Bon Iver – “Holocene”
  8. Lady Gaga – “The Edge Of Glory”
  9. Chris Brown featuring Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne – “Look At Me Now”
  10. Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”
  11. The Joy Formidable – “Whirring”
  12. Beyoncé – “Countdown”
  13. Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
  14. Nicola Roberts – “Beat Of My Drum”
  15. Drake featuring Rihanna – “Take Care”
  16. SBTRKT – “Wildfire”
  17. DJ Khaled – “I’m On One”
  18. Pistol Annies – “Hell On Heels”
  19. M83 – “Midnight City”
  20. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris – “We Found Love”

Kristopher Tapley: Best Films of 2011

Kristopher Tapley: The Best Films of 2011 [as published by HitFix]

  1. Margaret – Kenneth Lonergan
  2. The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick
  3. Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn
  4. Rampart – Oren Moverman
  5. Shame – Steve McQueen
  6. Martha Marcy May Marlene – Sean Durkin
  7. A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
  8. The Adventures of Tintin – Steven Spielberg
  9. Take Shelter – Jeff Nichols
  10. Rango – Gore Verbinski

Anne Thompson: Top Ten Films of 2011

Anne Thompson: Top Ten Films of 2011 [as published by indieWIRE]

  1. Pina – Wim Wenders
  2. Weekend – Andrew Haigh
  3. Melancholia – Lars von Trier
  4. The Descendants – Alexander Payne
  5. Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Rupert Wyatt
  6. I Saw the Devil – Kim Jee-Woon
  7. A Dangerous Method – David Cronenberg
  8. Jane Eyre – Cary Fukunaga
  9. Win Win – Tom McCarthy
  10. Take Shelter – Jeff Nichols

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Singles of 2011

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Singles of 2011 [playlists: Spotify, Rdio, comment if you have a better one]

  1. Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”
  2. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Niggas In Paris”
  3. Britney Spears – “Till The World Ends”
  4. Foo Fighters – “These Days”
  5. Paul Simon – “Rewrite”
  6. Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
  7. Lady Gaga – “Edge Of Glory”
  8. Beyoncé – “Countdown”
  9. Lil Wayne featuring Cory Gunz – “Six Foot Seven Foot”
  10. The Decemberists – “Don’t Carry It All”
  11. Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
  12. Lloyd featuring Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne – “Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)”
  13. My Morning Jacket – “Circuital”
  14. Sleeper Agent – “Get It Daddy”
  15. TV on the Radio – “You”
  16. Fleet Foxes – “Lorelai”
  17. Wilco – “I Might”
  18. Black Keys – “Little Black Submarines”
  19. Lucinda Williams – “Blessed”
  20. Jay-Z and Kanye West – “Welcome to the Jungle”
  21. Paul Simon – “The Afterlife”
  22. Bon Iver – “Holocene”
  23. Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”
  24. Smith Westerns – “Weekend”
  25. Lykke Li – “Youth Knows No Pain”
  26. Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
  27. Lady Gaga – “You and I”
  28. Dawes – “Million Dollar Bill”
  29. Adele – “Rumour Has It”
  30. Eric Church – “Springsteen”
  31. Killer Mike – “Ric Flair”
  32. tUnE-yArDs – “Bizniss”
  33. Beastie Boys featuring Santigold – “Don’t Play No Games That I Can’t Win”
  34. Das Racist – “Girl”
  35. R.E.M. – “We All Go Back To Where We Belong”
  36. Tom Waits – “Satisfied”
  37. Nas – “Nasty”
  38. Middle Brother – “Blue Eyes”
  39. EMA – “California”
  40. Girls – “Vomit”
  41. Coldplay – “Paradise”
  42. Eleanor Friedberger – “My Mistakes”
  43. Hayes Carll – “KMAG YOYO”
  44. The Joy Formidable – “The Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie”
  45. Cass McCombs – “The Same Thing”
  46. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire et al. – “The Last Huzzah”
  47. Atlas Sound – “Mona Lisa”
  48. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “The Death of You and Me”
  49. Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Heart In Your Heartbreak”
  50. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Adventures of Raindance Maggie”

Q Magazine: Top 20 Tracks of 2011

Q Magazine: Top 20 Tracks of 2011 [playlists: Spotify, comment if you have another]

  1. Adele – “Someone Like You”
  2. Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”
  3. Kreayshawn – “Gucci Gucci”
  4. Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kids”
  5. Lady Gaga – “The Edge Of Glory”
  6. The Vaccines – “If You Wanna”
  7. Aloe Blacc – “I Need A Dollar”
  8. Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”
  9. The Strokes – “Under Cover Of Darkness”
  10. Lykke Li – “Get Some”
  11. Jack White – “Love Is Blindness”
  12. Chase & Status – “Blind Faith”
  13. Rihanna – “Man Down”
  14. Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues”
  15. Florence + The Machine – “Shake It Out”
  16. Ghostpoet – “Cash And Carry Me Home”
  17. Wretch 32 – “Traktor”
  18. Cat’s Eyes – “Best Person I Know”
  19. Example – “Changed The Way You Kissed Me”
  20. Beady Eye – “The Morning Son”

Resident Advisor: Top 20 Albums of 2011

Resident Advisor: Top 20 Albums of 2011 [as voted by staff]

  1. Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise
  2. Machinedrum – Room(s)
  3. Roman Flügel – Fatty Folders
  4. Morphosis – What Have We Learned
  5. Zomby – Dedication
  6. Omar-S – It Can Be Done But Only I Can Do It
  7. Clams Casino – Instrumentals
  8. Kuedo – Severant
  9. Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
  10. Pinch & Shackleton – Pinch & Shackleton
  11. Andy Stott – Passed Me By
  12. Moomin – The Story About You
  13. Steffi – Yours & Mine
  14. James Blake – James Blake
  15. Tiger & Woods – Through the Green
  16. The Weeknd – House Of Balloons
  17. Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
  18. BNJMN – Black Square
  19. Instra:mental – Resolution 653
  20. John Maus – We Must Become The Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

Paste: 50 Best Songs of 2011

Paste Magazine: The 50 Best Songs of 2011 [playlists: Spotify, Rdio]

  1. Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues”
  2. M83 – “Midnight City”
  3. Typhoon – “The Honest Truth”
  4. tUnE-yArDs – “Powa”
  5. Phantogram – “Don’t Move”
  6. Generationals – “Ten-Twenty-Ten”
  7. Tom Waits – “Bad As Me”
  8. Wilco – “Art of Almost”
  9. Cults – “Go Outside”
  10. Bon Iver – “Calgary”
  11. Girls – “Honey Bunny”
  12. Blitzen Trapper – “Fletcher”
  13. St. Vincent – “Cruel”
  14. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “Nothing But Our Love”
  15. The Civil Wars – “Barton Hollow”
  16. Beirut – “East Harlem”
  17. Childish Gambino – “Heartbeat”
  18. Real Estate – “It’s Real”
  19. TV on the Radio – “Second Song”
  20. The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
  21. Middle Brother – “Blue Eyes”
  22. The Decemberists – “This Is Why We Fight”
  23. Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
  24. Those Darlins – “Be Your Bro”
  25. The Head and The Heart – “Down In The Valley”
  26. My Morning Jacket – “Circuital”
  27. The Antlers – “Rolled Together”
  28. Wye Oak – “Holy Holy”
  29. Givers – “Up Up Up”
  30. James Blake – “The Wilhelm Scream”
  31. Dawes – “A Little Bit of Everything”
  32. Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
  33. Reptar – “Blastoff”
  34. Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
  35. Yuck – “Georgia”
  36. Seryn – “We Will All Be Changed”
  37. Rubblebucket – “Came Out of a Lady”
  38. The Belle Brigade – “Losers”
  39. Battles – “Ice Cream”
  40. Pistol Annies – “Hell on Heels”
  41. Kurt Vile – “Jesus Fever”
  42. Surfer Blood – “Miranda”
  43. Peter Bjorn and John – “Dig a Little Deeper”
  44. Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
  45. Florence + The Machine – “Shake It Out”
  46. Fitz & The Tantrums – “Moneygrabber”
  47. Chris Bathgate – “Salt Year”
  48. Little Dragon – “Ritual Union”
  49. Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”
  50. Lykke Li – “Love Out of Lust”