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.

Jonah Weiner: 10 Favorite Albums of 2011

Jonah Weiner: 10 Favorite Albums of 2011 [as published by Slate]

  1. Danny Brown – XXX
  2. Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape
  3. Spaceghostpurrp – Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6 (1991)
  4. Drake – Take Care
  5. A$AP Rocky – LiveLoveA$AP
  6. James Blake – James Blake
  7. BEBETUNE$ – INHALE C-4 $$$$$
  8. Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
  9. Kuedo – Severant
  10. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l

Jody Rosen: 10 Favorite Albums of 2011

Jody Rosen: 10 Favorite Albums of 2011 [as published by Slate]

  1. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
  2. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne
  3. Miguel – All I Want Is You
  4. Pistol Annies – Hell on Heels
  5. Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What
  6. Patrick Stump – Soul Punk
  7. Danny Brown – XXX
  8. Eric Church – Chief
  9. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra
  10. Britney Spears – Femme Fatale

Pinpoint Music: Top 25 Albums of 2011

Pinpoint Music: Top 25 Albums of 2011

  1. Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band – No Time For Dreaming
  2. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
  3. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  4. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
  5. Future Islands – On The Water
  6. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
  7. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  8. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
  9. The Black Keys – El Camino
  10. The Luyas – Too Beautiful to Work
  11. The Antlers – Burst Apart
  12. Obits – Moody, Standard and Poor
  13. Sundelles – Georgia Swan
  14. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  15. Cults – Cults
  16. James Blake – James Blake
  17. Radiohead – The King Of Limbs
  18. PAPA – A Good Woman is Hard To Find EP
  19. Yuck – Yuck
  20. Okkervil River – I Am Very Far
  21. Peaking Lights – 936
  22. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
  23. Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler/The Dream EP
  24. Real Estate – Days
  25. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

Village Voice Poll: Best Films of 2011

Village Voice Poll: Best Films of 2011 [as voted by 95 critics] [full results]

  1. The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick
  2. A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
  3. Melancholia – Lars von Trier
  4. Certified Copy – Abbas Kiarostami
  5. Mysteries of Lisbon – Raoul Ruiz
  6. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  7. Margaret – Kenneth Lonergan
  8. Meek’s Cutoff – Kelly Reichardt
  9. Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn
  10. Take Shelter – Jeff Nichols
  11. Hugo – Martin Scorsese
  12. A Dangerous Mind – David Cronenberg
  13. Martha Marcy May Marlene – Sean Durkin
  14. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Tomas Alfredson
  15. The Descendants – Alexander Payne
  16. Weekend – Andrew Haigh
  17. The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
  18. Poetry – Lee Chang-dong
  19. [tie] Shame – Steve McQueen
  20. Film Socialisme – Jean-Luc Godard
  21. The Interrupters – Steve James
  22. Tuesday, After Christmas – Radu Muntean
  23. A Brighter Summer Day – Edward Yang
  24. The Arbor – Clio Barnard
  25. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu – Andrei Ujica
  26. Le Quattro Volte – Michelangelo Frammartino
  27. To Die Like A Man – João Pedro Rodrigues
  28. [tie] Nostalgia for the Light – Patricio Guzmán
  29. Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
  30. The Future – Miranda July
  31. City of Life and Death – Lu Chuan
  32. We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lynne Ramsay
  33. Beginners – Mike Mills
  34. Le Havre – Aki Kaurismäki
  35. [tie] Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Rupert Wyatt
  36. Jane Eyre – Cary Fukunaga
  37. Bellflower – Evan Glodell
  38. [tie] Into the Abyss – Werner Herzog
  39. The Skin I Live In – Pedro Almodóvar

New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2011

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

Fiction

  • The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories – Don DeLillo
  • The Art of Fielding – Chad Harbach
  • The Barbarian Nurseries – Héctor Tobar
  • Big Questions. Or, Asomatognosia: Whose Hand Is It Anyway? – Anders Brekhus Nilsen
  • The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka
  • Canti – Giacomo Leopardi
  • The Cat’s Table – Michael Ondaatje
  • Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes – William Kennedy
  • Come on All You Ghosts – Matthew Zapruder
  • 11/22/63 – Stephen King
  • The Free World – David Bezmozgis
  • Ghost Lights – Lydia Millet
  • The Grief of Others – Leah Hager Cohen
  • Gryphon: New and Selected Stories – Charles Baxter
  • House of Holes: A Book of Raunch – Nicholson Baker
  • The Last Werewolf – Glen Duncan
  • The Leftovers – Tom Perrotta
  • Life on Mars – Tracy K. Smith
  • The London Train – Tessa Hadley
  • Long, Last, Happy: New and Selected Stories – Barry Hannah
  • Lost Memory of Skin – Russell Banks
  • The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • A Moment in the Sun – John Sayles
  • Mr. Fox – Helen Oyeyemi
  • My New American Life – Francine Prose [pictured]
  • 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami
  • Open City – Teju Cole
  • The Pale King: An Unfinished Novel – David Foster Wallace
  • Parallel Stories – Peter Nadas, translated by Imre Goldstein
  • Say Her Name – Francisco Goldman
  • Scenes from Village Life – Amos Oz, translated by Nocholas de Lange
  • The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
  • Seven Years – Peter Stamm
  • Shards – Ismet Prcic
  • Space, in Chains – Laura Kasischke
  • Stone Arabia – Dana Spiotta
  • The Stranger’s Child – Alan Hollinghurst
  • The Submission – Amy Waldman
  • Swamplandia! – Karen Russell
  • Taller When Prone: Poems – Les Murray
  • Ten Thousand Saints – Eleanor Henderson
  • This Beautiful Life – Helen Schulman
  • The Tiger’s Wife – Téa Obreht
  • The Tragedy of Arthur – Arthur Phillips
  • Train Dreams – Denis Johnson

Nonfiction

  • And So It Goes. Kurt Vonnegut: A Life – Charles J. Shields
  • Arguably: Essays – Christopher Hitchens
  • The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning – Maggie Nelson
  • Assassins of the Turquoise Palace – Roya Hakakian
  • The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World – David Deutsch
  • Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography – Errol Morris
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined – Steven Pinker
  • Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of  a Reluctant Chef – Gabrielle Hamilton
  • Blue Nights – Joan Didion
  • The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son – Ian Brown
  • Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane – Andrew Graham-Dixon
  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman – Robert K. Massie
  • Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned – John A. Farrell
  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness – Alexandra Fuller
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President – Candice Millard
  • The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc. – Jonathan Lethem
  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening – Adam Goodheart
  • Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche – James Miller
  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created – Charles C. Mann
  • George F. Kennan: An American Life – John Lewis Gaddis
  • Great Soul: Mahatma GAndhi and His Struggle with India – Joseph Lelyveld
  • Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America – Sharifa Rhoes-Pitts
  • Holy War: How Vasco de Gama’s Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in a Centuries-Old Clash of Civilizations – Nigel Cliff
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin – Erik Larson
  • Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 – Max Hastings
  • The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood – James Gleick
  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion – Janet Reitman
  • Is That a Fish in Your Ear? Translation and the Meaning of Everything – David Bellos
  • Jerusalem: The Biography – Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • The Keats Brothers: The Life of John and George – Denis Gigante
  • Knocking on Heaven’s Door: how Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World – Lisa Randall
  • Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention – Manning Marable
  • The Memory Chalet – Tony Judt
  • Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War – Tony Horwitz
  • Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them – Donovan Hohn
  • My Song: A Memoir – Harry Belafonte with Michael Shnayerson
  • The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom – Evgeny Morozov
  • One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir – Binyavanga Wainaina
  • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution – Francis Fukuyama
  • Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark – Brian Kellow
  • Pulphead – John Jeremiah Sullivan
  • The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World – Daniel Yergin
  • Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equity – Richard Thompson Ford
  • Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend – Susan Orlean
  • [sic]: A Memoir – Joshua Cody
  • The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War – Andrew Roberts
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern – Stephen Greenblatt
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  • To A Mountain in Tibet – Colin Thubron
  • To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellionm 1914-1918 – Adam Hochschild
  • A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France – Caroline Moorehead
  • Van Gogh: The Life – Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
  • Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What it Means to be Black Now – Touré
  • Why the West Rules — For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future – Ian Morris
  • A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War – Amanda Foreman

Sarah Rodman: Top Albums of 2011

Sarah Rodman: Top Albums of 2011 [as published by The Boston Globe]

  1. Dave Hause – Resolutions
  2. Adele – 21
  3. The Decemberists – The King is Dead
  4. Lori McKenna – Lorraine
  5. Eric Church – Chief
  6. Jill Scott – The Light of the Sun
  7. Vince Gill – Guitar Slinger
  8. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  9. The Roots – undun
  10. Drive-By Truckers – Go-Go Boots

Austin Town Hall: Top 50 Albums of 2011

Austin Town Hall: Top 50 Albums of 2011

  1. Wye Oak – Civilian
  2. The Twerps – The Twerps
  3. Gold Leaves – The Ornament
  4. Real Estate – Days
  5. Cloud Nothings – Cloud Nothings
  6. Pure X – Pleasure
  7. Seapony – Go With Me
  8. The Antlers – Burst Apart
  9. Iceage – New Brigade
  10. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  11. Other Lives – Tamer Animals
  12. Light for Fire – Light for Fire
  13. Girls Names – Dead to Me
  14. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong
  15. King Creosote and Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
  16. Snowmine – Laminate Pet Animal
  17. The Drums – Portamento
  18. Comet Gain – Howl of the Lonely Crowd
  19. The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar
  20. Yuck – Yuck
  21. Craft Spells – Idle Labor
  22. Mind Spiders – Mind Spiders
  23. Atlas Sound – Parallax
  24. Papercuts – Fading Parade
  25. Ducktails – Ducktails III
  26. The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
  27. Cut Off Your Hands – Hollow
  28. Grooms – Prom
  29. Wax Idols – No Future
  30. Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde
  31. Sonny and the Sunsets – Hit After Hit
  32. Okkervil River – I Am Very Far
  33. Devon Williams – Euphoria
  34. Cold Cave – Cherish the Light Years
  35. Crystal Stilts – In Love With Oblivion
  36. Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts
  37. Chad Van Gaalen – Diaper Island
  38. Chelsea Wolfe – Apokalypsis
  39. Bad Sports – Kings of the Weekend
  40. Tim Cohen – Magic Trick
  41. The Rosebuds – Loud Planes Fly Low
  42. Obits – Moody, Standard and Poor
  43. Destroyer – Kaputt
  44. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams
  45. Geoffrey O’ Connor – Vanity is Forever
  46. Blue Skies for Black Hearts – Embracing the Modern Age
  47. Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing
  48. AM & Shawn Lee – Celestial Electric
  49. Secret Cities – Strange Hearts
  50. The New Tigers – The New Tigers

AP: 10 Best Albums of 2011

Associated Press: 10 Best Albums of 2011

  1. Adele – 21
  2. The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
  3. Beyoncé – 4
  4. Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch the Throne
  5. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra
  6. Betty Wright and the Roots – The Movie
  7. Pistol Annies – Hell on Heels
  8. The Roots – Undun
  9. Lady Antebellum – Own the Night
  10. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two