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: December, 2011

Robert Everett-Green: Top 10 Albums of 2011

Robert Everett-Green: Top 10 Albums of 2011 [as published by the Toronto Globe and Mail]

  1. Feist – Metals
  2. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  3. Jennifer Castle – Castlemusic
  4. Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppe – Rome
  5. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  6. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
  7. Braids – Native Speaker
  8. We Are Enfant Terrible – Explicit Pictures
  9. Christine Fellows – Femmes de Chez Nous
  10. The Roots – undun

Matt Singer: 10 Best Movies of 2011

Matt Singer of IFC: Best Movies of 2011

  1. Take Shelter – Jeff Nichols
  2. I Saw the Devil – Kim Ji-woon
  3. The Interrupters – Steve James
  4. The Trip – Michael Winterbottom
  5. Certified Copy – Abbas Kiarostami
  6. A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
  7. Poetry – Lee Chang-dong
  8. Win Win – Thomas McCarthy
  9. Margaret – Kenneth Lonergan
  10. Bellflower – Evan Glodell

Nerve: 15 Best Movies of 2011

Nerve: 15 Best Movies of 2011 [as chosen by Phil Nugent and Andrew Osborne]

  1. The Trip – Michael Winterbottom
  2. Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
  3. The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
  4. Win Win – Thomas McCarthy
  5. Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn
  6. Young Adult – Jason Reitman
  7. The Future – Miranda July
  8. Bridesmaids – Paul Feig
  9. The Descendants – Alexander Payne
  10. Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Rupert Wyatt
  11. Weekend – Andrew Haigh
  12. Hugo – Martin Scorsese
  13. Melancholia – Lars von Trier
  14. A Dangerous Method – David Cronenberg
  15. Moneyball – Bennett Miller

Honorable Mentions

  • Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop – Rodman Flender
  • Of Gods and Men – Xavier Beauvois
  • Incendies – Denis Villeneuve
  • Page One: Inside the New York Times – Andrew Rossi
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love – Glenn Ficarra

EW: 10 Best Albums of 2011

Entertainment Weekly: 10 Best Albums of 2011

  1. Adele – 21
  2. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  3. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
  4. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  5. Florence + The ­Machine – Ceremonials
  6. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra
  7. Demi Lovato – Unbroken
  8. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
  9. Pistol Annies – Hell on Heels
  10. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo

Nick Pinkerton: Top 10 Films of 2011

Nick Pinkerton of The Village Voice: Top 10 Films of 2011 [as voted in the Village Voice Critics’ Poll], alphabetically

  • The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu – Andrei Ujica
  • The Descendants – Alexander Payne
  • Final Destination 5 – Steven Quale [pictured]
  • The Future – Miranda July
  • The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick
  • The Princess of Montpensier – Bertrand Tavernier
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Rupert Wyatt
  • Take Shelter – Jeff Nichols
  • La Pivellina – Tizza Covi
  • The Mill and the Cross – Lech Majewski

Epitonic: Top 40 Albums of 2011

Epitonic: Top 40 Albums of 2011

  1. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  2. Battles – Gloss Drop
  3. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
  4. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
  5. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  6. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne
  7. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
  8. Beirut – The Rip Tide
  9. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  10. Washed Out – Within and Without
  11. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
  12. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  13. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  14. The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
  15. Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
  16. Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
  17. Bibio – Mind Bokeh
  18. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
  19. Destroyer – Kaputt
  20. James Blake – James Blake
  21. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
  22. Wilco – The Whole Love
  23. Future Islands – On the Water
  24. Adele – 21
  25. Apparat – The Devil’s Walk
  26. Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams
  27. Tyler, The Creator – Goblin
  28. Real Estate – Days
  29. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
  30. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  31. Male Bonding – Endless Now
  32. Times New Viking – Dancer Equired
  33. Low – C’mon
  34. Shlohmo – Bad Vibes
  35. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
  36. Curren$y – Verde Terrace
  37. Boris – Heavy Rocks
  38. Chelsea Wolfe – Apokalypsis
  39. Holy Ghost! – Holy Ghost!
  40. Mr. Gnome – Madness in Miniature

Ology: Top 15 Indie/Alternative Albums of 2011

Ology: The Top 15 Indie/Alternative Albums of 2011

  1. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  2. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  3. TV on the Radio – Nine Types Of Light
  4. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
  5. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  6. The Kills – Blood Pressures
  7. Wilco – The Whole Love
  8. Jane’s Addiction – The Great Escape Artist
  9. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
  10. Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts
  11. Chelsea Wolfe – Apokalypsis
  12. Gavin Friday – catholic
  13. Lamb – 5
  14. The Raveonettes – Raven In The Grave
  15. R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now

I Guess I’m Floating: 30 Best Albums of 2011

I Guess I’m Floating: The 30 Best Albums of 2011

  1. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  2. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  3. Real Estate – Days
  4. Panda Bear – Tomboy
  5. Atlas Sound – Parallax
  6. The Antlers – Burst Apart
  7. Radiohead – The King Of Limbs
  8. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  9. Destroyer – Kaputt
  10. Drake – Take Care
  11. Darkside – Darkside EP
  12. Alabama Shakes – Alabama Shakes EP
  13. Generationals – Actor-Caster
  14. Spanish Prisoners – Gold Fools
  15. EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
  16. Mood Rings – Sweater Weather Forever
  17. Delicate Steve – Wondervisions
  18. Moon Bounce – Darn Your Best Frock
  19. araabMUZIK – Electronic Dream
  20. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne
  21. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  22. Warm Weather – Dances
  23. Youth Lagoon – The Year Of Hibernation
  24. Starfucker – Reptilians
  25. Pepper Rabbit – Red Velvet Snowball
  26. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  27. Toro Y Moi – Underneath The Pine
  28. Air Drops – EP
  29. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

I Guess I’m Floating: 50 Best Songs of 2011

I Guess I’m Floating: The 50 Best Songs of 2011

  1. Young Man – “Enough”
  2. St. Vincent – “Cruel”
  3. Real Estate – “It’s Real”
  4. Ambassadeurs – “Rossler”
  5. Fleet Foxes – “The Shrine / An Argument”
  6. Mood Rings – “Indian Hills”
  7. M83 – “Midnight City”
  8. Caveman – “December 28th”
  9. Panda Bear – “Afterburner”
  10. Alabama Shakes – “You Ain’t Alone”
  11. Darkside – “A1”
  12. Bon Iver – “Holocene”
  13. Warm Weather – “I Only Know”
  14. Hands – “Warm Night Home”
  15. Jape – “The Oldest Mind”
  16. Generationals – “Ten-Twenty-Ten”
  17. Youth Lagoon – “Cannons”
  18. The Antlers – “Putting The Dog To Sleep”
  19. Bibio – “Anything New”
  20. Girls – “Vomit”
  21. TV Girl – “Benny and the Jets”
  22. Ducktails – “Killin The Vibe”
  23. Pepper Rabbit – “Rose Mary Stretch”
  24. CSLSX – “Keep On Shining”
  25. Monogold – “Spirit or Something”
  26. Dreamers of the Ghetto – “Tether”
  27. Spanish Prisoners – “Know No Violence”
  28. Starfucker – “Julius”
  29. Delicate Steve – “Butterfly”
  30. Coldplay – “Charlie Brown”
  31. unouomedude – “Frequency”
  32. Light Vibes – “Wish We Had”
  33. EMA – “The Grey Ship”
  34. Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
  35. Smith Westerns – “Weekend”
  36. League – “Two Wild Hearts”
  37. Justice – “Civilization”
  38. Iron & Wine – “Walking Far From Home”
  39. Moon Bounce – “First Of All and In Conclusion”
  40. Other Lives – “Dark Horse”
  41. Saskatchewan – “Skinny Dipping”
  42. Otis Heat – “Everybody Loves Me In The Same Way”
  43. Air Drops – “Giants Of Canaan”
  44. Auditorium – “Sunday”
  45. Shabazz Palaces – “Swerve The Reeping Of All That Is Worthwhile”
  46. Paul Simon – “Rewrite”
  47. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Niggas In Paris”
  48. Cults – “Abducted”
  49. New Animal – “Other Side”
  50. Sea Pinks – “Peripheral Vision”

XLR8R: 30 Best Albums of 2011

XLR8R: 30 Best Albums of 2011

  1. Holy Other – With U
  2. Rustie – Glass Swords
  3. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  4. Balam Acab – Wander/Wonder
  5. Gang Gang Dance – Glass Jar
  6. Martyn – Ghost People
  7. Altered Natives – Tenement Yard Vol.2
  8. Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
  9. Zomby – Dedication
  10. Sepalcure – Sepalcure
  11. Kuedo – Severant
  12. Sully – Carrier
  13. FaltyDL – You Stand Uncertain
  14. Scuba – Adrenalin EP
  15. Clams Casino – Instrumentals Mixtape
  16. Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
  17. The Field – Looping State of Mind
  18. Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise
  19. BNJMN – Plastic World
  20. Omar-S – It Can Be Done, But Only I Can Do It
  21. LV & Joshua Idehen – Routes
  22. Instra:Mental – Resolution 653
  23. Battles – Gloss Drop
  24. Stingray313 – Electronic Countmeasures EP
  25. Araabmuzik – Electronic Dream
  26. Tycho – Dive
  27. Space Dimension Controller – The Pathway to Tiraquon 6
  28. Hudson Mohawke – Satin Panthers EP
  29. Patten – GLAQJO XAACSSO
  30. Andy Stott – Passed Me By