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.

Pazz & Jop: Top 48 Singles of 2011

The annual Village Voice Pazz+Jop poll: Top 48 Singles of 2011 [also: albums]

  1. Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
  2. Beyoncé – “Countdown”
  3. Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
  4. M83 – “Midnight City”
  5. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Niggas in Paris”
  6. Azealia Banks – “212”
  7. Britney Spears – “Till the World Ends”
  8. [tie] Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”
  9. Adele – “Someone Like You”
  10. Tyler – the Creator, “Yonkers”
  11. [tie] Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
  12. tUnE-yArDs – “Bizness”
  13. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Otis”
  14. Drake – “Marvin’s Room”
  15. EMA – “California”
  16. Frank Ocean – “Novacane”
  17. [tie] Wild Flag – “Romance”
  18. Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
  19. [tie] Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris – “We Found Love”
  20. Robyn – “Call Your Girlfriend”
  21. [tie] DJ Khaled featuring Drake – Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, “I’m on One”
  22. Cass McCombs – “County Line”
  23. Lady Gaga – “The Edge of Glory”
  24. Kreayshawn – “Gucci Gucci”
  25. [tie] Lil Wayne featuring Cory Gunz – “6 Foot 7 Foot”
  26. Bon Iver – “Holocene”
  27. [tie] Lady Gaga – “Born This Way”
  28. Das Racist – “Michael Jackson”
  29. Lykke Li – “Get Some”
  30. Pistol Annies – “Hell on Heels”
  31. [tie] Real Estate – “It’s Real”
  32. [tie] LMFAO – “Party Rock Anthem”
  33. Joy Formidable – “Whirring”
  34. Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
  35. [tie] PJ Harvey – “The Words That Maketh Murder”
  36. [tie] Florence + The Machine – “Shake It Out”
  37. [tie] Girls – “Vomit”
  38. [tie] The Rapture – “How Deep Is Your Love?”
  39. Taylor Swift – “Mean”
  40. [tie] Battles – “Ice Cream”
  41. [tie] A$AP Rocky – “Peso”
  42. [tie] Cults – “Go Outside”
  43. [tie] St. Vincent – “Cruel”
  44. Wilco – “I Might”
  45. [tie] Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne – “Motivation”
  46. [tie] Blawan – “Getting Me Down”
  47. [tie] Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em – “Zan With That Lean”
  48. Lady Gaga – “Yoü and I”
  49. [tie] Adele – “Rumour Has It”
  50. [tie] James Blake – “The Wilhelm Scream”

See the Village Voice for a ranking of all the songs mentioned by the poll’s 700 respondents.

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2011

The annual Village Voice music poll Pazz+Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2011 [see also: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 singles]

  1. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
  2. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  3. Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch the Throne
  4. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
  5. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
  6. Adele – 21
  7. Destroyer – Kaputt
  8. Drake – Take Care
  9. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  10. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
  11. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
  12. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  13. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
  14. Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What
  15. EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
  16. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra
  17. The Roots – Undun
  18. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  19. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  20. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
  21. Black Keys – El Camino
  22. Wilco – The Whole Love
  23. Pistol Annies – Hell on Heels
  24. Yuck – Yuck
  25. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
  26. Beyoncé – 4
  27. Gillian Welch – The Harrow and the Harvest
  28. Danny Brown – XXX
  29. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
  30. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
  31. Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
  32. Real Estate – Days
  33. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  34. James Blake – James Blake
  35. Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
  36. Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
  37. Kate Bush – 50 Words for Snow
  38. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
  39. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’
  40. Wye Oak – Civilian
  41. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals – Ashes & Fire
  42. Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
  43. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
  44. Kendrick Lamar – Section.80
  45. The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions
  46. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Mirror Traffic
  47. Mastodon – The Hunter
  48. Das Racist – Relax
  49. War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
  50. Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming
  51. Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
  52. Katy B – On a Mission
  53. Britney Spears – Femme Fatale
  54. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  55. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams
  56. Iceage – New Brigade
  57. The Men – Leave Home
  58. Joy Formidable – The Big Roar
  59. Feist – Metals
  60. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
  61. Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape
  62. [tie] Atlas Sound – Parallax
  63. Fountains of Wayne – Sky Full of Holes
  64. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
  65. Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck
  66. Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise
  67. Big KRIT – Return of 4Eva
  68. The Antlers – Burst Apart
  69. Panda Bear – Tomboy
  70. Tinariwen – Tassili
  71. Kills – Blood Pressures
  72. Low – C’mon
  73. R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now
  74. Demdike Stare – Tryptych
  75. [tie] Nick Lowe – The Old Magic
  76. Hayes Carll – KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories)
  77. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
  78. Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres
  79. Zola Jesus – Conatus
  80. The Horrors – Skying
  81. White Denim – D
  82. Washed Out – Within and Without
  83. Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong
  84. The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
  85. Austra – Feel It Break
  86. Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place
  87. Miranda Lambert – Four the Record
  88. Liturgy – Aesthethica
  89. Elbow – Build a Rocket Boys!
  90. [tie] Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
  91. Cults – Cults
  92. DJ Quik – The Book of David
  93. A$AP Rocky – LiveLoveA$AP
  94. Lou Reed & Metallica – Lulu
  95. Feelies – Here Before
  96. Grouper – A I A
  97. Eric Church – Chief
  98. Tyler, The Creator – Goblin
  99. Braids – Native Speaker
  100. Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread

NOTE: See the Village Voice for a ranking of the 1,734 albums that received votes from at least one of the poll’s 700 respondents.