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. We note, of course, that it's not even December, yet. People. People! Lists are crashing down upon us unusually early. But here we go…

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.