Year-End Lists

Notable, searchable lists of the year's best music, movies, and books. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies.

Category: 2011 Albums

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2013

Computer Chess

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2013 (as published by The A.V. Club)

  1. Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  2. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  3. Her – Spike Jonze
  4. Pain & Gain – Michael Bay
  5. The Unspeakable Act – Dan Sallitt
  6. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  7. Faust – Aleksandr Sokurov
  8. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  9. The World’s End – Edgar Wright
  10. Drug War – Johnnie To
  11. Riddick – David Twohy
  12. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  13. Side Effects – Steven Soderbergh
  14. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  15. Bastards – Claire Denis

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 10 Films of 2012

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Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 10 Films of 2012 (as submitted to the Indiewire poll)

  1. The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr
  2. The Forgotten Space – Allan Sekula and Noël Burch
  3. Bernie – Richard Linklater
  4. The Hunter – Rafi Pitts
  5. The Kid with a Bike – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  6. Unforgivable – André Téchiné
  7. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  8. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  9. The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies
  10. Gerhard Richter Painting – Corinna Belz

As Submitted to the Village Voice Poll

  1. The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr
  2. Bernie – Richard Linklater
  3. The Forgotten Space – Allan Sekula and Noël Burch
  4. The Kid with a Bike – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  5. Far from Afghanistan – John Gianvito, Travis Wilkerson, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, and Soon-Mi Yoo
  6. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  7. Unforgivable – André Téchiné
  8. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  9. Keyhole – Guy Maddin
  10. The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2012

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2012

  1. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city – Amazon
  2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  3. Rick Ross – Rich Forever
  4. Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
  5. Schoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions
  6. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
  7. Ka – Grief Pedigree
  8. Wiz Khalifa – Taylor Allderdice
  9. Future – Pluto
  10. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
  11. Grimes – Visions
  12. Nas – Life is Good
  13. Beach House – Bloom
  14. Meek Mill – Dreamchasers 2
  15. Ty Dolla $ign – Beach House
  16. Rihanna – Unapologetic
  17. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  18. Action Bronson – Blue Chips
  19. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles [III]
  20. Ab-Soul – Control System
  21. Mac DeMarco – 2
  22. Santigold – Master of My Make-Believe
  23. Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man
  24. G.O.O.D. Music – Cruel Summer
  25. TNGHT – TNGHT EP
  26. Big Sean – Detroit
  27. The xx – Coexist
  28. Chief Keef – Finally Rich
  29. Purity Ring – Shrines
  30. Dom Kennedy – Yellow Album
  31. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  32. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  33. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  34. Ratking – Wiki93
  35. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
  36. Lil Durk – I’m Still a Hitta
  37. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  38. Joey Bada$$ – 1999
  39. Titus Andronicus – Local Business
  40. Death Grips – The Money Store
  41. Captain Murphy – Duality
  42. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
  43. BJ The Chicago Kid – Pineapple Now-Laters
  44. Twin Shadow – Confess
  45. Game – Jesus Piece
  46. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
  47. Mr. Vegas – Sweet Jamaica
  48. Roc Marciano – Reloaded
  49. Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts
  50. Mac Miller – Macadelic

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2011

The annual Village Voice music poll Pazz+Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2011 [also: 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.

Margaret Wappler: Top 10 Albums of 2011

Margaret Wappler: Top 10 Albums of 2011 [as published by The Los Angeles Times]

  1. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
  2. Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
  3. Destroyer – Kaputt
  4. Feist – Metals
  5. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  6. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
  7. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
  8. Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What
  9. Eleanor Friedberger – Last Sumer
  10. Real Estate – Days

Todd Martens: Top 15 Albums of 2011

Todd Martens: Top 10 Albums of 2011 [as published by The Los Angeles Times]

  1. Le Butcherettes – Sin Sin Sin
  2. Van Hunt – What Were You Hoping For?
  3. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
  4. The Roots – undun
  5. Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi
  6. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’
  7. Wilco – The Whole Love
  8. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
  9. Bewitched Hands – Birds and Drums
  10. Lydia Loveless – Indestructible Machine
  11. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
  12. Feist – Metals
  13. The Drive-By Truckers – Go-Go Boots
  14. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
  15. The Feelies – Here Before

Bleep: Top 10 Albums of 2011

Bleep: Top 10 Albums of 2011

  1. Byetone – SyMeta
  2. Rustie – Glass Swords
  3. John Maus – We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
  4. patten – GLAQJO XAACSSO
  5. Martyn – Ghost People
  6. Peaking Lights – 936
  7. Surgeon – Breaking The Frame
  8. Roll The Dice – In Dust
  9. Nicolas Jaar – Space is Only Noise
  10. Roly Porter – Aftertime

Hot Press: Top 30 Albums of 2011

Hot Press: Top 30 Albums of 2011

  1. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  2. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
  3. Lisa Hannigan – Passenger
  4. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  5. The Horrors – Skying
  6. Cashier No. 9 – To the Death of Fun
  7. Elbow – Build a Rocket Boys!
  8. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  9. Wild Beasts – Smother
  10. Bjork – Biophilia
  11. Kate Bush – 50 Words for Snow
  12. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  13. Pugwash – The Olympus Sound
  14. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
  15. Wilco – The Whole Love
  16. James Blake – James Blake
  17. The Coronas – Closer To You
  18. Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See
  19. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
  20. Feist – Metals
  21. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne
  22. The Minutes – Marcata
  23. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
  24. Childish Gambino – Camp
  25. Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi
  26. We Cut Corners – Today I Realised I Could Walk Home Backwards
  27. SBTRKT – SBTRKT
  28. Snow Patrol – Fallen Empires
  29. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
  30. The Waterboys – An Appointment with Mr. Yeats

Rip It Up: 10 Best Albums of 2011

Rip It Up: 10 Best Albums of 2011

  1. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  2. SBTRKT – SBTRKT
  3. Kasabian – Velociraptor!
  4. Azari & III – Azari & III
  5. The Horrors – Skying
  6. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  7. The Black Keys – El Camino
  8. Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See
  9. The Jezabels – Prisoner
  10. Cut Copy – Zonoscope

Guitar World: Top 50 Albums of 2011

Guitar World: Top 50 Albums of 2011

  1. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  2. Opeth – Heritage
  3. Asking Alexandria – Reckless & Relentless
  4. Anthrax – Worship Music
  5. Mastodon – The Hunter
  6. Joe Bonamassa – Dust Bowl
  7. Children of Bodom – Relentless Reckless Forever
  8. Megadeth – TH1RT3EN
  9. Cage the Elephant – Thank You, Happy Birthday
  10. Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn of Events
  11. Black Veil Brides – Set the World on Fire
  12. Black Country Communion – 2
  13. Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You
  14. Animals As Leaders – Weightless
  15. Machine Head – Unto the Locust
  16. Gregg Allman – Low Country Blues
  17. Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
  18. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  19. Of Mice & Men – The Flood
  20. Warren Haynes – Man in Motion
  21. Falling In Reverse – The Drug in Me Is You
  22. Wilco – The Whole Love
  23. Protest the Hero – Scurrilous
  24. Korn – The Path of Totality
  25. Brad Paisley – This Is Country Music
  26. Skeletonwitch – Forever Abomination
  27. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Revelator
  28. Iced Earth – Dystopia
  29. Russian Circles – Empros
  30. Kenny Wayne Shepherd – How I Go
  31. Black Dahlia Murder – Ritual
  32. Primus – Green Naugahyde
  33. Steel Panther – Balls Out
  34. Jane’s Addiction – The Great Escape Artist
  35. Jimmie Vaughan – Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites
  36. The Black Keys – El Camino
  37. The Human Abstract – Digital Veil
  38. Revocation – Chaos of Forms
  39. The Cars – Move Like This
  40. George Thorogood and the Destroyers – 2120 South Michigan Ave.
  41. The Devil Wears Prada – Dead Throne
  42. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Mirror Traffic
  43. Decapitated – Carnival is Forever
  44. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  45. Textures – Dualism
  46. Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot III
  47. Gang of Four – Content
  48. Five Finger Death Punch – American Capitalist
  49. Brian Setzer – Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL!
  50. Trivium – In Waves