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.

Category: 2011 Albums

Entertainment Weekly: 20 Best Albums of 2011

Entertainment Weekly: 20 Best Albums of 2011 [and the best track from each of the top ten]

  1. Adele – 21 [best track: “Rolling in the Deep”]
  2. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues [best track: “Helplessness Blues”]
  3. Lykke Li – Wounded [best track: “I Follow Rivers”]
  4. Bon Iver – Bon Iver [best track: “Holocene”]
  5. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials [best track: “Breaking Down”]
  6. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra [best track: “Novacane”]
  7. Demi Lovato – Unbroken [best track: “All Night Long”]
  8. My Morning Jacket – Circuital [best track: “First Light”]
  9. Pistol Annies – Hell on Heels [best track: “Hell on Heels”]
  10. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo [best track: “Baby’s Arms”]
  11. The Black Keys – El Camino
  12. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
  13. tUne-yArDs – w h o k i l l
  14. Brad Paisley – This Is Country Music
  15. Alexander – Alexander
  16. Big K.R.I.T. – Return of 4Eva
  17. Mastadon – The Hunter
  18. Rihanna – Talk That Talk
  19. Wilco – The Whole Love
  20. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’

Metromix: Favorite Albums of 2011

Metromix: Favorite Albums of 2011

  • Wild Beasts – Smother [pictured]
  • Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  • Christina Perri – lovestrong
  • The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
  • The Dear Hunter – The Color Spectrum
  • The Decemberists – The King is Dead
  • Drive-By Truckers – Go-Go Boots
  • Ekotren – The Dead of Night
  • Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  • Foster the People – Torches
  • Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
  • Matthew Ryan – I Recall Standing
  • My Morning Jacket – Circuital
  • Natural Child – 1971
  • PAPA – A Good Woman is Hard to Find
  • Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What
  • PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  • Primus – Gren Naugahyde
  • Red Fang – Murder the Mountains
  • The Submarines – Love Notes/Letter Bombs
  • various artists – Muppets: The Green Album
  • The Weeknd – House of Balloons
  • Wild Flag – Wild Flag

NOTE: This list is presented in the order shown on the Metromix site, which seems to be alphabetical if you assume the first album is by Mr. or Ms. Beasts, although every other solo artist is alphabetized by first name. Or perhaps the Wild Beasts disc was given the privileged spot because one Metromix writer declares it the year’s number one in the associated commentary. In other mysteries: there is very little overlap between this “favorite albums” list and the “36 great albums” list from Metromix Chicago.

Altered Zones: Favorites Albums of 2011

Altered Zones: Favorites Albums of 2011 [alphabetically by first name]

  • Ash Borer – Ash Borer
  • Blues Control & Laraaji – FRKWYS Vol. 8
  • The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
  • Death Grips – Exmilitary
  • Future Shuttle – Water’s Edge
  • Holy Other – With U
  • Iceage – New Brigade
  • John Maus – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
  • Julia Holter – Tragedy
  • Julian Lynch – Terra
  • Jürgen Müller – Science of the Sea
  • Laurel Halo – Hour Logic
  • Liturgy – Aesthethica
  • Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
  • Peaking Lights – 936 [pictured]
  • Pete Swanson – Man with Potential
  • Prince Rama – Trust Now
  • Pure X – Pleasure
  • Run DMT – Dreams
  • Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972

Richard Trapunski: Top 10 Albums of 2011

Richard Trapunski: Top 10 Albums of 2011 [as published by NOW Magazine]

  1. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
  2. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  3. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
  4. Iceage – New Brigade
  5. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
  6. Rich Aucoin – We’re All Dying to Live
  7. The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
  8. Yuck – Yuck
  9. Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde
  10. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

Honourable Mentions

  • Black Keys – El Camino
  • Jennifer Castle – Castlemusic
  • One Hundred Dollars – Songs of Man
  • Timber Timbre – Creep on Creepin’ On
  • Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread

Dave Morris: Top 10 Albums of 2011

Dave Morris: Top 10 Albums of 2011 [as published by the Toronto Globe and Mail]

  1. The Horrors – Skying
  2. various artists – Bangs and Works, Volume 2
  3. Tyler, The Creator – Goblin
  4. 2562 – Fever
  5. Woodsman – Rare Forms
  6. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  7. Jackmaster – FabricLive 57
  8. Pinch and Shackleton – Pinch and Shackleton
  9. Four Tet – FabricLive 59
  10. Pusha T – Fear of God II: Let Us Pray

Brad Wheeler: Top 10 Albums of 2011

Brad Wheeler: Top 10 Albums of 2011 [as published by the Toronto Globe and Mail]

  1. Feist – Metals
  2. The Roots – undun
  3. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
  4. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  5. Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What
  6. James Blake – James Blake
  7. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  8. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
  9. Meshell Ndegeocello – Weather
  10. The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient

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

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

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