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 Songs

One Thirty BPM: Top 100 Tracks of 2011

One Thirty BPM: The Top 100 Tracks of 2011 [playlists: Spotify]

  1. M83 – “Midnight City”
  2. Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
  3. WU LYF – “We Bros”
  4. Girls – “Vomit”
  5. The Antlers – “Putting The Dog To Sleep”
  6. The Weeknd – “Wicked Games”
  7. Bon Iver – “Holocene”
  8. Cut Copy – “Need You Now”
  9. The Do – “Too Insistent”
  10. St. Vincent – “Cruel”
  11. Arctic Monkeys – “That’s Where You’re Wrong”
  12. Cold Cave – “The Great Pan Is Dead”
  13. Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”
  14. Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues”
  15. SBTRKT featuring Yukimi Nagano – “Wildfire”
  16. Real Estate – “It’s Real”
  17. James Blake – “The Wilhelm Scream”
  18. Atlas Sound – “Te Amo”
  19. Thom Yorke, Burial, and Four Tet – “Ego”
  20. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “No Church in the Wild”
  21. Gang Gang Dance – “Glass Jar”
  22. EMA – “California”
  23. Kendrick Lamar – “Hiiipower”
  24. Junior Boys – “Banana Ripple”
  25. Active Child featuring How to Dress Well – “Playing House”
  26. Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”
  27. Burial – “NYC”
  28. Yuck – “Operation”
  29. St. Vincent – “Strange Mercy”
  30. The Mountain Goats – “High Hawk Season”
  31. Wilco – “Art of Almost”
  32. Kate Bush – “Misty”
  33. Real Estate – “Green Aisles”
  34. Wild Beasts – “Reach A Bit Further”
  35. Jay-Z and Kanye West – “Otis”
  36. TV On The Radio – “Will Do”
  37. Wild Flag – “Romance”
  38. Thee Oh Sees – “The Dream”
  39. Big K.R.I.T. – “Dreamin’”
  40. Yuck – “Get Away”
  41. Dum Dum Girls – “Coming Down”
  42. Wolves In The Throne Room – “Thuja Magus Imperium”
  43. Lykke Li – “Love Out Of Lust”
  44. Nas – “Nasty”
  45. Gang Gang Dance – “MindKilla”
  46. The Roots featuring Big K.R.I.T. and Dice Raw – “Make My”
  47. M83 – “Steve McQueen”
  48. Youth Lagoon – “17″
  49. The Weeknd – “The Birds (Part 1)”
  50. The Decemberists – “Don’t Carry It All”
  51. The Strokes – “Machu Pichu”
  52. The Antlers – “I Don’t Want Love”
  53. SBTRKT – “Trials of the Past”
  54. Big K.R.I.T. – “The Vent”
  55. Lykke Li – “I Know Places”
  56. James Blake – “Lindesfarne II”
  57. Tom Waits – “Hell Broke Luce”
  58. The Horrors – “I Can See Through You”
  59. EMA – “Butterfly Knife”
  60. Balam Acab – “Oh, Why”
  61. The Weeknd featuring Drake – “The Zone”
  62. Ty Segall – “Goodbye Bread”
  63. White Denim – “No Real Reason”
  64. Wilco – “One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend)”
  65. Giles Corey – “No One Is Ever Going To Want Me”
  66. ASAP Rocky – “Peso”
  67. Lil B – “R.I.P. The Rap Game”
  68. WU LYF – “Such A Sad Puppy Dog”
  69. Times New Viking – “Fuck Her Tears”
  70. Destroyer – “Suicide Demo For Kara Walker”
  71. Purity Ring – “Belispeak”
  72. Beirut – “Goshen”
  73. Jens Lekman – “Waiting For Kirsten”
  74. Xylos – “Darling Dearest”
  75. Shabazz Palaces – “Free Press and Curl”
  76. Machinedrum – “Lay Me Down”
  77. Frank Ocean – “We All Try”
  78. Elite Gymnastics – “So Close To Paradise”
  79. Peter Bjorn and John – “I Know You Don’t Love Me”
  80. Dumbo Gets Mad – “Harmony”
  81. Raekwon featuring Nas – “Rich and Black”
  82. Born Gold – “Lawn Knives”
  83. Iceage – “White Rune”
  84. Pusha T – “Blow”
  85. Washed Out – “Eyes Be Closed”
  86. Total Babes – “How We Wanna Be”
  87. Blue Sky Black Death – “Sleeping Children Are Still Flying”
  88. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – “NY Is Killing Me”
  89. The Weeknd – “The Morning”
  90. Death Grips – “Exmilitary”
  91. Braids – “Glass Deers”
  92. Fleet Foxes – “The Shrine/An Argument”
  93. Radiohead – “Give Up The Ghost”
  94. Ryan Adams – “Lucky Now”
  95. Feist – “The Circle Married The Line”
  96. Little Dragon – “Ritual Union”
  97. Girls – “Honey Bunny”
  98. Cults – “You Know What I Mean”
  99. Fucked Up – “Queen of Hearts”
  100. Curren$y – “Scottie Pippens”

Billboard: 20 Best Songs of 2011

Billboard: 20 Best Songs of 2011

  1. Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
  2. Adele – “Someone Like You”
  3. Britney Spears – “Til The World Ends”
  4. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Niggas in Paris”
  5. Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne – “Motivation”
  6. Frank Ocean – “Novacane”
  7. Bon Iver – “Holocene”
  8. Lady Gaga – “The Edge Of Glory”
  9. Chris Brown featuring Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne – “Look At Me Now”
  10. Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”
  11. The Joy Formidable – “Whirring”
  12. Beyoncé – “Countdown”
  13. Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
  14. Nicola Roberts – “Beat Of My Drum”
  15. Drake featuring Rihanna – “Take Care”
  16. SBTRKT – “Wildfire”
  17. DJ Khaled – “I’m On One”
  18. Pistol Annies – “Hell On Heels”
  19. M83 – “Midnight City”
  20. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris – “We Found Love”

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Singles of 2011

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Singles of 2011 [playlists: Spotify, Rdio, comment if you have a better one]

  1. Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”
  2. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Niggas In Paris”
  3. Britney Spears – “Till The World Ends”
  4. Foo Fighters – “These Days”
  5. Paul Simon – “Rewrite”
  6. Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
  7. Lady Gaga – “Edge Of Glory”
  8. Beyoncé – “Countdown”
  9. Lil Wayne featuring Cory Gunz – “Six Foot Seven Foot”
  10. The Decemberists – “Don’t Carry It All”
  11. Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
  12. Lloyd featuring Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne – “Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)”
  13. My Morning Jacket – “Circuital”
  14. Sleeper Agent – “Get It Daddy”
  15. TV on the Radio – “You”
  16. Fleet Foxes – “Lorelai”
  17. Wilco – “I Might”
  18. Black Keys – “Little Black Submarines”
  19. Lucinda Williams – “Blessed”
  20. Jay-Z and Kanye West – “Welcome to the Jungle”
  21. Paul Simon – “The Afterlife”
  22. Bon Iver – “Holocene”
  23. Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”
  24. Smith Westerns – “Weekend”
  25. Lykke Li – “Youth Knows No Pain”
  26. Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
  27. Lady Gaga – “You and I”
  28. Dawes – “Million Dollar Bill”
  29. Adele – “Rumour Has It”
  30. Eric Church – “Springsteen”
  31. Killer Mike – “Ric Flair”
  32. tUnE-yArDs – “Bizniss”
  33. Beastie Boys featuring Santigold – “Don’t Play No Games That I Can’t Win”
  34. Das Racist – “Girl”
  35. R.E.M. – “We All Go Back To Where We Belong”
  36. Tom Waits – “Satisfied”
  37. Nas – “Nasty”
  38. Middle Brother – “Blue Eyes”
  39. EMA – “California”
  40. Girls – “Vomit”
  41. Coldplay – “Paradise”
  42. Eleanor Friedberger – “My Mistakes”
  43. Hayes Carll – “KMAG YOYO”
  44. The Joy Formidable – “The Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie”
  45. Cass McCombs – “The Same Thing”
  46. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire et al. – “The Last Huzzah”
  47. Atlas Sound – “Mona Lisa”
  48. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “The Death of You and Me”
  49. Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Heart In Your Heartbreak”
  50. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Adventures of Raindance Maggie”

Q Magazine: Top 20 Tracks of 2011

Q Magazine: Top 20 Tracks of 2011 [playlists: Spotify, comment if you have another]

  1. Adele – “Someone Like You”
  2. Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”
  3. Kreayshawn – “Gucci Gucci”
  4. Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kids”
  5. Lady Gaga – “The Edge Of Glory”
  6. The Vaccines – “If You Wanna”
  7. Aloe Blacc – “I Need A Dollar”
  8. Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”
  9. The Strokes – “Under Cover Of Darkness”
  10. Lykke Li – “Get Some”
  11. Jack White – “Love Is Blindness”
  12. Chase & Status – “Blind Faith”
  13. Rihanna – “Man Down”
  14. Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues”
  15. Florence + The Machine – “Shake It Out”
  16. Ghostpoet – “Cash And Carry Me Home”
  17. Wretch 32 – “Traktor”
  18. Cat’s Eyes – “Best Person I Know”
  19. Example – “Changed The Way You Kissed Me”
  20. Beady Eye – “The Morning Son”

Paste: 50 Best Songs of 2011

Paste Magazine: The 50 Best Songs of 2011 [playlists: Spotify, Rdio]

  1. Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues”
  2. M83 – “Midnight City”
  3. Typhoon – “The Honest Truth”
  4. tUnE-yArDs – “Powa”
  5. Phantogram – “Don’t Move”
  6. Generationals – “Ten-Twenty-Ten”
  7. Tom Waits – “Bad As Me”
  8. Wilco – “Art of Almost”
  9. Cults – “Go Outside”
  10. Bon Iver – “Calgary”
  11. Girls – “Honey Bunny”
  12. Blitzen Trapper – “Fletcher”
  13. St. Vincent – “Cruel”
  14. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “Nothing But Our Love”
  15. The Civil Wars – “Barton Hollow”
  16. Beirut – “East Harlem”
  17. Childish Gambino – “Heartbeat”
  18. Real Estate – “It’s Real”
  19. TV on the Radio – “Second Song”
  20. The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
  21. Middle Brother – “Blue Eyes”
  22. The Decemberists – “This Is Why We Fight”
  23. Radiohead – “Lotus Flower”
  24. Those Darlins – “Be Your Bro”
  25. The Head and The Heart – “Down In The Valley”
  26. My Morning Jacket – “Circuital”
  27. The Antlers – “Rolled Together”
  28. Wye Oak – “Holy Holy”
  29. Givers – “Up Up Up”
  30. James Blake – “The Wilhelm Scream”
  31. Dawes – “A Little Bit of Everything”
  32. Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
  33. Reptar – “Blastoff”
  34. Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
  35. Yuck – “Georgia”
  36. Seryn – “We Will All Be Changed”
  37. Rubblebucket – “Came Out of a Lady”
  38. The Belle Brigade – “Losers”
  39. Battles – “Ice Cream”
  40. Pistol Annies – “Hell on Heels”
  41. Kurt Vile – “Jesus Fever”
  42. Surfer Blood – “Miranda”
  43. Peter Bjorn and John – “Dig a Little Deeper”
  44. Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
  45. Florence + The Machine – “Shake It Out”
  46. Fitz & The Tantrums – “Moneygrabber”
  47. Chris Bathgate – “Salt Year”
  48. Little Dragon – “Ritual Union”
  49. Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”
  50. Lykke Li – “Love Out of Lust”

Slant: 25 Best Singles of 2011

Slant Magazine: The 25 Best Singles of 2011 [playlists: comment if you’ve made one]

  1. Kanye West – “All of the Lights”
  2. Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”
  3. Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
  4. Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”
  5. Lady Gaga – “Born This Way”
  6. Robyn – “Call Your Girlfriend”
  7. Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues”
  8. Lady Gaga – “The Edge of Glory”
  9. Beth Ditto – “I Wrote the Book”
  10. Azealia Banks featuring Lazy Jay – “212”
  11. Das Racist – “Michael Jackson”
  12. Gotye featuring Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
  13. Florence and the Machine – “Shake It Out”
  14. Lana Del Rey – “Blue Jeans”
  15. EMA – “California”
  16. Britney Spears – “Till the World Ends”
  17. SBTRKT featuring Yukimi Nagano – “Wildfire”
  18. Lykke Li – “I Follow Rivers”
  19. Girls – “Vomit”
  20. Frank Ocean – “Novacane”
  21. 2NE1 – “I Am the Best”
  22. Patrick Wolf – “The City”
  23. St. Vincent – “Cruel”
  24. Beyoncé – “Love on Top”
  25. Battles featuring Matias Aguayo – “Ice Cream”

Pitchfork: Top 100 Tracks of 2011

Pitchfork: Top 100 Tracks of 2011 [playlists: SpotifyRdio]

  1. M83 – “Midnight City”
  2. Bon Iver – “Holocene”
  3. EMA – “California”
  4. Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
  5. Real Estate – “It’s Real”
  6. Destroyer – “Kaputt”
  7. Beyoncé – “Countdown”
  8. Cass McCombs – “County Line”
  9. Azealia Banks – “212”
  10. DJ Khaled featuring Rick Ross, Drake, Lil Wayne – “I’m On One (Explicit Version)”
  11. James Blake – “Wilhelms Scream”
  12. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Niggas In Paris”
  13. tUnE-yArDs – “Bizness”
  14. Girls – “Vomit”
  15. The Weeknd – “The Morning”
  16. Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”
  17. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Replica”
  18. St. Vincent – “Cruel”
  19. Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”
  20. Gang Gang Dance – “Glass Jar”
  21. Drake – “Marvins Room”
  22. Bill Callahan – “Riding for the Feeling”
  23. Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”
  24. Kurt Vile – “Jesus Fever”
  25. Soulja Boy – “Zan With That Lean”
  26. Beyoncé – “1+1”
  27. The Rapture – “How Deep Is Your Love?”
  28. Danny Brown – “Monopoly”
  29. Jai Paul – “BTSTU (Edit)”
  30. Clams Casino – “Motivation”
  31. The Field – “Then It’s White”
  32. Cold Cave – “The Great Pan Is Dead”
  33. araabMUZIK – “Streetz Tonight”
  34. Cut Copy – “Need You Now”
  35. Charli XCX – “Stay Away”
  36. Jamie xx – “Far Nearer”
  37. A$AP Rocky – “Peso”
  38. Purity Ring – “Ungirthed”
  39. Shabazz Palaces – “Swerve… the reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)”
  40. Burial – “Street Halo”
  41. Frank Ocean – “Novacane – Explicit Version”
  42. Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Otis Redding – “Otis”
  43. Panda Bear – “Last Night At The Jetty”
  44. Nicolas Jaar – “Space Is Only Noise If You Can See”
  45. Drake – “Headlines – Explicit Version”
  46. Ty Segall – “Goodbye Bread”
  47. Battles – “Ice Cream (Featuring Matias Aguayo)”
  48. Kreayshawn – “Gucci Gucci”
  49. Katy B – “Broken Record”
  50. Atlas Sound – “Mona Lisa”
  51. Todd Terje – “Snooze 4 Love”
  52. Action Bronson – “Larry Csonka”
  53. Real Estate – “Green Aisles”
  54. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – “I’ll Take Care of U”
  55. Destroyer – “Chinatown”
  56. M83 featuring Zola Jesus – “Intro”
  57. The Weeknd – “House of Balloons”
  58. PJ Harvey – “The Words That Maketh Murder”
  59. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire featuring Despot, Das Racist, Danny Brown, andEl-P – “The Last Huzzah! (Remix)”
  60. Adele – “Someone Like You”
  61. Eleanor Friedberger – “My Mistakes”
  62. Liturgy – “Generation”
  63. Bon Iver – “Perth”
  64. Toro Y Moi – “New Beat”
  65. Fleet Foxes – “Grown Ocean”
  66. DJ Quik – “Killer Dope”
  67. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris – “We Found Love”
  68. The Joy Formidable – “Whirring”
  69. Neon Indian – “Polish Girl”
  70. Holy Ghost! – “Jam For Jerry”
  71. The Men – “Bataille”
  72. Britney Spears featuring Nicki Minaj & Ke$ha – “Till the World Ends (The Femme Fatale Remix)”
  73. tUnE-yArDs – “Powa”
  74. Dum Dum Girls – “Wrong Feels Right”
  75. Washed Out – “Amor Fati”
  76. Julianna Barwick – “Prizewinning”
  77. Cults – “Abducted”
  78. Sandro Perri – “Changes”
  79. Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne – “Motivation”
  80. Fucked Up – “Queen of Hearts”
  81. Yuck – “Get Away”
  82. John Maus – “Believer”
  83. Tiger & Woods – “Gin Nation”
  84. Iceage – “You’re Blessed”
  85. Junior Boys – “Banana Ripple”
  86. Blawan – “Getting Me Down”
  87. Zoo Kid – “Out Getting Ribs”
  88. Cities Aviv – “Coastin'”
  89. SBTRKT – “Wildfire [ft. Little Dragon]”
  90. Grimes – “Vanessa”
  91. Thee Oh Sees – “The Dream”
  92. Jacques Greene – “Another Girl”
  93. Wild Flag – “Romance”
  94. Sepalcure – “Pencil Pimp”
  95. Kendrick Lamar – “A.D.H.D.”
  96. Peaking Lights – “All the Sun That Shines”
  97. Fever Ray – “The Wolf”
  98. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Ffunny Ffrends”
  99. Ill Blu – “Meltdown”
  100. Thundercat – “For Love (I Come Your Friend)”

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