2011 Music Critic Top Ten Lists [Updated Jan. 7]

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Below, we collect the individual year-end Top Ten lists published by major music critics and publications. This page will be updated at least once a day throughout December and January as new lists are published; be sure to check back frequently.

Critics pick the best albums of 2011

Added in last update (Jan. 7): Austin Chronicle, Hot Press

Below is our updated running tally of the albums most frequently mentioned by individual music publications in their year-end Top Ten lists. Although most of the lists come from publications whose reviews are included on this site, we have also included a few extra lists from prominent music stores, websites, and publications not normally found on Metacritic. Note that if a source ranks more than the standard 10 albums, we will not include titles ranked 11th or worse. In case of a tie for first or second, each album will receive the full points for that position. Our points system works as follows:

  • 3 points for each 1st place ranking
  • 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
  • 1 point for being ranked 3rd - 10th, or for being included on an unranked list
  Album / Artist # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 Let England Shake by PJ Harvey 16 7 27 89
2 21 by Adele 12 4 16 60
3 Bon Iver by Bon Iver 6 7 25 57
4 whokill by tUnE-yArDs 4 5 26 48
5 Strange Mercy by St. Vincent 4 4 19 39
6 Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West 1 6 23 38
7 House of Balloons by The Weeknd 4 2 20 36
8 Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes 1 4 18 29
9 Take Care by Drake 3 2 15 28
  Black Up by Shabazz Palaces 3 1 17 28
11 David Comes to Life by Fucked Up 2 2 14 24
  Bad As Me by Tom Waits 0 4 16 24
13 James Blake by James Blake 1 2 16 23
  Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls 3 1 12 23
  Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile 1 3 14 23
16 Skying by The Horrors 1 3 13 22
  Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming by M83 1 3 13 22
  undun by The Roots 1 3 13 22
19 Kaputt by Destroyer 3 3 6 21
  The Whole Love by Wilco 1 1 16 21
21 Wild Flag by Wild Flag 2 3 8 20
22 Burst Apart by The Antlers 3 0 10 19
23 The English Riviera by Metronomy 1 3 9 18
24 Metals by Feist 3 0 8 17
25 The King Is Dead by The Decemberists 1 1 10 15
  So Beautiful or So What by Paul Simon 0 1 13 15
27 The King of Limbs by Radiohead 0 1 12 14
28 El Camino by The Black Keys 1 0 9 12
  Nostalgia, Ultra. by Frank Ocean 0 0 12 12
  Circuital by My Morning Jacket 2 0 6 12
  Days by Real Estate 0 0 12 12
  Glass Swords by Rustie 0 4 4 12
  The Harrow & The Harvest by Gillian Welch 1 2 5 12

Individual top ten lists

Below are the 135 individual top ten lists used to calculate the standings above. Some publications may list ten albums without ranking them in order; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order.

Music magazines

American Songwriter View article
  1. The Whole Love by Wilco
  2. The Harrow & The Harvest by Gillian Welch
  3. 21 by Adele
  4. Go-Go Boots by Drive-By Truckers
  5. Nothing Is Wrong by Dawes
  6. KMAG YOYO by Hayes Carll
  7. So Beautiful or So What by Paul Simon
  8. Hell on Heels by Pistol Annies
  9. El Camino by The Black Keys
  10. Metals by Feist
Billboard View article
  1. 21 by Adele
  2. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  3. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  4. Nostalgia, Ultra. by Frank Ocean
  5. Take Care by Drake
  6. David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
  7. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  8. Ceremonials by Florence + The Machine
  9. James Blake by James Blake
  10. The Big Roar by The Joy Formidable
Clash View article
  1. Monkeytown by Modeselektor
  2. Skying by The Horrors
  3. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  4. Gloss Drop by Battles
  5. The King of Limbs by Radiohead
  6. The English Riviera by Metronomy
  7. Blood Pressures by The Kills
  8. 21 by Adele
  9. Circuital by My Morning Jacket
  10. Dedication by Zomby
Decibel View list
  1. Path of Totality by Tombs
  2. Heritage by Opeth
  3. The Hunter by Mastodon
  4. The World, The Flesh, The Devil by In Solitude
  5. End Time by Brutal Truth
  6. Phoenix Amongst the Ashes by Hate Eternal
  7. Atma by YOB
  8. The Inside Room by 40 Watt Sun
  9. Ominous Doctrines Of The Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm by Inquisition
  10. Reports From The Threshold of Death by Junius
Exclaim! View article
  1. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  2. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  3. Metals by Feist
  4. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  5. Kaputt by Destroyer
  6. Native Speaker by Braids
  7. Feel it Break by Austra
  8. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  9. Creep On Creepin' On by Timber Timbre
  10. Impossible Spaces by Sandro Perri
Filter View article
  1. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  2. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  3. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  4. How Do You Do? by Mayer Hawthorne
  5. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  6. 21 by Adele
  7. Build a Rocket Boys by Elbow
  8. Arabia Mountain by Black Lips
  9. Within and Without by Washed Out
  10. LIVELOVEA$AP by A$AP Rocky
The Fly [UK] View list
  1. Burst Apart by The Antlers
  2. The English Riviera by Metronomy
  3. Skying by The Horrors
  4. Dye It Blonde by Smith Westerns
  5. A Different Kind of Fix by Bombay Bicycle Club
  6. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  7. Smother by Wild Beasts
  8. Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls
  9. What Did You Expect From The Vaccines by The Vaccines
  10. Gloss Drop by Battles
Hot Press [Ireland] View article
  1. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  2. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  3. Passenger by Lisa Hannigan
  4. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  5. Skying by The Horrors
  6. To the Death of Fun by Cashier No. 9
  7. Build a Rocket Boys! by Elbow
  8. The King of LImbs by Radiohead
  9. Smother by Wild Beasts
  10. Biophilia by Bjork
Kerrang! View list
  1. The Hunter by Mastodon
  2. Fake History by letlive
  3. Unto The Locust by Machine Head
  4. Wasting Light by Foo Fighters
  5. Endgame by Rise Against
  6. Sinners Never Sleep by You Me At Six
  7. Suburbia: I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing by The Wonder Years
  8. Elsie by The Horrible Crowes
  9. That Was Then, This Is Now by The James Cleaver Quintet
  10. Voir Dire by Will Haven
Magnet View article
  1. Yuck by Yuck
  2. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  3. Wild Flag by Wild Flag
  4. Mirror Traffic by Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks
  5. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  6. Collapse Into Now by R.E.M.
  7. The People's Key by Bright Eyes
  8. Civilian by Wye Oak
  9. Defender by Bird of Youth
  10. Apocalypse by Bill Callahan
Mixmag View articles
  1. Space Is Only Noise by Nicolas Jaar
  2. SBRTKT by SBRTKT
  3. Glass Swords by Rustie
  4. The English Riviera by Metronomy
  5. Life Index by Maceo Plex
  6. Ghost People by Martyn
  7. When We On by Crazy P
  8. Monkeytown by Modeselektor
  9. Azari & III by Azari & III
  10. Galactic Melt by Com Truise
Mojo View list
  1. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  2. Skying by The Horrors
  3. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  4. Gentle Spirit by Jonathan Wilson
  5. 50 Words for Snow by Kate Bush
  6. D by White Denim
  7. Last Of The Country Gentlemen by Josh T. Pearson
  8. Anna Calvi by Anna Calvi
  9. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  10. Smother by Wild Beasts
NME View list
  1. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  2. The English Riviera by Metronomy
  3. Skying by The Horrors
  4. Smother by Wild Beasts
  5. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  6. Suck It and See by Arctic Monkeys
  7. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  8. On A Mission by Katy B
  9. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  10. Go Tell Fire To The Mountain by WU LYF
Paste View article
  1. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  2. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  3. Circuital by My Morning Jacket
  4. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  5. Middle Brother by Middle Brother
  6. It's A Corporate World by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
  7. The Whole Love by Wilco
  8. Nothing Is Wrong by Dawes
  9. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  10. The King Is Dead by The Decemberists
Q View list
  1. Ceremonials by Florence + The Machine
  2. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  3. 21 by Adele
  4. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  5. Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay
  6. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  7. Suck It and See by Arctic Monkeys
  8. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  9. Go Tell Fire To The Mountain by WU LYF
  10. Build a Rocket Boys by Elbow
Rolling Stone View article
  1. 21 by Adele
  2. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  3. So Beautiful or So What by Paul Simon
  4. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  5. The King of Limbs by Radiohead
  6. Born This Way by Lady Gaga
  7. The King Is Dead by The Decemberists
  8. The Whole Love by Wilco
  9. Wild Flag by Wild Flag
  10. How to Become Clairvoyant by Robbie Robertson
Spin View article
  1. David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
  2. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  3. Past Life Martyred Saints by EMA
  4. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  5. Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls
  6. XXX by Danny Brown
  7. In the Grace of Your Love by The Rapture
  8. The One...Cohesive by G-Side
  9. Wild Flag by Wild Flag
  10. Wounded Rhymes by Lykke Li
Uncut View list
  1. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  2. The Harrow & The Harvest by Gillian Welch
  3. The English Riviera by Metronomy
  4. D by White Denim
  5. Last Of The Country Gentlemen by Josh T. Pearson
  6. Skying by The Horrors
  7. The King of Limbs by Radiohead
  8. Smother by Wild Beasts
  9. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  10. Slave Ambient by The War on Drugs
Under the Radar View article
  1. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  2. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  3. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  4. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  5. Skying by The Horrors
  6. Past Life Martyred Saints by EMA
  7. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  8. Yuck by Yuck
  9. Within and Without by Washed Out
  10. Anna Calvi by Anna Calvi
The Wire View list
  1. Far Side Virtual by James Ferraro
  2. Glass Swords by Rustie
  3. Transamorem - Transmortem by Eliane Radigue
  4. One Motion by Hype Williams
  5. The SMiLE Sessions by The Beach Boys
  6. The Resurrection And Revenge Of The Clayton Peacock by Michael Chapman
  7. Just A Taste by DJ Rashad
  8. Hour Logic by Laurel Halo
  9. Lulu by Lou Reed & Metallica
  10. Work 2006-2011 by John Wall & Alex Rogers
The Word View list
  • 101 by Keren Ann
  • Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  • Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  • Metals by Feist
  • An American Trilogy by Mickey Newbury
  • 4 Everevolution by Roots Manuva
  • Long Player Late Bloomer by Ron Sexsmith
  • So Beautiful Or So What by Paul Simon
  • Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  • The Whole Love by Wilco

Other magazines and newspapers

Associated Press Nekesa Mumbi Moody View article
  1. 21 by Adele
  2. Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars
  3. 4 by Beyoncé
  4. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  5. Nostalgia, Ultra. by Frank Ocean
  6. The Movie by Betty Wright and the Roots
  7. Hell on Heels by Pistol Annies
  8. undun by The Roots
  9. Own the Night by Lady Antebellum
  10. Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 by Beastie Boys
Austin Chronicle Greg Beets View article
  1. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  2. Wild Flag by Wild Flag
  3. Carrion Crawler/The Dream by Thee Oh Sees
  4. Cloud Nothings by Cloud Nothings
  5. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  6. Content by Gang of Four
  7. Moody, Standard and Poor by Obits
  8. Mikal Cronin by Mikal Cronin
  9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  10. Mind Spiders by Mind Spiders
Austin Chronicle Jim Caligiuri View article
  1. Our Blood by Richard Buckner
  2. Death of a Decade by Ha Ha Tonka
  3. Here We Rest by Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
  4. Carrying Lightning by Amanda Shires
  5. City of Refuge by Abigail Washburn
  6. Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down by Ry Cooder
  7. The Old Magic by Nick Lowe
  8. Long Player Late Bloomer by Ron Sexsmith
  9. Songs and Stories by Guy Clark
  10. Western Ballad by Shannon McNally
Austin Chronicle Thomas Fawcett View article
  1. Stone Rollin' by Raphael Saadiq
  2. No Time for Dreaming by Charles Bradley
  3. Nine Types of Light by TV on the Radio
  4. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  5. Return of 4eva by Big K.R.I.T
  6. El Camino by The Black Keys
  7. W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) by Pharoahe Monch
  8. Rome by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi
  9. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
  10. Something About April by Adrian Younge
Austin Chronicle Doug Freeman View article
  1. Circuital by My Morning Jacket
  2. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  3. Parallax by Atlas Sound
  4. Zonoscope by Cut Copy
  5. The King Is Dead by The Decemberists
  6. Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls
  7. Tell Me by Jessica Lea Mayfield
  8. Yuck by Yuck
  9. Pink Strat by Bahamas
  10. Every Kingdom by Ben Howard
Austin Chronicle Melanie Haupt View article
  1. El Camino by The Black Keys
  2. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  3. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  4. Burst Apart by The Antlers
  5. Sound Kapital by Handsome Furs
  6. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  7. Metals by Feist
  8. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  9. 21 by Adele
  10. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
Austin Chronicle Raoul Hernandez View article
  1. 21 by Adele
  2. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  3. The Whole Love by Wilco
  4. So Beautiful or So What by Paul Simon
  5. Sahel Folk by Sidi Touré
  6. Metals by Feist
  7. Only in Dreams by Dum Dum Girls
  8. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  9. No Time for Dreaming by Charles Bradley
  10. Cape Dory by Tennis
Austin Chronicle Chase Hoffberger View article
  1. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  2. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  3. Several Shades of Why by J Mascis
  4. undun by The Roots
  5. Nive Sings! by Nive Nielsen
  6. Blood & Venom by White Mystery
  7. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  8. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
  9. Illustrated Songs by Gaby Moreno
  10. Honey Pig by Bosley
Austin Chronicle Margaret Moser View article
  1. Blessed by Lucinda Williams
  2. The King Is Dead by The Decemberists
  3. 21 by Adele
  4. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  5. Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars
  6. El Camino by The Black Keys
  7. I'm Alright by Cornell Dupree
  8. Lioness by Amy Winehouse
  9. Low Country Blues by Gregg Allman
  10. The Harrow & The Harvest by Gillian Welch
Austin Chronicle Austin Powell View article
  1. Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls
  2. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  3. Cotonou Club by Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo
  4. The Whole Love by Wilco
  5. Last of the Country Gentlemen by Josh T. Pearson
  6. Yuck by Yuck
  7. So Beautiful or So What by Paul Simon
  8. Circuital by My Morning Jacket
  9. Parallax by Atlas Sound
  10. Past Life Martyred Saints by EMA
Austin Chronicle Jay Trachtenberg View article
  1. 21 by Adele
  2. Salt on Sea Grass by If by Yes
  3. Live at Birdland by Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian
  4. A Creature I Don't Know by Laura Marling
  5. So Beautiful or So What by Paul Simon
  6. Oblique-1 by Tyshawn Sorey
  7. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  8. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  9. Nine Types of Light by TV on the Radio
  10. Miles Español: New Sketches of Spain by Various artists
Boston Globe Michael BrodeurView article
  1. Replica by Oneohtrix Point Never
  2. Underneath the Pine by Toro Y Moi
  3. Tomboy by Panda Bear
  4. James Blake by James Blake
  5. We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves by John Maus
  6. By the Hedge by Minks
  7. Badlands by Dirty Beaches
  8. Mind Bokeh by Bibio
  9. Idle Labor by Craft Spells
  10. Wonder/Wander by Balam Acab
Boston Globe James Reed View article
  1. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  2. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  3. Stone Rollin' by Raphael Saadiq
  4. The Harrow & The Harvest by Gillian Welch
  5. 4 by Beyoncé
  6. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  7. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  8. Within and Without by Washed Out
  9. Grown Unknown by Lia Ices
  10. Only In Dreams by Dum Dum Girls
Boston Globe Sarah Rodman View article
  1. Resolutions by Dave Hause
  2. 21 by Adele
  3. The King Is Dead by The Decemberists
  4. Lorraine by Lori McKenna
  5. Chief by Eric Church
  6. The Light of the Sun by Jill Scott
  7. Guitar Slinger by Vince Gill
  8. Wasting Light by Foo Fighters
  9. undun by The Roots
  10. Go-Go Boots by Drive-By Truckers
Chicago Sun-Times Thomas Connor View article
  1. Wild Flag by Wild Flag
  2. Mysterious Power by Ezra Furman & the Harpoons
  3. Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls
  4. undun by The Roots
  5. The Whole Love by Wilco
  6. 4 by Beyoncé
  7. The King Is Dead by The Decemberists
  8. Camp by Childish Gambino
  9. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  10. Ximena Sarinana by Ximena Sarinana
Chicago Tribune Greg Kot View article
  1. Wild Flag by Wild Flag
  2. Undun by The Roots
  3. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  4. What Were You Hoping For? by Van Hunt
  5. David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
  6. Here Before by Feelies
  7. Stone Rollin' by Raphael Saadiq
  8. Birds & Drums by The Bewitched Hands
  9. Relax by Das Racist
  10. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
Cleveland Plain Dealer John Soeder View article
  1. 21 by Adele
  2. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  3. The Movie by Betty Wright and the Roots
  4. Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 by Beastie Boys
  5. The Whole Love by Wilco
  6. Ghost on the Canvas by Glen Campbell
  7. Bird Songs by Joe Lovano Us Five
  8. Born This Way by Lady Gaga
  9. El Camino by The Black Keys
  10. Sorry for Party Rocking by LMFAO
Entertainment Weekly Melissa Maerz
  1. 21 by Adele
  2. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  3. Wounded Rhymes by Lykke Li
  4. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  5. Ceremonials by Florence + The Machine
  6. Nostalgia, Ultra. by Frank Ocean
  7. Unbroken by Demi Lovato
  8. Circuital by My Morning Jacket
  9. Hell on Heels by Pistol Annies
  10. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) J.D. Considine View article
  1. Live at Birdland by Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian
  2. The King of Limbs by Radiohead
  3. James Farm by James Farm
  4. The Path of Totality by Korn
  5. Back to Love by Anthony Hamilton
  6. Quintet Live in Europe 1967 by Miles Davis
  7. One of Many by Kenny Wheeler
  8. Take Care by Drake
  9. Heaven and Earth by John Martyn
  10. Cuban Rhapsody by Jane Bunnett & Hilario Duran
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Robert Everett-Green View article
  1. Metals by Feist
  2. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  3. Castlemusic by Jennifer Castle
  4. Rome by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi
  5. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  6. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  7. Native Speaker by Braids
  8. Explicit Pictures by We Are Enfant Terrible
  9. Femmes de Chez Nous by Christine Fellows
  10. undun by The Roots
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Dave Morris View article
  1. Skying by The Horrors
  2. Bangs and Works, Volume 2 by Various artists
  3. Goblin by Tyler, The Creator
  4. Fever by 2562
  5. Rare Forms by Woodsman
  6. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  7. FabricLive 57 by Jackmaster
  8. Pinch & Shackleton by Pinch & Shackleton
  9. FabricLive 59 by Four Tet
  10. Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray by Pusha T
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Brad Wheeler View article
  1. Metals by Feist
  2. undun by The Roots
  3. David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
  4. The King of Limbs by Radiohead
  5. So Beautiful or So What by Paul Simon
  6. James Blake by James Blake
  7. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  8. Wild Flag by Wild Flag
  9. Weather by Meshell Ndegeocello
  10. Slave Ambient by The War on Drugs
The Guardian (Staff Consensus) View articles
  1. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  2. On A Mission by Katy B
  3. Nostalgia, Ultra. by Frank Ocean
  4. 4 by Beyoncé
  5. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  6. James Blake by James Blake
  7. The English Riviera by Metronomy
  8. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  9. Glass Swords by Rustie
  10. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
Hartford Courant Eric R. Danton View article
  1. Burst Apart by The Antlers
  2. Wild Flag by Wild Flag
  3. Lorraine by Lori McKenna
  4. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  5. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  6. Is That You in the Blue? by Dex Romweber Duo
  7. Ashes & Fire by Ryan Adams
  8. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  9. The Whole Love by Wilco
  10. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
The Hollywood Reporter Shirley Halperin View article
  1. Wasting Light by Foo Fighters
  2. 21 by Adele
  3. The Whole Love by Wilco
  4. Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay
  5. Days by Real Estate
  6. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
  7. Born This Way by Lady Gaga
  8. F.A.M.E. by Chris Brown
  9. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  10. Ashes & Fire by Ryan Adams
Los Angeles Times Randall Roberts View article
  1. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  2. Re: ECM by Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer
  3. Nostalgia, Ultra. by Frank Ocean
  4. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  5. 21 by Adele
  6. James Pants by James Pants
  7. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
  8. Diamond Mine by King Creosote & Jon Hopkins
  9. Last Summer by Eleanor Friedberger
  10. David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
New York Nitsuh Abebe View article
  1. Feel It Break by Austra
  2. New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges by Colin Stetson
  3. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
  4. Kaputt by Destroyer
  5. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  6. New Brigade by Iceage
  7. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  8. Section.80 by Kendrick Lamar
  9. Eye Contact by Gang Gang Dance
  10. Space Is Only Noise by Nicolas Jaar
The New York Times Jon Caramanica View article
  1. Take Care by Drake
  2. Own the Night by Lady Antebellum
  3. Yuck by Yuck
  4. Only In Dreams by Dum Dum Girls
  5. Aesthethica by Liturgy
  6. Dr. Lecter by Action Bronson
  7. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  8. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  9. Hell on Heels by Pistol Annies
  10. 4 by Beyoncé
The New York Times Nate Chinen View article
  1. When the Heart Emerges Glistening by Ambrose Akinmusire
  2. Oblique - 1 by Tyshawn Sorey
  3. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  4. Avenging Angel by Craig Taborn
  5. Take Care by Drake
  6. Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook by Miguel Zenón
  7. Hearts Wide Open by Gilad Hekselman
  8. undun by The Roots
  9. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  10. Double Demon by Starlicker
The New York Times Jon Pareles View article
  1. Metals by Feist
  2. So Beautiful or So What by Paul Simon
  3. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  4. Ashes & Fire by Ryan Adams
  5. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  6. Take Care by Drake
  7. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  8. Wounded Rhymes by Lykke Li
  9. Cotonou Club by Le Tout Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
  10. Aesthethica by Liturgy
The New York Times Ben Ratliff View article
  1. Hell on Heels by Pistol Annies
  2. 713->212: Houstonians in NYC [Live] by Jason Moran/Robert Glasper Double Trio
  3. Ravedeath, 1972 by Tim Hecker
  4. So Beautiful or So What by Paul Simon
  5. Atma by Yob
  6. Aeriol Piano by Kris Davis
  7. Owl Splinters by Deaf Center
  8. Avenging Angel by Craig Taborn
  9. Section.80 by Kendrick Lamar
  10. Cosmic Ocean Ship by Mia Doi Todd
NOW Magazine (Toronto) Sarah Greene View article
  1. Wit's End / Humor Risk by Cass McCombs
  2. Voice From The Lake by Shuyler Jansen
  3. Go-Go Boots by Drive-By Truckers
  4. Magic by Sean Rowe
  5. Till The Morning Shows Her Face To Me by The Gertrudes
  6. Resurrection Gold by Kyp Harness
  7. Gone To Bolivia by Ben Sures
  8. tUCo by Ox
  9. The Place I Left Behind by The Deep Dark Woods
  10. Under Your Shadow by Al Tuck
NOW Magazine (Toronto) Joanne Huffa View article
  1. Kaputt by Destroyer
  2. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  3. Hotel Shampoo by Gruff Rhys
  4. Cat's Eyes by Cat's Eyes
  5. The Double Cross by Sloan
  6. Skying by The Horrors
  7. Anika by Anika
  8. Wild Flag by Wild Flag
  9. Celestial Lineage by Wolves in the Throne Room
  10. (tie) Only in Dreams by Dum Dum Girls
  11. (tie) Bad Feeling by Veronica Falls
NOW Magazine (Toronto) Jason Keller View article
  1. The Double Cross by Sloan
  2. Sound Kapital by Handsome Furs
  3. Tell Me by Jessica Lea Mayfield
  4. Ashes & Fire + III/IV by Ryan Adams
  5. Believers by AA Bondy
  6. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  7. Drive OST by Various artists
  8. Mirror Traffic by Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks
  9. Audio Video Disco by Justice
  10. We're New Here by Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX
NOW Magazine (Toronto) Anupa Mistry View article
  1. On A Mission by Katy B
  2. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  3. Electronic Dream by AraabMuzik
  4. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  5. Take Care by Drake
  6. Glass Swords by Rustie
  7. The One... Cohesive by G-Side
  8. XXX by Danny Brown
  9. Instrumentals by Clams Casino
  10. Ex Military by Death Grips
NOW Magazine (Toronto) Kevin Ritchie View article
  1. 50 Words for Snow by Kate Bush
  2. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  3. Take Care by Drake
  4. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  5. Biophilia by Bjork
  6. Zonoscope by Cut Copy
  7. Parallax by Atlas Sound
  8. Anna Calvi by Anna Calvi
  9. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  10. Coastal Grooves by Blood Orange
NOW Magazine (Toronto) Richard Trapunski View article
  1. David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
  2. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  3. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  4. New Brigade by Iceage
  5. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  6. We're All Dying To Live by Rich Aucoin
  7. Slave Ambient by The War on Drugs
  8. Yuck by Yuck
  9. Dye It Blonde by Smith Westerns
  10. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
The Observer Kitty EmpireView article
  1. The Harrow & The Harvest by Gillian Welch
  2. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  3. Wounded Rhymes by Lykke Li
  4. Leave No Trace by Fool's Gold
  5. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  6. James Blake by James Blake
  7. Eye Contact by Gang Gang Dance
  8. Biophilia by Bjork
  9. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  10. Camp by Childish Gambino
Philadelphia Inquirer Dan DeLuca View article
  • Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down by Ry Cooder
  • David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
  • Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls
  • Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  • undun by The Roots
  • whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  • What Were You Hoping For? by Van Hunt
  • Slave Ambient by The War on Drugs
  • The Whole Love by Wilco
  • Wild Flag by Wild Flag
Star Tribune [Minnesota] Jon Bream View article
  1. 21 by Adele
  2. Blessed by Lucinda Williams
  3. undun by The Roots
  4. So Beautiful or So What by Paul Simon
  5. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  6. KMAG YOYO by Hayes Carll
  7. Chief by Eric Church
  8. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  9. Black Cloud by Davina and the Vagabonds
  10. El Camino by The Black Keys
Star Tribune [Minnesota] Chris Riemenschneider View article
  1. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  2. Everything Is Boring and Everyone Is a Fucking Liar by Spank Rock
  3. The Whole Love by Wilco
  4. undun by The Roots
  5. Divine Providence by Deer Tick
  6. El Camino by The Black Keys
  7. D by White Denim
  8. The Hunter by Mastodon
  9. Only In Dreams by Dum Dum Girls
  10. Collapse Into Now by R.E.M.
Sydney Morning Herald View article
  1. The King Is Dead by The Decemberists
  2. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  3. Within and Without by Washed Out
  4. Red, Hot & Rio 2 by Various artists
  5. Codes and Keys by Death Cab for Cutie
  6. Born This Way by Lady Gaga
  7. Burst Apart by The Antlers
  8. The Rip Tide by Beirut
  9. 21 by Adele
  10. The People's Key by Bright Eyes
The Telegraph Lucy Jones View article
  1. James Blake by James Blake
  2. D by White Denim
  3. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  4. The King of Limbs by Radiohead
  5. Coracle by Walls
  6. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  7. Biophilia by Bjork
  8. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  9. Glass Swords by Rustie
  10. Skying by The Horrors
Time Claire Suddath View article
  1. 21 by Adele
  2. Ceremonials by Florence + The Machine
  3. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  4. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  5. Nostalgia, Ultra. by Frank Ocean
  6. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  7. Own Side Now by Caitlin Rose
  8. Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 by Beastie Boys
  9. Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars
  10. El Camino by The Black Keys
Vancouver Sun Francois Marchand View article
  1. Kaputt by Destroyer
  2. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  3. High School by We Are The City
  4. House of Balloons + Thursday by The Weeknd
  5. 21 by Adele
  6. Oh Fortune by Dan Mangan
  7. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  8. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  9. No Time for Dreaming by Charles Bradley
  10. Skying by The Horrors
Wall Street Journal Jim Fusilli View article
  • My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1) by Mary J. Blige
  • Moonfire by Boy & Bear
  • Anna Calvi by Anna Calvi
  • Build a Rocket Boys! by Elbow
  • The Big Roar by The Joy Formidable
  • Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  • The King of LImbs by Radiohead
  • Chamber Music by Vincent Segal and Ballaké Sissoko
  • So Beautiful or So What by Paul Simon
  • The Secret by Vieux Farka Touré
  • Blessed by Lucinda Williams
Washington Post David Malitz View article
  1. Apocalypse by Bill Callahan
  2. Kaputt by Destroyer
  3. Days by Real Estate
  4. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
  5. Last Summer by Eleanor Friedberger
  6. Yuck by Yuck
  7. David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
  8. The Magic Place by Julianna Barwick
  9. Henge Beat by Total Control
  10. (tie) Free All the Monsters by The Bats
  11. (tie) Here Before by The Feelies
  12. (tie) Left By Soft by David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights
Washington Post Chris RichardsView article
  1. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  2. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  3. Hell on Heels by Pistol Annies
  4. On A Mission by Katy B
  5. Take Care by Drake
  6. The National Mall by Bluebrain
  7. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  8. Days by Real Estate
  9. James Blake by James Blake
  10. Manshines by Fauna
Washington Post Allison Stewart View article
  1. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  2. Civilian by Wye Oak
  3. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  4. El Camino by The Black Keys
  5. No Time for Dreaming by Charles Bradley
  6. The King Is Dead by The Decemberists
  7. Nostalgia, Ultra. by Frank Ocean
  8. 21 by Adele
  9. Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls
  10. Camp by Childish Gambino

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  1. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  2. undun by The Roots
  3. Tha Carter IV by Lil Wayne
  4. Cole World: The Sideline Story by J. Cole
  5. The Dreamer, The Believer by Common
  6. Hell: The Sequel EP by Bad Meets Evil
  7. Section.80 by Kendrick Lamar
  8. Lasers by Lupe Fiasco
  9. Finally Famous by Big Sean
  10. The Return of 4eva by Big K.R.I.T
A.V. Club View article
  1. Civilian by Wye Oak
  2. David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
  3. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  4. C'mon by Low
  5. The Whole Love by Wilco
  6. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  7. Days by Real Estate
  8. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  9. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
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  • 21 by Adele
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  3. The Book of David by DJ Quik
  4. F.A.M.E. by Chris Brown
  5. 4 by Beyoncé
  6. Cole World: The Sideline Story by J. Cole
  7. Late Nights & Early Mornings by Marsha Ambrosius
  8. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  9. All 6's and 7's by Tech N9ne
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  • Days by Real Estate
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  • Cape Dory by Tennis
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  • Within and Without by Washed Out
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  1. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
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  4. Viscera by Jenny Hval
  5. New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges by Colin Stetson
  6. XXX by Danny Brown
  7. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  8. The Tape Hiss Hooligan by L.W.H.
  9. Ravedeath, 1972 by Tim Hecker
  10. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
Complex View article
  1. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  2. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  3. Take Care by Drake
  4. Nostalgia, Ultra. by Frank Ocean
  5. Underneath the Pine by Toro Y Moi
  6. XXX by Danny Brown
  7. Section.80 by Kendrick Lamar
  8. Cults by Cults
  9. LIVELOVEA$AP by A$AP Rocky
  10. Cole World: The Sideline Story by J. Cole
Consequence of Sound View article
  1. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  2. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  3. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
  4. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  5. Wasting Light by Foo Fighters
  6. James Blake by James Blake
  7. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  8. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  9. Kaputt by Destroyer
  10. Take Care by Drake
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  1. 21 by Adele
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  3. Talk That Talk by Rihanna
  4. Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay
  5. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  6. The King of Limbs by Radiohead
  7. 4 by Beyoncé
  8. Wasting Light by Foo Fighters
  9. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  10. Ceremonials by Florence + The Machine
DIY View article
  1. Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam by Ghostpoet
  2. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  3. The English Riviera by Metronomy
  4. Smother by Wild Beasts
  5. Burst Apart by The Antlers
  6. Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls
  7. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  8. Eye Contact by Gang Gang Dance
  9. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  10. 21 by Adele
Drowned in Sound View article
  1. Burst Apart by The Antlers
  2. Ravedeath, 1972 by Tim Hecker
  3. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  4. SBTRKT by SBTRKT
  5. 50 Words for Snow by Kate Bush
  6. Konkylie by When Saints Go Machine
  7. Felt by Nils Frahm
  8. The People's Key by Bright Eyes
  9. The Rip Tide by Beirut
  10. The English Riviera by Metronomy
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  2. Tryptych by Demdike Stare
  3. Sandwell District by Sandwell District
  4. Are You Falling In Love? by Gold-Bears
  5. Apocalypse by Bill Callahan
  6. Drawn and Quartered by Deadbeat
  7. Ravedeath, 1972 by Tim Hecker
  8. An Empty Bliss Beyond This World by The Caretaker
  9. Lifeboats and Follies by Tommy Guerrero
  10. No. 1 by Christina Vantzou
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  1. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
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  3. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  4. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
  5. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  6. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  7. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  8. The Rip Tide by Beirut
  9. The King of Limbs by Radiohead
  10. Within and Without by Washed OUt
FACT Magazine [UK]View article
  1. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  2. Glass Swords by Rustie
  3. Instrumentals by Clams Casino
  4. Bermuda Drain by Prurient
  5. Electronic Dream by Araabmuzik
  6. Far Side Virtual by James Ferraro
  7. Take Care by Drake
  8. The Magic Place by Julianna Barwick
  9. Routes by LV & Josh Idehen
  10. Nostalgia, Ultra. by Frank Ocean
Fast 'n' Bulbous View article
  1. Nine Types of Light by TV on the Radio
  2. Hisingen Blues by Graveyard
  3. D by White Denim
  4. Dead Roots Stirring by Elder
  5. Night O' Mine by Been Obscene
  6. At Devil Dirt by At Devil Dirt
  7. Blood Lust by Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats
  8. What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? by The Vaccines
  9. The Hunter by Mastodon
  10. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
Gigwise View article
  1. The English Riviera by Metronomy
  2. Skying by The Horrors
  3. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  4. Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 by Beastie Boys
  5. Angles by The Strokes
  6. Velociraptor! by Kasabian
  7. Suck It and See by Arctic Monkeys
  8. Ceremonials by Florence + The Machine
  9. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  10. Pala by Friendly Fires
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  2. 936 by Peaking Lights
  3. Tomboy by Panda Bear
  4. D by White Denim
  5. LIVELOVEA$AP by A$AP Rocky
  6. An Album by Korallreven by Korallreven
  7. Electronic Dream by Araabmuzik
  8. Days by Real Estate
  9. The Magic Place by Julianna Barwick
  10. Headbangers in Ecstasy by Puro Instinct
HitFix/The Beat Goes On Melinda Newman View article
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  4. So Beautiful or So What by Paul Simon
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  6. Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars
  7. Smart Flesh by The Low Anthem
  8. Stone Rollin' by Raphael Saadiq
  9. Ritual Union by Little Dragon
  10. Planet Pit by Pitbull
HitFix/Immaculate Noise Katie Hasty View article
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  3. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  4. Dirty Radio by Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside
  5. Metals by Feist
  6. Within and Without by Washed Out
  7. XXX by Danny Brown
  8. A Creature I Don't Know by Laura Marling
  9. Zonoscope by Cut Copy
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Idolator View article
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  4. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  5. Hall Music by Loney Dear
  6. Konkylie by When Saints Go Machine
  7. Glaqjo Xaacsso by Patten
  8. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  9. 936 by Peaking Lights
  10. You Are All I See by Active Child
MusicOMH View article
  1. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  2. The English Riviera by Metronomy
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  4. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
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  6. Burst Apart by The Antlers
  7. Skying by The Horrors
  8. Biophilia by Bjork
  9. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  10. Diamond Mine by King Creosote & Jon Hopkins
MTV (Bigger Than the Sound) View article
  1. Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls
  2. 21 by Adele
  3. Take Care by Drake
  4. David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
  5. Skying by The Horrors
  6. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  7. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  8. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  9. In The Mountain, In the Cloud by Portugal. The Man
  10. Born This Way by Lady Gaga
No Ripcord View article
  1. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  2. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  3. James Blake by James Blake
  4. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  5. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  6. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  7. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  8. On A Mission by Katy B
  9. Eye Contact by Gang Gang Dance
  10. Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls
Obscure Sound View article
  1. Kaputt by Destroyer
  2. Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls
  3. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  4. Parallax by Atlas Sound
  5. Harum Scarum by The Wind
  6. Days by Real Estate
  7. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
  8. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  9. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  10. Dye It Blonde by Smith Westerns
Okayplayer View article
  1. undun by The Roots
  2. Ritual Union by Little Dragon
  3. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  4. Lioness: Hidden Treasures by Amy Winehouse
  5. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  6. Light of the Sun by Jill Scott
  7. Nostalgia, Ultra. by Frank Ocean
  8. Section.80 by Kendrick Lamar
  9. The Dreamer, The Believer by Common
  10. The Movie by Betty Wright and the Roots
One Thirty BPM View article
  1. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  2. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  3. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  4. Burst Apart by The Antlers
  5. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
  6. Go Tell Fire To The Mountain by WU LYF
  7. Skying by The Horrors
  8. Days by Real Estate
  9. Kaputt by Destroyer
  10. Wounded Rhymes by Lykke Li
The Owl Mag View article
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  2. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  3. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  4. Wounded Rhymes by Lykke Li
  5. The King of Limbs by Radiohead
  6. The King Is Dead by The Decemberists
  7. Zonoscope by Cut Copy
  8. Nine Types of Light by TV on the Radio
  9. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  10. Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls
Pinpoint Music View article
  1. No Time for Dreaming by Charles Bradley
  2. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  3. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  4. Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls
  5. On the Water by Future Islands
  6. David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
  7. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  8. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
  9. El Camino by The Black Keys
  10. Too Beautiful to Work by The Luyas
Pitchfork View article
  1. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  2. Kaputt by Destroyer
  3. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  4. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  5. Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls
  6. Replica by Oneohtrix Point Never
  7. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  8. Take Care by Drake
  9. Days by Real Estate
  10. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
Pop & Hiss August Brown View article
  1. Take Care by Drake
  2. LIVELOVEA$AP by A$AP Rocky
  3. House of Balloons (+2 other mixtapes) by The Weeknd
  4. Eye Contact by Gang Gang Dance
  5. James Blake by James Blake
  6. Skying by The Horrors
  7. Past Life Martyred Saints by EMA
  8. Section.80 by Kendrick Lamar
  9. Nostalgia, Ultra. by Frank Ocean
  10. Space Is Only Noise by Nicolas Jaar
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  4. Reverie by Joe Henry
  5. 100 Lovers by DeVotchKa
  6. Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns by John Hiatt
  7. Eleven Eleven by Dave Alvin
  8. KMAG YOYO by Hayes Carll
  9. I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive by Steve Earle
  10. 61 and 49 by Mike Eldred Trio
Pop & Hiss Todd Martens View article
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  2. What Were You Hoping For? by Van Hunt
  3. David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
  4. undun by The Roots
  5. Anna Calvi by Anna Calvi
  6. Stone Rollin' by Raphael Saadiq
  7. The Whole Love by Wilco
  8. Wild Flag by Wild Flag
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  10. Indestructible Machine by Lydia Loveless
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  1. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
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  3. Kaputt by Destroyer
  4. Metals by Feist
  5. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  6. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
  7. A Creature I Don't Know by Laura Marling
  8. So Beautiful or So What by Paul Simon
  9. Last Summer by Eleanor Friedberger
  10. Days by Real Estate
PopMatters View article
  1. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  2. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  3. David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
  4. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  5. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  6. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  7. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  8. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  9. The Harrow & The Harvest by Gillian Welch
  10. The King of Limbs by Radiohead
Prefix View article
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  2. Kaputt by Destroyer
  3. XXX by Danny Brown
  4. David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
  5. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  6. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  7. Days by Real Estate
  8. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  9. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  10. Take Care by Drake
Pretty Much Amazing View article
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  2. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  3. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  4. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  5. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
  6. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  7. Tomboy by Panda Bear
  8. James Blake by James Blake
  9. Burst Apart by The Antlers
  10. Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls
Punknews Staff Consensus View article
  1. Joyce Manor by Joyce Manor
  2. David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
  3. Vacation by Bomb the Music Industry!
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  5. Elsie by The Horrible Crowes
  6. The Dangers of Standing Still by Red City Radio
  7. England Keep My Bones by Frank Turner
  8. Sit Resist by Laura Stevenson and the Cans
  9. Shed by Title Fight
  10. Restorations by Restorations
The Quietus View article
  1. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
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  6. Afro Noise by Cut Hands
  7. On A Mission by Katy B
  8. Smother by Wild Beasts
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Resident Advisor View article
  1. Space Is Only Noise by Nicolas Jaar
  2. Room(s) by Machinedrum
  3. Fatty Folders by Roman Flügel
  4. What Have We Learned by Morphosis
  5. Dedication by Zomb
  6. It Can Be Done But Only I Can Do It by Omar-S
  7. Instrumentals by Clams Casino
  8. Severant by Kuedo
  9. Replica by Oneohtrix Point Never
  10. Pinch & Shackleton by Pinch & Shackleton
Slant View article
  1. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  2. Wounded Rhymes by Lykke Li
  3. Born This Way by Lady Gaga
  4. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
  5. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  6. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  7. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  8. On A Mission by Katy B
  9. Smother by Wild Beasts
  10. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
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  2. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
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  4. Hell on Heels by Pistol Annies
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  6. Soul Punk by Patrick Stump
  7. XXX by Danny Brown
  8. Chief by Eric Church
  9. Nostalgia, Ultra. by Frank Ocean
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  3. Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6 (1991) by Spaceghostpurrp
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  5. LIVELOVEA$AP by A$AP Rocky
  6. James Blake by James Blake
  7. INHALE C-4 $$$$$ by BEBETUNE$
  8. Eye Contact by Gang Gang Dance
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  4. Only In Dreams by Dum Dum Girls
  5. Cape Dory by Tennis
  6. 21 by Adele
  7. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  8. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
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  10. Cults by Cults
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  2. Take Care by Drake
  3. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  4. David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
  5. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  6. Eye Contact by Gang Gang Dance
  7. Past Life Martyred Saints by EMA
  8. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
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  6. A I A by Grouper
  7. We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves by John Maus
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  9. Kaputt by Destroyer
  10. Tryptych by Demdike Stare
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  2. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
  3. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  4. Parallax by Atlas Sound
  5. The King of Limbs by Radiohead
  6. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  7. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  8. Zonoscope by Cut Copy
  9. Burst Apart by The Antlers
  10. Replica by Oneohtrix Point Never
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  2. Glass Swords by Rustie
  3. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  4. Wander/Wonder by Balam Acab
  5. Eye Contact by Gang Gang Dance
  6. Ghost People by Martyn
  7. Tenement Yard Vol. 2 by Altered Natives
  8. Replica by Oneohtrix Point Never
  9. Dedication by Zomby
  10. Sepalcure by Sepalcure
You Ain't No Picasso View article
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  2. Sound Kapital by Handsome Furs
  3. Out of Love by Mister Heavenly
  4. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  5. Hilarious by Louis C.K.
  6. Finest Hour by Patton Oswalt
  7. In The Mountain, In the Cloud by Portugal. The Man
  8. Cults by Cults
  9. The Golden Record by Little Scream
  10. Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 by Beastie Boys

Other sources/critics

BBC Music Writers' PicksView article
  1. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  2. Smother by Wild Beasts
  3. Skying by The Horrors
  4. Burst Apart by The Antlers
  5. Bad As Me by Tom Waits
  6. The English Riviera by Metronomy
  7. 4 by Beyoncé
  8. Last Of The Country Gentlemen by Josh T. Pearson
  9. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  10. New Brigade by Iceage
The Daily Beast Marlow Stern View article
  1. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
  2. Take Care by Drake
  3. Dye It Blonde by Smith Westerns
  4. Go Tell Fire To The Mountain by WU LYF
  5. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  6. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  7. Wild Flag by Wild Flag
  8. undun by The Roots
  9. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  10. 21 by Adele
KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley View article
  1. Nine Types of Light by TV On The Radio
  2. Build a Rocket Boys by Elbow
  3. Circuital by My Morning Jacket
  4. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
  5. 21 by Adele
  6. Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 by Beastie Boys
  7. In The Mountain, In the Cloud by Portugal. The Man
  8. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  9. The English Riviera by Metronomy
  10. Metals by Feist
NPR (All Songs Considered) Bob Boilen View article
  1. Diamond Mine by King Creosote & Jon Hopkins
  2. The Whole Love by Wilco
  3. Breakers by Gem Club
  4. Chamber Music by Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal
  5. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  6. The People's Key by Bright Eyes
  7. Burst Apart by The Antlers
  8. Devil's Walk by Apparat
  9. James Blake by James Blake
  10. Wander/Wonder by Balam Acab
NPR (All Songs Considered) Ann Powers View article
  1. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  2. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  3. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
  4. Hell on Heels by Pistol Annies
  5. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
  6. Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars
  7. 50 Words for Snow by Kate Bush
  8. Take Care by Drake
  9. Back to Love by Anthony Hamilton
  10. undun by The Roots
NPR (All Songs Considered) Stephen Thompson View article
  1. Diamond Mine by King Creosote & Jon Hopkins
  2. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  3. Civilian by Wye Oak
  4. The Magic Place by Julianna Barwick
  5. Days by Real Estate
  6. We Are the Tide by Blind Pilot
  7. Talk That Talk by Rihanna
  8. The Whole Love by Wilco
  9. undun by The Roots
  10. Come Back to Us by Release the Sunbird
WBEZ Jim DeRogatis View article
  1. Sin Sin Sin by Le Butcherettes
  2. Wild Flag by Wild Flag
  3. Relax by Das Racist
  4. Here Before by The Feelies
  5. Rome by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi
  6. David Comes to Life by Fucked Up
  7. Birds & Drums by The Bewitched Hands
  8. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  9. The King Is Dead by The Decemberists
  10. Rolling Blackouts by The Go! Team

Music stores

Amazon.com View article
  1. 21 by Adele
  2. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  3. The King Is Dead by The Decemberists
  4. James Blake by James Blake
  5. Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars
  6. Zonoscope by Cut Copy
  7. Cults by Cults
  8. Ritual Union by Little Dragon
  9. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  10. Wasting Light by Foo Fighters
Bleep View article
  1. SyMeta by Byetone
  2. Glass Swords by Rustie
  3. We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves by John Maus
  4. GLAQJO XAACSSO by patten
  5. Ghost People by Martyn
  6. 936 by Peaking Lights
  7. Breaking the Frame by Surgeon
  8. In Dust by Roll The Dice
  9. Space Is Only Noise by Nicolas Jaar
  10. Aftertime by Roly Porter
eMusic View article
  1. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  2. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  3. Slave Ambient by The War on Drugs
  4. James Blake by James Blake
  5. Yuck by Yuck
  6. 4 by Beyoncé
  7. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  8. Past Life Martyred Saints by EMA
  9. Zonoscope by Cut Copy
  10. Avenging Angel by Craig Taborn
Other Music [New York] View article
  1. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  2. Dedication by Zomby
  3. Passed Me By / We Stay Together by Andy Stott
  4. An Empty Bliss Beyond This World by The Caretaker
  5. James Blake by James Blake
  6. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  7. James Pants by James Pants
  8. 936 by Peaking Lights
  9. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
  10. Widowspeak by Widowspeak
Piccadilly Records [Manchester] View article
  1. 936 by Peaking Lights
  2. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  3. Buffalo by The Phoenix Foundation
  4. Caberet Cixous by Maria Minerva
  5. The English Riviera by Metronomy
  6. West by Wooden Shjips
  7. Tamer Animals by Other Lives
  8. Blood Pressures by The Kills
  9. Arabia Mountain by Black Lips
  10. Widowspeak by Widowspeak
The Record Exchange [Boise] View article
  1. The Year of Hibernation by Youth Lagoon
  2. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  3. Marble Son by Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter
  4. The Whole Love by Wilco
  5. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  6. Circuital by My Morning Jacket
  7. The Harrow & The Harvest by Gillian Welch
  8. James Blake by James Blake
  9. Parallax by Atlas Sound
  10. As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth by True Widow
Rhapsody View article
  1. 21 by Adele
  2. James Blake by James Blake
  3. Bon Iver by Bon Iver
  4. Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
  5. Torches by Foster the People
  6. Ximena Sariñana by Ximena Sariñana
  7. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  8. Chief by Eric Church
  9. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
  10. Only In Dreams by Dum Dum Girls
Rise [UK]View article
  1. Slave Ambient by The War on Drugs
  2. whokill by tUnE-yArDs
  3. Coracle by Walls
  4. Gentle Spirit by Jonathan Wilson
  5. Last Of The Country Gentlemen by Josh T. Pearson
  6. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  7. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  8. Burst Apart by The Antlers
  9. Ritual Union by Little Dragon
  10. Black Up by Shabazz Palaces
Rough Trade Shops [London]View article
  1. Last of the Country Gentlemen by Josh T. Pearson
  2. Space Is Only Noise by Nicolas Jaar
  3. Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile
  4. The Harrow & The Harvest by Gillian Welch
  5. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
  6. Bad Feeling by Veronica Falls
  7. Dedication by Zomby
  8. We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves by John Maus
  9. The Head And The Heart by The Head And The Heart
  10. H-p1 by White Hills

Comments (34)

  • dakilerzz123  

    terrible list, where's Megadeth's TH1RT3EN or Hollywood Undead's American Tragedy?

  • buzzlight  

    Good to see the critics mostly got it right this year. Here's mine:
    1. Let England Shake - PJ Harvey (my favorite all year - a landmark war album)
    2. The King is Dead - The Decemberists (fun country REM)
    3. Father, Son, Holy Ghost - Girls (dare I say some songs have a Pink Floyd twinge, strange for a simple country rock album, grower of the year for sure).
    4. Ashes & Fire - Ryan Adams (his best effort, by far)
    5. The Rip Tide - Beirut (high school band meets gypsy's)
    6. El Camino - The Black Keys (didn't want to like it, but the intro's on these songs are terrific)
    7. The Whle Love - Wilco (their best songwriting yet)
    8. Circuital - My Morning Jacket (it grew on me)
    9. Metals - Feist (easy to listen to, melodic songs)
    10. Pull Up Some Sawdust and Sit Down - Ry Cooder (just plain tejas cool)

  • Clawed  

    So surprised to not see Thursday's "No Devolucion" on any list. Too bad, missing a great album in that one, and this is coming from someone who did not like Thursday prior to that release. Got pretty good Metacritic scores, just didn't reach enough people maybe?

  • az_hifi  

    all 30-odd albums on this list are pure quality. not as good as 2010 but still another great year in music.

  • jaa811  

    what i like about this list is you go through the year thinking "this year was a weak year for music" and then you look at this and the year suddenly doesnt seem so bad

  • theryantracy  

    Because you care... hereinunder are the VERY best albums of 2011...
    01. The Antlers - Burst Apart
    02. Bjork - Biophilia
    03. Tom Waits - Bad As Me
    04. William Elliott Whitmore - Field Songs
    05. Jay-Z /Kanye West - Watch the Throne
    06. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
    07. James Blake - James Blake
    08. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong
    09. M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
    10. The Psychic Paramount - II
    11. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
    12. J Mascis - Several Shades of Why
    13. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Spirit
    14. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
    15. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
    16. John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
    17. Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
    18. Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise
    19. Beirut - The Rip Tide
    20. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
    21. Panda Bear - Tomboy
    22. tUnE-yArDs - W H O K I L L
    23. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
    24. Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1
    25. Destroyer - Kaputt
    26. Drake - Take Care
    27. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
    28. Real Estate - Days
    29. Handsome Furs - Sound Kapital
    30. Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts
    31. Deerhoof - Deerhoof vs. Evil
    32. Vicki Leekx - Vicki Leekx Mixtape
    33. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - Sect(s); 777 - The Desanctification
    34. Bonnie “Prince” Billy - Wolfroy Goes to Town
    35. King Creosote and Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine

  • heroman  

    my favoritewa http://alterego-music.blogspot.com/2011/12/top-50-albums-of-2011-by-gabromzk.html

  • Rafa018  

    4 by Beyonce is great. Let England Shake and Bon Iver too.

  • Illiniq  

    Just to chime in my own list 1. Let England Shake - PJ Harvey, 2. Kaputt - Destroyer, 3. WHOKILL - tUneYaRdS, 4. Scandalous - Black Joe Lewis...solid on my top 4, after that go back and forth on Girls, Yuck, Wild Beasts, Antlers, F***ed Up, Cut//Copy, Tim Hecker, Lykke Li, Elbow, Fleet Foxes and Charles Bradley for next batch of spaces.

  • Illiniq  

    Look the thing with anyone of these composite lists...the ones done by the bigger rags and websites with multiple voters contributing to one final list...is that the voter selection is always rigged to generate a list that ultimately preserves the rag/sites stylistic agenda and validates it's readerships tastes.

    21, will not my favorite album of the year, is easily the best of the year's blatantly mainstream releases...and has thus dominated the polls on those magazines that now served a decidely mainstream, probably more female oriented readership...Billboard, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone (which has become one of the most mainstream leaning music pubs out there in its old age).

    The Black Keys latest 1. came out too late in year for this December polls and 2. just wasn't definitively strong enough in any of the main niches to make the top of a lot of these lists.

    Look at other first choices, they are always as much a reflection of the musical style the site or rags traditionally promotes as they are a reflection of top quality (not to say they don't sometimes coincide). Pitchfork, promoter of all things indie, obfuscated and twee, picks Bon Iver Bon Iver, Spin, hanging on to the 90s assaultive noise-rock ideal, selects F***ed Up's David Comes To Life, Cokemachineglow, yet to release, will undoubtedly try to out pitchfork pitchfork as it always does with something like Shabazz Palaces, Q continues it's relentless promotion of the Brit Pop tradition by going with Florence and the Machines Ceremonials.

    These sites, just like audiences, have become so fragmented that it's only in aggregate lists, like Village Voices, www.acclaimedmusic.net, or metacritic's here, that a touch of agenda free, more legitimately qualitative ranking emerges. That's why these aggregator sites have become so invaluable.

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