It's List Season! Best-of lists are popping up everywhere, and music lists are my favorite of the best-of lists. Here are some lists and their top choices of 2011. Several of the lists below have Bon Iver and Adele in their top three, but there is some variety in the picks.
Topping Stereogum's list is Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls, followed by Drake's Take Care and the eponymous Bon Iver.
Critic Cliff Chenfeld prefers to focus his list on releases that got less attention. Even though he acknowledges the merits of Adele's 21, he gives the #1 honor to Wasting Light by the Foo Fighters. Other than first place, Chenfeld's list is unranked and includes Wounded Rhymes by Lykke Li and many others.
There are many end-of-year lists still on their way, but you can check out
National Public Radio's and Amazon's lists now.
And the Guardian has posted part of their list--the best albums ranked 11 to 50, but will announce their top ten this Friday, December 16.
For a music-related list that's great fun, check out Pitchfork's worst album covers.
Always looking for the best especially advice from critics - thank you
Nice information here, Stefanie. I especially like the below-the-radar lists. I think P.J. Harvey won the Mercury Prize for "Let England Shake" - and is the only artist to win this prestigious award twice. I'd love to see her live someday. Will have a lot to listen to in the coming weeks!