It's List Season!

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.

Bon Iver gets the top spot on Paste's 50 best albums list, then Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues and Circuital by My Morning Jacket.

Rolling Stone chose Adele's 21 as the year's winner. Then, Watch the Throne by Kanye West and Jay-Z for the #2 spot and
So Beautiful or So What by Paul Simon for the #3.

Metacritic's list compiles music publications' most-mentioned albums to make their list and PJ Harvey's Let England Shake appeared more than any other album.

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.

Written by Stefanie on December 14, 2011


Sam on December 15, 2011


Always looking for the best especially advice from critics - thank you

james on December 20, 2011


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!

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