Albums Winner:
w h o k i l l
1645 Points/135 Mentions


Joyful Noises
Finding the bright side of 2011
By Maura Johnston

Suffering from Realness
The spotlight shines on Adele's heartbreak
By Katherine St. Asaph

Written on the Body
tUnE-yArds, PJ Harvey, and St. Vincent get physical
By Eric Harvey

Guarding the Throne
Jay-Z and Kanye West try to bring back the group listen
By Mike Barthel

Games People Play
Lana Del Rey lights up the Internet
By Tom Ewing

Riding the Bummer
Drake and the Weeknd wallow in their miseries
By Nick Murray

The Incredible Shrinking Album
Pazz & Jop's album results get Soundscanned
By Chris Molanphy

Confuse the Market
Post-crossover, indie retreats
By Scott Plagenhoef

California Demise
Tyler, the Creator and EMA feel the bad vibes
By Jessica Hopper

Most Valuable Supporting Player
André 3000 has a great year without a single starring role
By Andy Hutchins

Just Dance
The year ravers and pop fans learned to (file) share
By Michaelangelo Matos

Singles Winner:
"Rolling in the Deep"
XL Recordings/Columbia
116 Mentions


Top 10-Plus
The year's big albums, from tUnE-yArDs on down

Singles Going Steady
Rolling down from "The Deep"

Raves and Rants
Making cases for the great and the grating

The Personals
Feelings, whoa-whoa-whoa

The Top 25 Album Covers
A lovingly hand-assembled gallery

The Pazz & Jop Playlist: 2011's Top 43 Singles on Spotify
Stream the top 40 (and then some)


Annotated Ballot: Seth Colter Walls
On being an album's only Pazz & Jop acolyte

Annotated Ballot: Nick Minichino
Why Funk Flex's ALL-CAPS premiere of "Otis" was 2011's best song

Annotated Ballot: Nick Murray
Shuffling through LMFAO, Liturgy, and Mr. Collipark's crunk revivalism

Annotated Ballot: Michael Tedder
The grandiosity of Fucked Up and the power outros of the Joy Formidable

Annotated Ballot: Carol Cooper
Disco revivalism, gospel virtuosity, and the international language of pop

Annotated Ballot: Alex Macpherson
On Pistol Annies, PJ Harvey, and why you should always trust Diddy

Annotated Ballot: Laina Dawes
On Tombs and other metal bands that shake you to the core

Annotated Ballot: Brad Nelson
On why Lou Reed and Metallica's Lulu was 2011's best album

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