One billion comments! We did it! OK, we did not get a billion comments this year, but we did log more than twice as many this month as we did last December. And that’s all thanks to your intelligent discourse, inside jokes, and kitten covers, just like I hoped for when I ripped this column off from Videogum’s Monsters’ Ball. So thanks for playing along. Now that you’ve survived Christmas and are dry cleaning your $5k Drake jacket for New Year’s, it’s the best time to take a look back at all the fun we’ve had giving each other thumbs up and down in the comments section over the past 12 months. Seems like only yesterday we were sweating our CMJ badges off with Titus Andronicus at Glasslands. Isn’t that right, Patrick Stickles?…

So below, please enjoy this list of the 50 highest ranked comments of the year. We’ll keep this post positive and leave off the 50 worst, but trust that they were mostly misguided folks linking to their band sites apropos of nothing. As for Editor’s Choice, I choose you ALL.

Oh, and on Sunday? On Sunday Stereogum turns 10 years old. Please leave your cake wrecks in the comments.


Michael Robenalt | Sep 21st Score:26

eh his penis isn’t as good as it was in the 80s and 90s. He stills performs live pretty well but the creative spark of his penis just isn’t there.

Posted in: Michael Stipe’s Dick (NSFW, Obvs)

Jeff Cihocki | Nov 29th Score:27

@Paste, I know January 2011 seems like a long time ago, but you did review Destroyer’s Kaputt on 1/25 (and did give it a higher rating than plenty of other albums on this list)… so why the complete snub here?

Posted in: Paste’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011
#48  Dr. Feelgood | Sep 29th Score:27

VH1 takes their lists very seriously.

Posted in: VH1 100 Greatest Songs Of The ’00s
#47  woozefa | Aug 8th Score:27

never heard of either of these guys.

Posted in: Watch The Throne Comment Party

Noah Green | Dec 20th Score:28

There’s only SIX more Lana Del Rey stories until Christmas!! I’m so excited.

Posted in: Lana Del Rey – “Off To The Races” (Studio Version)
#45  plb102 | Dec 16th Score:28

This is the 3rd or 4th time I have been on here and it has yet to get me laid. I’m starting to wonder what the point is.

Posted in: Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
#44  ambarella | Nov 30th Score:28


Posted in: Bon Iver Nominated For 4 Grammy Awards
#43  The Aura of the H-Man | Nov 29th Score:28

You mean you would have expected Rolling Stone to publish Q’s year end list and not Stereogum? OK, but that’s hardly something to get depressed over.

Posted in: Q’s 50 Best Albums Of 2011
#42  Scott | Nov 22nd Score:28

Also Guy Crush and Girl Crush will be forced to marry each other. Forgot to mention that.

Posted in: The 2011 Gummy Awards: Vote Now!

Connor Johnson | Sep 21st Score:28

This is one of the strangest articles I’ve seen on Stereogum.

Posted in: Five Indie Types Who Would Do Well On X Factor… And Five Who Wouldn’t
#40  lolwut | Dec 20th Score:29

Weird. P-Nut form 311 isn’t on this list. Is he not indie enough?

Posted in: The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011

Sanjay Devarakonda | Nov 21st Score:29

Wasn’t he the bad guy in Toy Story 2?

Posted in: DeRogatis’s 10 Worst Albums Of 2011

Leonardo Aguirre | Feb 16th Score:29

True Grit waits

Posted in: Caption Contest: A NEW PHOTO OF THE RADIOHEADS!!

Michael Robenalt | Dec 7th Score:30


Posted in: Bon Iver’s Workout Plan
#36  tom | Nov 15th Score:30

Damn, you cracked our code. 12-year-olds love reading 1200-word think-pieces about emotive rap music.

Posted in: Album Of The Week: Drake Take Care
#35  tomato | Feb 16th Score:30

Ok Abacus.

Posted in: Caption Contest: A NEW PHOTO OF THE RADIOHEADS!!

Christie Porter | Nov 29th Score:31

No Girls on a top FIFTY – This list is invalid. Sorry. Have you guys HEARD the Girls album??

Posted in: Paste’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011

Phillip Taylor-Parker | Nov 21st Score:31

1. Pick ten incredibly popular albums
2. Call them bad
3. ???
4. Pageviews!

Posted in: DeRogatis’s 10 Worst Albums Of 2011
#31  a.j.howard09 | Dec 5th Score:32

culture just ran out of the room in tears

Posted in: Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011
#30  plb102 | Dec 2nd Score:32

I was kinda hoping this dude was gonna drop dong :(

Posted in: Lana Del Rey – “Born To Die” (Official Audio, Topless Video)
#28  bubsdepot | Oct 12th Score:32

Thoughtful plea for civility and perspective.

Posted in: NME’s 150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years
#27  djfreshie | Jul 26th Score:32

Good point! Please advise me on my relationship too…we went on our first date in October, but didn’t consummate the relationship until December. When should we celebrate? Also she’s a massive bitch. Please advise.

Posted in: Stereogum Presents… STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It

Matthew O’Leary | Mar 1st Score:32

I’m pretty sure the lead singer for Oasis is one of the last people who can yell at a band for making all their music sound the same.

Posted in: Liam Gallagher Reviews King Of Limbs
#25  middledistancebummer | Sep 26th Score:33

at least they found a way to stop people from downloading their music.

Posted in: Lou Reed & Metallica – “The View”

Connor Johnson | Aug 29th Score:33

I really thought that title was going to be literal.

Posted in: Bon Iver Shits On MTV

Chris Trash | Aug 26th Score:33

I might be jumping the gun, but can we get an extremely premature evaluation of Tha Carter 23?

Posted in: Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
#22  marcussudick | Feb 18th Score:34

the name of the band is Radiohead, Radiohead has two “D”s–”D” is the first letter in the word “double.”: as in Double album. The word “declaration” also starts with a “D”. THERES A RADIOHEAD ALBUM ON THE BACK OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE!

Posted in: The King Of Limbs Comment Party
#21  stonemill | Jan 25th Score:34

I liked this album when it came out. I still like it now. But nice that Stereogum can have it both ways with the positive review when it came out, and a negative review here. I look forward to another review of the album in another 6 months, when you guys deem the album “Kinda OK!”

Posted in: Double Take: Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
#20  plb102 | Dec 16th Score:36

not to be a dick = I’m about to be a dick

Posted in: Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011
#19  SubSickAlien | Dec 20th Score:38

I haven’t read Entertainment Weekly in a while. Which reminds me… I should make a dentist appointment soon.

Posted in: Entertainment Weekly’s 5 Worst Albums Of 2011
#18  richie almost-dies | Oct 10th Score:38

“I’m 33 years old and I can’t make coffee” is the new “I never learned to read”.

Posted in: Le Tigre’s JD Samson Is Totally Broke, You Guys

Michael Robenalt | Sep 9th Score:38

“I don’t like Carter 4 because I think it was unsatisfactory as a piece of music”

- everyone who doesn’t like Tha Carter IV

Posted in: Das Racist Relax Premature Evaluation

Nick Degel | Dec 14th Score:41

I heard she doesn’t even build her own cathedrals for her videos. She just has someone else do it for her.

Posted in: Lana Del Rey – “Born To Die” Video

Stephen Hall | Dec 5th Score:41

Nice try, Dad.

Posted in: Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011
#14  Chris Trash | Jul 22nd Score:42

I was disappointed that Stereogum didn’t cover the leaked Watch the Throne album cover.

Posted in: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
#13  godsdog | Oct 7th Score:43

It’s no longer just destruction he’s got an appetite for.

Posted in: What Axl Rose Looks Like Now

Brian Jaggers | Dec 5th Score:45

yes, becuase Girls at #1 is in no way Pitchfork-esque. hahaha.

Posted in: Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011

James Keller | Nov 23rd Score:45

Lil Wayne

Posted in: Rolling Stone’s 10 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

Shamus Johnson | Nov 1st Score:45

Should be some good music coming out of death cab now

Posted in: Ben Gibbard & Zooey Deschanel Separate :(
#9  woozefa | Oct 12th Score:45

general rant about lists.

Posted in: NME’s 150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years
#8  Ocelot Stomp | Nov 30th Score:46

The Grammys have always had trouble with tricky concepts like ‘time’ and ‘music’.

Posted in: Bon Iver Nominated For 4 Grammy Awards

Bryan Akerley | Oct 12th Score:48


Posted in: NME’s 150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years
#6  therhimed | Dec 5th Score:51

Shabazz Palaces?

Posted in: Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011

Michael Hanna | Dec 5th Score:53

“Nietzsche is dead” – Mike

Posted in: Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011
#4  Ocelot Stomp | Nov 1st Score:60

“I will possess *your house” – Zooey’s divorce lawyer’s intern

Posted in: Ben Gibbard & Zooey Deschanel Separate :(
#3  lolwut | Oct 7th Score:60
Posted in: What Axl Rose Looks Like Now
#2  Capu Flapu | Dec 16th Score:72

“I hate this list, not because of the musical choices, but because of a number of imaginary crimes Pitchfork have committed, including being too hipster, being too mainstream, being too biased towards lesser-known acts and being too biased towards more established acts. Disliking Pitchfork is cool and therefore I have to be seen to dislike Pitchfork’s music choices and loudly and quickly as possible”

~ Way too many people

Posted in: Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011

Andy Johnson | Nov 21st Score:109

you know you’ve made it as a troll when you hide under a bridge in your press pic

Posted in: DeRogatis’s 10 Worst Albums Of 2011

See you in 2012!

Comments (32)
  1. first!

    (lowest rated comment of 2012)

  2. #25, you were my personal favorite.

  3. Forgot to mention: I updated In Memoriam to include your suggestions, so check out the new version!

  4. Happy 10th Birthday Stereogum!

    I will take a shot with my friends and play “Palace” by A$AP in your honor.

    10 years of music coverage… how real is that?

  5. I can’t believe I have been reading this site for a decade. It seems like just yesterday that I was a post-millennial post-hardcore listener discovering Xiu Xiu for the first time.

    Despite the fact I had a constant presence in the comments section on a daily basis and probably sent way too many tips into their inbox yet got totally shafted in this year’s Top 50 list, 2012 should be a great year for Stereogum. You know, since they’re moving forward on plans to cover Ceremony and all…

  6. Good job guys!!! It’s been 10 great years and cheers to many more!!!!!!

  7. That Drake photoshop still gives me chills.

    If you have two minutes – I recorded my girlfriend a song for christmas (don’t worry, it’s not lame) and I can’t really release it anywhere, but if there’s an appropriate place to share it, this is probably it.

    The story is that she got me a vocal processor for my birthday, which happens to be in December. And we were stoned playing around with the settings, and there is a preset called “Robot” which is brilliant in that it pitch corrects you to a monotone voice an octave down with some sort of flange and sounds hilarious. And it drove her nuts.

    Then I came back from a rehearsal a few days later, and was listening to a recording of it. In particular, an improvised number I had done with a drummer I’m working with where I employed the “Robot” setting in full effect. And she overheard me listening to it, and this drove her nuts as well.

    And so I spent the entire week leading up to christmas recording and mixing the song, and slapped a website together for her with a link to this bandcamp page.

    Anyways, the lesson of the story is that the best gifts are free except for scotch, and probably for some girls, diamonds, and for the most part, actually, free gifts are terrible, but this song turned out okay.

  8. So… If someone on this comment feed gets higher than 26 upvotes… What happens then?

  9. Could we get the worst 25 comments of 2011, or is that too much schadenfreude?

  10. #1 is well deserved. It still gives me a chuckle.

  11. *throws confetti* Happy Birthday!

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  13. Aw man. This site just keeps getting worse and worse… Why the snub to djfreshie? He’s given us consistently great -and memorable- releases all year long. He deserved the first prize, hands down… I guess he wasn’t “fresh” enough (see what i did there?). Andy Johnson was just an end of the year sensation. Just because he got a lot (109) of great reviews does it mean he’s the best? You guys really buy all the hype…

    I’m just gonna tell you one thing Andy Johnson: remember James Blake.

  14. Aww, happy belated birthday Sgum! Though I do think we need some more cake wreck action up in here.

  15. Or maybe just this?

  16. Thank you Stereogum!

  17. wow

    youtube embed kanye west’s champion video for me, please

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