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Pazz & Jop 2011 Winners (+ Stereogum’s Ballots)

Tom Breihan | January 18, 2012 - 9:21 am

Every year, venerated New York weekly newspaper The Village Voice tallies up votes from hundreds upon hundreds of music critics for its Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll and comes up with a pretty-much-definitive list of critical favorites for the year. It then packages that list with a bunch of sharp essays and write-in comments, and the only thing you can do is dive in. For music dorks — or, more specifically, for music-criticism dorks — the morning Pazz & Jop goes up online is something like a second Christmas. Well, Christmas 2 is here.

I’d assumed that Bon Iver would win this year’s poll in a walk, but nope! The albums-list winner, and I did not see this coming at all, is tUnE-yArDs, with Bon Iver way the hell down at #9. The list otherwise includes most of the records you’d expect, but the order can produce some surprises. Wild Flag, for instance, way outperformed expectations, landing at #4. (In this way, they really are the heirs to Sleater-Kinney, who were crushing shit on this list even when they were still basically an underground band.) PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, and Shabazz Palaces also made some waves. Below, check out the list of the top 40 albums and top 20 singles. And if you’re curious how the Stereogum team voted, here are our individual ballots: Scott, Amrit, Corban, and me.

Albums:

01 tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
02 PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
03 Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne
04 Wild Flag – Wild Flag
05 Tom Waits – Bad As Me
06 Adele – 21
07 Destroyer – Kaputt
08 Drake – Take Care
09 Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
10 Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
11 Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
12 St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
13 The Weeknd – House Of Balloons
14 Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What
15 EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
16 Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra.
17 The Roots – undun
18 Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
19 M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
20 Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
21 The Black Keys - El Camino
22 Wilco – The Whole Love
23 Pistol Annies – Hell On Heels
24 Yuck – Yuck
25 Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
26 Beyoncé – 4
27 Gillian Welch – The Harrow And The Harvest
28 Danny Brown – XXX
29 The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
30 Lady Gaga – Born This Way
31 Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
32 Real Estate – Days
33 Radiohead – The King Of Limbs
34 James Blake – James Blake
35 Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
36 Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
37 Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow
38 Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
39 Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’
40 Wye Oak – Civilian

Singles:

01 Adele – “Rolling In The Deep”
02 Beyoncé – “Countdown”
03 Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
04 M83 – “Midnight City”
05 Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Niggas In Paris”
06 Azealia Banks – “212”
07 Lana Del Rey – Video Games
07 Britney Spears – “Till The World Ends” (Tie)
09 Adele – “Someone Like You”
10 Foster The People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
10 Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”
12 tUnE-yArDs – “Bizness”
13 Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Otis”
14 Drake – “Marvin’s Room”
15 EMA – “California”
16 Frank Ocean – “Novacane”
16 Wild Flag – “Romance” (Tie)
18 Rihanna – “We Found Love (Feat. Calvin Harris)”
18 The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy” (Tie)
20 DJ Khaled – “I’m On One (Feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)”

To check out the whole massive list and all the attendant essays and comments, click here.