The results are in! Village Voice has revealed the results of 2011's Pazz and Jop poll, which asks music critics across the country to name and rank their top ten albums and songs of the year. Here's the top ten albums:
1. tUnE-yArDs, w h o k i l l
2. PJ Harvey, Let England Shake
3. Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne
4. Wild Flag, Wild Flag
5. Tom Waits, Bad As Me
6. Adele, 21
7. Destroyer, Kaputt
8. Drake, Take Care
9. Bon Iver, Bon Iver
10. Shabazz Palaces, Black Up
And here are the top 10 singles, in which the ladies ruled the day (although I wonder if number 7 would have been affected had these ballots been due after this past weekend's gaspingly bad Saturday Night Live performance):
1. Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"There are hundreds of other songs and albums to peruse, if you want to, which I did. Besides Shabazz Palaces' appearance in the top ten, other local artists and labels (mostly Sub Pop) to receive mention were Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues (#18); Low's C'mon (Sub Pop, #72); Washed Out's Within and Without (Sub Pop, #82); Twilight Singers' Dynamite Steps (Sub Pop, #108); Telekinesis' 12 Desperate Straight Lines (#140); Wolves in the Throne Room's Celestial Lineage (#144); The Head and the Heart's The Head and the Heart (#172); Handsome Furs' Sound Kapital (Sub Pop, #214); Boat's Dress Like Your Idols (#221). . .
2. Beyoncé, "Countdown"
3. Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass"
4. M83, "Midnight City"
5. Jay-Z and Kanye West, "Niggas in Paris"
6. Azealia Banks, "212"
7. Lana Del Rey, "Video Games"
8. Britney Spears, "Till the World Ends"
9. Adele, "Someone Like You"
10. Foster the People, "Pumped Up Kicks"
. . . and even further down the list with just a few votes, Death Cab's Codes and Keys, Cymbals Eat Guitars' Lenses Alien (Barsuk), Gem Club's Breakers (Hardly Art), Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat Dan Singa's Suara Naga, Earth's Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I, Thao & Mirah's Thao & Mirah (Kill Rock Stars). . . and from there we get into the random records that received just one faithful vote. Some other notes of interest:
Speaking of jokes, with 11 votes, Rebecca Black's "Friday" clocked in at #51 (a 12-way tie) on the top singles chart.
Congrats to all! Check out the individual ballots from the three Reverb contributors who got theirs in on time: