The top 40 tracks of the year, as voted for by Guardian writers
Alexis Petridis, Rebecca Nicholson, Tim Jonze and Kitty Empire discuss the hlcarpenter's list of this year's top albums
Not only did Katy B showcase a new direction for dance music, she offered a fresh perspective on love, lust and London nightlife
Tim Jonze: Unafraid to tackle suicide, abortion and absent fathers, this free mixtape introduced one of our most refreshing new R&B stars
Dan Hancox: Rustie's debut album was a splash of Technicolor, escapist fun that drew on trance, rave and the Seinfield theme. Could it be this generation's Club Tropicana?
Starting our countdown of the top 10 albums of 2011, Merrill Garbus's second LP was a rowdy, politicised burst of lo-fi pop that resonated in a year defined by protest
Tim Jonze: Next week we'll be counting down our top 10 albums of the year … but here's how the rest of our critics' top 50 looks