I will simply observe that the sales boost that you can observe from Artist who receives some of the year-end list attention is quantifiable. Due to a quirk of supply on Amazon, I've been able to actually watch a specific Record sell 15 physical copies in a little over 24 hours. That may not sound like a lot, but trust me... at the levels I'm working at- it's a lot.
HOWEVER I did want to point out the Les Indockuptiblies 2011 year end best albums list because I have a fondness from this French, mostly Music oriented magazine. My wife would get copies sent to her from France, and I even though I can't read French, I simply admired the Magazine as a music Magazine- with a sophisticated understanding of the indie music world. I think their top 50 Albums of 2011 is my favorite year-end list thus far this year.