Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Greg Kot: Best Albums of 2019 So Far

26 June 2019

Greg Kot: Best Albums of 2019 So Far, as aired on WBEZ’s Sound Opinions

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  2. The Comet Is ComingTrust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery
  3. Yugen BlakrokAnima Mysterium
  4. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  5. Shana ClevelandNight of the Worm Moon
  6. DavePsychodrama
  7. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  8. Julia JacklinCrushing
  9. Pip BlomBoat
  10. Jenny LewisOn the Line

Jim DeRogatis: Best Albums of 2019 So Far

26 June 2019

Jim DeRogatis: Best Albums of 2019 So Far, as aired on WBEZ’s Sound Opinions

[see also 2018, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. LizzoCuz I Love You
  2. TacocatThis Mess Is a Place
  3. Ex HexIt's Real
  4. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  5. various artists — 3 x 4
  6. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  7. PriestsThe Seduction of Kansas
  8. SneaksHighway Hypnosis
  9. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  10. Bob MouldSunshine Rock

Time: The 11 Best Fiction Books of 2019 So Far

25 June 2019

Time Magazine: The 11 Best Fiction Books of 2019 So Far

[see also 2018, 2017]

Vulture: The Best TV Shows of 2019 (So Far)

25 June 2019

Vulture: The Best TV Shows of 2019 (So Far), a consensus list by Jen Chaney and Matt Zoller Seitz

Gorilla vs. Bear: Our Favorite Albums from the First Half of 2019

24 June 2019

Gorilla vs. Bear: Our Favorite Albums from the First Half of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Jai PaulLeak 04-13 (Bait Ones)
  2. Erika de CasierEssentials
  3. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  4. Yves JarvisThe Same But By Different Means
  5. BEA1991Brand New Adult
  6. Aldous HardingDesigner
  7. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  8. Jessica PrattQuiet Signs
  9. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  10. NivhekAfter its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house
  11. BaltraTed
  12. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  13. Kornél KovácsStockholm Marathon
  14. park hye jinIf U Want It
  15. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  16. Faye WebsterAtlanta Millionaires Club
  17. Nilüfer YanyaMiss Universe
  18. Laurel HaloDJ-Kicks
  19. BurialClaustro / State Forest
  20. Grace Ives2nd