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.
2018 Movies

Ben Kenigsberg: Top Ten Films of 2018

15 December 2018

Ben Kenigsberg: Top Ten Films of 2018, as submitted to the RogerEbert.com Survey

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

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  3. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?Travis Wilkerson
  4. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  5. Classical PeriodTed Fendt
  6. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  7. ThoroughbredsCory Finley
  8. WesternValeska Grisebach
  9. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  10. Monrovia, IndianaFrederick Wiseman
2018 Albums

Fact: Best Albums of 2018

15 December 2018

Fact Magazine: Best Albums of 2018

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

  1. LoticPower
  2. PendantMake Me Know You Sweet
  3. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  4. BarkerDebiasing
  5. Rico NastyNasty
  6. Aïsha DeviDNA Feelings
  7. Gábor LázárUnfold
  8. Tierra WhackWhack World
  9. VesselQueen of Golden Dogs
  10. Duppy GunMiro Tape
  11. LSDXOXOBody Mods
  12. serpentwithfeetsoil
  13. TirzahDevotion
  14. DebitAnimus
  15. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  16. Amnesia ScannerAnother Life
  17. Neville WatsonThe Midnight Orchard
  18. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  19. Renick BellTurning Points
  20. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  21. Sarah DavachiGave In Rest
  22. cupcakKeEphorize
  23. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  24. TSVIInner Worlds
  25. Space AfrikaSomewhere Decent To Live
  26. Hilary WoodsColt
  27. Astrid SonneHuman Lines
  28. Kelman Duran13th Month
  29. Young NudySlimeBall 3
  30. Tess RobyBeacon
  31. City GirlsPeriod
  32. Beta LibraeSanguine Bond
  33. Martyn BootyspoonSilk Eternity
  34. Kali UchisIsolation
  35. Playboi CartiDie Lit
  36. BruceSonder Somatic
  37. H.TakahashiLow Power
  38. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  39. Laurel HaloRaw Silk Uncut Wood
  40. Teyana TaylorK.T.S.E.
  41. CeciliaAdoration
  42. Skee MaskCompro
  43. Marie DavidsonWorking Class Woman
  44. Eli KeszlerStadium
  45. Maxo KreamPunken
  46. Kali MaloneOrgan Dirges 2016​-​2017
  47. Various Artists — Patina Echoes
  48. ChevelAlways Yours
  49. LowDouble Negative
  50. Mariah CareyCaution
2018 Movies

Matt Zoller Seitz: Top Ten Films of 2018

15 December 2018

Matt Zoller Seitz: Top Ten Films of 2018, as submitted to the RogerEbert.com Survey

[see also 2017]

  1. A Bread FactoryPatrick Wang
  2. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  3. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  4. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  5. Shoah: Four SistersClaude Lanzmann
  6. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  7. HereditaryAri Aster
  8. SearchingAneesh Chaganty
  9. Minding the GapBing Liu
  10. BodiedJoseph Kahn
2018 Albums

PopMatters: 70 Best Albums of 2018

15 December 2018

PopMatters: 70 Best Albums of 2018

[see also 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. Young FathersCocoa Sugar
  2. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  3. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  4. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  5. serpentwithfeetsoil
  6. George FitzGeraldAll That Must Be
  7. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  8. LoticPower
  9. NonameRoom 25
  10. Maribou StateKingdoms In Colour
  11. RobynHoney
  12. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  13. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  14. Ray BLKEmpress
  15. SabaCare for Me
  16. Julia HolterAviary
  17. Christine and the QueensChris
  18. Rival ConsolesPersona
  19. St. Paul & The Broken BonesYoung Sick Camellia
  20. TangentsNew Bodies
  21. VesselQueen of Golden Dogs
  22. LowDouble Negative
  23. Lonnie HolleyMITH
  24. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  25. Neko CaseHell-On
  26. DaughtersYou Won't Get What You Want
  27. boygeniusboygenius
  28. Tim HeckerKonoyo
  29. SpiritualizedAnd Nothing Hurt
  30. Benin CityLast Night
  31. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  32. Sarah Shook & the DisarmersYears
  33. I’m With HerSee You Around
  34. Beach House7
  35. Ital TekBodied
  36. EartheaterIRISIRI
  37. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  38. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  39. BROCKHAMPTONiridescence
  40. Jorja SmithLost & Found
  41. Kelly MoranUltraviolet
  42. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  43. St. LenoxTen Fables of Young Ambition and Passionate Love
  44. Elysia CramptonElysia Crampton
  45. ChvrchesLove Is Dead
  46. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  47. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  48. Okzharp & Manthe RibaneCloser Apart
  49. Fatoumata DiawaraFenfo
  50. Jeff RosenstockPost-
  51. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  52. Field MusicOpen Here
  53. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  54. Lucy DacusHistorian
  55. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80Black Times
  56. Laurie Anderson & Kronos QuartetLandfall
  57. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  58. Old Crow Medicine ShowVolunteer
  59. Natalie PrassThe Future and the Past
  60. David ByrneAmerican Utopia
  61. GwennoLe Kov
  62. Pusha TDaytona
  63. Brandi CarlileBy The Way, I Forgive You
  64. Florence + The MachineHigh As Hope
  65. Armand HammerParaffin
  66. Dilly DallyHeaven
  67. Tracey ThornRecord
  68. Kyle CraftFull Circle Nightmare
  69. GhostPrequelle
  70. Gregory Alan IsakovEvening Machines
2018 Movies

Playlist: 25 Best Films of 2018

15 December 2018

The Playlist: 25 Best Films of 2018

  1. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  2. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  3. HereditaryAri Aster
  4. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  5. BurningLee Chang-dong
  6. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  7. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  8. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  9. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  10. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  11. Paddington 2Paul King
  12. First ManDamien Chazelle
  13. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  14. MandyPanos Cosmatos
  15. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  16. A Quiet PlaceJohn Krasinski
  17. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville
  18. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  19. WildlifePaul Dano
  20. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  21. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  22. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  23. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  24. The RiderChloé Zhao
  25. Black PantherRyan Coogler

    Just a point or two from cracking the top 25

  1. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  2. ViceAdam McKay
  3. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  4. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  5. Crazy Rich AsiansJon M. Chu

    After that

  1. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  2. WidowsSteve McQueen
  3. Thunder RoadJim Cummings
  4. ThoroughbredsCory Finley
  5. Love, SimonGreg Berlanti
  6. Incredibles 2Brad Bird
  7. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  8. The TaleJennifer Fox
  9. CustodyXavier Legrand
  10. Claire’s CameraHong Sang-soo
  11. Game NightJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
  12. UpgradeLeigh Whannell
  13. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  14. 1985Yen Tan
  15. ArabyJoão Dumans and Affonso Uchôa
  16. FoxtrotSamuel Maoz
  17. Minding the GapBing Liu
  18. Vox LuxBrady Corbet
  19. MuseoAlonso Ruizpalacios
  20. This Is CongoDaniel McCabe