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

Joe Morgenstern: Best Film of 2018

17 December 2018

Joe Morgenstern: Best Film of 2018, as published by The Wall Street Journal

[see also 2017]

2018 TV Shows

Dorothy Rabinowitz: Best of TV 2018

17 December 2018

Dorothy Rabinowitz: Best of TV 2018, as published by The Wall Street Journal

2018 Movies

Slant: 25 Best Films of 2018

17 December 2018

Slant Magazine: 25 Best Films of 2018

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

  1. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  2. BurningLee Chang-dong
  3. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  4. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  5. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  6. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  7. 24 FramesAbbas Kiarostami
  8. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  9. Monrovia, IndianaFrederick Wiseman
  10. The House That Jack BuiltLars von Trier
  11. WesternValeska Grisebach
  12. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  13. Paddington 2Paul King
  14. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  15. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  16. The Green FogGuy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson
  17. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?Travis Wilkerson
  18. The Day AfterHong Sang-soo
  19. Golden ExitsAlex Ross Perry
  20. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  21. Shoah: Four SistersClaude Lanzmann
  22. PROTOTYPEBlake Williams
  23. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  24. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  25. Dead SoulsWang Bing
2018 Albums

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Music Releases

17 December 2018

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Music Releases

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

  1. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  2. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  3. LolinaThe Smoke
  4. Charli XCXPop 2
  5. TirzahDevotion
  6. Elysia CramptonElysia Crampton
  7. LowDouble Negative
  8. Pusha TDaytona
  9. GrouperGrid of Points
  10. ShygirlCruel Practice
  11. Eli KeszlerStadium
  12. Julia HolterAviary
  13. Mount EerieNow Only
  14. PendantMake Me Know You Sweet
  15. Bamba PanaPoaa
  16. Playboi CartiDie Lit
  17. Barrio Surबड़ा शोक (heart break)
  18. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  19. Amnesia ScannerAnother Life
  20. serpentwithfeetsoil
  21. Tim HeckerKonoyo
  22. RP BooI'll Tell You What!
  23. Kanye Westye
  24. EartheaterIRISIRI
  25. Tierra WhackWhack World
  26. The CaretakerEverywhere At The End Of Time – Stage 4
  27. Simple AffectionsSimple Affections
  28. Fire-ToolzSkinless X-1
  29. DJ HealerNothing 2 Loose
  30. [tie] Prime Minister of DoomMudshadow Propaganda
  31. KleinCC
  32. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  33. Armand HammerParaffin
  34. Laurel HaloRaw Silk Uncut Wood
  35. Sarah DavachiLet Night Come On Bells End the Day
  36. Seth GrahamGasp
  37. Teyana TaylorK.T.S.E.
  38. Beach House7
  39. Roc MarcianoBehold a Dark Horse
  40. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  41. PerfumeFuture Pop
  42. Delroy EdwardsRio Grande
  43. Matthew Revert/Vanessa RossettoEveryone Needs A Plan
  44. Hermit and the RecluseOrpheus vs. The Sirens
  45. Jeff WitscherApproximately 1,000 Beers
  46. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  47. GasRausch
  48. JPEGMAFIAVeteran
  49. Amen DunesFreedom
  50. Satoshi NakamotodOPENet [NYPD Records Volume 2]
  51. Sheck WesMudboy
2018 Books

BuzzFeed: Best Fiction of 2018

17 December 2018

BuzzFeed: Best Fiction of 2018, "in no particular order" but numbered as follows.