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.
2013 Albums

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2013

16 January 2014

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2013 (an annual poll of critics, published by The Village Voice)

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

  1. Kanye WestYeezus
  2. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  3. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
  4. BeyoncéBeyoncé
  5. Chance The RapperAcid Rap
  6. My Bloody Valentinembv
  7. HaimDays Are Gone
  8. Janelle MonáeThe Electric Lady
  9. Kurt VileWakin on a Pretty Daze
  10. Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park
  11. Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  12. SavagesSilence Yourself
  13. DisclosureSettle
  14. Arcade FireReflektor
  15. David BowieThe Next Day
  16. Sky FerreiraNight Time, My Time
  17. Jason IsbellSoutheastern
  18. DrakeNothing Was the Same
  19. DeafheavenSunbather
  20. The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
  21. Queens of the Stone Age…Like Clockwork
  22. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels
  23. Ashley MonroeLike a Rose
  24. Parquet CourtsLight Up Gold
  25. LordePure Heroine
  26. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsPush the Sky Away
  27. Danny BrownOld
  28. M.I.A.Matangi
  29. The KnifeShaking the Habitual
  30. Pusha TMy Name Is My Name
  31. WaxahatcheeCerulean Salt
  32. Tim HeckerVirgins
  33. Tegan and SaraHeartthrob
  34. ParamoreParamore
  35. DeerhunterMonomania
  36. Laura MarlingOnce I Was an Eagle
  37. CarcassSurgical Steel
  38. SuperchunkI Hate Music
  39. Mikal CroninMCII
  40. ChvrchesThe Bones Of What You Believe
  41. Majical CloudzImpersonator
  42. Earl SweatshirtDoris
  43. Oneohtrix Point NeverR Plus Seven
  44. Arctic MonkeysAM
  45. Brandy Clark12 Stories
  46. BombinoNomad
  47. Bill CallahanDream River
  48. Yo La TengoFade
  49. RhyeWoman
  50. PhosphorescentMuchacho
  51. Justin TimberlakeThe 20/20 Experience
  52. The Julie RuinRun Fast
  53. Pet Shop BoysElectric
  54. Autre Ne VeutAnxiety
  55. Blood OrangeCupid Deluxe
  56. Julia HolterLoud City Song
  57. Fuck ButtonsSlow Focus
  58. EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP 2
  59. DarksidePsychic
  60. Boards of CanadaTomorrow’s Harvest
  61. Valerie JunePushin’ Against a Stone
  62. Elvis Costello and The RootsWise Up Ghost and Other Songs
  63. John GrantPale Green Ghosts
  64. Black Sabbath13
  65. KelelaCut 4 Me
  66. Nine Inch NailsHesitation Marks
  67. Atoms for PeaceAmok
  68. GorgutsColored Sands
  69. Bob DylanAnother Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10
  70. [tie] KaThe Night’s Gambit
  71. LowThe Invisible Way
  72. [tie] Charli XCXTrue Romance
  73. DJ RashadDouble Cup
  74. Laura MvulaSing to the Moon
  75. The UncludedHokey Fright
  76. Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
  77. Speedy OrtizMajor Arcana
  78. Lady GagaARTPOP
  79. SubRosaMore Constant Than The Gods
  80. [tie] Forest SwordsEngravings
  81. KvelertakMeir
  82. FIDLARFIDLAR
  83. DJ KozeAmygdala
  84. Jon HopkinsImmunity
  85. Body/HeadComing Apart
  86. William OnyeaborWorld Psychedelic Classics, Vol. 5: Who Is William Onyeabor
  87. Rachid TahaZoom
  88. The Haxan CloakExcavation
  89. In SolitudeSister
  90. James BlakeOvergrown
  91. Ghostface Killah and Adrian YoungeTwelve Reasons To Die
  92. Dean BluntThe Redeemer
  93. Lonnie HolleyKeeping a Record of It
  94. James HoldenThe Inheritors
  95. Pissed JeansHoneys
  96. ThundercatApocalypse
  97. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni BaJama Ko
  98. Steven WilsonThe Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)
  99. Jagwar MaHowlin’
  100. Thee Oh SeesFloating Coffin
2013 Albums

Dennis Cooper: 20 Favorite Albums of 2013

06 January 2014

Dennis Cooper: 20 Favorite Albums of 2013 (as numbered on Cooper’s site, but note that he precedes the list with “in no order”)

[see also 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. VårNo One Dances Quite Like My Brothers
  2. Death GripsGovernment Plates
  3. The Haxan CloakExcavation
  4. Oneohtrix Point NeverR Plus Seven
  5. Julia HolterLoud City Song
  6. MoonfaceJulia With Blue Jeans On
  7. Tim HeckerVirgins
  8. CastevetObsian
  9. Robert PollardHoney Locust Honky Tonk
  10. IceageYou’re Nothing
  11. Aki OndaCassette Memories, Vol. 3: South of the Border
  12. Guided By VoicesEnglish Little League
  13. Laurel HaloChance of Rain
  14. DeerhunterMonomania
  15. WireChange Becomes Us
  16. My Bloody Valentinembv
  17. ÄÄNIPÄÄThrough A Pre-Memory
  18. DeafheavenSunbather
  19. PharmakonAbandon
  20. BurialRival Dealer
2013 Movies

Dennis Cooper: 13 Favorite Films of 2013

06 January 2014

Dennis Cooper: 13 Favorite Films of 2013 (as numbered on Cooper’s site, but note that he precedes the list with “in no order”)

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

  1. To The WonderTerrence Malick
  2. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  3. Post Tenebras LuxCarlos Reygadas
  4. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine
  5. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  6. SilenceMichael Salerno
  7. LeviathanLucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  8. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  9. Center JennyRyan Trecartin
  10. Un Conte de Michel MontaigneJean-Marie Straub
  11. Kneels Through the DarkJames Batley
  12. Camille Claudel 1915Bruno Dumont
  13. Over the RainbowRachel Maclean
2013 Albums

Uncut: 80 Best Albums of 2013

06 January 2014

Uncut Magazine: 80 Best Albums of 2013

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

  1. My Bloody Valentinembv
  2. David BowieThe Next Day
  3. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsPush the Sky Away
  4. John GrantPale Green Ghosts
  5. Laura MarlingOnce I Was an Eagle
  6. Roy HarperMan & Myth
  7. Bill CallahanDream River
  8. Kurt VileWakin on a Pretty Daze
  9. Arctic MonkeysAM
  10. Boards of CanadaTomorrow’s Harvest
  11. Matthew E. WhiteBig Inner
  12. Prefab SproutCrimson/Red
  13. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
  14. The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
  15. Julia HolterLoud City Song
  16. Thee Oh SeesFloating Coffin
  17. Kanye WestYeezus
  18. Parquet CourtsLight Up Gold
  19. Endless BoogieLong Island
  20. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  21. BroadcastBerberian Sound Studio
  22. The KnifeShaking the Habitual
  23. Jonathan WilsonFanfare
  24. Unknown Mortal OrchestraII
  25. Caitlin RoseThe Stand-In
  26. Jason IsbellSoutheastern
  27. Atoms for PeaceAmok
  28. Johnny MarrThe Messenger
  29. Hiss Golden MessengerHaw
  30. Yo La TengoFade
  31. Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  32. These New PuritansField of Reeds
  33. Pet Shop BoysElectric
  34. White DenimCorsicana Lemonade
  35. Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaVallePerils From The Sea
  36. Mark Kozelek & DesertshoreMark Kozelek & Desertshore
  37. Eleanor FriedbergerPersonal Record
  38. HaimDays Are Gone
  39. Earl SweatshirtDoris
  40. Chris ForsythSolar Motel
  41. LowThe Invisible Way
  42. Arcade FireReflektor
  43. Okkervil RiverThe Silver Gymnasium
  44. FuzzFuzz
  45. Manic Street PreachersRewind the Film
  46. Factory FloorFactory Floor
  47. PhoenixBankrupt!
  48. Iron & WineGhost on Ghost
  49. Mazzy StarSeasons of Your Day
  50. HoundstoothRide Out The Dark
  51. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni BaJama Ko
  52. The NecksOpen
  53. Linda ThompsonWon’t Be Long Now
  54. Rokia TraoréBeautiful Africa
  55. Uncle Acid and the DeadbeatsMind Control
  56. Edwyn CollinsUnderstated
  57. Frightened RabbitPedestrian Verse
  58. Mikal CroninMCII
  59. Luke HainesRock and Roll Animals
  60. King Krule6 Feet Beneath the Moon
  61. Connan MockasinCaramel
  62. Jon HopkinsImmunity
  63. Pet Shop BoysElectric
  64. Anna CalviOne Breath
  65. The Civil WarsThe Civil Wars
  66. PhosphorescentMuchacho
  67. Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God
  68. Steve MasonMonkey Minds in the Devil’s Time
  69. Autre Ne VeutAnxiety
  70. William TylerImpossible Truth
  71. Don CavalliTemperamental
  72. Emmylou Harris and Rodney CrowellOld Yellow Moon
  73. Laura VeirsWarp and Weft
  74. Lord HuronLonesome Dreams
  75. Elton JohnThe Diving Board
  76. SuunsImages du Futur
  77. Cate Le BonMug Museum
  78. HookwormsPearl Mystic
  79. Robyn HitchcockLove From London
  80. Tony Joe WhiteHoodoo
2013 Albums

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2013

06 January 2014

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2013

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

  1. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  2. Kanye WestYeezus
  3. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
  4. Paul McCartneyNew
  5. Arcade FireReflektor
  6. Queens of the Stone Age…Like Clockwork
  7. LordePure Heroine
  8. The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
  9. Arctic MonkeysAM
  10. John FogertyWrote A Song For Everyone
  11. Parquet CourtsLight Up Gold
  12. Jake BuggJake Bugg
  13. DisclosureSettle
  14. DrakeNothing Was the Same
  15. Atoms for PeaceAmok
  16. David BowieThe Next Day
  17. Danny BrownOld
  18. Ashley MonroeLike a Rose
  19. Nine Inch NailsHesitation Marks
  20. Laura MarlingOnce I Was an Eagle
  21. Sky FerreiraNight Time, My Time
  22. PhoenixBankrupt!
  23. My Bloody Valentinembv
  24. EminemThe Marshall Mathers LP 2
  25. Elton JohnThe Diving Board
  26. Chance The RapperAcid Rap
  27. Miley CyrusBangerz
  28. Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park
  29. BombinoNomad
  30. Tegan and SaraHeartthrob
  31. HaimDays Are Gone
  32. ChvrchesThe Bones Of What You Believe
  33. Pusha TMy Name Is My Name
  34. Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  35. Best CoastFade Away
  36. WaxahatcheeCerulean Salt
  37. The So So GlosBlowout
  38. Kurt VileWakin on a Pretty Daze
  39. Keith UrbanFuse
  40. Pearl JamLightning Bolt
  41. J. ColeBorn Sinner
  42. Earl SweatshirtDoris
  43. SavagesSilence Yourself
  44. Valerie JunePushin’ Against a Stone
  45. AviciiTRUE
  46. Franz FerdinandRight Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
  47. M.I.A.Matangi
  48. Fuck ButtonsSlow Focus
  49. The Flaming LipsThe Terror
  50. BeckSong Reader