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.
2014 Albums

Cokemachineglow: 10 Albums We Loved Most in 2014

31 December 2014

Cokemachineglow assembles a variety of ways to find some of the music their staff loved most this year. Below are the albums labeled “Unison” — representing the staff as a whole — but browse also their “Harmony” of individual voices.

[see also 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

2014 Movies

Darren Hughes: 10 Favorite Films of 2014

31 December 2014

Darren Hughes: 10 Favorite Films of 2014 (as published at his site, Long Pauses, where he also has lists of favorite unreleased films, experimental shorts, and discoveries)

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012]

  1. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  2. The Strange Little CatRamon Zürcher
  3. JealousyPhilippe Garrel
  4. What Now? Remind MeJoaquim Pinto
  5. Norte, the End of HistoryLav Diaz
  6. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  7. Night MovesKelly Reichardt
  8. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang
  9. The Last of the UnjustClaude Lanzmann
  10. Closed CurtainKambuzia Partovi and Jafar Panahi
2014 Albums

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2014

31 December 2014

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2014

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

  1. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 2
  2. YGMy Krazy Life
  3. Lana Del ReyUltraviolence
  4. J. Cole2014 Forest Hills Drive
  5. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  6. Travis ScottDays Before Rodeo
  7. Ariana GrandeMy Everything
  8. Taylor Swift1989
  9. CaribouOur Love
  10. FKA twigsLP1
  11. PopcaanWhere We Come From
  12. Rich GangTha Tour Part 1
  13. Vince StaplesHell Can Wait
  14. Nicki MinajThe Pinkprint
  15. Azealia BanksBroke With Expensive Taste
  16. Boosie BadazzLife After Deathrow
  17. Trey SongzTrigga
  18. Jeremih & ShlohmoNo More
  19. JeezySeen It All: The Autobiography
  20. Perfume GeniusToo Bright
  21. Gangsta Boo & BeatkingUnderground Cassette Tap Music
  22. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  23. Big K.R.I.T.Cadillactica
  24. Sam SmithIn the Lonely Hour
  25. Schoolboy QOxymoron
  26. Angel OlsenBurn Your Fire For No Witness
  27. Jessie WareTough Love
  28. KehlaniCloud 19
  29. Ty Dolla $ignSign Language
  30. Isaiah RashadCilvia Demo
  31. PARTYNEXTDOORPARTYNEXTDOOR TWO
  32. Charli XCXSUCKER
  33. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPiñata
  34. LecraeAnomaly
  35. Ed SheeranX
  36. Lykke LiI Never Learn
  37. Pharrell WilliamsGIRL
  38. CozzCozz & Effect
  39. A$AP FergFerg Forever
  40. Real EstateAtlas
  41. Lucki Eck$Body High
  42. MigosNo Label II
  43. ArcaXen
  44. OmarionSex Playlist
  45. LogicUnder Pressure
  46. King LouieTony
  47. various artists — Shady XV
  48. TinasheAquarius
  49. Low ProsEP 1
  50. Riff RaffNeon Icon
2014 Movies

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2014

31 December 2014

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2014, as published by Gay City News

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015]

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. What Now? Remind MeJoaquim Pinto
  3. Night MovesKelly Reichardt
  4. ActressRobert Greene
  5. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang
  6. The King of EscapeAlain Guiraudie
  7. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  8. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  9. NightcrawlerDan Gilroy
  10. SelmaAva DuVernay
2014 Movies

Brian Darr: 10 Best Feature Films of 2014

31 December 2014

Brian Darr: 10 Best Feature Films of 2014, as published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog. See also this list of documentaries.

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013]

  1. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  2. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  3. InterstellarChristopher Nolan
  4. Vic + Flo Saw a BearDenis Côté
  5. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  6. Abuse of WeaknessCatherine Breillat
  7. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  8. The Dance of RealityAlejandro Jodorowsky
  9. MANAKAMANAStephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  10. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang