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.

Pretty Much Amazing: 60 Best Albums of 2014

30 December 2014

Pretty Much Amazing: 60 Best Albums of 2014

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

  1. BeyoncéBeyoncé
  2. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
  3. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  4. Sun Kil MoonBenji
  5. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 2
  6. FKA twigsLP1
  7. Perfume GeniusToo Bright
  8. SwansTo Be Kind
  9. Aphex TwinSyro
  10. Lana Del ReyUltraviolence
  11. Sharon Van EttenAre We There
  12. Flying LotusYou’re Dead!
  13. SpoonThey Want My Soul
  14. Mac DeMarcoSalad Days
  15. Todd TerjeIt’s Album Time
  16. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPiñata
  17. Taylor Swift1989
  18. Shabazz PalacesLese Majesty
  19. IceagePlowing Into the Field of Love
  20. Wild BeastsPresent Tense
  21. Future IslandsSingles
  22. Cloud NothingsHere and Nowhere Else
  23. Angel OlsenBurn Your Fire For No Witness
  24. Tune-YardsNikki Nack
  25. Mr Twin SisterMr Twin Sister
  26. The AntlersFamiliars
  27. Ty SegallManipulator
  28. OughtMore Than Any Other Day
  29. Neneh CherryBlank Project
  30. BeckMorning Phase
  31. Strand of OaksHEAL
  32. Owen PallettIn Conflict
  33. Ben FrostA U R O R A
  34. How to Dress Well“What Is This Heart?”
  35. Parquet CourtsSunbathing Animal
  36. GrouperRuins
  37. CaribouOur Love
  38. Azealia BanksBroke With Expensive Taste
  39. BADBADNOTGOODIII
  40. Against Me!Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  41. Röyksopp & RobynDo It Again
  42. White LungDeep Fantasy
  43. Real EstateAtlas
  44. Hundred WatersThe Moon Rang Like a Bell
  45. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial OrchestraFuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
  46. ShamirNorthtown – EP
  47. The New PornographersBrill Bruisers
  48. No Mythologies to Follow
  49. Ariel PinkPom Pom
  50. Sia1000 Forms of Fear
  51. RatkingSo It Goes
  52. LiarsMess
  53. YGMy Krazy Life
  54. Perfect PussySay Yes To Love
  55. Death from Above 1979The Physical World
  56. Ariana GrandeMy Everything
  57. Lykke LiI Never Learn
  58. TrustJoyland
  59. ChromeoWhite Women
  60. Schoolboy QOxymoron

Wesley Morris: Top 30 Movies of 2014

30 December 2014

Wesley Morris: Top 30 Movies of 2014, as published by Grantland

[see also 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Norte, the End of HistoryLav Diaz
  2. SelmaAva DuVernay
  3. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  4. Land Ho!Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz
  5. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  6. Edge of TomorrowDoug Liman
  7. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  8. The BabadookJennifer Kent
  9. NymphomaniacLars von Trier
  10. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie

Michael Phillips: 30 Best Movies of 2014

30 December 2014

Michael Phillips: 30 Best Movies of 2014, as published by The Chicago Tribune

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

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  3. Winter SleepNuri Bilge Ceylan
  4. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  5. The Lego MoviePhil Lord, Christopher Miller
  6. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry
  7. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  8. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  9. Dear White PeopleJustin Simien
  10. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie

Dana Stevens: Top 20 Movies of 2014

30 December 2014

Dana Stevens: Top 20 Movies of 2014, as published by Slate

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

Ben Sachs: 30 Favorite Films of 2014

29 December 2014

Ben Sachs: 30 Favorite Films of 2014, as published by The Chicago Reader

[see also 2012, 2011]

  1. The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki
  2. RamblerasDaniela Speranza
  3. Mood IndigoMichel Gondry
  4. Starred UpDavid Mackenzie
  5. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  6. What Now? Remind MeJoaquim Pinto
  7. Breakfast with CurtisLaura Colella
  8. Jimmy P.Arnaud Desplechin
  9. Thy WombBrillante Mendoza
  10. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  11. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  12. The Golden EraAnn Hui
  13. Level FiveChris Marker
  14. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  15. Camille Claudel 1915Bruno Dumont
  16. The PresidentMohsen Makhmalbaf
  17. The Amazing CatfishClaudia Sainte-Luce
  18. The Stuart Hall ProjectJohn Akomfrah
  19. The HomesmanTommy Lee Jones
  20. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry
  21. Beyond the LightsGina Prince-Bythewood
  22. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  23. Non-StopJaume Collet-Serra
  24. Words and PicturesFred Schepisi
  25. ExhibitionJoanna Hogg
  26. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  27. GloriaSebastián Lelio
  28. Corner StoresAmina Waheed
  29. NymphomaniacLars von Trier
  30. National GalleryFrederick Wiseman