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

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2014

13 January 2015

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2014 (an annual poll of critics, published by The Village Voice)

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

  1. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  2. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 2
  3. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
  4. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  5. FKA twigsLP1
  6. Sturgill SimpsonMetamodern Sounds In Country Music
  7. Taylor Swift1989
  8. Angel OlsenBurn Your Fire For No Witness
  9. SpoonThey Want My Soul
  10. Against Me!Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  11. Ex HexRips
  12. Miranda LambertPlatinum
  13. Flying LotusYou’re Dead!
  14. Azealia BanksBroke With Expensive Taste
  15. Sharon Van EttenAre We There
  16. BeckMorning Phase
  17. Aphex TwinSyro
  18. Sun Kil MoonBenji
  19. SwansTo Be Kind
  20. Parquet CourtsSunbathing Animal
  21. CaribouOur Love
  22. Lana Del ReyUltraviolence
  23. The New PornographersBrill Bruisers
  24. WussyAttica!
  25. YGMy Krazy Life
  26. Jenny LewisThe Voyager
  27. Ty SegallManipulator
  28. Perfume GeniusToo Bright
  29. Tune-YardsNikki Nack
  30. Future IslandsSingles
  31. Leonard CohenPopular Problems
  32. Todd TerjeIt’s Album Time
  33. Rosanne CashThe River & the Thread
  34. Charli XCXSUCKER
  35. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPiñata
  36. ProtomartyrUnder Color of Official Right
  37. Cloud NothingsHere and Nowhere Else
  38. Lydia LovelessSomewhere Else
  39. TV on the RadioSeeds
  40. GrouperRuins
  41. EMAThe Future’s Void
  42. Real EstateAtlas
  43. Bob Dylan & The BandThe Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete
  44. Jack WhiteLazaretto
  45. Rich GangTha Tour Part 1
  46. Owen PallettIn Conflict
  47. Nicki MinajThe Pinkprint
  48. AlvvaysAlvvays
  49. Lucinda WilliamsDown Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
  50. White LungDeep Fantasy
  51. Shabazz PalacesLese Majesty
  52. Ariel PinkPom Pom
  53. BeyoncéBeyoncé
  54. Mac DeMarcoSalad Days
  55. Ryan AdamsRyan Adams
  56. PallbearerFoundations of Burden
  57. Perfect PussySay Yes To Love
  58. Scott Walker & Sunn O)))Soused
  59. Courtney BarnettThe Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
  60. Sylvan EssoSylvan Esso
  61. Robert Plantlullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar
  62. Neneh CherryBlank Project
  63. Old 97’sMost Messed Up
  64. Hurray for the Riff RaffSmall Town Heroes
  65. The Black KeysTurn Blue
  66. PharmakonBestial Burden
  67. Sia1000 Forms of Fear
  68. Toni Braxton & BabyfaceLove, Marriage & Divorce
  69. Angaleena PresleyAmerican Middle Class
  70. U2Songs of Innocence
  71. FutureHonest
  72. Open Mike EagleDark Comedy
  73. TinasheAquarius
  74. Mary J. BligeThe London Sessions
  75. Lykke LiI Never Learn
  76. Hiss Golden MessengerLateness of Dancers
  77. Sam SmithIn the Lonely Hour
  78. Andy StottFaith In Strangers
  79. Tom Petty & The HeartbreakersHypnotic Eye
  80. Total ControlTypical System
  81. Steve GunnWay Out Weather
  82. The Afghan WhigsDo to the Beast
  83. Drive-By TruckersEnglish Oceans
  84. Dean BluntBlack Metal
  85. Young Thug & Bloody JayBlack Portland
  86. Damon AlbarnEveryday Robots
  87. YOBClearing the Path to Ascend
  88. KelisFood
  89. Benjamin BookerBenjamin Booker
  90. WarpaintWarpaint
  91. Sharon Jones & The Dap-KingsGive the People What They Want
  92. Withered HandNew Gods
  93. WeezerEverything Will Be Alright In the End
  94. Bob MouldBeauty & Ruin
  95. Eric ChurchThe Outsiders
  96. First Aid KitStay Gold
  97. Isaiah RashadCilvia Demo
  98. Pharrell WilliamsGIRL
  99. ShellacDude Incredible
  100. Vince StaplesHell Can Wait
2014 Movies

Karina Longworth: 16 Favorite Movies of 2014

07 January 2015

Karina Longworth: 16 Favorite Movies of 2014 (as posted on Twitter in this series of tweets: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

[see also 2017, 2012, 2011]

2014 Albums

Quietus: Top 100 Albums of 2014

07 January 2015

The Quietus: Top 100 Albums of 2014

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

  1. Gazelle TwinUnflesh
  2. Scott Walker & Sunn O)))Soused
  3. SwansTo Be Kind
  4. East India YouthTotal Strife Forever
  5. The BugAngels & Devils
  6. Grumbling FurPreternaturals
  7. Katie GatelyPipes
  8. Manic Street PreachersFuturology
  9. PercThe Power and the Glory
  10. Jenny Hval & SusannaMeshes of Voice
  11. FKA twigsLP1
  12. ZamilskaUntune
  13. Innercity EnsembleBlack/White
  14. Cooly GWait ’til Night
  15. BlacknecksBlacknecks 006
  16. English HereticThe Underworld Service
  17. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPiñata
  18. OAKEAuferstehung
  19. GrouperRuins
  20. Kemper NortonLoor
  21. Maurice LoucaBenhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot)
  22. Andy StottFaith In Strangers
  23. EEKLive At The Cairo High Cinema Institute
  24. Jane WeaverThe Silver Globe
  25. Daniel Patrick QuinnActing The Rubber Pig
  26. The BodyI Shall Die Here
  27. ChrononautzPublic Domain Fuckover Series #1-6
  28. PharmakonBestial Burden
  29. TweedySukierae
  30. ObjektFlatland
  31. Jar MoffFinancial Glam
  32. Willie the Kid & Bronze NazarethThe Living Daylights
  33. Lorenzo SenniSuperimpositions
  34. Electric WizardTime To Die
  35. Klara LewisEtt
  36. Kassem MosseWorkshop 19
  37. Extreme PrecautionsPrecaution One
  38. Kasai All StarsBeware The Fetish
  39. ÅrabrotI Modi
  40. Einstürzende NeubautenLament
  41. The Inward CirclesNimrod
  42. Bohren & Der Club of GorePiano Nights
  43. Future IslandsSingles
  44. Consumer ElectronicsEstuary English
  45. BongStoner Rock
  46. NisennenmondaiN
  47. Wild BeastsPresent Tense
  48. Olga BellKrai
  49. Cut HandsFestival of the Dead
  50. Xiu XiuAngel Guts: Red Classroom
  51. ActressGhettoville
  52. YOBClearing the Path to Ascend
  53. Owen PallettIn Conflict
  54. Puce MaryPersona
  55. DonChristianRenzo Piano
  56. Ibibio Sound MachineIbibio Sound Machine
  57. Lee GambleKOCH
  58. Leyland Kirby Presents V/VmThe Death of Rave (A Partial Flashback)
  59. LaibachSpectre
  60. ShellacDude Incredible
  61. HeteroticWeird Drift
  62. LiarsMess
  63. Stein UrheimStein Urheim
  64. EkoplekzUnfidelity
  65. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  66. Sunn O))) & UlverTerrestrials
  67. Russell Haswell37 Minute Work Out
  68. Noura Mint SeymaliTzenni
  69. Ambarchi / O’Malley / DunnShade Themes from Kairos
  70. Apollo Brown & Ras KassBlasphemy
  71. The Budos BandBurnt Offering
  72. Anat Ben-DavidMelech
  73. YVETTEProcess
  74. MiloA Toothpaste Suburb
  75. MerkabahMoloch
  76. WranglerL.A. Spark
  77. RonikaSelectadisc
  78. Bing & RuthTomorrow Was the Golden Age
  79. Azealia BanksBroke With Expensive Taste
  80. DJ QIneffable
  81. The Soft Pink TruthWhy Do the Heathen Rage?
  82. Vince StaplesHell Can Wait
  83. TinariwenEmmaar
  84. The Juan MacLeanIn a Dream
  85. Aphex TwinSyro
  86. Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki DiabatéToumani & Sidiki
  87. Selim Lemouchi & His EnemiesEarth Air Spirit Water Fire
  88. BehemothThe Satanist
  89. Wrekmeister HarmoniesThen It All Came Down
  90. Fumaça PretaFumaça Preta
  91. Merzbow, Scott Miller & Lee CamfieldNo Closure
  92. Black RainDark Pool
  93. AnthroprophhOutside the Circle
  94. Adult JazzGist Is
  95. GodfleshA World Lit Only by Fire
  96. ObakeMutations
  97. ClarkClark
  98. Joseph CurwenShunned House
  99. Echoes Of YulTether
  100. Good ThrobFuck Off
2014 Movies

Ty Burr: 28 Best Movies of 2014

05 January 2015

Ty Burr: 28 Best Movies of 2014, as published by The Boston Globe

[see also 2012, 2011]

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  3. American SniperClint Eastwood
  4. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  5. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  6. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  7. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh
  8. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  9. MANAKAMANAStephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  10. BirdmanAlejandro G. Iñárritu
  11. Life ItselfSteve James
  12. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  13. Dear White PeopleJustin Simien
  14. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  15. LockeSteven Knight
2014 Movies

Alison Willmore: 14 Greatest Movies of 2014

05 January 2015

Alison Willmore: 14 Greatest Movies of 2014, as published by BuzzFeed

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015]

  1. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  2. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  3. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  4. The Tale of the Princess KaguyaIsao Takahata
  5. BirdmanAlejandro G. Iñárritu
  6. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  7. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  8. Guardians of the GalaxyJames Gunn
  9. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  10. SelmaAva DuVernay
  11. NightcrawlerDan Gilroy
  12. Love is StrangeIra Sachs
  13. FoxcatcherBennett Miller
  14. The BabadookJennifer Kent