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.
2015 Movies

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2015

30 November 2015

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2015, as published by Artforum

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

  1. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  2. The GuestsKen Jacobs
  3. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  4. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  5. Mexico at Midnight: Film Noir from Mexican Cinema’s Golden AgeMuseum of Modern Art, New York
  6. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  7. Hamlet in the Rented WorldJack Smith
  8. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  9. Continuous VariationsManuel De Landa
  10. [tie] The WalkRobert Zemeckis
2015 Movies

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2015

30 November 2015

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2015, as published by Artforum

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Helmut Berger, ActorAndreas Horvath
  2. CinderellaKenneth Branagh
  3. The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin
  4. Tom at the FarmXavier Dolan
  5. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  6. CarolTodd Haynes
  7. The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  8. TangerineSean Baker
  9. Fly Colt FlyAdam Gray and Andrew Gray
  10. LoveGaspar Noé
2015 Albums

Uncut: 75 Best Albums of 2015

28 November 2015

Uncut Magazine: 75 Best Albums of 2015

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  2. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  4. Ryley WalkerPrimrose Green
  5. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  6. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  7. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  8. Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  9. Sleaford ModsKey Markets
  10. New OrderMusic Complete
  11. BjörkVulnicura
  12. Unknown Mortal OrchestraMulti-Love
  13. Jim O’RourkeSimple Songs
  14. Robert ForsterSongs To Play
  15. Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
  16. The Weather StationLoyalty
  17. BlurThe Magic Whip
  18. WilcoStar Wars
  19. Mbongwana StarFrom Kinshasa
  20. Holly HerndonPlatform
  21. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  22. GwennoY Dydd Olaf
  23. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  24. Richard ThompsonStill
  25. John GrantGrey Tickles, Black Pressure
  26. Joanna NewsomDivers
  27. Jamie xxIn Colour
  28. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni BaBa Power
  29. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  30. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  31. Four TetMorning / Evening
  32. Sun Kil MoonUniversal Themes
  33. Matthew E. WhiteFresh Blood
  34. FFSFFS
  35. Young FathersWhite Men Are Black Men Too
  36. DestroyerPoison Season
  37. LowOnes and Sixes
  38. Dave Rawlings MachineNashville Obsolete
  39. Paul WellerSaturns Pattern
  40. Bob DylanShadows In The Night
  41. Jessica PrattOn Your Own Love Again
  42. J.D. McPhersonLet the Good Times Roll
  43. Ezra FurmanPerpetual Motion People
  44. Laura MarlingShort Movie
  45. Panda BearPanda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  46. Olivia ChaneyThe Longest River
  47. MiguelWildheart
  48. My Morning JacketThe Waterfall
  49. Songhoy BluesMusic In Exile
  50. Yo La TengoStuff Like That There
  51. AlgiersAlgiers
  52. H. HawklineIn the Pink of Condition
  53. Róisín MurphyHairless Toys
  54. Israel NashIsrael Nash’s Silver Season
  55. Neil Young & Promise of the RealThe Monsanto Years
  56. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  57. Lana Del ReyHoneymoon
  58. FuzzFuzz II
  59. Stick in the WheelFrom Here
  60. Chip TaylorThe Little Prayers Trilogy
  61. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  62. Titus AndronicusThe Most Lamentable Tragedy
  63. BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface KillahSour Soul
  64. Public Image Ltd.What the World Needs Now…
  65. Bop EnglishConstant Bop
  66. The ApartmentsNo Song, No Spell, No Madrigal
  67. Micachu & The ShapesGood Sad Happy Bad
  68. Dave Alvin & Phil AlvinLost Time
  69. Modest MouseStrangers to Ourselves
  70. PondMan It Feels Like Space Again
  71. DrinksHermits On Holiday
  72. Killing JokePylon
  73. Phil CookSouthland Mission
  74. Keith RichardsCrosseyed Heart
  75. Nick Cave & Warren EllisLoin Des Hommes (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2015 Movies

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 35 Films of 2015

27 November 2015

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 35 Films of 2015 (a poll of 168 critics, published by Sight & Sound Magazine)

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  2. CarolTodd Haynes
  3. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  4. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  5. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  6. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  7. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  8. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  9. [tie] AmyAsif Kapadia
  10. [tie] Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  11. [tie] AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  12. [tie] It FollowsDavid Robert Mitchell
  13. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  14. GirlhoodCéline Sciamma
  15. [tie] Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  16. [tie] Inside OutPete Docter
  17. [tie] TangerineSean Baker
  18. [tie] Jafar Panahi’s TaxiJafar Panahi
  19. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  20. [tie] The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  21. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  22. [tie] The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  23. [tie] TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  24. [tie] The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin
  25. [tie] My Golden DaysArnaud Desplechin
  26. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  27. [tie] BlackhatMichael Mann
  28. [tie] The Diary of a Teenage GirlMarielle Heller
  29. [tie] EvolutionLucile Hadzihalilovic
  30. [tie] Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  31. [tie] Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson
  32. [tie] The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  33. [tie] Right Now, Wrong ThenHong Sang-soo
  34. [tie] RoomLenny Abrahamson
  35. [tie] Sunset SongTerence Davies
2015 Movies

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2015

27 November 2015

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2015

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Mia MadreNanni Moretti
  2. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  3. In the Shadow of WomenPhilippe Garrel
  4. The Smell of UsLarry Clark
  5. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  6. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  7. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  8. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  9. The Summer of SangaileAlanté Kavaïté
  10. Journey to the ShoreKiyoshi Kurosawa