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 Poetry

David Orr: 10 Best Poetry Books of 2015

30 December 2015

David Orr: 10 Best Poetry Books of 2015, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

2015 Movies

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 5 Films of 2015

30 December 2015

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 5 Films of 2015, as submitted to La Internacional Cinéfila Poll

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

  1. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  2. JaujaLisandro Alonso
  3. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  4. I, Dalio (or the Rules of the Game)Mark Rappaport
  5. Journey to the WestTsai Ming-liang
2015 Movies

La Internacional Cinéfila poll: 7 Best Films of 2015

30 December 2015

Roger Koza’s La Internacional Cinéfila Poll: 7 Best Films of 2015 (as voted by over 125 critics, programmers, and filmmakers)

[see also 2017, 2016]

  1. Cemetery of SplendorApichatpong Weerasethakul
  2. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  3. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  4. [tie] Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)Abbas Fahdel
  5. Right Now, Wrong ThenHong Sang-soo
  6. Mountains May DepartJia Zhang-ke
  7. [tie] Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
2015 Albums

Magnet: Top 25 Albums of 2015

29 December 2015

Magnet Magazine: Top 25 Albums of 2015

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

  1. WilcoStar Wars
  2. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  3. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  4. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  5. Royal HeadacheHigh
  6. Joanna NewsomDivers
  7. The LibertinesAnthems For Doomed Youth
  8. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  9. DeafheavenNew Bermuda
  10. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  11. LowOnes and Sixes
  12. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  13. Ricked WickySwimmer to a Liquid Armchair
  14. Jim O’RourkeSimple Songs
  15. BlurThe Magic Whip
  16. Richard HawleyHollow Meadows
  17. Screaming FemalesRose Mountain
  18. DestroyerPoison Season
  19. Godspeed You! Black EmperorAsunder, Sweet and Other Distress
  20. Meg BairdDon’t Weigh Down the Light
  21. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  22. BjörkVulnicura
  23. Belle and SebastianGirls in Peacetime Want to Dance
  24. Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
  25. Chastity BeltTime to Go Home
2015 Albums

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2015

29 December 2015

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2015

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

  1. ArcaMutant
  2. Young ThugBarter 6
  3. James FerraroSkid Row
  4. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  5. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  6. Elysia CramptonAmerican Drift
  7. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  8. FutureDS2
  9. BjörkVulnicura
  10. SophieProduct
  11. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  12. Beat DetectivesBoogie Chillen/The Hills of Cypress
  13. Sicko MobbSuper Saiyan Vol. 2
  14. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  15. Joanna NewsomDivers
  16. ContainerLP [2015]
  17. AhnnuPerception
  18. Lil Ugly ManeThird Side of Tape
  19. SmurphyA Shapeless Pool of Lovely Pale Colours Suspended in the Darkness
  20. Dawn RichardBlackheart
  21. D/P/IAd Hocc
  22. HelenThe Original Faces
  23. Jenny HvalApocalypse, Girl
  24. Cloud RatQliphoth
  25. Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee
  26. various artists — Fourth World Magazine Vol. 2 – Pinhead In Fantasia
  27. M.E.S.H.Piteous Gate
  28. PrurientFrozen Niagara Falls
  29. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  30. U.S. GirlsHalf Free
  31. GrimesArt Angels
  32. Giant ClawDeep Thoughts
  33. Rabit & Chino AmobiThe Great Game: Freedom From Mental Poisoning
  34. EartheaterRIP Chrysalis
  35. Holly HerndonPlatform
  36. LolinaRELAXIN’ with Lolina
  37. Autre Ne VeutAge Of Transparency
  38. Amnesia ScannerAS Angels Rig Hook
  39. ZSXe
  40. ChickletteUnfaithful
  41. DJ Nigga FoxNoite e Dia
  42. Ben ZimmermanThe Baltika Years
  43. Food CourtFood Court
  44. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  45. JlinDark Energy
  46. Dr. Yen LoDays With Dr. Yen Lo
  47. Seth GrahamNo.00 in Clean Life
  48. LiturgyThe Ark Work
  49. Jefre Cantu-LedesmaA Year With 13 Moons
  50. LoticAgitations