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 Albums

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2015

12 January 2016

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2015 (an annual poll of critics, published by The Village Voice)

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

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  3. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  4. GrimesArt Angels
  5. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  6. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  7. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  8. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  9. Jamie xxIn Colour
  10. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  11. Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
  12. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  13. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  14. MiguelWildheart
  15. Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf
  16. Joanna NewsomDivers
  17. FutureDS2
  18. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  19. The WeekndBeauty Behind the Madness
  20. Kacey MusgravesPageant Material
  21. various artists — Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  22. Hop AlongPainted Shut
  23. BjörkVulnicura
  24. Chris StapletonTraveller
  25. Leon BridgesComing Home
  26. Earl SweatshirtI Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  27. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  28. TORRESSprinter
  29. Dawn RichardBlackheart
  30. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  31. ShamirRatchet
  32. Young ThugBarter 6
  33. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  34. Mbongwana StarFrom Kinshasa
  35. Adele25
  36. Ashley MonroeThe Blade
  37. WaxahatcheeIvy Tripp
  38. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  39. Jazmine SullivanReality Show
  40. Rae SremmurdSremmLife
  41. ChvrchesEvery Open Eye
  42. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  43. WilcoStar Wars
  44. Royal HeadacheHigh
  45. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  46. LowOnes and Sixes
  47. ProtomartyrThe Agent Intellect
  48. Beach SlangThe Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
  49. Bob DylanShadows In The Night
  50. Titus AndronicusThe Most Lamentable Tragedy
  51. James McMurtryComplicated Game
  52. Rhiannon GiddensTomorrow Is My Turn
  53. BlurThe Magic Whip
  54. DeafheavenNew Bermuda
  55. DJ Esco & Future56 Nights
  56. Dr. DreCompton
  57. DestroyerPoison Season
  58. [tie] The InternetEgo Death
  59. Viet CongViet Cong
  60. Colleen GreenI Want to Grow Up
  61. Lana Del ReyHoneymoon
  62. BullyFeels Like
  63. Jessica PrattOn Your Own Love Again
  64. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  65. A$AP RockyAT.LONG.LAST.A$AP
  66. ArcaMutant
  67. Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  68. AlgiersAlgiers
  69. Yo La TengoStuff Like That There
  70. Julien BakerSprained Ankle
  71. Downtown BoysFull Communism
  72. Susanne SundførTen Love Songs
  73. The SonicsThis Is the Sonics
  74. HeemsEat Pray Thug
  75. [tie] New OrderMusic Complete
  76. Floating PointsElaenia
  77. Speedy OrtizFoil Deer
  78. Holly HerndonPlatform
  79. FFSFFS
  80. Joan ShelleyOver and Even
  81. Jim O’RourkeSimple Songs
  82. HEALTHDeath Magic
  83. Eric ChurchMr. Misunderstood
  84. [tie] Laurie AndersonHeart of a Dog
  85. My Morning JacketThe Waterfall
  86. Bob DylanThe Bootleg Series, Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966
  87. JeremihLate Nights: The Album
  88. John GrantGrey Tickles, Black Pressure
  89. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Style
  90. Jeffrey LewisManhattan
  91. Ryan Adams1989
  92. Janet JacksonUnbreakable
  93. [tie] The Mountain GoatsBeat the Champ
  94. J.D. McPhersonLet the Good Times Roll
  95. Erykah BaduBut You Caint Use My Phone
  96. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night SweatsNathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
  97. Beauty PillDescribes Things As They Are
  98. Panda BearPanda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  99. Screaming FemalesRose Mountain
  100. TenementPredatory Headlights
2015 Movies

Glenn Kenny: 47 Noteworthy Films of 2015

11 January 2016

Glenn Kenny: 47 Noteworthy Films of 2015 (released in the United States)

[see also 2017, 2016, 2013, 2012]

  1. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  2. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  3. GirlhoodCéline Sciamma
  4. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  5. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  6. Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson
  7. Heaven Knows WhatBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  8. BrooklynJohn Crowley
  9. The Hateful EightQuentin Tarantino
  10. Shaun the Sheep MovieMark Burton and Richard Starzak
  11. Ex MachinaAlex Garland
  12. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  13. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  14. Star Wars: The Force AwakensJJ Abrams
  15. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  16. Inside OutPete Docter
  17. CarolTodd Haynes
  18. The MendJohn Magary
  19. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  20. CreedRyan Coogler
  21. Fort TildenSarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers
  22. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  23. The RevenantAlejandro González Iñárritu
  24. Magic Mike XXLGregory Jacobs
  25. The Forbidden RoomGuy Maddin
  26. ExperimenterMichael Almereyda
  27. Queen of EarthAlex Ross Perry
  28. Hitchcock/TruffautKent Jones
  29. DemocratsCamilla Nielsson
  30. Field NiggasKhalik Allah
  31. Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg
  32. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  33. Mistress AmericaNoah Baumbach
  34. Crimson PeakGuillermo del Toro
  35. GrandmaPaul Weitz
  36. Mission: Impossible – Rogue NationChristopher McQuarrie
  37. TrainwreckJudd Apatow
  38. BlackhatMichael Mann
  39. The MartianRidley Scott
  40. Love & MercyBill Pohlad
  41. TangerineSean Baker
  42. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  43. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  44. The Big ShortAdam McKay
  45. Ant-ManPeyton Reed
  46. I’ll See You in My DreamsBrett Haley
  47. Ballet 422Jody Lee Lipes
2015 Books

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: 50 Best Books of 2015

08 January 2016

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: 50 Best Books of 2015

2015 Poetry

BuzzFeed: 16 Best Poetry Books of 2015

08 January 2016

BuzzFeed: 16 Best Poetry Books of 2015

[see also 2016]

2015 Movies

Reverse Shot: 10 Best Movies of 2015

05 January 2016

Reverse Shot: 10 Best Movies of 2015

[see also 2017, 2016, 2012, 2011]

  1. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  2. CarolTodd Haynes
  3. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  4. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas
  5. TimbuktuAbderrahmane Sissako
  6. Hard to Be a GodAleksey German
  7. Arabian NightsMiguel Gomes
  8. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  9. Eastern BoysRobin Campillo
  10. Horse MoneyPedro Costa