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.
2018 Albums

NPR Music: 50 Best Albums of 2018

06 December 2018

NPR Music: 50 Best Albums of 2018

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  2. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  3. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  4. Lucy DacusHistorian
  5. NonameRoom 25
  6. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  7. RobynHoney
  8. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  9. Kali UchisIsolation
  10. Tierra WhackWhack World
  11. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  12. boygeniusboygenius
  13. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  14. SuperorganismSuperorganism
  15. Magos Herrera & Brooklyn RiderDreamers
  16. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  17. LowDouble Negative
  18. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  19. Brandi CarlileBy The Way, I Forgive You
  20. Jeremy DutcherWolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
  21. Christine and the QueensChris
  22. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  23. Mary GauthierRifles and Rosary Beads
  24. serpentwithfeetsoil
  25. KhruangbinCon Todo El Mundo
  26. SabaCare for Me
  27. Christian Tetzlaff, The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Hannu LintuBartók: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
  28. John PrineThe Tree of Forgiveness
  29. Leikeli47Acrylic
  30. Makaya McCravenUniversal Beings
  31. Orquesta AkokánOrquesta Akokán
  32. Ólafur Arnaldsre:member
  33. Colin SelfSiblings
  34. J BalvinVibras
  35. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  36. Vince StaplesFM!
  37. Boston Symphony Orchestra & Andris NelsonsShostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11 "The Year 1905"
  38. Ambrose AkinmusireOrigami Harvest
  39. Ammar 808Maghreb United
  40. The Hirs CollectiveFriends. Lovers. Favorites
  41. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  42. Myra Melford's Snowy EgretThe Other Side of Air
  43. ThouMagus
  44. Alice BagBlueprint
  45. Vikingur ÓlafssonJohann Sebastian Bach
  46. BalúnPrisma Tropical
  47. 700 BlissSpa 700
  48. JIDDiCaprio 2
  49. Snail MailLush
  50. The CartersEverything Is Love