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

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Music Releases

17 December 2018

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Music Releases

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  2. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  3. LolinaThe Smoke
  4. Charli XCXPop 2
  5. TirzahDevotion
  6. Elysia CramptonElysia Crampton
  7. LowDouble Negative
  8. Pusha TDaytona
  9. GrouperGrid of Points
  10. ShygirlCruel Practice
  11. Eli KeszlerStadium
  12. Julia HolterAviary
  13. Mount EerieNow Only
  14. PendantMake Me Know You Sweet
  15. Bamba PanaPoaa
  16. Playboi CartiDie Lit
  17. Barrio Surबड़ा शोक (heart break)
  18. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  19. Amnesia ScannerAnother Life
  20. serpentwithfeetsoil
  21. Tim HeckerKonoyo
  22. RP BooI'll Tell You What!
  23. Kanye Westye
  24. EartheaterIRISIRI
  25. Tierra WhackWhack World
  26. The CaretakerEverywhere At The End Of Time – Stage 4
  27. Simple AffectionsSimple Affections
  28. Fire-ToolzSkinless X-1
  29. DJ HealerNothing 2 Loose
  30. [tie] Prime Minister of DoomMudshadow Propaganda
  31. KleinCC
  32. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  33. Armand HammerParaffin
  34. Laurel HaloRaw Silk Uncut Wood
  35. Sarah DavachiLet Night Come On Bells End the Day
  36. Seth GrahamGasp
  37. Teyana TaylorK.T.S.E.
  38. Beach House7
  39. Roc MarcianoBehold a Dark Horse
  40. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  41. PerfumeFuture Pop
  42. Delroy EdwardsRio Grande
  43. Matthew Revert/Vanessa RossettoEveryone Needs A Plan
  44. Hermit and the RecluseOrpheus vs. The Sirens
  45. Jeff WitscherApproximately 1,000 Beers
  46. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  47. GasRausch
  48. JPEGMAFIAVeteran
  49. Amen DunesFreedom
  50. Satoshi NakamotodOPENet [NYPD Records Volume 2]
  51. Sheck WesMudboy

Resident Advisor: 2018's Best Albums

17 December 2018

Resident Advisor: 2018's Best Albums, compiled by staff and contributors

[see also 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

Ringer: Best Albums of 2018

16 December 2018

The Ringer: Best Albums of 2018, compiled by Rob Harvilla and Shea Serrano

  1. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  2. Pusha TDaytona
  3. Soccer MommyClean
  4. Vince StaplesFM!
  5. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  6. Nils FrahmAll Melody
  7. SminoNOIR
  8. Stephen Malkmus & The JicksSparkle Hard
  9. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  10. Action BronsonWhite Bronco

Fact: Best Albums of 2018

15 December 2018

Fact Magazine: Best Albums of 2018

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. LoticPower
  2. PendantMake Me Know You Sweet
  3. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  4. BarkerDebiasing
  5. Rico NastyNasty
  6. Aïsha DeviDNA Feelings
  7. Gábor LázárUnfold
  8. Tierra WhackWhack World
  9. VesselQueen of Golden Dogs
  10. Duppy GunMiro Tape
  11. LSDXOXOBody Mods
  12. serpentwithfeetsoil
  13. TirzahDevotion
  14. DebitAnimus
  15. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  16. Amnesia ScannerAnother Life
  17. Neville WatsonThe Midnight Orchard
  18. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  19. Renick BellTurning Points
  20. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  21. Sarah DavachiGave In Rest
  22. cupcakKeEphorize
  23. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  24. TSVIInner Worlds
  25. Space AfrikaSomewhere Decent To Live
  26. Hilary WoodsColt
  27. Astrid SonneHuman Lines
  28. Kelman Duran13th Month
  29. Young NudySlimeBall 3
  30. Tess RobyBeacon
  31. City GirlsPeriod
  32. Beta LibraeSanguine Bond
  33. Martyn BootyspoonSilk Eternity
  34. Kali UchisIsolation
  35. Playboi CartiDie Lit
  36. BruceSonder Somatic
  37. H.TakahashiLow Power
  38. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  39. Laurel HaloRaw Silk Uncut Wood
  40. Teyana TaylorK.T.S.E.
  41. CeciliaAdoration
  42. Skee MaskCompro
  43. Marie DavidsonWorking Class Woman
  44. Eli KeszlerStadium
  45. Maxo KreamPunken
  46. Kali MaloneOrgan Dirges 2016​-​2017
  47. Various Artists — Patina Echoes
  48. ChevelAlways Yours
  49. LowDouble Negative
  50. Mariah CareyCaution

PopMatters: 70 Best Albums of 2018

15 December 2018

PopMatters: 70 Best Albums of 2018

[see also 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. Young FathersCocoa Sugar
  2. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  3. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  4. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  5. serpentwithfeetsoil
  6. George FitzGeraldAll That Must Be
  7. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  8. LoticPower
  9. NonameRoom 25
  10. Maribou StateKingdoms In Colour
  11. RobynHoney
  12. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  13. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  14. Ray BLKEmpress
  15. SabaCare for Me
  16. Julia HolterAviary
  17. Christine and the QueensChris
  18. Rival ConsolesPersona
  19. St. Paul & The Broken BonesYoung Sick Camellia
  20. TangentsNew Bodies
  21. VesselQueen of Golden Dogs
  22. LowDouble Negative
  23. Lonnie HolleyMITH
  24. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  25. Neko CaseHell-On
  26. DaughtersYou Won't Get What You Want
  27. boygeniusboygenius
  28. Tim HeckerKonoyo
  29. SpiritualizedAnd Nothing Hurt
  30. Benin CityLast Night
  31. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  32. Sarah Shook & the DisarmersYears
  33. I’m With HerSee You Around
  34. Beach House7
  35. Ital TekBodied
  36. EartheaterIRISIRI
  37. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  38. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  39. BROCKHAMPTONiridescence
  40. Jorja SmithLost & Found
  41. Kelly MoranUltraviolet
  42. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  43. St. LenoxTen Fables of Young Ambition and Passionate Love
  44. Elysia CramptonElysia Crampton
  45. ChvrchesLove Is Dead
  46. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  47. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  48. Okzharp & Manthe RibaneCloser Apart
  49. Fatoumata DiawaraFenfo
  50. Jeff RosenstockPost-
  51. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  52. Field MusicOpen Here
  53. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  54. Lucy DacusHistorian
  55. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80Black Times
  56. Laurie Anderson & Kronos QuartetLandfall
  57. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  58. Old Crow Medicine ShowVolunteer
  59. Natalie PrassThe Future and the Past
  60. David ByrneAmerican Utopia
  61. GwennoLe Kov
  62. Pusha TDaytona
  63. Brandi CarlileBy The Way, I Forgive You
  64. Florence + The MachineHigh As Hope
  65. Armand HammerParaffin
  66. Dilly DallyHeaven
  67. Tracey ThornRecord
  68. Kyle CraftFull Circle Nightmare
  69. GhostPrequelle
  70. Gregory Alan IsakovEvening Machines