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

KCRW: Best Albums of 2018

02 December 2018

KCRW: Best Albums of 2018

  1. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  2. Leon BridgesGood Thing
  3. KhruangbinCon Todo El Mundo
  4. JungleFor Ever
  5. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  6. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  7. Unknown Mortal OrchestraSex & Food
  8. Anderson .PaakOxnard
  9. Tom MischGeography
  10. RhyeBlood

Glide: 20 Best Albums of 2018

29 November 2018

Glide Magazine: 20 Best Albums of 2018, in alphabetical order by artist

Paste: 50 Best Albums of 2018

26 November 2018

Paste Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2018

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

  1. Lucy DacusHistorian
  2. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  3. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  4. Soccer MommyClean
  5. Snail MailLush
  6. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  7. Pusha TDaytona
  8. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverHope Downs
  9. LowDouble Negative
  10. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  11. Amen DunesFreedom
  12. ShameSongs of Praise
  13. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  14. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  15. The DecemberistsI’ll Be Your Girl
  16. Sunflower BeanTwentytwo in Blue
  17. MGMTLittle Dark Age
  18. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  19. RobynHoney
  20. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  21. Courtney Marie AndrewsMay Your Kindness Remain
  22. Big Red MachineBig Red Machine
  23. Elvis Costello & The ImpostersLook Now
  24. IceageBeyondless
  25. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  26. SuperchunkWhat a Time to Be Alive
  27. OughtRoom Inside the World
  28. Camp CopeHow to Socialise & Make Friends
  29. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  30. Haley HeynderickxI Need to Start a Garden
  31. Neko CaseHell-On
  32. NonameRoom 25
  33. Rosanne CashShe Remembers Everything
  34. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  35. I’m With HerSee You Around
  36. Lonnie HolleyMITH
  37. PreoccupationsNew Material
  38. Richard SwiftThe Hex
  39. Alejandro EscovedoThe Crossing
  40. Kelly MoranUltraviolet
  41. Adrianne Lenkerabysskiss
  42. Bettye LaVetteThings Have Changed
  43. Caroline RoseLONER
  44. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  45. Paul KellyNature
  46. PhosphorescentC’est La Vie
  47. FlasherConstant Image
  48. Ashley McBrydeGirl Going Nowhere
  49. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  50. Yo La TengoThere’s a Riot Going On

Raisa Bruner: 10 Best Albums of 2018

25 November 2018

Raisa Bruner: 10 Best Albums of 2018, as published by Time Magazine

[see also 2017]

  1. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  2. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  3. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  4. Shawn MendesShawn Mendes
  5. J BalvinVibras
  6. RobynHoney
  7. Troye SivanBloom
  8. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  9. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  10. Camila CabelloCamila

Uncut: 75 Best Albums of 2018

20 November 2018

Uncut Magazine: 75 Best Albums of 2018

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

  1. LowDouble Negative
  2. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverHope Downs
  3. Ty SegallFreedom’s Goblin
  4. SpiritualizedAnd Nothing Hurt
  5. Yo La TengoThere’s a Riot Going On
  6. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  7. Gruff RhysBabelsberg
  8. Beak>>>>
  9. Christine and the QueensChris
  10. Sons of KemetYour Queen Is a Reptile
  11. Richard Thompson13 Rivers
  12. Neko CaseHell-On
  13. Young FathersCocoa Sugar
  14. Ry CooderThe Prodigal Son
  15. Elvis Costello & The ImpostersLook Now
  16. Ezra FurmanTransangelic Exodus
  17. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  18. The BreedersAll Nerve
  19. Cowboy JunkiesAll That Reckoning
  20. Jack WhiteBoarding House Reach
  21. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  22. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  23. Kurt VileBottle It In
  24. Paul WellerTrue Meanings
  25. Courtney Marie AndrewsMay Your Kindness Remain
  26. John PrineThe Tree of Forgiveness
  27. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  28. Dirty ProjectorsLamp Lit Prose
  29. Let’s Eat GrandmaI’m All Ears
  30. Mélissa LaveauxRadyo siwèl
  31. Gazelle TwinPastoral
  32. GwennoLe Kov
  33. Connan MockasinJassbusters
  34. HookwormsMicroshift
  35. Go-Kart MozartMozart’s Mini-Mart
  36. The Lemon TwigsGo to School
  37. Stephen Malkmus & The JicksSparkle Hard
  38. CalexicoThe Thread That Keeps Us
  39. Eleanor FriedbergerRebound
  40. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  41. Cat PowerWanderer
  42. Melody’s Echo ChamberBon Voyage
  43. Tracey ThornRecord
  44. Ryley WalkerDeafman Glance
  45. Anna CalviHunter
  46. Kathryn JosephFrom When I Wake the Want Is
  47. Julia HolterAviary
  48. Laura VeirsThe Lookout
  49. Mary LattimoreHundreds of Days
  50. The NecksBody
  51. Gwenifer RaymondYou Never Were Much of a Dancer
  52. Willie NelsonLast Man Standing
  53. David ByrneAmerican Utopia
  54. Tune-YardsI can feel you creep into my private life
  55. Jess WilliamsonCosmic Wink
  56. Dawn LandesMeet Me at the River
  57. Elephant MicahGenericana
  58. Mary GauthierRifles and Rosary Beads
  59. Stick in the WheelFollow Them True
  60. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  61. Laurie Anderson & Kronos QuartetLandfall
  62. Angélique KidjoRemain in Light
  63. Israel NashLifted
  64. SuedeThe Blue Hour
  65. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  66. Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset & Jan BangThe Heights of the Reeds
  67. PhosphorescentC’est La Vie
  68. Richard SwiftThe Hex
  69. Natalie PrassThe Future and the Past
  70. Harmony RocketsLachesis / Clotho / Atropos
  71. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  72. Olivia ChaneyShelter
  73. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  74. Beach House7
  75. Fatoumata DiawaraFenfo