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

Daily Beast: Top 10 Albums of 2018

02 January 2019

The Daily Beast: Top 10 Albums of 2018

[see also 2017]

  1. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  2. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  3. Pusha TDaytona
  4. Christine and the QueensChris
  5. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  6. RobynHoney
  7. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  8. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  9. SabaCare for Me
  10. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour

Time Out New York: 16 Best Albums of 2018

02 January 2019

Time Out New York: 16 Best Albums of 2018

[see also 2017]

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2018

31 December 2018

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2018

[see also 2017, 2015, 2011]

  1. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  2. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  3. boygeniusboygenius
  4. LowDouble Negative
  5. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  6. Beach House7
  7. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  8. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  9. Kurt VileBottle It In
  10. Julia HolterAviary
  11. Young FathersCocoa Sugar
  12. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  13. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverHope Downs
  14. LumpLump
  15. Natalie PrassThe Future and the Past
  16. LomaLoma
  17. MGMTLittle Dark Age
  18. Let’s Eat GrandmaI’m All Ears
  19. Wild NothingIndigo
  20. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  21. John GrantLove is Magic
  22. Tracyanne & DannyTracyanne & Danny
  23. Wye OakThe Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
  24. Mount EerieNow Only
  25. Snail MailLush
  26. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  27. Caroline RoseLONER
  28. Gaz CoombesWorld’s Strongest Man
  29. SpiritualizedAnd Nothing Hurt
  30. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  31. ShameSongs of Praise
  32. Christine and the QueensChris
  33. Stephen Malkmus & The JicksSparkle Hard
  34. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  35. Soccer MommyClean
  36. HatchieSugar & Spice
  37. GwennoLe Kov
  38. PhosphorescentC’est La Vie
  39. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  40. IceageBeyondless
  41. OughtRoom Inside the World
  42. Anna CalviHunter
  43. Lucy DacusHistorian
  44. Fucked UpDose Your Dreams
  45. Neneh CherryBroken Politics
  46. Ed Schrader’s Music BeatRiddles
  47. Yo La TengoThere’s a Riot Going On
  48. Gruff RhysBabelsberg
  49. Ezra FurmanTransangelic Exodus
  50. SuperorganismSuperorganism
  51. Belle and SebastianHow to Solve Our Human Problems
  52. NonameRoom 25
  53. Marlon WilliamsMake Way for Love
  54. Adrianne Lenkerabysskiss
  55. Amen DunesFreedom
  56. Nils FrahmAll Melody
  57. Florence + The MachineHigh As Hope
  58. Jeff RosenstockPost-
  59. Still CornersSlow Air
  60. Franz FerdinandAlways Ascending
  61. Tune-YardsI can feel you creep into my private life
  62. The Good, the Bad & the QueenMerrie Land
  63. Neko CaseHell-On
  64. Lala LalaThe Lamb
  65. Sons of KemetYour Queen Is a Reptile
  66. Black Belt Eagle ScoutMother of My Children
  67. serpentwithfeetsoil
  68. Unknown Mortal OrchestraSex & Food
  69. RobynHoney
  70. Ryley WalkerDeafman Glance
  71. MastersystemDance Music
  72. Beak>>>>
  73. Madeline KenneyPerfect Shapes
  74. Jess WilliamsonCosmic Wink
  75. MoonfaceThis One’s for the Dancer & This One’s for the Dancer’s Bouquet
  76. Cat PowerWanderer
  77. FlasherConstant Image
  78. Field MusicOpen Here
  79. SuedeThe Blue Hour
  80. FrontpersonFrontrunner
  81. Eleanor FriedbergerRebound
  82. ParcelsParcels
  83. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  84. Anna von HausswolffDead Magic
  85. Thom YorkeSuspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film)
  86. We Were Promised JetpacksThe More I Sleep the Less I Dream
  87. ChvrchesLove Is Dead
  88. of MontrealWhite Is Relic / Irrealis Mood
  89. Young JesusThe Whole Thing Is Just There
  90. Melody’s Echo ChamberBon Voyage
  91. Jaakko Eino KaleviOut of Touch
  92. The Goon SaxWe’re Not Talking
  93. Anna BurchQuit the Curse
  94. Django DjangoMarble Skies
  95. Goat GirlGoat Girl
  96. Tim HeckerKonoyo
  97. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  98. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  99. TunngSongs You Make at Night
  100. VillagersThe Art of Pretending to Swim

Vinyl Me, Please: Best Albums of 2018

31 December 2018

Vinyl Me, Please: Best Albums of 2018

[see also 2017]

  1. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  2. serpentwithfeetsoil
  3. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  4. NonameRoom 25
  5. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  6. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  7. SabaCare for Me
  8. Tierra WhackWhack World
  9. Caroline RoseLONER
  10. Armand HammerParaffin
  11. Beach House7
  12. KhruangbinCon Todo El Mundo
  13. JPEGMAFIAVeteran
  14. Colter WallSongs of the Plains
  15. Christine and the QueensChris
  16. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  17. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  18. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  19. Orquesta AkokánOrquesta Akokán
  20. Rico NastyNasty
  21. YOBOur Raw Heart
  22. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  23. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  24. Ness NiteDream Girl
  25. Playboi CartiDie Lit
  26. Snail MailLush
  27. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  28. Adrianne Lenkerabysskiss
  29. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  30. Amen DunesFreedom
  31. Denzel CurryTA13OO
  32. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  33. Mount EerieNow Only
  34. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  35. boygeniusboygenius
  36. Pusha TDaytona
  37. Charlie PuthVoicenotes
  38. Ambrose AkinmusireOrigami Harvest
  39. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  40. Lady Gaga & Bradley CooperA Star Is Born Soundtrack

Tony Fantano: Top 50 Albums of 2018

30 December 2018

Tony Fantano: Top 50 Albums of 2018, as aired on The Needle Drop

[see also 2017]

  1. DaughtersYou Won't Get What You Want
  2. Kids See GhostsKids See Ghosts
  3. JPEGMAFIAVeteran
  4. Natalia LafourcadeMusas
  5. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  6. Against All Logic2012-2017
  7. HarunemuriHarutosyura
  8. NonameRoom 25
  9. Death GripsYear of the Snitch
  10. Sons of KemetYour Queen Is a Reptile
  11. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  12. Jack WhiteBoarding House Reach
  13. Kali UchisIsolation
  14. Denzel CurryTA13OO
  15. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  16. MGMTLittle Dark Age
  17. GhostPrequelle
  18. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  19. HorrendousIdol
  20. SleepThe Sciences
  21. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  22. Kero Kero BonitoTime 'n' Place
  23. Judas PriestFirepower
  24. Armand HammerParaffin
  25. PortalIon
  26. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  27. Anderson .PaakOxnard
  28. Playboi CartiDie Lit
  29. The VoidzVirtue
  30. Jeane Grae & Quelle ChrisEverything's Fine
  31. Andrew W.K.You're Not Alone
  32. Kanye Westye
  33. twenty one pilotsTrench
  34. PolyphiaNew Levels New Devils
  35. Anna von HausswolffDead Magic
  36. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  37. Pusha TDaytona
  38. Hermit and the RecluseOrpheus vs. The Sirens
  39. Julia HolterAviary
  40. Car Seat HeadrestTwin Fantasy
  41. JIDDiCaprio 2
  42. Zeal & ArdorStranger Fruit
  43. Imperial TriumphantVile Luxury
  44. Tierra WhackWhack World
  45. Screaming FemalesAll At Once
  46. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  47. Guerilla TossTwisted Crystal
  48. Tropical Fuck StormA Laughing Death in Meatspace
  49. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  50. Current 93The Light Is Leaving Us All