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

Alternative: Top 50 Albums of 2018

03 January 2019

The Alternative: Top 50 Albums of 2018

[see also 2017]

  1. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  2. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  3. FoxingNearer My God
  4. Just FriendsNothing but Love
  5. Retirement PartySomewhat Literate
  6. KississippiSunset Blush
  7. Camp CopeHow to Socialise & Make Friends
  8. boygeniusboygenius
  9. Sidney GishNo Dogs Allowed
  10. Drug ChurchCheer
  11. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  12. Snail MailLush
  13. Jeff RosenstockPost-
  14. Soccer MommyClean
  15. mewithoutYou[Untitled]
  16. The Spirit Of The BeehiveHypnic Jerks
  17. Animal FlagVoid Ripper
  18. The SidekicksHappiness Hours
  19. Now, NowSaved
  20. Death Cab for CutieThank You for Today
  21. The Wonder YearsSister Cities
  22. Pool KidsMusic to Practice Safe Sex To
  23. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  24. Wild PinkYolk in the Fur
  25. Joyce ManorMillion Dollars to Kill Me
  26. Lucy DacusHistorian
  27. VeinErrorzone
  28. Mac MillerSwimming
  29. Gouge AwayBurnt Sugar
  30. Pusha TDaytona
  31. Spanish Love SongsSchmaltz
  32. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  33. Mom Jeans.Puppy Love
  34. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  35. Culture AbuseBay Dream
  36. Donovan WolfingtonWaves
  37. illuminati hottiesKiss Yr Frenemies
  38. NonameRoom 25
  39. awakebutstillinbedWhat People Call Low Self​-​Esteem Is Really Just Seeing Yourself the Way That Other People See You
  40. PetalMagic Gone
  41. Graduating LifeGrad Life
  42. NothingDance on the Blacktop
  43. Save FaceMerci
  44. Remember SportsSlow Buzz
  45. HoderaBesides
  46. Antarctigo VespucciLove in the Time of E-Mail
  47. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  48. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  49. Stove's Favorite Friend
  50. The Sonder BombsModern Female Rockstar

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