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

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

No Depression: Favorite Roots Music Albums of 2018

28 December 2018

No Depression: Favorite Roots Music Albums of 2018, as selected by staffers, columnists, and reviewers

[see also 2017]

Jordan Cronk: Albums 2018

27 December 2018

Jordan Cronk: Albums 2018, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2017, 2016]

  1. LowDouble Negative
  2. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  3. Soccer MommyClean
  4. Beach House7
  5. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  6. Against All Logic2012-2017
  7. Car Seat HeadrestTwin Fantasy
  8. Amen DunesFreedom
  9. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  10. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  11. Julia HolterAviary
  12. Wild PinkYolk in the Fur
  13. Snail MailLush
  14. Tim HeckerKonoyo
  15. Frog EyesViolet Psalms
  16. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  17. Sumac and Keiji HainoAmerican Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You're Too Hideous To Look At Face On
  18. GasRausch
  19. boygeniusboygenius
  20. FoxingNearer My God
  21. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  22. ShygirlCruel Practice
  23. Camp CopeHow to Socialise & Make Friends
  24. HatchieSugar & Spice
  25. DJ HealerNothing 2 Loose
  26. Sarah DavachiLet Night Come On Bells End the Day
  27. Sarah DavachiGave In Rest
  28. EartheaterIRISIRI
  29. Mount EerieNow Only
  30. Chris ReimerHello People
  31. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me

XLR8R: Top Releases of 2018

26 December 2018

XLR8R: Top Releases of 2018

[see also 2011]

Okayplayer: Best Albums of 2018

26 December 2018

Okayplayer: Best Albums of 2018

  1. Teyana TaylorK.T.S.E.
  2. Tierra WhackWhack World
  3. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  4. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  5. PrincePiano & a Microphone 1983
  6. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  7. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  8. Nicki MinajQueen
  9. Pusha TDaytona
  10. Mariah CareyCaution
  11. Burna BoyOutside
  12. Rico NastyNasty
  13. Mac MillerSwimming
  14. Vince StaplesFM!
  15. SabaCare for Me
  16. Meek MillChampionships
  17. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  18. Lil WayneTha Carter V