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

Terence Cawley: Best Albums of 2018

23 December 2018

Terence Cawley: Best Albums of 2018, as published by The Boston Globe

Maura Johnston: Best Albums of 2018

23 December 2018

Maura Johnston: Best Albums of 2018, as published by The Boston Globe

Brooklyn Vegan: Top 50 Albums of 2018

23 December 2018

Brooklyn Vegan: Top 50 Albums of 2018

  1. Camp CopeHow to Socialise & Make Friends
  2. LowDouble Negative
  3. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  4. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  5. FoxingNearer My God
  6. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  7. Pusha TDaytona
  8. TurnstileTime & Space
  9. RobynHoney
  10. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverHope Downs
  11. NonameRoom 25
  12. TribulationDown Below
  13. Let’s Eat GrandmaI’m All Ears
  14. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  15. ThouMagus
  16. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  17. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  18. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  19. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  20. boygeniusboygenius
  21. Soccer MommyClean
  22. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  23. War on WomenCapture the Flag
  24. Jeff RosenstockPost-
  25. Denzel CurryTA13OO
  26. Vince StaplesFM!
  27. Lucy DacusHistorian
  28. DaughtersYou Won't Get What You Want
  29. BROCKHAMPTONiridescence
  30. The CartersEverything Is Love
  31. Amen DunesFreedom
  32. Rico NastyNasty
  33. Pig DestroyerHead Cage
  34. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  35. Marissa NadlerFor My Crimes
  36. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  37. cupcakKeEphorize
  38. cupcakKeEden
  39. WindhandEternal Return
  40. serpentwithfeetsoil
  41. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  42. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  43. Amanda ShiresTo the Sunset
  44. Cat PowerWanderer
  45. mewithoutYou[Untitled]
  46. Joey PurpQuarterthing
  47. Anna von HausswolffDead Magic
  48. Tropical Fuck StormA Laughing Death in Meatspace
  49. Lord HuronVide Noir
  50. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  51. AudiobooksNow! (In a Minute)

Mark Richardson: Best Music of 2018

21 December 2018

Mark Richardson: Best Music of 2018, as published by The Wall Street Journal

Guardian: 50 Best Albums of 2018

21 December 2018

The Guardian: 50 Best Albums of 2018

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

  1. Christine and the QueensChris
  2. RobynHoney
  3. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  4. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  5. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  6. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  7. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  8. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  9. LowDouble Negative
  10. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  11. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  12. Sons of KemetYour Queen Is a Reptile
  13. The InternetHive Mind
  14. NonameRoom 25
  15. Natalie PrassThe Future and the Past
  16. Young FathersCocoa Sugar
  17. Pusha TDaytona
  18. Let’s Eat GrandmaI’m All Ears
  19. Julia HolterAviary
  20. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  21. Kali UchisIsolation
  22. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  23. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  24. ShameSongs of Praise
  25. Virginia WingEcstatic Arrow
  26. NaoSaturn
  27. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  28. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  29. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  30. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverHope Downs
  31. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  32. Confidence ManConfident Music For Confident People
  33. TirzahDevotion
  34. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  35. Lonnie HolleyMITH
  36. Snail MailLush
  37. Troye SivanBloom
  38. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  39. GwennoLe Kov
  40. Lily AllenNo Shame
  41. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  42. Skee MaskCompro
  43. Courtney Marie AndrewsMay Your Kindness Remain
  44. Neneh CherryBroken Politics
  45. serpentwithfeetsoil
  46. Tracey ThornRecord
  47. KhruangbinCon Todo El Mundo
  48. Cat PowerWanderer
  49. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  50. Goat GirlGoat Girl