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

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

Ken Tucker: Favorite Albums of 2018

21 December 2018

Ken Tucker: Favorite Albums of 2018, as aired on NPR’s Fresh Air

  1. Tracey ThornRecord
  2. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  3. Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SZABlack Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By
  4. Amy RigbyThe Old Guys
  5. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  6. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  7. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  8. John PrineThe Tree of Forgiveness
  9. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  10. Is It Still Good to Ya?: Fifty Years of Rock Criticism, 1967-2017 by Robert Christgau

405: Top 50 Albums of 2018

21 December 2018

The 405: Top 50 Albums of 2018

[see also 2017]

  1. Pusha TDaytona
  2. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  3. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  4. Oneohtrix Point NeverAge Of
  5. NonameRoom 25
  6. Tim HeckerKonoyo
  7. JPEGMAFIAVeteran
  8. Kadhja BonetChildqueen
  9. Against All Logic2012-2017
  10. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  11. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  12. Park JihaCommunion
  13. Hermit and the RecluseOrpheus vs. The Sirens
  14. LowDouble Negative
  15. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  16. Mac MillerSwimming
  17. Gaye Su Akyolİstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir
  18. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  19. Black MilkFever
  20. MolJord
  21. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  22. KhruangbinCon Todo El Mundo
  23. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  24. DaughtersYou Won't Get What You Want
  25. Mount EerieNow Only
  26. Rae MorrisSomeone Out There
  27. IceageBeyondless
  28. Marie DavidsonWorking Class Woman
  29. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  30. VesselQueen of Golden Dogs
  31. Hana VuHow Many Times Have You Driven By
  32. Vince StaplesFM!
  33. AseulAsobi
  34. TirzahDevotion
  35. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  36. Kathryn JosephFrom When I Wake the Want Is
  37. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  38. BoAWOMAN - The 9th Album
  39. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  40. Body VoidI Live Inside a Burning House
  41. Half WaifLavender
  42. Sons of KemetYour Queen Is a Reptile
  43. Ichiko Aobaqp
  44. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  45. Miya FolickPremonitions
  46. SunmiWarning
  47. Reese LaFlareReese LaFlare
  48. TwiceSummer Nights
  49. TomberlinAt Weddings
  50. boygeniusboygenius

Spectrum Culture: Top 20 Albums of 2018

20 December 2018

Spectrum Culture: Top 20 Albums of 2018

  1. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  2. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  3. LowDouble Negative
  4. Pusha TDaytona
  5. RobynHoney
  6. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  7. Ezra FurmanTransangelic Exodus
  8. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  9. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  10. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  11. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  12. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  13. The InternetHive Mind
  14. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  15. J MascisElastic Days
  16. Beach House7
  17. Tierra WhackWhack World
  18. Christine and the QueensChris
  19. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  20. Lucy DacusHistorian
  21. Lonnie HolleyMITH

Earbuddy: 50 Best Albums of 2018

20 December 2018

Earbuddy: 50 Best Albums of 2018

[see also 2017]

  1. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  2. Pusha TDaytona
  3. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  4. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  5. Let’s Eat GrandmaI’m All Ears
  6. Kids See GhostsKids See Ghosts
  7. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  8. Jeff RosenstockPost-
  9. IceageBeyondless
  10. Cloud NothingsLast Building Burning
  11. War on WomenCapture the Flag
  12. Mount EerieNow Only
  13. Lucy DacusHistorian
  14. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  15. Aphex TwinCollapse
  16. Death GripsYear of the Snitch
  17. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  18. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  19. Camp CopeHow to Socialise & Make Friends
  20. Kali UchisIsolation
  21. FiddleheadSpringtime and Blind
  22. Single MothersThrough a Wall
  23. EartheaterIRISIRI
  24. Fucked UpDose Your Dreams
  25. Skee MaskCompro
  26. NonameRoom 25
  27. Beach House7
  28. DessaChime
  29. The InternetHive Mind
  30. Empress OfUs
  31. Julia HolterAviary
  32. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  33. RobynHoney
  34. Neko CaseHell-On
  35. TomberlinAt Weddings
  36. serpentwithfeetsoil
  37. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  38. Son LuxBrighter Wounds
  39. The BodyI Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer.
  40. Ty SegallFreedom’s Goblin
  41. Ava LunaMoon 2
  42. The Lemon TwigsGo to School
  43. OughtRoom Inside the World
  44. SuperchunkWhat a Time to Be Alive
  45. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  46. Ross from FriendsFamily Portrait
  47. Trevor PowersMulberry Violence
  48. Troye SivanBloom
  49. BodegaEndless Scroll
  50. Many RoomsThere is a Presence Here