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 TV Shows

Noel Murray: 20 Best TV Series of 2018

14 December 2018

Noel Murray: 20 Best TV Series of 2018, as published by The Verge

[see also 2017]

2018 Albums

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2018

13 December 2018

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2018

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  2. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  3. Camila CabelloCamila
  4. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  5. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  6. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  7. Pusha TDaytona
  8. Lady Gaga & Bradley CooperA Star Is Born Soundtrack
  9. Kurt VileBottle It In
  10. DrakeScorpion
  11. Paul McCartneyEgypt Station
  12. Brandi CarlileBy The Way, I Forgive You
  13. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  14. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  15. J BalvinVibras
  16. Soccer MommyClean
  17. Lucy DacusHistorian
  18. Vince StaplesFM!
  19. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  20. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  21. Beach House7
  22. John PrineThe Tree of Forgiveness
  23. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  24. Kali UchisIsolation
  25. Rae SremmurdSR3MM
  26. Snail MailLush
  27. NonameRoom 25
  28. Florence + The MachineHigh As Hope
  29. SuperchunkWhat a Time to Be Alive
  30. Free Cake For Every CreatureThe Bluest Star
  31. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  32. David ByrneAmerican Utopia
  33. Neko CaseHell-On
  34. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  35. Elvis Costello & The ImpostersLook Now
  36. Stephen Malkmus & The JicksSparkle Hard
  37. Tierra WhackWhack World
  38. Eric ChurchDesperate Man
  39. Nine Inch NailsBad Witch
  40. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  41. Amanda ShiresTo the Sunset
  42. Ashley McBrydeGirl Going Nowhere
  43. Lil WayneTha Carter V
  44. Jeff TweedyWARM
  45. RobynHoney
  46. SleepThe Sciences
  47. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  48. The CartersEverything Is Love
  49. Esperanza Spalding12 Little Spells
  50. cupcakKeEphorize
2018 Books

Shelf Awareness: Best Books of 2018

13 December 2018

Shelf Awareness: Best Books of 2018

[see also 2017]

2018 Poetry

Dennis Cooper: Favorite Poetry of 2018

13 December 2018

Dennis Cooper: Favorite Poetry of 2018

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012]

2018 Movies

Todd McCarthy: Best Films of 2018

13 December 2018

Todd McCarthy: Best Films of 2018, as published by The Hollywood Reporter

[see also 2017, 2016]

  1. ViceAdam McKay
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  4. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  5. Free SoloElizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
  6. BurningLee Chang-dong
  7. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  8. The RiderChloé Zhao
  9. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  10. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles