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

Pitchfork: 50 Best Albums of 2018

11 December 2018

Pitchfork: 50 Best Albums of 2018

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

  1. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  2. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  3. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  4. RobynHoney
  5. Snail MailLush
  6. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  7. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  8. LowDouble Negative
  9. Tierra WhackWhack World
  10. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  11. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  12. cupcakKeEphorize
  13. TirzahDevotion
  14. Amen DunesFreedom
  15. NonameRoom 25
  16. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  17. Pusha TDaytona
  18. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  19. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  20. Beach House7
  21. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  22. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  23. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  24. Julia HolterAviary
  25. Playboi CartiDie Lit
  26. Vince StaplesFM!
  27. Soccer MommyClean
  28. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  29. boygeniusboygenius
  30. Christine and the QueensChris
  31. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  32. Let’s Eat GrandmaI’m All Ears
  33. Sheck WesMudboy
  34. Neneh CherryBroken Politics
  35. Against All Logic2012-2017
  36. Rico NastyNasty
  37. JPEGMAFIAVeteran
  38. Kali UchisIsolation
  39. The InternetHive Mind
  40. IceageBeyondless
  41. Jeremih & Ty Dolla $ignMIH-TY
  42. Adrianne Lenkerabysskiss
  43. SleepThe Sciences
  44. Camp CopeHow to Socialise & Make Friends
  45. Cat PowerWanderer
  46. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  47. Skee MaskCompro
  48. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  49. Georgia Anne MuldrowOverload
  50. SOB X RBEGangin
2018 Movies

Peter Travers: 20 Best Movies of 2018

10 December 2018

Peter Travers: 20 Best Movies of 2018, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2017]

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper
  3. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  4. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  5. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  6. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  7. First ManDamien Chazelle
  8. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  9. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  10. Green BookPeter Farrelly
  11. ViceAdam McKay
  12. BurningLee Chang-dong
  13. WidowsSteve McQueen
  14. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  15. The RiderChloé Zhao
  16. HereditaryAri Aster
  17. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  18. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  19. Bohemian RhapsodyBryan Singer
  20. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville
2018 Poetry

David Orr: Best Poetry of 2018

10 December 2018

David Orr: Best Poetry of 2018, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015]

2018 Books

Kristin Iversen: Best Books Of 2018

10 December 2018

Kristin Iversen: Best Books Of 2018, as published by Nylon

2018 Albums

Billboard: 50 Best Albums of 2018

10 December 2018

Billboard: 50 Best Albums of 2018

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

  1. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  2. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  3. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  4. Pusha TDaytona
  5. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  6. Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SZABlack Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By
  7. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  8. Camila CabelloCamila
  9. J BalvinVibras
  10. The CartersEverything Is Love
  11. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  12. RobynHoney
  13. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  14. Mac MillerSwimming
  15. DrakeScorpion
  16. Kali UchisIsolation
  17. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  18. Lil WayneTha Carter V
  19. Tierra WhackWhack World
  20. Christine and the QueensChris
  21. Lady Gaga & Bradley CooperA Star Is Born Soundtrack
  22. NonameRoom 25
  23. Shawn MendesShawn Mendes
  24. The InternetHive Mind
  25. Snail MailLush
  26. Charlie PuthVoicenotes
  27. Nipsey HussleVictory Lap
  28. Troye SivanBloom
  29. boygeniusboygenius
  30. Kids See GhostsKids See Ghosts
  31. Florence + The MachineHigh As Hope
  32. SabaCare for Me
  33. PrincePiano & a Microphone 1983
  34. twenty one pilotsTrench
  35. BROCKHAMPTONiridescence
  36. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  37. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  38. Post Malonebeerbongs & bentleys
  39. Mariah CareyCaution
  40. Soccer MommyClean
  41. MNEKLanguage
  42. Teyana TaylorK.T.S.E.
  43. J. ColeKOD
  44. Hayley KiyokoExpectations
  45. Rüfüs Du SolSolace
  46. Paul McCartneyEgypt Station
  47. OzunaAura
  48. Let’s Eat GrandmaI’m All Ears
  49. Dierks BentleyThe Mountain
  50. Rae SremmurdSR3MM