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.

Peter Travers: The Best Movies of 2019 So Far

27 June 2019
preliminary

Peter Travers: The Best Movies of 2019 So Far, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2018, 2017]

Greg Kot: Best Albums of 2019 So Far

26 June 2019
preliminary

Greg Kot: Best Albums of 2019 So Far, as aired on WBEZ’s Sound Opinions

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  2. The Comet Is ComingTrust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery
  3. Yugen BlakrokAnima Mysterium
  4. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  5. Shana ClevelandNight of the Worm Moon
  6. DavePsychodrama
  7. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  8. Julia JacklinCrushing
  9. Pip BlomBoat
  10. Jenny LewisOn the Line

Jim DeRogatis: Best Albums of 2019 So Far

26 June 2019
preliminary

Jim DeRogatis: Best Albums of 2019 So Far, as aired on WBEZ’s Sound Opinions

[see also 2018, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. LizzoCuz I Love You
  2. TacocatThis Mess Is a Place
  3. Ex HexIt's Real
  4. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  5. various artists — 3 x 4
  6. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  7. PriestsThe Seduction of Kansas
  8. SneaksHighway Hypnosis
  9. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  10. Bob MouldSunshine Rock

Time: The 11 Best Fiction Books of 2019 So Far

25 June 2019
preliminary

Time Magazine: The 11 Best Fiction Books of 2019 So Far

[see also 2018, 2017]

Vulture: The Best TV Shows of 2019 (So Far)

25 June 2019
preliminary

New York Magazine's Vulture: The Best TV Shows of 2019 (So Far), a list by Jen Chaney and Matt Zoller Seitz