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.

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

Gorilla vs. Bear: Our Favorite Albums from the First Half of 2019

24 June 2019
preliminary

Gorilla vs. Bear: Our Favorite Albums from the First Half of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Jai PaulLeak 04-13 (Bait Ones)
  2. Erika de CasierEssentials
  3. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  4. Yves JarvisThe Same But By Different Means
  5. BEA1991Brand New Adult
  6. Aldous HardingDesigner
  7. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  8. Jessica PrattQuiet Signs
  9. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  10. NivhekAfter its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house
  11. BaltraTed
  12. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  13. Kornél KovácsStockholm Marathon
  14. park hye jinIf U Want It
  15. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  16. Faye WebsterAtlanta Millionaires Club
  17. Nilüfer YanyaMiss Universe
  18. Laurel HaloDJ-Kicks
  19. BurialClaustro / State Forest
  20. Grace Ives2nd

A.V. Club: The Best Films of 2019 So Far

24 June 2019
preliminary

The A.V. Club: The Best Films of 2019 So Far

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2018

14 March 2019

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2018

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

  1. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  2. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  3. La FlorMariano Llinás
  4. TransitChristian Petzold
  5. What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?Roberto Minervini
  6. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  7. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  8. BurningLee Chang-dong
  9. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  10. High LifeClaire Denis

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2018

06 February 2019

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2018 (an annual poll of hundreds of critics, published, perhaps for the last time, by The Village Voice)

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

  1. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  2. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  3. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  4. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  5. RobynHoney
  6. Pusha TDaytona
  7. NonameRoom 25
  8. LowDouble Negative
  9. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  10. Lucy DacusHistorian
  11. SuperchunkWhat a Time to Be Alive
  12. Neko CaseHell-On
  13. Soccer MommyClean
  14. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  15. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  16. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  17. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  18. John PrineThe Tree of Forgiveness
  19. Christine and the QueensChris
  20. Snail MailLush
  21. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  22. Makaya McCravenUniversal Beings
  23. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  24. Kali UchisIsolation
  25. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  26. boygeniusboygenius
  27. Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SZABlack Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By
  28. Beach House7
  29. Tierra WhackWhack World
  30. Tracey ThornRecord
  31. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  32. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  33. Brandi CarlileBy The Way, I Forgive You
  34. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  35. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  36. Sons of KemetYour Queen Is a Reptile
  37. Meshell NdegeocelloVentriloquism
  38. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  39. KhruangbinCon Todo El Mundo
  40. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  41. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  42. SleepThe Sciences
  43. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  44. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverHope Downs
  45. Elvis Costello & The ImpostersLook Now
  46. Amen DunesFreedom
  47. Kurt VileBottle It In
  48. Julia HolterAviary
  49. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  50. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  51. cupcakKeEphorize
  52. Bettye LaVetteThings Have Changed
  53. Against All Logic2012-2017
  54. Yo La TengoThere’s a Riot Going On
  55. SabaCare for Me
  56. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  57. Stephen Malkmus & The JicksSparkle Hard
  58. Caroline RoseLONER
  59. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  60. The InternetHive Mind
  61. Harriet TubmanThe Terror End of Beauty
  62. Ashley McBrydeGirl Going Nowhere
  63. SuperorganismSuperorganism
  64. FoxingNearer My God
  65. SpiritualizedAnd Nothing Hurt
  66. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  67. Young FathersCocoa Sugar
  68. Oneohtrix Point NeverAge Of
  69. David ByrneAmerican Utopia
  70. FlasherConstant Image
  71. Neneh CherryBroken Politics
  72. Courtney Marie AndrewsMay Your Kindness Remain
  73. ChvrchesLove Is Dead
  74. Kids See GhostsKids See Ghosts
  75. Car Seat HeadrestTwin Fantasy
  76. Marianne FaithfullNegative Capability
  77. Natalie PrassThe Future and the Past
  78. ShameSongs of Praise
  79. Amy RigbyThe Old Guys
  80. Jeff RosenstockPost-
  81. Damien JuradoThe Horizon Just Laughed
  82. DrakeScorpion
  83. Mount EerieNow Only
  84. Jeff TweedyWARM
  85. Mariah CareyCaution
  86. Let’s Eat GrandmaI’m All Ears
  87. Jeremy DutcherWolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
  88. Wayne ShorterEmanon
  89. Amanda ShiresTo the Sunset
  90. Vince StaplesFM!
  91. BTSLove Yourself 轉 'Tear'
  92. Cat PowerWanderer
  93. John ColtraneBoth Directions at Once: The Lost Album
  94. Eleanor FriedbergerRebound
  95. Mary GauthierRifles and Rosary Beads
  96. serpentwithfeetsoil
  97. Jack WhiteBoarding House Reach
  98. Jorja SmithLost & Found
  99. Camp CopeHow to Socialise & Make Friends
  100. GhostPrequelle
  101. Tune-YardsI can feel you creep into my private life