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.

Ann Hornaday: Best Movies of 2019

11 December 2019

Ann Hornaday: Best Movies of 2019, as published by The Washington Post

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015]

  1. American FactorySteven Bognar and Julia Reichert
  2. A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodMarielle Heller
  3. The FarewellLulu Wang
  4. WavesTrey Edward Shults
  5. Queen & SlimMelina Matsoukas
  6. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  7. The MustangLaure de Clermont-Tonnerre
  8. Jim Allison: BreakthroughBill Haney
  9. Blinded by the LightGurinder Chadha
  10. Give Me LibertyKirill Mikhanovsky

Amanda Petrusich: The Best Music of the Decade

11 December 2019

Amanda Petrusich: The Best Music of the Decade, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

Amanda Petrusich: The Best Music of 2019

11 December 2019

Amanda Petrusich: The Best Music of 2019, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2018, 2017, 2010s]

Darren Franich: Best TV Shows of 2019

11 December 2019

Darren Franich: Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by Entertainment Weekly

[see also 2018, 2010s]

  1. The Good Fight
  2. PEN15
  3. Primal
  4. Watchmen
  5. Desus & Mero
  6. Lodge 49
  7. BoJack Horseman
  8. Ramy
  9. Below Deck Mediterranean
  10. Perpetual Grace, LTD

Kristen Baldwin: Best TV Shows of 2019

11 December 2019

Kristen Baldwin: Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by Entertainment Weekly

[see also 2018, 2010s]

  1. Perpetual Grace, LTD
  2. Watchmen
  3. Veep
  4. The Good Fight
  5. Fleabag
  6. Los Espookys
  7. Better Things
  8. Succession
  9. After Life
  10. The Other Two

Peter Travers: 10 Best Movies of 2019

11 December 2019

Peter Travers: 10 Best Movies of 2019, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  2. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  5. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  6. 1917Sam Mendes
  7. Jojo RabbitTaika Waititi
  8. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  9. The FarewellLulu Wang
  10. JokerTodd Phillips

Slant: The 25 Best TV Shows of 2019

11 December 2019

Slant Magazine: The 25 Best TV Shows of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Fleabag
  2. Succession
  3. Primal
  4. Barry
  5. Mindhunter
  6. Better Things
  7. Russian Doll
  8. Chernobyl
  9. Too Old to Die Young
  10. Ramy
  11. BoJack Horseman
  12. I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
  13. Undone
  14. Dear White People
  15. Mob Psycho 100
  16. Watchmen
  17. The Deuce
  18. Evil
  19. Bob’s Burgers
  20. Superstore
  21. Euphoria
  22. Big Mouth
  23. On Becoming a God in Central Florida
  24. Years and Years
  25. City on a Hill

Library Journal: Best Literary Fiction of 2019

11 December 2019

Library Journal: Best Literary Fiction of 2019

[see also 2017, 2016, 2012, 2011]

Library Journal: Best Poetry of 2019

11 December 2019

Library Journal: Best Poetry of 2019

[see also 2016]

Billboard: The 50 Best Albums of 2019

11 December 2019

Billboard: The 50 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010s]

  1. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  2. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Taylor SwiftLover
  4. LizzoCuz I Love You
  5. Maggie RogersHeard It In A Past Life
  6. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  7. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  8. The HighwomenThe Highwomen
  9. DaBabyKIRK
  10. J Balvin & Bad BunnyOasis
  11. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  12. BeyoncéHomecoming: The Live Album
  13. Post MaloneHollywood's Bleeding
  14. Burna BoyAfrican Giant
  15. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  16. Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins
  17. Brittany HowardJaime
  18. Mark RonsonLate Night Feelings
  19. FKA twigsMagdalene
  20. Carly Rae JepsenDedicated
  21. Summer WalkerOver It
  22. ClairoImmunity
  23. Megan Thee StallionFever
  24. Karol GOcean
  25. YBN CordaeThe Lost Boy
  26. Maren MorrisGIRL
  27. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  28. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  29. RapsodyEve
  30. Bruce SpringsteenWestern Stars
  31. Bad BunnyX 100PRE
  32. KhalidFree Spirit
  33. Ari LennoxShea Butter Baby
  34. Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center
  35. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  36. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  37. Maluma11:11
  38. Luke CombsWhat You See Is What You Get
  39. Nilüfer YanyaMiss Universe
  40. The RaconteursHelp Us Stranger
  41. MUNASaves the World
  42. Oso Osobasking in the glow
  43. Young ThugSo Much Fun
  44. Miranda LambertWildcard
  45. OzunaNibiru
  46. MadonnaMadame X
  47. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  48. Kim PetrasClarity
  49. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  50. Céline DionCourage