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.

Pitchfork: The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s

09 October 2019

Pitchfork: The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Frank OceanBlond
  2. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  3. BeyoncéBeyoncé
  4. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  5. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  6. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  7. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  8. RobynBody Talk
  9. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  10. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  11. GrimesArt Angels
  12. RihannaAnti
  13. DrakeTake Care
  14. LordeMelodrama
  15. Kanye WestYeezus
  16. Joanna NewsomHave One On Me
  17. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  18. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  19. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  20. DJ RashadDouble Cup
  21. Beach HouseTeen Dream
  22. DestroyerKaputt
  23. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  24. SZACtrl
  25. Jamie xxIn Colour
  26. Angel OlsenBurn Your Fire For No Witness
  27. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  28. FKA twigsLP1
  29. DeerhunterHalcyon Digest
  30. MitskiPuberty 2
  31. Beyoncé4
  32. Bon IverBon Iver
  33. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  34. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  35. Blood OrangeCupid Deluxe
  36. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  37. David BowieBlackstar
  38. Tierra WhackWhack World
  39. Bill CallahanApocalypse
  40. Charli XCXPop 2
  41. BeyoncéLemonade
  42. Erykah BaduNew Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh
  43. Sky FerreiraNight Time, My Time
  44. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  45. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  46. The KnifeShaking the Habitual
  47. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  48. ANOHNIHopelessness
  49. Oneohtrix Point NeverReplica
  50. GrimesVisions
  51. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  52. LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening
  53. JlinBlack Origami
  54. Young ThugBarter 6
  55. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  56. BjörkVulnicura
  57. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  58. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  59. Taylor SwiftRed
  60. King KruleThe OOZ
  61. ArcaArca
  62. GrouperRuins
  63. Danny BrownXXX
  64. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  65. FutureDirty Sprite 2
  66. Fever RayPlunge
  67. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  68. Flying LotusCosmogramma
  69. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  70. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  71. RobynHoney
  72. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  73. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  74. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  75. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  76. Arcade FireThe Suburbs
  77. Four TetThere Is Love in You
  78. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo
  79. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  80. Aphex TwinSyro
  81. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  82. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  83. BurialRival Dealer
  84. Chance The RapperAcid Rap
  85. Jessica PrattOn Your Own Love Again
  86. HaimDays Are Gone
  87. Rae SremmurdSremmLife
  88. Jenny HvalApocalypse, Girl
  89. CaribouOur Love
  90. Joyce ManorNever Hungover Again
  91. Bon Iver22, A Million
  92. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  93. TirzahDevotion
  94. Vampire WeekendContra
  95. Jai PaulLeak 04-13 (Bait Ones)
  96. LowDouble Negative
  97. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
  98. Todd TerjeIt’s Album Time
  99. Bad BunnyX 100PRE
  100. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  101. ChromaticsKill for Love
  102. JeremihLate Nights: The Album
  103. Helado NegroThis Is How You Smile
  104. WaxahatcheeCerulean Salt
  105. DisclosureSettle
  106. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  107. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  108. KAYTRANADA99.9%
  109. Julia HolterAviary
  110. Waka Flocka FlameFlockaveli
  111. EMAPast Life Martyred Saints
  112. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
  113. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  114. SamphaProcess
  115. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  116. Janelle MonáeThe ArchAndroid
  117. Death GripsThe Money Store
  118. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  119. girlpoolBefore the World Was Big
  120. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  121. The HotelierHome, Like Noplace Is There
  122. Snail MailLush
  123. DeafheavenSunbather
  124. Real EstateDays
  125. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  126. Panda BearTomboy
  127. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  128. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  129. various artists — Bangs & Works, Vol. 1 (A Chicago Footwork Compilation)
  130. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  131. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 2
  132. Amen DunesFreedom
  133. Frankie CosmosZentropy
  134. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  135. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  136. Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972
  137. A$AP RockyLIVE.LOVE.A$AP
  138. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  139. EmeraldsDoes It Look Like I'm Here?
  140. Parquet CourtsSunbathing Animal
  141. Rick RossRich Forever
  142. FenneszAgora
  143. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  144. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  145. Chief KeefFinally Rich
  146. Sheer MagCompilation (I, II & III)
  147. The NationalHigh Violet
  148. Nicolas JaarSpace is Only Noise
  149. Mac DeMarco2
  150. Playboi CartiPlayboi Carti
  151. Lady GagaThe Fame Monster
  152. Arctic MonkeysAM
  153. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  154. Mica LeviUnder the Skin
  155. 21 Savage & Metro BoominSavage Mode
  156. Jenny LewisThe Voyager
  157. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  158. Sleigh BellsTreats
  159. PallbearerFoundations of Burden
  160. NonameRoom 25
  161. The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  162. Sturgill SimpsonMetamodern Sounds In Country Music
  163. Meek MillDreamchasers 2
  164. Hop AlongPainted Shut
  165. Jay SomEverybody Works
  166. Nicki MinajThe Pinkprint
  167. (Sandy) Alex GDSU
  168. Julianna BarwickThe Magic Place
  169. ParamoreAfter Laughter
  170. Skee MaskCompro
  171. JPEGMAFIAVeteran
  172. PopcaanWhere We Come From
  173. Hurray for the Riff RaffSmall Town Heroes
  174. Sharon Van EttenAre We There
  175. Jessie WareDevotion
  176. Gil Scott-HeronI'm New Here
  177. Margo PriceAll American Made
  178. SavagesSilence Yourself
  179. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  180. ChvrchesThe Bones Of What You Believe
  181. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  182. G.L.O.S.S.Trans Day of Revenge
  183. Elysia CramptonAmerican Drift
  184. Soccer MommyClean
  185. Hailu MergiaLala Belu
  186. various artists — Mono No Aware
  187. IceageBeyondless
  188. Pusha TDaytona
  189. Miranda LambertThe Weight of These Wings
  190. Huerco SFor Those of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)
  191. Kate Bush50 Words for Snow
  192. KelelaCut 4 Me
  193. Lil PeepHellboy
  194. Titus AndronicusThe Monitor
  195. Downtown BoysFull Communism
  196. PortalVexovoid
  197. Fatima Al QadiriGenre-specific Xperience
  198. Jeane Grae & Quelle ChrisEverything's Fine
  199. WU LYFGo Tell Fire to the Mountain
  200. RatkingSo It Goes