Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists. 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.

Jim Harrington: 50 Best Albums of the Decade

30 December 2019

Jim Harrington: 50 Best Albums of the Decade, as published by San Jose Mercury News

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. LordePure Heroine
  2. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  3. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  4. Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park
  5. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  6. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  7. LordeMelodrama
  8. BeyoncéBeyoncé
  9. Eric ChurchThe Outsiders
  10. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  11. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  12. Miranda LambertThe Weight of These Wings
  13. My Bloody Valentinembv
  14. Best CoastCalifornia Nights
  15. ChvrchesThe Bones Of What You Believe
  16. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
  17. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  18. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  19. BeyoncéLemonade
  20. MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct
  21. Taylor SwiftRed
  22. Lauren DaigleLook Up Child
  23. Beach HouseTeen Dream
  24. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsPush the Sky Away
  25. Maren MorrisHero
  26. RobynBody Talk
  27. Black Sabbath13
  28. Cowboy JunkiesAll That Reckoning
  29. J. ColeBorn Sinner
  30. Carly Rae JepsenKiss
  31. KhalidAmerican Teen
  32. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  33. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  34. David BowieBlackstar
  35. Sturgill SimpsonMetamodern Sounds In Country Music
  36. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  37. Bettie ServeertPharmacy of Love
  38. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  39. Arcade FireThe Suburbs
  40. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  41. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  42. BjörkVulnicura
  43. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  44. Kanye WestJesus Is King
  45. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  46. Eric ChurchChief
  47. Sia1000 Forms of Fear
  48. LizzoCuz I Love You
  49. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  50. HaimDays Are Gone