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.

NPR Music: 25 Best Albums of 2019

11 December 2019

NPR Music: 25 Best Albums of 2019. If it seems odd that some of NPR's favorite artists of the year aren't on this list, it's because of this rule: "no lead artist was allowed to appear on both this list and our list of the 25 Best Songs of 2019."

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

  1. Brittany HowardJaime
  2. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  3. Raphael SaadiqJimmy Lee
  4. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  5. Aldous HardingDesigner
  6. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  7. Caroline Shaw / Attacca QuartetOrange
  8. LankumThe Livelong Day
  9. Billy Woods & Kenny SegalHiding Places
  10. Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love
  11. VagabonVagabon
  12. Ari LennoxShea Butter Baby
  13. Our Native DaughtersOur Native Daughters
  14. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  15. Christian Scott aTunde AdjuahAncestral Recall
  16. Burna BoyAfrican Giant
  17. Holly HerndonPROTO
  18. iLeAlmadura
  19. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  20. Sault5
  21. Seattle SymphonyJohn Luther Adams: Become Desert
  22. J Balvin & Bad BunnyOasis
  23. Kris DavisDiatom Ribbons
  24. Tanya TuckerWhile I'm Livin'
  25. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR