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.

Tony Fantano: Top 50 Albums of 2019

24 December 2019

Tony Fantano: Top 50 Albums of 2019, as aired on The Needle Drop

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Charli XCXCharli
  2. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  3. Richard Dawson2020
  4. Lingua IgnotaCaligula
  5. Xiu XiuGirl with Basket of Fruit
  6. Little SimzGREY Area
  7. LiturgyH.A.Q.Q.
  8. Matana RobertsCOIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis
  9. Alex CameronMiami Memory
  10. Dorian ElectraFlamboyant
  11. Otoboke BeaverItekoma Hits
  12. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  13. King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardInfest The Rats' Nest
  14. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  15. black midiSchlagenheim
  16. slowthaiNothing Great About Britain
  17. Slauson MaloneA Quiet Farwell, Twenty Sixteen to Twenty Eighteen
  18. Yazz AhmedPolyhymnia
  19. Kirin J CallinanReturn to Center
  20. LizzoCuz I Love You
  21. The Comet Is ComingTrust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery
  22. clipping.There Existed an Addiction to Blood
  23. MatmosPlastic Anniversary
  24. Quelle ChrisGuns
  25. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  26. BeyoncéHomecoming: The Live Album
  27. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  28. Caroline PolachekPang
  29. Ana Frango ElétricoLittle Electric Chicken Heart
  30. Hobo JohnsonThe Fall of Hobo Johnson
  31. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  32. BROCKHAMPTONGINGER
  33. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  34. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  35. JPEGMAFIAAll My Heroes Are Cornballs
  36. Blu & Oh NoA Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night
  37. Denzel CurryZUU
  38. Lightning BoltSonic Citadel
  39. UboaThe Origin of My Depression
  40. Sunn O)))Pyroclasts
  41. Billy Woods & Kenny SegalHiding Places
  42. PUPMorbid Stuff
  43. FlumeHi This Is Flume
  44. The HighwomenThe Highwomen
  45. Anamanaguchi[USA]
  46. Malibu Ken, Aesop Rock & TOBACCOMalibu Ken
  47. Tropical Fuck StormBraindrops
  48. Megan Thee StallionFever
  49. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  50. RapsodyEve