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.

Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2019

03 December 2019

The Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2019

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

  1. 75 Dollar BillI Was Real
  2. Angel Bat DawidThe Oracle
  3. The Art Ensemble of ChicagoWe Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
  4. Moor MotherAnalog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes
  5. Philip ThomasMorton Feldman Piano
  6. KleinLifetime
  7. Kali MaloneThe Sacrificial Code
  8. People Like UsThe Mirror
  9. Joshua Abrams & Natural Information SocietyMandatory Reality
  10. Sunn O)))Life Metal
  11. Sarathy KorwarMore Arriving
  12. Little SimzGREY Area
  13. Mc Yallah & DebmasterKubali
  14. Carl StoneHimalaya
  15. Jaimie BranchFly or Die II: Bird Dogs of Paradise
  16. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  17. Matana RobertsCOIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis
  18. Kim GordonNo Home Record
  19. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  20. JPEGMAFIAAll My Heroes Are Cornballs
  21. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  22. Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, & Jesse Paris SmithSongs from the Bardo
  23. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  24. Tunes of NegationReach the Endless Sea
  25. Damon Locks & Black Monument EnsembleWhere Future Unfolds
  26. ZonalWrecked
  27. Carl StoneBaroo
  28. King Midas SoundSolitude
  29. Éliane RadigueOccam Ocean 2
  30. SoteParallel Persia
  31. SunwatchersIllegal Moves
  32. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  33. Loraine JamesFor You and I
  34. Nicholas DeyoeJames Tenney: Changes - 64 Studies for 6 Harps
  35. The CaretakerEverywhere At The End Of Time – Stage 4
  36. The CaretakerEverywhere At The End Of Time – Stage 5
  37. The CaretakerEverywhere At The End Of Time – Stage 6
  38. YattaWahala
  39. Sunn O)))Pyroclasts
  40. Jennifer WalsheAll The Many Peopls
  41. Big StickLP
  42. FKA twigsMagdalene
  43. Caterina BarbieriEcstatic Computation
  44. Nkisi7 Directions
  45. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  46. Billy Woods & Kenny SegalHiding Places
  47. North Sea Radio Orchestra / John Greaves / Annie BarbazzaFolly Bololey (Songs from Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom)
  48. DukeUingizaji Hewa
  49. clipping.There Existed an Addiction to Blood
  50. Jay Glass DubsEpitaph
  51. Felicia AtkinsonThe Flower and the Vessel
  52. Saint AbdullahMechanical Flirtations