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.

2010s

Keith Phipps: Top 30 Films of the Decade

09 January 2020

Keith Phipps: Top 30 Films of the Decade, as posted to Twitter with a custom illustration for each entry

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014]

  1. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  2. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  3. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  4. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  6. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  7. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  8. Winter's BoneDebra Granik
  9. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  10. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  11. HerSpike Jonze
  12. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  13. Inside OutPete Docter
  14. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  15. CarolTodd Haynes
  16. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  17. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  18. Get OutJordan Peele
  19. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  20. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  21. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  22. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  23. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  24. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  25. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  26. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  27. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  28. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  29. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  30. MandyPanos Cosmatos

Anna Swanson: Top Films of the 2010s

05 January 2020

Anna Swanson: Top Films of the 2010s, as submitted to the collection of Lists Curated by Toronto Film Review

Nicole Brenez: Top Films of the 2010s

05 January 2020

Nicole Brenez: Top Films of the 2010s, as submitted to the collection of Lists Curated by Toronto Film Review

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015]

Miriam Bale: Best Films of the Decade

05 January 2020

Miriam Bale: Best Films of the Decade, as posted to Twitter, in no particular order

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

Darren Hughes: Favorite Films of the 2010s

04 January 2020

Darren Hughes: Favorite Films of the 2010s, as posted to Letterboxd, listed alphabetically

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

Jordan Ruimy: The 25 Best Movies of the Decade

04 January 2020

Jordan Ruimy: The 25 Best Movies of the Decade, as posted at World of Reel

  1. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  2. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  3. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  4. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  5. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  6. DogtoothYorgos Lanthimos
  7. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  8. O.J.: Made in AmericaEzra Edelman
  9. CarolTodd Haynes
  10. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  11. HerSpike Jonze
  12. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  13. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  14. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  15. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  16. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  17. Black SwanDarren Aronofsky
  18. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  19. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  20. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  21. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  22. Get OutJordan Peele
  23. NocturamaBertrand Bonello
  24. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  25. Holy MotorsLeos Carax

A.A. Dowd: 100 Favorite Metal Albums of the Decade

02 January 2020

A.A. Dowd: 100 Favorite Metal Albums of the Decade, as posted to Twitter

  1. PanopticonKentucky
  2. AgallochMarrow of the Spirit
  3. Nux VomicaNux Vomica
  4. ConvergeAll We Love We Leave Behind
  5. Bell WitchMirror Reaper
  6. GorgutsColored Sands
  7. KylesaSpiral Shadow
  8. ElderReflections of a Floating World
  9. Altar of PlaguesTeethed Glory and Injury
  10. High on FireDe Vermis Mysteriis
  11. PanopticonAutumn Eternal
  12. CarcassSurgical Steel
  13. DawnbringerInto the Lair of the Sun God
  14. Oranssi PazuzuVärähtelijä
  15. TorcheHarmonicraft
  16. LiturgyAesthethica
  17. ClericRetrocausal
  18. KvelertakKvelertak
  19. Zeal & ArdorStranger Fruit
  20. ShiningBlackjazz
  21. Mutoid ManBleeder
  22. Big BraveA Gaze Among Them
  23. AstronoidAir
  24. The ArmedOnly Love
  25. Blut Aus Nord777 - Sect(s)
  26. Blut Aus Nord777 - The Desanctification
  27. Blut Aus Nord777 - Cosmosophy
  28. Inter ArmaSky Burial
  29. Whores.Gold
  30. Fuck the FactsDesire Will Rot
  31. Wizard RifleSpeak Loud Say Nothing
  32. EvokenAltra Mors
  33. Power TripNightmare Logic
  34. PallbearerFoundations of Burden
  35. SvalbardIt's Hard to Have Hope
  36. ElderLore
  37. High On FireElectric Messiah
  38. WindhandEternal Return
  39. BrutusNest
  40. Planning For BurialBelow the House
  41. Between the Buried and MeThe Parallax II: Future Sequence
  42. NumenoreanAdore
  43. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  44. The Atlas MothAn Ache for the Distance
  45. Black BreathSentenced To Life
  46. LocrianInfinite Dissolution
  47. Napalm DeathApex Predator - Easy Meat
  48. KvelertakMeir
  49. Ex EyeEx Eye
  50. Cloud RatMoksha
  51. The SecretAgnus Dei
  52. GodfleshPost Self
  53. Inter ArmaParadise Gallows
  54. CobaltSlow Forever
  55. Burning LoveRotten Thing to Say
  56. IndianFrom All Purity
  57. Pinkish BlackBottom of the Morning
  58. Lingua IgnotaCaligula
  59. Wreck and ReferenceIndifferent Rivers Romance End
  60. Bosse-de-NageAll Fours
  61. Chelsea WolfeHiss Spun
  62. Glorior BelliGators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls
  63. Big BraveArdor
  64. Russian CirclesEmpros
  65. SlugdgeEsoteric Malacology
  66. Lord MantisPervertor
  67. Demonic Death JudgeSeaweed
  68. DeafheavenSunbather
  69. The OathThe Oath
  70. NeurosisHonor Found In Decay
  71. ASGBlood Drive
  72. SkeletonwitchDevouring Radiant Light
  73. Glorior BelliThe Great Southern Darkness
  74. KEN modeEntrench
  75. Wreck and ReferenceWant
  76. Napalm DeathUtiltarian
  77. Elizabeth Colour WheelNocebo
  78. PanopticonRoads to the North
  79. Big BusinessThe Beast You Are
  80. In SolitudeThe World.The Flesh.The Devil
  81. AgrimoniaRites of Separation
  82. Eight BellsLandless
  83. Today Is the DayPain Is a Warning
  84. Cave InFinal Transmission
  85. BehemothThe Satanist
  86. YakuzaBeyul
  87. KylesaExhausting Fire
  88. Couch SlutContempt
  89. TribulationDown Below
  90. Early GravesRed Horse
  91. Christian MistressPossession
  92. JudiciarySurface Noise
  93. PyrrhonThe Mother of Virtues
  94. Cult of LunaVertikal
  95. OathbreakerRheia
  96. TestamentBrotherhood of the Snake
  97. FrontiererOrange Mathematics
  98. Spirit AdriftCurse of Conception
  99. MorneAsylum
  100. Falls of RaurosPatterns in Mythology
  101. The SwordApocryphon
  102. The Dillinger Escape PlanOne of Us Is the Killer

Matt Patches: The Best Movies of the 2010s Decade

31 December 2019

Matt Patches: The Best Movies of the 2010s Decade, as published by Polygon

[see also 2019]

  1. The ComedyRick Alverson
  2. Minding the GapBing Liu
  3. Kill ListBen Wheatley
  4. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  6. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  7. The Tale of the Princess KaguyaIsao Takahata
  8. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  9. The ArborClio Barnard
  10. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine

Mixmag: The 72 Best Albums of the Decade 2010-2019

31 December 2019

Mixmag: The 72 Best Albums of the Decade 2010-2019, listed "in year-by-year order"

Paste: The 100 Best TV Shows of the 2010s

31 December 2019

Paste Magazine: The 100 Best TV Shows of the 2010s

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. Mad Men
  3. The Americans
  4. Blue Planet II
  5. Planet Earth II
  6. Fleabag
  7. Adventure Time
  8. The Good Place
  9. Atlanta
  10. Parks and Recreation
  11. The Great British Bake Off
  12. 30 Rock
  13. Barry
  14. Rectify
  15. The Good Wife
  16. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  17. Game of Thrones
  18. The Crown
  19. Bob’s Burgers
  20. Justified
  21. Stranger Things
  22. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  23. Chernobyl
  24. Better Call Saul
  25. Catastrophe
  26. When They See Us
  27. My Mad Fat Diary
  28. Hannibal
  29. Key and Peele
  30. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  31. Twin Peaks: The Return
  32. Succession
  33. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
  34. BoJack Horseman
  35. Veep
  36. Legends of Tomorrow
  37. Downton Abbey
  38. The Night Manager
  39. The Good Fight
  40. Mozart in the Jungle
  41. Review
  42. Counterpart
  43. Man Seeking Woman
  44. The Leftovers
  45. Community
  46. Penny Dreadful
  47. Boardwalk Empire
  48. Broad City
  49. Gravity Falls
  50. Happy Valley
  51. Killing Eve
  52. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
  53. Halt and Catch Fire
  54. Looking
  55. Fargo
  56. Russian Doll
  57. Treme
  58. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  59. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  60. Sherlock
  61. Orphan Black
  62. Rick and Morty
  63. American Vandal
  64. Downward Dog
  65. Jane the Virgin
  66. Terriers
  67. In the Flesh
  68. Doctor Who
  69. Glow
  70. Documentary Now!
  71. Big Mouth
  72. Outlander
  73. Black-ish
  74. Speechless
  75. The Handmaid’s Tale
  76. Queen Sugar
  77. Happy Endings
  78. Master of None
  79. Detroiters
  80. Steven Universe
  81. Black Mirror
  82. Better Things
  83. One Day at a Time
  84. The Expanse
  85. Fringe
  86. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  87. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  88. Westworld
  89. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  90. Orange is the New Black
  91. The Knick
  92. Portlandia
  93. Nathan for You
  94. Pose
  95. The Bold Type
  96. Schitt's Creek
  97. Grey's Anatomy
  98. Eastbound & Down
  99. Fresh Off the Boat
  100. Silicon Valley
  101. Parenthood