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

Rolling Stone: 100 Best Albums of the 2010s

12 December 2019

Rolling Stone: 100 Best Albums of the 2010s

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  2. BeyoncéLemonade
  3. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  4. Taylor SwiftRed
  5. David BowieBlackstar
  6. DrakeTake Care
  7. LordeMelodrama
  8. Adele21
  9. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  10. LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening
  11. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  12. Frank OceanBlond
  13. Kanye WestYeezus
  14. The Black KeysBrothers
  15. J BalvinVibras
  16. Parquet CourtsLight Up Gold
  17. Chance The RapperAcid Rap
  18. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What
  19. Taylor Swift1989
  20. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  21. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  22. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  23. RobynBody Talk
  24. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  25. RihannaAnti
  26. BeyoncéBeyoncé
  27. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  28. Jason IsbellSoutheastern
  29. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  30. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  31. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  32. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  33. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  34. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  35. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  36. Randy NewmanDark Matter
  37. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  38. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  39. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  40. SZACtrl
  41. Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  42. Miranda LambertPlatinum
  43. Bob DylanTempest
  44. HaimDays Are Gone
  45. Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Original Broadway CastHamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  46. Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
  47. Bon Iver22, A Million
  48. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  49. Jay-Z and Kanye WestWatch the Throne
  50. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  51. Arcade FireThe Suburbs
  52. KhalidAmerican Teen
  53. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  54. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  55. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
  56. Sky FerreiraNight Time, My Time
  57. Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
  58. Miranda LambertThe Weight of These Wings
  59. Harry StylesHarry Styles
  60. Nicki MinajThe Pinkprint
  61. WaxahatcheeCerulean Salt
  62. Paul McCartneyEgypt Station
  63. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  64. Sharon Van EttenAre We There
  65. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  66. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  67. Bad BunnyX 100PRE
  68. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  69. LizzoCuz I Love You
  70. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  71. GrimesArt Angels
  72. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  73. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  74. Pusha TDaytona
  75. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  76. Frank OceanNostalgia, Ultra
  77. The HighwomenThe Highwomen
  78. Soccer MommyClean
  79. Ke$haRainbow
  80. Stephen Malkmus and the JicksMirror Traffic
  81. Brandi CarlileBy The Way, I Forgive You
  82. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  83. Eric ChurchChief
  84. Jamie xxIn Colour
  85. MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct
  86. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  87. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  88. Arctic MonkeysAM
  89. Joanna NewsomHave One On Me
  90. Neil Young & Crazy HorsePsychedelic Pill
  91. Tierra WhackWhack World
  92. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  93. U2Songs of Innocence
  94. Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
  95. FutureMonster
  96. Low Cut ConnieCall Me Sylvia
  97. Rich GangTha Tour Part 1
  98. John PrineThe Tree of Forgiveness
  99. Lana Del ReyUltraviolence
  100. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding

Amanda Petrusich: The Best Music of the Decade

11 December 2019

Amanda Petrusich: The Best Music of the Decade, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

Kristen Baldwin: The Best TV Shows of the Decade

10 December 2019

Kristen Baldwin: The Best TV Shows of the Decade, as published by Entertainment Weekly

[see also 2019, 2018]

  1. The Leftovers
  2. The Good Fight
  3. Mad Men
  4. American Crime Story
  5. Better Things
  6. Veep
  7. Orange is the New Black
  8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  9. The Fall
  10. The Comeback
  11. Better Call Saul
  12. Key and Peele
  13. Rectify
  14. Parks and Recreation
  15. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

Darren Franich: The Best TV Shows of the Decade

10 December 2019

Darren Franich: The Best TV Shows of the Decade, as published by Entertainment Weekly

[see also 2019, 2018]

  1. Mad Men
  2. Atlanta
  3. Twin Peaks: The Return
  4. Adventure Time
  5. Community
  6. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  7. The Good Fight
  8. Hannibal
  9. BoJack Horseman
  10. The Trip
  11. American Horror Story: Asylum
  12. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  13. Justified
  14. Insecure
  15. Black Mirror

Benzine: The Best Films of the Decade 2010-2019

09 December 2019

Benzine Magazine: The Best Films of the Decade 2010-2019, in roughly chronological order

Eric Allen Hatch: Favorite Films of the 2010s

06 December 2019

Eric Allen Hatch: Favorite Films of the 2010s, as posted to Twitter

Playlist: The 100 Best Films of the Decade

06 December 2019

The Playlist: The 100 Best Films of the Decade. See also their large number of honorable mentions.

[see also 2019, 2018]

  1. BurningLee Chang-dong
  2. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  3. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  4. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  6. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  7. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  8. DogtoothYorgos Lanthimos
  9. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  10. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  11. Get OutJordan Peele
  12. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  13. CarolTodd Haynes
  14. 20th Century WomenMike Mills
  15. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  16. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  17. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  18. A ProphetJacques Audiard
  19. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  20. Birds of PassageCristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra
  21. ArrivalDenis Villeneuve
  22. Stories We TellSarah Polley
  23. The ComedyRick Alverson
  24. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  25. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  26. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  27. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  28. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  29. JackiePablo Larraín
  30. Only Lovers Left AliveJim Jarmusch
  31. High LifeClaire Denis
  32. First ManDamien Chazelle
  33. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  34. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  35. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  36. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  37. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  38. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  39. The HandmaidenPark Chan-wook
  40. The AssassinHou Hsiao-Hsien
  41. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  42. AmourMichael Haneke
  43. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  44. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  45. WildlifePaul Dano
  46. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  47. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  48. EnemyDenis Villeneuve
  49. Killing Them SoftlyAndrew Dominik
  50. FoxcatcherBennett Miller
  51. EllePaul Verhoeven
  52. ColumbusKogonada
  53. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  54. SelmaAva DuVernay
  55. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  56. The RiderChloé Zhao
  57. HerSpike Jonze
  58. PhoenixChristian Petzold
  59. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  60. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  61. A Ghost StoryDavid Lowery
  62. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  63. TabuMiguel Gomes
  64. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  65. Blue ValentineDerek Cianfrance
  66. O.J.: Made in AmericaEzra Edelman
  67. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  68. TangerineSean Baker
  69. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  70. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  71. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  72. White MaterialClaire Denis
  73. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  74. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  75. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  76. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  77. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  78. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  79. EdenMia Hansen-Løve
  80. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  81. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  82. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  83. LeviathanAndrey Zvyagintsev
  84. GirlhoodCéline Sciamma
  85. NoPablo Larraín
  86. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  87. The LighthouseRobert Eggers
  88. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  89. The HuntThomas Vinterberg
  90. ShameSteve McQueen
  91. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  92. InceptionChristopher Nolan
  93. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  94. The WailingNa Hong-jin
  95. mother!Darren Aronofsky
  96. What We Do in the ShadowsJemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
  97. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  98. Martha Marcy May MarleneSean Durkin
  99. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  100. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker

Playlist: The Best TV Shows & Mini-Series of the Decade

06 December 2019

The Playlist: The Best TV Shows & Mini-Series of the Decade. See also their large number of honorable mentions.

[see also 2018, 2016]

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return
  2. Atlanta
  3. The Americans
  4. The Leftovers
  5. Breaking Bad
  6. Louie
  7. Mad Men
  8. The Knick
  9. Fleabag
  10. 30 Rock
  11. Game of Thrones
  12. Fargo
  13. The Night Of
  14. Mindhunter
  15. BoJack Horseman
  16. Veep
  17. Hannibal
  18. Justified
  19. Better Call Saul
  20. The Handmaid’s Tale
  21. Girls
  22. Killing Eve
  23. The Crown
  24. Enlightened
  25. Insecure
  26. Catastrophe
  27. The Good Place
  28. Rick and Morty
  29. Bored to Death
  30. Halt and Catch Fire
  31. Togetherness
  32. Looking
  33. Key and Peele
  34. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  35. Mildred Pierce
  36. Barry
  37. Chernobyl
  38. Master of None
  39. Transparent
  40. Broad City
  41. True Detective
  42. When They See Us
  43. I Love Dick
  44. The Young Pope
  45. The OA
  46. Succession
  47. Russian Doll
  48. Top of the Lake
  49. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  50. Documentary Now!

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top 10 Films of the Decade 2010-2019

06 December 2019

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top 10 Films of the Decade 2010-2019

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

  1. Twin Peaks: The ReturnDavid Lynch
  2. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  3. Li’l QuinquinBruno Dumont
  4. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  5. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  6. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  7. Mia MadreNanni Moretti
  8. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  9. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  10. The Strange Case of AngelicaManoel de Oliveira

Susannah Gruder: Best Movies of the 2010s

04 December 2019

Susannah Gruder: Best Movies of the 2010s, as posted to Letterboxd

  1. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  2. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  3. I Am LoveLuca Guadagnino
  4. In My RoomUlrich Köhler
  5. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  6. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  7. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  8. ChristineAntonio Campos
  9. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  10. WeinerJosh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  11. Take This WaltzSarah Polley
  12. The Love WitchAnna Biller
  13. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  14. GreenbergNoah Baumbach
  15. The WondersAlice Rohrwacher
  16. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  17. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  18. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  19. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  20. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  21. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  22. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  23. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  24. DogtoothYorgos Lanthimos
  25. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  26. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  27. Another EarthMike Cahill
  28. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  29. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  30. The Great BeautyPaolo Sorrentino
  31. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  32. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  33. BarbaraChristian Petzold
  34. BurningLee Chang-dong
  35. UsJordan Peele
  36. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  37. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  38. CarolTodd Haynes
  39. Black SwanDarren Aronofsky
  40. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  41. AmourMichael Haneke
  42. The WitchRobert Eggers
  43. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  44. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  45. HereditaryAri Aster
  46. Kumiko, the Treasure HunterDavid Zellner
  47. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  48. Get OutJordan Peele
  49. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine
  50. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas