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.

2013

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 10 Films of 2013

17 December 2013

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 10 Films of 2013, as submitted to the IndieWire Poll, presented alphabetically

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011]

Mojo: Top 50 Albums of 2013

17 December 2013

Mojo Magazine: Top 50 Albums of 2013

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

  1. Bill CallahanDream River
  2. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
  3. David BowieThe Next Day
  4. Arctic MonkeysAM
  5. John GrantPale Green Ghosts
  6. DeerhunterMonomania
  7. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  8. Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaVallePerils From The Sea
  9. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsPush the Sky Away
  10. John MurryThe Graceless Age
  11. PhosphorescentMuchacho
  12. Prefab SproutCrimson/Red
  13. My Bloody Valentinembv
  14. James HoldenThe Inheritors
  15. Queens of the Stone Age…Like Clockwork
  16. Factory FloorFactory Floor
  17. Charles BradleyVictim of Love
  18. Arcade FireReflektor
  19. Laura MvulaSing to the Moon
  20. Pet Shop BoysElectric
  21. Mavis StaplesOne True Vine
  22. Laura MarlingOnce I Was an Eagle
  23. Earl SweatshirtDoris
  24. Eleanor FriedbergerPersonal Record
  25. James BlakeOvergrown
  26. VillagersAwayland
  27. DisclosureSettle
  28. Manic Street PreachersRewind the Film
  29. Jon HopkinsImmunity
  30. Primal ScreamMore Light
  31. Elvis Costello and The RootsWise Up Ghost and Other Songs
  32. Glenn JonesMy Garden State
  33. Billy BraggTooth & Nail
  34. Karen GwyerNeeds Continuum
  35. MidlakeAntiphon
  36. LowThe Invisible Way
  37. Cate Le BonMug Museum
  38. Kanye WestYeezus
  39. Roy HarperMan & Myth
  40. Black Sabbath13
  41. GoldfrappTales of Us
  42. Paul McCartneyNew
  43. HaimDays Are Gone
  44. Johnny MarrThe Messenger
  45. These New PuritansField of Reeds
  46. FoxygenWe Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
  47. Julia HolterLoud City Song
  48. The Flaming LipsThe Terror
  49. Tim HeckerVirgins
  50. Time Is a MountainTime Is a Mountain

Film Comment: 50 Best Movies of 2013

17 December 2013

Film Comment: 50 Best Movies of 2013, a poll of "over 100 North American colleagues"

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

  1. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  2. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  3. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  4. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  5. A Touch of SinJia Zhang-ke
  6. LeviathanLucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  7. GravityAlfonso Cuaron
  8. Computer ChessAndrew Bujalski
  9. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  10. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  11. Museum HoursJem Cohen
  12. Blue is the Warmest ColorAbdellatif Kechiche
  13. BastardsClaire Denis
  14. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine
  15. Like Someone in LoveAbbas Kiarostami
  16. Stories We TellSarah Polley
  17. HerSpike Jonze
  18. NebraskaAlexander Payne
  19. American HustleDavid O. Russell
  20. The GrandmasterWong Kar-Wai
  21. At BerkeleyFrederick Wiseman
  22. Beyond the HillsCristian Mungiu
  23. NoPablo Larraín
  24. The Great BeautyPaolo Sorrentino
  25. Blue JasmineWoody Allen
  26. All Is LostJ.C. Chandor
  27. Post Tenebras LuxCarlos Reygadas
  28. Something in the AirOlivier Assayas
  29. ViolaMatías Piñeiro
  30. Fruitvale StationRyan Coogler
  31. To The WonderTerrence Malick
  32. Night Across the StreetRaoul Ruiz
  33. Room 237Rodney Ascher
  34. FaustAleksandr Sokurov
  35. Let the Fire BurnJason Osder
  36. Le Pont du NordJacques Rivette
  37. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  38. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ YetAlain Resnais
  39. The Last Time I Saw MacaoJoão Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata
  40. The PastAsghar Farhadi
  41. The SquareJehane Noujaim
  42. The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki
  43. Drug WarJohnnie To
  44. Cousin JulesDominique Benicheti
  45. Much Ado About NothingJoss Whedon
  46. PassionBrian De Palma
  47. Short Term 12Destin Cretton
  48. Dallas Buyers ClubJean-Marc Vallée
  49. Berberian Sound StudioPeter Strickland
  50. Captain PhillipsPaul Greengrass

Quietus: 100 Albums of 2013

17 December 2013

The Quietus: 100 Albums of 2013

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

  1. Grumbling FurGlynnaestra
  2. These New PuritansField of Reeds
  3. David BowieThe Next Day
  4. Factory FloorFactory Floor
  5. The Fat White FamilyChampagne Holocaust
  6. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsPush the Sky Away
  7. Daniel AveryDrone Logic
  8. Frisk FrugtDansktoppen møder Burkina Faso i det himmelblå rum hvor solen bor, suite
  9. FoalsHoly Fire
  10. RP BooLegacy
  11. SavagesSilence Yourself
  12. Stara RzekaCień Chmury Nad Ukrytym Polem
  13. Kanye WestYeezus
  14. The Haxan CloakExcavation
  15. Rashad BeckerTraditional Music Of Notional Species Vol. I
  16. Teho Teardo & Blixa BargeldStill Smiling
  17. Jon HopkinsImmunity
  18. Oneohtrix Point NeverR Plus Seven
  19. PinkunoizuThe Drop
  20. LogosCold Mission
  21. Laurel HaloChance of Rain
  22. The KnifeShaking the Habitual
  23. KelelaCut 4 Me
  24. Fire! OrchestraExit!
  25. Teeth of the SeaMaster
  26. Pet Shop BoysElectric
  27. FloorplanParadise
  28. Vatican ShadowRemember Your Black Day
  29. MatmosThe Marriage Of True Minds
  30. A$AP RockyLong.Live.A$AP
  31. A$AP FergTrap Lord
  32. HeatsickRe-Engineering
  33. British Sea PowerMachineries Of Joy
  34. WireChange Becomes Us
  35. Dean BluntThe Redeemer
  36. Ensemble PearlEnsemble Pearl
  37. Le1fFly Zone
  38. A Hawk and a HacksawYou Have Already Gone To The Other World
  39. DonChristianThe Wayfarer
  40. L. PierreThe Island Come True
  41. Wanda GroupPiss Fell Out Like Sunlight
  42. SuedeBloodsports
  43. Charles CohenThe Middle Distance
  44. SatellitiTransister
  45. Rabih BeainiAlbidaya
  46. MoonfaceJulia With Blue Jeans On
  47. John Foxx and the MathsEvidence
  48. NYPCNYPC
  49. Matt BerryKill The Wolf
  50. Katie GatelyKatie Gately
  51. TamikrestChatma
  52. Wolf EyesNo Answer: Lower Floors
  53. Oranssi PazuzuValonielu
  54. PrurientThrough The Window
  55. EmptysetRecur
  56. Gary NumanSplinter
  57. HeteroticLove & Devotion
  58. The StrangerWatching Dead Empires In Decay
  59. Sons of KemetBurn
  60. Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
  61. MiracleMercury
  62. English Heretic“Anti-Heroes”
  63. Derek PiotrRaj
  64. KerridgeA Fallen Empire
  65. My Bloody Valentinembv
  66. BotanistIV: Mandragora
  67. Janelle MonáeThe Electric Lady
  68. Tal NationalKaani
  69. Young EchoNexus
  70. Jenny HvalInnocence Is Kinky
  71. Dawn RichardGoldenHeart
  72. ÅrabrotÅrabrot
  73. Endless BoogieLong Island
  74. Body/HeadComing Apart
  75. TVO / Covered In SandRed Night Variations
  76. Earl SweatshirtDoris
  77. DethscalatorRacial Golf Course No Bitches
  78. The BodyChrists, Redeemers
  79. James HoldenThe Inheritors
  80. Pusha TMy Name Is My Name
  81. DJ RashadDouble Cup
  82. *ARSuccession
  83. WölfbaitWölfbait
  84. Barn OwlV
  85. Hey ColossusCuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo
  86. OvOAbisso
  87. CarcassSurgical Steel
  88. LescopLescop
  89. Laura MvulaSing to the Moon
  90. GrouperThe Man Who Died In His Boat
  91. PalehorseHarm Starts Here
  92. Uncle Acid and the DeadbeatsMind Control
  93. ComanechiYou Owe Me Nothing But Love
  94. CathedralThe Last Spire
  95. White HillsSo You Are… So You’ll Be
  96. Chrome HoofChrome Black Gold
  97. Omar SouleymanWenu Wenu
  98. ÄÄNIPÄÄThrough A Pre-Memory
  99. The Ex & Brass UnboundEnormous Door
  100. ShitfuckerSucks Cocks In Hell

David Edelstein: Top Ten Movies of 2013

14 December 2013

David Edelstein: Top Ten Movies of 2013, as published by New York Magazine

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

  1. HerSpike Jonze
  2. American HustleDavid O. Russell
  3. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  4. Much Ado About NothingJoss Whedon
  5. Short Term 12Destin Cretton
  6. 20 Feet From StardomMorgan Neville
  7. All Is LostJ.C. Chandor
  8. Caesar Must DiePaolo and Vittorio Taviani
  9. Blue is the Warmest ColorAbdellatif Kechiche
  10. The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki

Consequence of Sound: Top 50 Albums of 2013

14 December 2013

Consequence of Sound: Top 50 Albums of 2013

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2011]

  1. Kanye WestYeezus
  2. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  3. My Bloody Valentinembv
  4. ChvrchesThe Bones Of What You Believe
  5. Kurt VileWakin on a Pretty Daze
  6. The KnifeShaking the Habitual
  7. Arcade FireReflektor
  8. DisclosureSettle
  9. The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
  10. Chance The RapperAcid Rap
  11. HaimDays Are Gone
  12. Julia HolterLoud City Song
  13. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsPush the Sky Away
  14. Danny BrownOld
  15. Local NativesHummingbird
  16. Oneohtrix Point NeverR Plus Seven
  17. Mikal CroninMCII
  18. Lady Lamb the BeekeeperRipely Pine
  19. DrakeNothing Was the Same
  20. DeafheavenSunbather
  21. DarksidePsychic
  22. GrouperThe Man Who Died In His Boat
  23. The Flaming LipsThe Terror
  24. PhosphorescentMuchacho
  25. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels
  26. Okkervil RiverThe Silver Gymnasium
  27. Speedy OrtizMajor Arcana
  28. Action Bronson & Party SuppliesBlue Chips 2
  29. SavagesSilence Yourself
  30. Queens of the Stone Age…Like Clockwork
  31. Colin StetsonNew History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light
  32. Pissed JeansHoneys
  33. Majical CloudzImpersonator
  34. The MenNew Moon
  35. Janelle MonáeThe Electric Lady
  36. WaxahatcheeCerulean Salt
  37. James BlakeOvergrown
  38. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
  39. Earl SweatshirtDoris
  40. David BowieThe Next Day
  41. MountainsCentralia
  42. Mark MulcahyDear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You
  43. Chelsea WolfePain Is Beauty
  44. Pusha TMy Name Is My Name
  45. Arctic MonkeysAM
  46. The Haxan CloakExcavation
  47. LordePure Heroine
  48. Mutual BenefitLove’s Crushing Diamond
  49. Sky FerreiraNight Time, My Time
  50. The So So GlosBlowout

Slant: 25 Best Films of 2013

14 December 2013

Slant Magazine: 25 Best Films of 2013

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

  1. HerSpike Jonze
  2. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  3. LeviathanLucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  4. Museum HoursJem Cohen
  5. Like Someone in LoveAbbas Kiarostami
  6. Computer ChessAndrew Bujalski
  7. BastardsClaire Denis
  8. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  9. At BerkeleyFrederick Wiseman
  10. A Touch of SinJia Zhang-ke
  11. Laurence AnywaysXavier Dolan
  12. Drug WarJohnnie To
  13. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine
  14. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  15. ViolaMatías Piñeiro
  16. The World’s EndEdgar Wright
  17. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  18. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  19. Stories We TellSarah Polley
  20. Room 237Rodney Ascher
  21. The GrandmasterWong Kar-Wai
  22. To The WonderTerrence Malick
  23. The We and the IMichel Gondry
  24. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ YetAlain Resnais
  25. GravityAlfonso Cuaron

Gorilla vs. Bear: 40 Favorite Albums of 2013

12 December 2013

Gorilla vs. Bear: 40 Favorite Albums of 2013

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Autre Ne VeutAnxiety
  2. Danny BrownOld
  3. Julianna BarwickNepenthe
  4. BurialTruant and Rough Sleeper
  5. Oneohtrix Point NeverR Plus Seven
  6. EjectaDominae
  7. Blue HawaiiUntogether
  8. DIANAPerpetual Surrender
  9. Jai Pauldemos
  10. FKA twigsEP2
  11. GrouperThe Man Who Died In His Boat
  12. Pure Bathing CultureMoon Tides
  13. Arca&&&&&
  14. White DenimCorsicana Lemonade
  15. various artists — After Dark 2
  16. PostiljonenSkyer
  17. The KnifeShaking the Habitual
  18. Charli XCXTrue Romance
  19. Recycle CultureIn Transit
  20. KnxAnthology
  21. HAERTSHemiplegia + remixes
  22. Dean BluntThe Redeemer
  23. QuasimotoYessir Whatever
  24. Ariana GrandeYours Truly
  25. CuusheButterfly Case
  26. Rich Homie QuanStill Goin In and I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In
  27. DarksidePsychic
  28. ClassixxHanging Gardens
  29. DJ RashadDouble Cup
  30. $3.33$.
  31. Toro y MoiAnything In Return
  32. Empress OfSystems
  33. Still CornersStrange Pleasures
  34. TinasheBlack Water
  35. SZAS
  36. Death GripsGovernment Plates
  37. Young GalaxyUltramarine
  38. CFCFOutside
  39. Lee BannonNever/mind/the/darkness/of/it
  40. Laurel HaloChance of Rain

Stereogum: 50 Best Albums of 2013

12 December 2013

Stereogum: 50 Best Albums of 2013

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kanye WestYeezus
  2. DeafheavenSunbather
  3. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  4. DisclosureSettle
  5. My Bloody Valentinembv
  6. Sky FerreiraNight Time, My Time
  7. Danny BrownOld
  8. HaimDays Are Gone
  9. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
  10. Arcade FireReflektor
  11. Volcano ChoirRepave
  12. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels
  13. Kurt VileWakin on a Pretty Daze
  14. SavagesSilence Yourself
  15. KvelertakMeir
  16. WaxahatcheeCerulean Salt
  17. WindhandSoma
  18. Chance The RapperAcid Rap
  19. Tegan and SaraHeartthrob
  20. Blood OrangeCupid Deluxe
  21. ChvrchesThe Bones Of What You Believe
  22. SuperchunkI Hate Music
  23. DeerhunterMonomania
  24. Bill CallahanDream River
  25. Nine Inch NailsHesitation Marks
  26. MigosYRN
  27. The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
  28. DrakeNothing Was the Same
  29. PhoenixBankrupt!
  30. Oneohtrix Point NeverR Plus Seven
  31. Speedy OrtizMajor Arcana
  32. IceageYou’re Nothing
  33. The FieldCupid’s Head
  34. YuckGlow and Behold
  35. GorgutsColored Sands
  36. Julia HolterLoud City Song
  37. Forest SwordsEngravings
  38. The KnifeShaking the Habitual
  39. Pure Bathing CultureMoon Tides
  40. PharmakonAbandon
  41. Janelle MonáeThe Electric Lady
  42. Autre Ne VeutAnxiety
  43. CassieRockaByeBaby
  44. A$AP FergTrap Lord
  45. Youth LagoonWondrous Bughouse
  46. Yo La TengoFade
  47. A$AP RockyLong.Live.A$AP
  48. CarcassSurgical Steel
  49. Justin TimberlakeThe 20/20 Experience Pt. 1
  50. PhosphorescentMuchacho

Glenn Kenny: 30 Top Films of 2013

12 December 2013

Glenn Kenny: 30 Top Films of 2013

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012]

  1. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  2. Something in the AirOlivier Assayas
  3. The Wolf of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese
  4. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ YetAlain Resnais
  5. Upstream ColorShane Carruth
  6. NebraskaAlexander Payne
  7. The World’s EndEdgar Wright
  8. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  9. Post Tenebras LuxCarlos Reygadas
  10. Like Someone in LoveAbbas Kiarostami
  11. Beyond the HillsCristian Mungiu
  12. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  13. GravityAlfonso Cuaron
  14. The Bling RingSofia Coppola
  15. To The WonderTerrence Malick
  16. Greetings From Tim BuckleyDaniel Algrant
  17. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine
  18. HerSpike Jonze
  19. BastardsClaire Denis
  20. Prince AvalancheDavid Gordon Green
  21. Short Term 12Destin Cretton
  22. The Grandmaster (U.S. cut)Wong Kar-Wai
  23. Pain & GainMichael Bay
  24. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  25. Pacific RimGuillermo del Toro
  26. Blue is the Warmest ColorAbdellatif Kechiche
  27. Room 237Rodney Ascher
  28. Fruitvale StationRyan Coogler
  29. The PurgeJames DeMonaco
  30. RushRon Howard