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.

2018

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2018

14 March 2019

Cinema Scope: Top Ten Films of 2018

[see also 2017, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  2. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  3. La FlorMariano Llinás
  4. TransitChristian Petzold
  5. What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?Roberto Minervini
  6. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  7. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  8. BurningLee Chang-dong
  9. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  10. High LifeClaire Denis

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2018

06 February 2019

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2018 (an annual poll of hundreds of critics, published, perhaps for the last time, by The Village Voice)

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

  1. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  2. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  3. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  4. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  5. RobynHoney
  6. Pusha TDaytona
  7. NonameRoom 25
  8. LowDouble Negative
  9. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  10. Lucy DacusHistorian
  11. SuperchunkWhat a Time to Be Alive
  12. Neko CaseHell-On
  13. Soccer MommyClean
  14. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  15. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  16. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  17. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  18. John PrineThe Tree of Forgiveness
  19. Christine and the QueensChris
  20. Snail MailLush
  21. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  22. Makaya McCravenUniversal Beings
  23. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  24. Kali UchisIsolation
  25. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  26. boygeniusboygenius
  27. Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SZABlack Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By
  28. Beach House7
  29. Tierra WhackWhack World
  30. Tracey ThornRecord
  31. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  32. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  33. Brandi CarlileBy The Way, I Forgive You
  34. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  35. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  36. Sons of KemetYour Queen Is a Reptile
  37. Meshell NdegeocelloVentriloquism
  38. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  39. KhruangbinCon Todo El Mundo
  40. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  41. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  42. SleepThe Sciences
  43. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  44. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverHope Downs
  45. Elvis Costello & The ImpostersLook Now
  46. Amen DunesFreedom
  47. Kurt VileBottle It In
  48. Julia HolterAviary
  49. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  50. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  51. cupcakKeEphorize
  52. Bettye LaVetteThings Have Changed
  53. Against All Logic2012-2017
  54. Yo La TengoThere’s a Riot Going On
  55. SabaCare for Me
  56. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  57. Stephen Malkmus & The JicksSparkle Hard
  58. Caroline RoseLONER
  59. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  60. The InternetHive Mind
  61. Harriet TubmanThe Terror End of Beauty
  62. Ashley McBrydeGirl Going Nowhere
  63. SuperorganismSuperorganism
  64. FoxingNearer My God
  65. SpiritualizedAnd Nothing Hurt
  66. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  67. Young FathersCocoa Sugar
  68. Oneohtrix Point NeverAge Of
  69. David ByrneAmerican Utopia
  70. FlasherConstant Image
  71. Neneh CherryBroken Politics
  72. Courtney Marie AndrewsMay Your Kindness Remain
  73. ChvrchesLove Is Dead
  74. Kids See GhostsKids See Ghosts
  75. Car Seat HeadrestTwin Fantasy
  76. Marianne FaithfullNegative Capability
  77. Natalie PrassThe Future and the Past
  78. ShameSongs of Praise
  79. Amy RigbyThe Old Guys
  80. Jeff RosenstockPost-
  81. Damien JuradoThe Horizon Just Laughed
  82. DrakeScorpion
  83. Mount EerieNow Only
  84. Jeff TweedyWARM
  85. Mariah CareyCaution
  86. Let’s Eat GrandmaI’m All Ears
  87. Jeremy DutcherWolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
  88. Wayne ShorterEmanon
  89. Amanda ShiresTo the Sunset
  90. Vince StaplesFM!
  91. BTSLove Yourself 轉 'Tear'
  92. Cat PowerWanderer
  93. John ColtraneBoth Directions at Once: The Lost Album
  94. Eleanor FriedbergerRebound
  95. Mary GauthierRifles and Rosary Beads
  96. serpentwithfeetsoil
  97. Jack WhiteBoarding House Reach
  98. Jorja SmithLost & Found
  99. Camp CopeHow to Socialise & Make Friends
  100. GhostPrequelle
  101. Tune-YardsI can feel you creep into my private life

Brian Darr: Top Ten Films of 2018

31 January 2019

Brian Darr: Top Ten Films of 2018, limited to US commercial releases, as submitted to the annual Senses of Cinema World Poll

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

Robert Christgau: Dean's List 2018

13 January 2019

Robert Christgau: Dean's List 2018

[see also 2017, 2012]

  1. NonameRoom 25
  2. Mas-TThelonious Sphere Monk
  3. Bettye LaVetteThings Have Changed
  4. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  5. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  6. Rich KruegerLife Ain't That Long
  7. Hamell On TrialThe Night Guy at the Apocalypse Profiles of a Rushing Midnight
  8. Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SZABlack Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By
  9. Tierra WhackWhack World
  10. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  11. Mount EerieNow Only
  12. SuperchunkWhat a Time to Be Alive
  13. Pusha TDaytona
  14. Rich KruegerNowthen
  15. The Paranoid StyleRock and Roll Just Can't Recall + 3
  16. Maria MuldaurDon't You Feel My Leg (The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker)
  17. Willie NelsonLast Man Standing
  18. Riton & Kah-LoForeign Ororo
  19. Ezra FurmanTransangelic Exodus
  20. WussyGetting Better
  21. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  22. Elza SoaresDeus É Mulher
  23. Amy RigbyThe Old Guys
  24. The Mekons 77It Is Twice Blessed
  25. Amanda ShiresTo the Sunset
  26. Tune-YardsI can feel you creep into my private life
  27. WussyWhat Heaven is Like
  28. No AgeSnares Like a Haircut
  29. HindsI Don't Run
  30. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  31. John Kruth & La Società dei MusiciForever Ago
  32. Youssou N'DourRaxas Bercy 2017
  33. Mary GauthierRifles and Rosary Beads
  34. Sons of KemetYour Queen Is a Reptile
  35. Tyler ChildersPurgatory
  36. SuperorganismSuperorganism
  37. Bali BabyBaylor Swift
  38. John PrineThe Tree of Forgiveness
  39. The Rolling StonesOn Air
  40. Diali Cissokho & Kaira BaRoutes
  41. Ry CooderThe Prodigal Son
  42. L7Fast & Frightening
  43. Soccer MommyClean
  44. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  45. Methodist HospitalGiants
  46. The Goon SaxWe’re Not Talking
  47. Wynton Marsalis SeptetUnited We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas
  48. Lupe FiascoDrogas Wave
  49. Speedy OrtizTwerp Verse
  50. Jon HassellListening To Pictures (Pentimento, Vol. One)
  51. Homeboy Sandman & EdanHumble Pi
  52. Becky WarrenUndesirable
  53. Tracey ThornRecord
  54. cupcakKeEphorize
  55. The InternetHive Mind
  56. Doctor NativoGuatemaya
  57. ImarhanTemet
  58. The CoupSorry to Bother You
  59. Chicago FarmerQuarter Past Tonight
  60. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  61. Tal NationalTantabara
  62. Lyrics BornQuite a Life
  63. RapsodyLaila’s Wisdom
  64. various artistsI'm Not Here To Hunt Rabbits
  65. Blue Lu BarkerRemastered Collection
  66. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  67. Frankie CosmosVessel
  68. Mandy BarnettStrange Conversation
  69. Paul SimonIn the Blue Light
  70. Open Mike EagleWhat Happens When I Try to Relax
  71. Yo La TengoThere’s a Riot Going On
  72. Beats AntiqueShadowbox
  73. Leikeli47Acrylic
  74. Tropical Fuck StormA Laughing Death in Meatspace
  75. Fever RayPlunge
  76. Jinx lennonGrow a Pair!!!
  77. Wreckless EricConstruction Time & Demolition
  78. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  79. Thelonious MonkLes liaisons dangereuses 1960
  80. Car Seat HeadrestTwin Fantasy
  81. AD the VoiceMaxi-Single
  82. Kids See GhostsKids See Ghosts
  83. ShoppingThe Official Body

Steven D. Greydanus: Top Films of 2018

12 January 2019

Steven D. Greydanus: Top Films of 2018, as published by The National Catholic Register

[see also 2012]

  1. The RiderChloé Zhao
  2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  3. I Am Not a WitchRungano Nyoni
  4. The GuardiansXavier Beauvois
  5. Lean On PeteAndrew Haigh
  6. Paddington 2Paul King
  7. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  8. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville
  9. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  10. 22 JulyPaul Greengrass

Reverse Shot: Best Films of 2018

05 January 2019

Reverse Shot: Best Films of 2018

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  2. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  3. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  4. BurningLee Chang-dong
  5. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  6. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  7. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  8. WesternValeska Grisebach
  9. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  10. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross

Pretty Much Amazing: Best Albums of 2018

05 January 2019

Pretty Much Amazing: Best Albums of 2018

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

  1. Pusha TDaytona
  2. RobynHoney
  3. Against All Logic2012-2017
  4. Kali UchisIsolation
  5. Beach House7
  6. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  7. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  8. Christine and the QueensChris
  9. Car Seat HeadrestTwin Fantasy
  10. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  11. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  12. Snail MailLush
  13. Willie NelsonLast Man Standing
  14. Kids See GhostsKids See Ghosts
  15. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  16. The AcesWhen My Heart Felt Volcanic
  17. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  18. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  19. The VoidzVirtue
  20. Young FathersCocoa Sugar
  21. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  22. Mid-Air ThiefCrumbling
  23. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  24. Bob DylanMore Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14
  25. AngèleBrol

Alicia Malone: Favorite Films of 2018

04 January 2019

Alicia Malone: Favorite Films of 2018, as posted to Letterboxd

[see also 2017]

Scout Tafoya: Favourite Films of 2018

04 January 2019

Scout Tafoya: Favourite Films of 2018

[see also 2017]

  1. Black MotherKhalik Allah
  2. Personal ProblemsBill Gunn
  3. Something Good - Negro Kiss
  4. Piu PiuNaima Ramos-Chapman
  5. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  6. WidowsSteve McQueen
  7. 24 FramesAbbas Kiarostami
  8. BarbaraMathieu Amalric
  9. High LifeClaire Denis
  10. Scarred HeartsRadu Jude
  11. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  12. DarkPaul Schrader
  13. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  14. The Third MurderHirokazu Kore-eda
  15. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  16. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  17. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  18. Sweet CountryWarwick Thornton
  19. The GuardiansXavier Beauvois
  20. Your FaceTsai Ming-liang
  21. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  22. Pass OverSpike Lee
  23. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  24. Sorry AngelChristophe Honoré
  25. MosaicSteven Soderbergh
  26. Ryuichi Sakamoto: CodaStephen Nomura Schible
  27. Creed IISteven Caple Jr.
  28. All SquareJohn Hyams
  29. The MuleClint Eastwood
  30. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  31. The Land of Steady HabitsNicole Holofcener
  32. Mr. SOUL!Melissa Haizlip & Sam Pollard
  33. BlockersKay Cannon
  34. Music When the Lights Go OutIsmael Caneppele
  35. DovlatovAleksey German
  36. A Family TourYing Liang
  37. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  38. Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computervarious artists
  39. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  40. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  41. DianeKent Jones
  42. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  43. Monrovia, IndianaFrederick Wiseman
  44. The Miseducation of Cameron PostDesiree Akhavan
  45. The Green FogGuy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson
  46. The EndlessJustin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
  47. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  48. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  49. The House That Jack BuiltLars von Trier
  50. Early ManNick Park
  51. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  52. Illang: The Wolf BrigadeKim Jee-Woon
  53. The First PurgeGerard McMurray
  54. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  55. Searching for Ingmar BergmanMargarethe von Trotta
  56. Where Is Kyra?Andrew Dosunmu
  57. NancyChristina Choe
  58. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  59. Ray Meets HelenAlan Rudolph
  60. ShadowZhang Yimou
  61. The PredatorShane Black
  62. The Little Drummer GirlPark Chan-wook
  63. The Wild Pear TreeNuri Bilge Ceylan
  64. Dark RiverClio Barnard
  65. Game NightJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
  66. Waiting for the BarbariansEugène Green
  67. ManhuntJohn Woo
  68. Isle of DogsWes Anderson
  69. Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on FootGus Van Sant
  70. Incident in a GhostlandPascal Laugier
  71. Laplace's WitchTakashi Miike
  72. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is UnbreakableTakashi Miike
  73. UnrestPhilippe Grandrieux
  74. The 15:17 to ParisClint Eastwood
  75. DisobedienceSebastián Lelio
  76. Crazy Rich AsiansJon M. Chu
  77. UnsaneSteven Soderbergh
  78. CruiseRobert Siegel
  79. Paddington 2Paul King
  80. Hotel by the RiverHong Sang-soo
  81. Between WorldsMaria Pulera
  82. Cold SkinXavier Gens
  83. A Bread FactoryPatrick Wang
  84. TransitChristian Petzold
  85. Classical PeriodTed Fendt
  86. In My RoomUlrich Köhler
  87. They Shall Not Grow OldPeter Jackson
  88. Las Sandinistas!Jenny Murray
  89. UpgradeLeigh Whannell
  90. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  91. 3 FacesJafar Panahi
  92. The CaptainRobert Schwentke
  93. A Very English Scandal
  94. Sol AlegriaTavinho Teixeira
  95. The Glass NoteMary Helena Clark
  96. Outrage CodaTakeshi Kitano
  97. A Gentle CreatureSergei Loznitsa
  98. HalloweenDavid Gordon Green
  99. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  100. Outlaw KingDavid Mackenzie
  101. ApostleGareth Evans
  102. Thunder RoadJim Cummings
  103. Mom and DadBrian Taylor
  104. The InhabitantGuillermo Amoedo
  105. The Witch in the WindowAndy Mitton
  106. The MisandristsBruce La Bruce
  107. WinchesterMichael and Peter Spierig
  108. Marfa Girl 2Larry Clark
  109. GeminiAaron Katz

David Sterritt: Ten Best Films of 2018

03 January 2019

David Sterritt: Ten Best Films of 2018, as aired on Films in Focus

  1. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  4. CapernaumNadine Labaki
  5. HereditaryAri Aster
  6. BorderAli Abbasi
  7. Three Identical StrangersTim Wardle
  8. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  9. Nico, 1988Susanna Nicchiarelli
  10. Lean On PeteAndrew Haigh