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

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2018

14 March 2019

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2018, of those "that played at least one week in Manhattan for the first time in 2018, in approximate order of preference"

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2017, 2012]

  1. The Day AfterHong Sang-soo
  2. Classical PeriodTed Fendt
  3. WesternValeska Grisebach
  4. 24 FramesAbbas Kiarostami
  5. The Grief of OthersPatrick Wang
  6. Dim the FluorescentsDaniel Warth
  7. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  8. The BanishmentAndrey Zvyagintsev
  9. Ray Meets HelenAlan Rudolph
  10. Ismael’s GhostsArnaud Desplechin
  11. Mrs. HydeSerge Bozon
  12. Before We VanishKiyoshi Kurosawa
  13. On Body and SoulIldikó Enyedi
  14. Notes on an AppearanceRicky D'Ambrose
  15. DovlatovAleksey German
  16. RodinJacques Doillon

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 2019, 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 artists — I'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

Simran Hans: The Best Films of 2018

12 January 2019

Simran Hans: The Best Films of 2018, as submitted to the Sight & Sound Poll

[see also 2019]

Erika Balsom: The Best Films of 2018

12 January 2019

Erika Balsom: The Best Films of 2018, as submitted to the Sight & Sound Poll

[see also 2019, 2017]

Uproxx Music Critics Poll: Best Albums of 2018

10 January 2019

Uproxx Music Critics Poll: Best Albums of 2018, a survey of nearly 200 music critics

[see also 2019]

  1. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  2. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  3. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  4. Pusha TDaytona
  5. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  6. Lucy DacusHistorian
  7. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  8. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  9. boygeniusboygenius
  10. NonameRoom 25
  11. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  12. Snail MailLush
  13. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  14. RobynHoney
  15. Beach House7
  16. FoxingNearer My God
  17. LowDouble Negative
  18. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  19. Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SZABlack Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By
  20. Soccer MommyClean
  21. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  22. Kali UchisIsolation
  23. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  24. SabaCare for Me
  25. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  26. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  27. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  28. Neko CaseHell-On
  29. SuperchunkWhat a Time to Be Alive
  30. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  31. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  32. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  33. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  34. John PrineThe Tree of Forgiveness
  35. The CartersEverything Is Love
  36. Jeremy DutcherWolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
  37. Against All Logic2012-2017
  38. Sons of KemetYour Queen Is a Reptile
  39. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  40. Tierra WhackWhack World
  41. serpentwithfeetsoil
  42. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  43. Christine and the QueensChris
  44. Oneohtrix Point NeverAge Of
  45. Amanda ShiresTo the Sunset
  46. Ashley McBrydeGirl Going Nowhere
  47. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  48. Jeff RosenstockPost-
  49. Wild PinkYolk in the Fur
  50. YOBOur Raw Heart

Mallory Andrews: Best Films of 2018

06 January 2019

Mallory Andrews: Best Films of 2018, as posted to Letterboxd

[see also 2019, 2017]

  1. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  2. The House That Jack BuiltLars von Trier
  3. Minding the GapBing Liu
  4. BurningLee Chang-dong
  5. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  6. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  7. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  8. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville
  9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  10. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins