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 Albums

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

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

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

Daily Beast: Top 10 Albums of 2018

31 December 2018

The Daily Beast: Top 10 Albums of 2018

[see also 2017]

  1. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  2. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  3. Pusha TDaytona
  4. Christine and the QueensChris
  5. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  6. RobynHoney
  7. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  8. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  9. SabaCare for Me
  10. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2018

31 December 2018

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2018

[see also 2017, 2015, 2011]

  1. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  2. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  3. boygeniusboygenius
  4. LowDouble Negative
  5. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  6. Beach House7
  7. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  8. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  9. Kurt VileBottle It In
  10. Julia HolterAviary
  11. Young FathersCocoa Sugar
  12. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  13. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverHope Downs
  14. LumpLump
  15. Natalie PrassThe Future and the Past
  16. LomaLoma
  17. MGMTLittle Dark Age
  18. Let’s Eat GrandmaI’m All Ears
  19. Wild NothingIndigo
  20. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  21. John GrantLove is Magic
  22. Tracyanne & DannyTracyanne & Danny
  23. Wye OakThe Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
  24. Mount EerieNow Only
  25. Snail MailLush
  26. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  27. Caroline RoseLONER
  28. Gaz CoombesWorld’s Strongest Man
  29. SpiritualizedAnd Nothing Hurt
  30. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  31. ShameSongs of Praise
  32. Christine and the QueensChris
  33. Stephen Malkmus & The JicksSparkle Hard
  34. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  35. Soccer MommyClean
  36. HatchieSugar & Spice
  37. GwennoLe Kov
  38. PhosphorescentC’est La Vie
  39. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  40. IceageBeyondless
  41. OughtRoom Inside the World
  42. Anna CalviHunter
  43. Lucy DacusHistorian
  44. Fucked UpDose Your Dreams
  45. Neneh CherryBroken Politics
  46. Ed Schrader’s Music BeatRiddles
  47. Yo La TengoThere’s a Riot Going On
  48. Gruff RhysBabelsberg
  49. Ezra FurmanTransangelic Exodus
  50. SuperorganismSuperorganism
  51. Belle and SebastianHow to Solve Our Human Problems
  52. NonameRoom 25
  53. Marlon WilliamsMake Way for Love
  54. Adrianne Lenkerabysskiss
  55. Amen DunesFreedom
  56. Nils FrahmAll Melody
  57. Florence + The MachineHigh As Hope
  58. Jeff RosenstockPost-
  59. Still CornersSlow Air
  60. Franz FerdinandAlways Ascending
  61. Tune-YardsI can feel you creep into my private life
  62. The Good, the Bad & the QueenMerrie Land
  63. Neko CaseHell-On
  64. Lala LalaThe Lamb
  65. Sons of KemetYour Queen Is a Reptile
  66. Black Belt Eagle ScoutMother of My Children
  67. serpentwithfeetsoil
  68. Unknown Mortal OrchestraSex & Food
  69. RobynHoney
  70. Ryley WalkerDeafman Glance
  71. MastersystemDance Music
  72. Beak>>>>
  73. Madeline KenneyPerfect Shapes
  74. Jess WilliamsonCosmic Wink
  75. MoonfaceThis One’s for the Dancer & This One’s for the Dancer’s Bouquet
  76. Cat PowerWanderer
  77. FlasherConstant Image
  78. Field MusicOpen Here
  79. SuedeThe Blue Hour
  80. FrontpersonFrontrunner
  81. Eleanor FriedbergerRebound
  82. ParcelsParcels
  83. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  84. Anna von HausswolffDead Magic
  85. Thom YorkeSuspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film)
  86. We Were Promised JetpacksThe More I Sleep the Less I Dream
  87. ChvrchesLove Is Dead
  88. of MontrealWhite Is Relic / Irrealis Mood
  89. Young JesusThe Whole Thing Is Just There
  90. Melody’s Echo ChamberBon Voyage
  91. Jaakko Eino KaleviOut of Touch
  92. The Goon SaxWe’re Not Talking
  93. Anna BurchQuit the Curse
  94. Django DjangoMarble Skies
  95. Goat GirlGoat Girl
  96. Tim HeckerKonoyo
  97. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  98. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  99. TunngSongs You Make at Night
  100. VillagersThe Art of Pretending to Swim

Tony Fantano: Top 50 Albums of 2018

30 December 2018

Tony Fantano: Top 50 Albums of 2018, as aired on The Needle Drop

[see also 2017]

  1. DaughtersYou Won't Get What You Want
  2. Kids See GhostsKids See Ghosts
  3. JPEGMAFIAVeteran
  4. Natalia LafourcadeMusas
  5. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  6. Against All Logic2012-2017
  7. HarunemuriHarutosyura
  8. NonameRoom 25
  9. Death GripsYear of the Snitch
  10. Sons of KemetYour Queen Is a Reptile
  11. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  12. Jack WhiteBoarding House Reach
  13. Kali UchisIsolation
  14. Denzel CurryTA13OO
  15. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  16. MGMTLittle Dark Age
  17. GhostPrequelle
  18. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  19. HorrendousIdol
  20. SleepThe Sciences
  21. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  22. Kero Kero BonitoTime 'n' Place
  23. Judas PriestFirepower
  24. Armand HammerParaffin
  25. PortalIon
  26. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  27. Anderson .PaakOxnard
  28. Playboi CartiDie Lit
  29. The VoidzVirtue
  30. Jeane Grae & Quelle ChrisEverything's Fine
  31. Andrew W.K.You're Not Alone
  32. Kanye Westye
  33. twenty one pilotsTrench
  34. PolyphiaNew Levels New Devils
  35. Anna von HausswolffDead Magic
  36. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  37. Pusha TDaytona
  38. Hermit and the RecluseOrpheus vs. The Sirens
  39. Julia HolterAviary
  40. Car Seat HeadrestTwin Fantasy
  41. JIDDiCaprio 2
  42. Zeal & ArdorStranger Fruit
  43. Imperial TriumphantVile Luxury
  44. Tierra WhackWhack World
  45. Screaming FemalesAll At Once
  46. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  47. Guerilla TossTwisted Crystal
  48. Tropical Fuck StormA Laughing Death in Meatspace
  49. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  50. Current 93The Light Is Leaving Us All

No Depression: Favorite Roots Music Albums of 2018

28 December 2018

No Depression: Favorite Roots Music Albums of 2018, as selected by staffers, columnists, and reviewers

[see also 2017]

Jordan Cronk: Albums 2018

27 December 2018

Jordan Cronk: Albums 2018, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2017, 2016]

  1. LowDouble Negative
  2. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  3. Soccer MommyClean
  4. Beach House7
  5. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  6. Against All Logic2012-2017
  7. Car Seat HeadrestTwin Fantasy
  8. Amen DunesFreedom
  9. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  10. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  11. Julia HolterAviary
  12. Wild PinkYolk in the Fur
  13. Snail MailLush
  14. Tim HeckerKonoyo
  15. Frog EyesViolet Psalms
  16. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  17. Sumac and Keiji HainoAmerican Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You're Too Hideous To Look At Face On
  18. GasRausch
  19. boygeniusboygenius
  20. FoxingNearer My God
  21. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  22. ShygirlCruel Practice
  23. Camp CopeHow to Socialise & Make Friends
  24. HatchieSugar & Spice
  25. DJ HealerNothing 2 Loose
  26. Sarah DavachiLet Night Come On Bells End the Day
  27. Sarah DavachiGave In Rest
  28. EartheaterIRISIRI
  29. Mount EerieNow Only
  30. Chris ReimerHello People
  31. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me

XLR8R: Top Releases of 2018

26 December 2018

XLR8R: Top Releases of 2018

[see also 2011]

Okayplayer: Best Albums of 2018

26 December 2018

Okayplayer: Best Albums of 2018

  1. Teyana TaylorK.T.S.E.
  2. Tierra WhackWhack World
  3. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  4. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  5. PrincePiano & a Microphone 1983
  6. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  7. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  8. Nicki MinajQueen
  9. Pusha TDaytona
  10. Mariah CareyCaution
  11. Burna BoyOutside
  12. Rico NastyNasty
  13. Mac MillerSwimming
  14. Vince StaplesFM!
  15. SabaCare for Me
  16. Meek MillChampionships
  17. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  18. Lil WayneTha Carter V