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

A.V. Club: 20 Best Albums of 2018

18 December 2018

The A.V. Club: 20 Best Albums of 2018

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

  1. Beach House7
  2. Neko CaseHell-On
  3. SabaCare for Me
  4. Anna CalviHunter
  5. The ArmedOnly Love
  6. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  7. Ezra FurmanTransangelic Exodus
  8. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  9. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  10. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  11. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  12. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  13. SpiritualizedAnd Nothing Hurt
  14. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  15. Sam WilkesWilkes
  16. Georgia Anne MuldrowOverload
  17. Daniel AverySong for Alpha
  18. DaughtersYou Won't Get What You Want
  19. Pusha TDaytona
  20. Let’s Eat GrandmaI’m All Ears

Q: Top 50 Albums of 2018

18 December 2018

Q Magazine: Top 50 Albums of 2018

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

  1. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  2. Let’s Eat GrandmaI’m All Ears
  3. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  4. RobynHoney
  5. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  6. Christine and the QueensChris
  7. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  8. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  9. Paul WellerTrue Meanings
  10. Anna CalviHunter
  11. InterpolMarauder
  12. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  13. Gruff RhysBabelsberg
  14. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  15. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  16. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  17. Ty SegallFreedom’s Goblin
  18. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  19. Pusha TDaytona
  20. SpiritualizedAnd Nothing Hurt
  21. LowDouble Negative
  22. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverHope Downs
  23. Tracey ThornRecord
  24. Elvis Costello & The ImpostersLook Now
  25. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  26. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  27. Daniel AverySong for Alpha
  28. Neko CaseHell-On
  29. Gaz CoombesWorld’s Strongest Man
  30. Kurt VileBottle It In
  31. Florence + The MachineHigh As Hope
  32. Stephen Malkmus & The JicksSparkle Hard
  33. ShameSongs of Praise
  34. Go-Kart MozartMozart’s Mini-Mart
  35. Julia HolterAviary
  36. Eleanor FriedbergerRebound
  37. Beach House7
  38. Bill Ryder-JonesYawn
  39. Cat PowerWanderer
  40. Kids See GhostsKids See Ghosts
  41. Lykke Liso sad so sexy
  42. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  43. Everything Is RecordedEverything Is Recorded
  44. Panic! At the DiscoPray For the Wicked
  45. Mac MillerSwimming
  46. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  47. The Good, the Bad & the QueenMerrie Land
  48. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  49. Manic Street PreachersResistance Is Futile
  50. The OriellesSilver Dollar Moment

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2018

18 December 2018

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2018

[see also 2010s, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  2. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  3. LolinaThe Smoke
  4. Charli XCXPop 2
  5. TirzahDevotion
  6. Elysia CramptonElysia Crampton
  7. LowDouble Negative
  8. Pusha TDaytona
  9. GrouperGrid of Points
  10. ShygirlCruel Practice
  11. Eli KeszlerStadium
  12. Julia HolterAviary
  13. Mount EerieNow Only
  14. PendantMake Me Know You Sweet
  15. Bamba PanaPoaa
  16. Playboi CartiDie Lit
  17. Barrio Surबड़ा शोक (heart break)
  18. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  19. Amnesia ScannerAnother Life
  20. serpentwithfeetsoil
  21. Tim HeckerKonoyo
  22. RP BooI'll Tell You What!
  23. Kanye Westye
  24. EartheaterIRISIRI
  25. Tierra WhackWhack World
  26. The CaretakerEverywhere At The End Of Time – Stage 4
  27. Simple AffectionsSimple Affections
  28. Fire-ToolzSkinless X-1
  29. DJ HealerNothing 2 Loose
  30. Prime Minister of DoomMudshadow Propaganda
  31. KleinCC
  32. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  33. Armand HammerParaffin
  34. Laurel HaloRaw Silk Uncut Wood
  35. Sarah DavachiLet Night Come On Bells End the Day
  36. Seth GrahamGasp
  37. Teyana TaylorK.T.S.E.
  38. Beach House7
  39. Roc MarcianoBehold a Dark Horse
  40. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  41. PerfumeFuture Pop
  42. Delroy EdwardsRio Grande
  43. Matthew Revert/Vanessa RossettoEveryone Needs A Plan
  44. Hermit and the RecluseOrpheus vs. The Sirens
  45. Jeff WitscherApproximately 1,000 Beers
  46. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  47. GasRausch
  48. JPEGMAFIAVeteran
  49. Amen DunesFreedom
  50. Satoshi NakamotodOPENet [NYPD Records Volume 2]
  51. Sheck WesMudboy

Revolt: 11 Best Rap Albums of 2018

18 December 2018

Revolt: 11 Best Rap Albums of 2018

[see also 2019]

  1. Nipsey HussleVictory Lap
  2. Pusha TDaytona
  3. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  4. Meek MillChampionships
  5. J. ColeKOD
  6. Mac MillerSwimming
  7. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  8. Jay RockRedemption
  9. SminoNOIR
  10. NonameRoom 25
  11. Playboi CartiDie Lit

Resident Advisor: 2018's Best Albums

17 December 2018

Resident Advisor: 2018's Best Albums, compiled by staff and contributors

[see also 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

Ringer: Best Albums of 2018

16 December 2018

The Ringer: Best Albums of 2018, compiled by Rob Harvilla and Shea Serrano

[see also 2019]

  1. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  2. Pusha TDaytona
  3. Soccer MommyClean
  4. Vince StaplesFM!
  5. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  6. Nils FrahmAll Melody
  7. SminoNOIR
  8. Stephen Malkmus & The JicksSparkle Hard
  9. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  10. Action BronsonWhite Bronco

Fact: Best Albums of 2018

15 December 2018

Fact Magazine: Best Albums of 2018

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

  1. LoticPower
  2. PendantMake Me Know You Sweet
  3. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  4. BarkerDebiasing
  5. Rico NastyNasty
  6. Aïsha DeviDNA Feelings
  7. Gábor LázárUnfold
  8. Tierra WhackWhack World
  9. VesselQueen of Golden Dogs
  10. Duppy GunMiro Tape
  11. LSDXOXOBody Mods
  12. serpentwithfeetsoil
  13. TirzahDevotion
  14. DebitAnimus
  15. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  16. Amnesia ScannerAnother Life
  17. Neville WatsonThe Midnight Orchard
  18. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  19. Renick BellTurning Points
  20. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  21. Sarah DavachiGave In Rest
  22. cupcakKeEphorize
  23. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  24. TSVIInner Worlds
  25. Space AfrikaSomewhere Decent To Live
  26. Hilary WoodsColt
  27. Astrid SonneHuman Lines
  28. Kelman Duran13th Month
  29. Young NudySlimeBall 3
  30. Tess RobyBeacon
  31. City GirlsPeriod
  32. Beta LibraeSanguine Bond
  33. Martyn BootyspoonSilk Eternity
  34. Kali UchisIsolation
  35. Playboi CartiDie Lit
  36. BruceSonder Somatic
  37. H.TakahashiLow Power
  38. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  39. Laurel HaloRaw Silk Uncut Wood
  40. Teyana TaylorK.T.S.E.
  41. CeciliaAdoration
  42. Skee MaskCompro
  43. Marie DavidsonWorking Class Woman
  44. Eli KeszlerStadium
  45. Maxo KreamPunken
  46. Kali MaloneOrgan Dirges 2016​-​2017
  47. various artists — Patina Echoes
  48. ChevelAlways Yours
  49. LowDouble Negative
  50. Mariah CareyCaution

PopMatters: 70 Best Albums of 2018

15 December 2018

PopMatters: 70 Best Albums of 2018

[see also 2019, 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. Young FathersCocoa Sugar
  2. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  3. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  4. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  5. serpentwithfeetsoil
  6. George FitzGeraldAll That Must Be
  7. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  8. LoticPower
  9. NonameRoom 25
  10. Maribou StateKingdoms In Colour
  11. RobynHoney
  12. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  13. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  14. Ray BLKEmpress
  15. SabaCare for Me
  16. Julia HolterAviary
  17. Christine and the QueensChris
  18. Rival ConsolesPersona
  19. St. Paul & The Broken BonesYoung Sick Camellia
  20. TangentsNew Bodies
  21. VesselQueen of Golden Dogs
  22. LowDouble Negative
  23. Lonnie HolleyMITH
  24. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  25. Neko CaseHell-On
  26. DaughtersYou Won't Get What You Want
  27. boygeniusboygenius
  28. Tim HeckerKonoyo
  29. SpiritualizedAnd Nothing Hurt
  30. Benin CityLast Night
  31. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  32. Sarah Shook & the DisarmersYears
  33. I’m With HerSee You Around
  34. Beach House7
  35. Ital TekBodied
  36. EartheaterIRISIRI
  37. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  38. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  39. BROCKHAMPTONiridescence
  40. Jorja SmithLost & Found
  41. Kelly MoranUltraviolet
  42. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  43. St. LenoxTen Fables of Young Ambition and Passionate Love
  44. Elysia CramptonElysia Crampton
  45. ChvrchesLove Is Dead
  46. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  47. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  48. Okzharp & Manthe RibaneCloser Apart
  49. Fatoumata DiawaraFenfo
  50. Jeff RosenstockPost-
  51. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  52. Field MusicOpen Here
  53. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  54. Lucy DacusHistorian
  55. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80Black Times
  56. Laurie Anderson & Kronos QuartetLandfall
  57. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  58. Old Crow Medicine ShowVolunteer
  59. Natalie PrassThe Future and the Past
  60. David ByrneAmerican Utopia
  61. GwennoLe Kov
  62. Pusha TDaytona
  63. Brandi CarlileBy The Way, I Forgive You
  64. Florence + The MachineHigh As Hope
  65. Armand HammerParaffin
  66. Dilly DallyHeaven
  67. Tracey ThornRecord
  68. Kyle CraftFull Circle Nightmare
  69. GhostPrequelle
  70. Gregory Alan IsakovEvening Machines

NME: Best Albums of the Year 2018

14 December 2018

NME: Best Albums of the Year 2018

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

  1. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  2. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  3. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  4. Sunflower BeanTwentytwo in Blue
  5. Pusha TDaytona
  6. ShameSongs of Praise
  7. Kali UchisIsolation
  8. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  9. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  10. Christine and the QueensChris
  11. RobynHoney
  12. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  13. Dream WifeDream Wife
  14. Snail MailLush
  15. Kids See GhostsKids See Ghosts
  16. BROCKHAMPTONiridescence
  17. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  18. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverHope Downs
  19. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  20. SlavesActs of Fear and Love
  21. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  22. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  23. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  24. Young FathersCocoa Sugar
  25. Tommy Cash¥€$
  26. Matt MalteseBad Contestant
  27. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  28. Ezra FurmanTransangelic Exodus
  29. Troye SivanBloom
  30. Vince StaplesFM!
  31. Amen DunesFreedom
  32. J. ColeKOD
  33. Years & YearsPalo Santo
  34. Kanye Westye
  35. TurnstileTime & Space
  36. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  37. ParcelsParcels
  38. Mac MillerSwimming
  39. Soccer MommyClean
  40. SpiritualizedAnd Nothing Hurt
  41. TirzahDevotion
  42. Tom MischGeography
  43. Unknown Mortal OrchestraSex & Food
  44. David ByrneAmerican Utopia
  45. The Story So FarProper Dose
  46. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  47. GorillazThe Now Now
  48. The ProdigyNo Tourists
  49. Rejjie SnowDear Annie
  50. Jack WhiteBoarding House Reach
  51. Ross from FriendsFamily Portrait
  52. Maribou StateKingdoms In Colour
  53. Pale WavesMy Mind Makes Noises
  54. Confidence ManConfident Music For Confident People
  55. MastersystemDance Music
  56. Fucked UpDose Your Dreams
  57. Viagra BoysStreet Worms
  58. Kurt VileBottle It In
  59. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  60. ArchitectsHoly Hell
  61. Agar AgarThe Dog and the Future
  62. Lil PeepCome Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2
  63. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  64. Connan MockasinJassbusters
  65. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  66. The BreedersAll Nerve
  67. Let’s Eat GrandmaI’m All Ears
  68. JPEGMAFIAVeteran
  69. Manic Street PreachersResistance Is Futile
  70. MuseSimulation Theory
  71. SuperorganismSuperorganism
  72. The GardenMirror Might Steal Your Charm
  73. The Good, the Bad & the QueenMerrie Land
  74. Nine Inch NailsBad Witch
  75. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  76. Greta Van FleetAnthem of the Peaceful Army
  77. IceageBeyondless
  78. GhettsGhetto Gospel: The New Testament
  79. OctavianSpaceman
  80. NonameRoom 25
  81. Jay RockRedemption
  82. Goat GirlGoat Girl
  83. NakhaneYou Will Not Die
  84. Florence + The MachineHigh As Hope
  85. Leon VynehallNothing Is Still
  86. EminemKamikaze
  87. BlossomsCool Like You
  88. Lykke Liso sad so sexy
  89. VeinErrorzone
  90. Anderson .PaakOxnard
  91. The CartersEverything Is Love
  92. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  93. Vinyl WilliamsOpal
  94. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  95. HovvdyCranberry
  96. GengahrWhere Wildness Grows
  97. PeaceKindness Is the New Rock and Roll
  98. Rae MorrisSomeone Out There
  99. Natalie PrassThe Future and the Past
  100. InterpolMarauder

Jim Harrington: Top 10 Albums of 2018

14 December 2018

Jim Harrington: Top 10 Albums of 2018, as published by San Jose Mercury News

[see also 2010s, 2017]

  1. Lil WayneTha Carter V
  2. Lauren DaigleLook Up Child
  3. Cowboy JunkiesAll That Reckoning
  4. John PrineThe Tree of Forgiveness
  5. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  6. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  7. HalestormVicious
  8. Tori KellyHiding Place
  9. Pusha TDaytona
  10. Judas PriestFirepower