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

Greg Kot: Best Albums of 2018

14 December 2018

Greg Kot: Best Albums of 2018, as published by The Chicago Tribune and aired on Sound Opinions

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Sarah Shook & the DisarmersYears
  2. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  3. NonameRoom 25
  4. SuperchunkWhat a Time to Be Alive
  5. SabaCare for Me
  6. Our GirlStranger Today
  7. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  8. boygeniusboygenius
  9. MotorcadeMotorcade
  10. Eleanor FriedbergerRebound

Jim DeRogatis: Best Albums of 2018

14 December 2018

Jim DeRogatis: Best Albums of 2018, as aired on Sound Opinions

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Viagra BoysStreet Worms
  2. cupcakKeEphorize
  3. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  4. SuperchunkWhat a Time to Be Alive
  5. DessaChime
  6. Vince StaplesFM!
  7. Amanda ShiresTo the Sunset
  8. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  9. John PrineThe Tree of Forgiveness
  10. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!

Spectrum Culture: Top 20 Albums of 2018

14 December 2018

Spectrum Culture: Top 20 Albums of 2018

[see also 2019]

  1. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  2. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  3. LowDouble Negative
  4. Pusha TDaytona
  5. RobynHoney
  6. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  7. Ezra FurmanTransangelic Exodus
  8. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  9. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  10. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  11. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  12. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  13. The InternetHive Mind
  14. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  15. J MascisElastic Days
  16. Beach House7
  17. Tierra WhackWhack World
  18. Christine and the QueensChris
  19. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  20. Lucy DacusHistorian
  21. Lonnie HolleyMITH

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2018

13 December 2018

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2018

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  2. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  3. Camila CabelloCamila
  4. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  5. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  6. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  7. Pusha TDaytona
  8. Lady Gaga & Bradley CooperA Star Is Born Soundtrack
  9. Kurt VileBottle It In
  10. DrakeScorpion
  11. Paul McCartneyEgypt Station
  12. Brandi CarlileBy The Way, I Forgive You
  13. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  14. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  15. J BalvinVibras
  16. Soccer MommyClean
  17. Lucy DacusHistorian
  18. Vince StaplesFM!
  19. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  20. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  21. Beach House7
  22. John PrineThe Tree of Forgiveness
  23. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  24. Kali UchisIsolation
  25. Rae SremmurdSR3MM
  26. Snail MailLush
  27. NonameRoom 25
  28. Florence + The MachineHigh As Hope
  29. SuperchunkWhat a Time to Be Alive
  30. Free Cake For Every CreatureThe Bluest Star
  31. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  32. David ByrneAmerican Utopia
  33. Neko CaseHell-On
  34. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  35. Elvis Costello & The ImpostersLook Now
  36. Stephen Malkmus & The JicksSparkle Hard
  37. Tierra WhackWhack World
  38. Eric ChurchDesperate Man
  39. Nine Inch NailsBad Witch
  40. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  41. Amanda ShiresTo the Sunset
  42. Ashley McBrydeGirl Going Nowhere
  43. Lil WayneTha Carter V
  44. Jeff TweedyWARM
  45. RobynHoney
  46. SleepThe Sciences
  47. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  48. The CartersEverything Is Love
  49. Esperanza Spalding12 Little Spells
  50. cupcakKeEphorize

Spin: 51 Best Albums of 2018

13 December 2018

Spin: 51 Best Albums of 2018

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

  1. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  2. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  3. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  4. Amen DunesFreedom
  5. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  6. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  7. LowDouble Negative
  8. Pusha TDaytona
  9. RobynHoney
  10. Oneohtrix Point NeverAge Of
  11. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  12. Mariah CareyCaution
  13. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  14. Snail MailLush
  15. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  16. Rico NastyNasty
  17. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  18. Playboi CartiDie Lit
  19. NonameRoom 25
  20. Kali UchisIsolation
  21. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  22. Jeremih & Ty Dolla $ignMIH-TY
  23. Tierra WhackWhack World
  24. JPEGMAFIAVeteran
  25. NaoSaturn
  26. Stephen Malkmus & The JicksSparkle Hard
  27. Christine and the QueensChris
  28. SOB X RBEGangin
  29. TirzahDevotion
  30. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  31. 03 GreedoGod Level
  32. OhmmeParts
  33. Kelly MoranUltraviolet
  34. Charlie PuthVoicenotes
  35. Drakeo the RulerCold Devil
  36. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  37. SabaCare for Me
  38. Makaya McCravenUniversal Beings
  39. Meshell NdegeocelloVentriloquism
  40. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  41. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverHope Downs
  42. Lonnie HolleyMITH
  43. serpentwithfeetsoil
  44. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  45. Trouble & Mike WiLL Made-ItEdgewood
  46. Tracey ThornRecord
  47. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  48. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  49. cupcakKeEphorize
  50. DJ TayeStill Trippin'
  51. Neko CaseHell-On

Flood: Best Albums of 2018

12 December 2018

Flood Magazine: Best Albums of 2018

[see also 2019, 2017]

  1. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  2. Beach House7
  3. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  4. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  5. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  6. Stephen Malkmus & The JicksSparkle Hard
  7. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  8. Jay RockRedemption
  9. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  10. Pusha TDaytona
  11. Amen DunesFreedom
  12. Vince StaplesFM!
  13. boygeniusboygenius
  14. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  15. SpiritualizedAnd Nothing Hurt
  16. LowDouble Negative
  17. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  18. Sidney GishNo Dogs Allowed
  19. Forth WanderersForth Wanderers
  20. Car Seat HeadrestTwin Fantasy
  21. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  22. Yo La TengoThere’s a Riot Going On
  23. Elvis Costello & The ImpostersLook Now
  24. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  25. The Love-BirdsIn the Lover's Corner

Carl Wilson: The Best Albums of 2018

12 December 2018

Carl Wilson: The Best Albums of 2018, as published by Slate, in alphabetical order by artist

[see also 2019, 2017, 2016]

Slant: 25 Best Albums of 2018

12 December 2018

Slant Magazine: 25 Best Albums of 2018

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. RobynHoney
  2. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  3. Kids See GhostsKids See Ghosts
  4. Troye SivanBloom
  5. The InternetHive Mind
  6. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  7. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  8. Against All Logic2012-2017
  9. BellyDove
  10. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  11. BROCKHAMPTONiridescence
  12. Mariah CareyCaution
  13. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  14. Vince StaplesFM!
  15. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  16. Christine and the QueensChris
  17. Titus AndronicusA Productive Cough
  18. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  19. Sofi TukkerTreehouse
  20. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  21. SuperchunkWhat a Time to Be Alive
  22. Pusha TDaytona
  23. Nine Inch NailsBad Witch
  24. Car Seat HeadrestTwin Fantasy
  25. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour

Atlantic: 23 Best Albums of 2018

11 December 2018

The Atlantic: 23 Best Albums of 2018

[see also 2019]

Jeremy D. Larson: Favorite Albums of 2018

11 December 2018

Jeremy D. Larson: Favorite Albums of 2018, as posted to Twitter

  1. LowDouble Negative
  2. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  3. Beach House7
  4. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  5. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  6. IceageBeyondless
  7. NonameRoom 25
  8. Snail MailLush
  9. The ArmedOnly Love
  10. Pusha TDaytona
  11. Let’s Eat GrandmaI’m All Ears
  12. FlasherConstant Image
  13. boygeniusboygenius
  14. JPEGMAFIAVeteran
  15. RobynHoney
  16. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  17. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  18. Amen DunesFreedom
  19. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  20. Makaya McCravenUniversal Beings
  21. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  22. Sons of KemetYour Queen Is a Reptile
  23. Drakeo the RulerCold Devil
  24. Stephen Malkmus & The JicksSparkle Hard
  25. Sidney GishNo Dogs Allowed
  26. VeinErrorzone
  27. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer