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

Amanda Petrusich: Ten Best Albums of 2018

11 December 2018

Amanda Petrusich: Ten Best Albums of 2018, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2017]

Pitchfork: 50 Best Albums of 2018

11 December 2018

Pitchfork: 50 Best Albums of 2018

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

  1. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  2. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  3. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  4. RobynHoney
  5. Snail MailLush
  6. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  7. Earl SweatshirtSome Rap Songs
  8. LowDouble Negative
  9. Tierra WhackWhack World
  10. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  11. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  12. cupcakKeEphorize
  13. TirzahDevotion
  14. Amen DunesFreedom
  15. NonameRoom 25
  16. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  17. Pusha TDaytona
  18. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  19. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  20. Beach House7
  21. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  22. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  23. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  24. Julia HolterAviary
  25. Playboi CartiDie Lit
  26. Vince StaplesFM!
  27. Soccer MommyClean
  28. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  29. boygeniusboygenius
  30. Christine and the QueensChris
  31. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  32. Let’s Eat GrandmaI’m All Ears
  33. Sheck WesMudboy
  34. Neneh CherryBroken Politics
  35. Against All Logic2012-2017
  36. Rico NastyNasty
  37. JPEGMAFIAVeteran
  38. Kali UchisIsolation
  39. The InternetHive Mind
  40. IceageBeyondless
  41. Jeremih & Ty Dolla $ignMIH-TY
  42. Adrianne Lenkerabysskiss
  43. SleepThe Sciences
  44. Camp CopeHow to Socialise & Make Friends
  45. Cat PowerWanderer
  46. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  47. Skee MaskCompro
  48. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  49. Georgia Anne MuldrowOverload
  50. SOB X RBEGangin

Billboard: 50 Best Albums of 2018

10 December 2018

Billboard: 50 Best Albums of 2018

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

  1. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  2. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  3. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  4. Pusha TDaytona
  5. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  6. Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SZABlack Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By
  7. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  8. Camila CabelloCamila
  9. J BalvinVibras
  10. The CartersEverything Is Love
  11. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  12. RobynHoney
  13. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  14. Mac MillerSwimming
  15. DrakeScorpion
  16. Kali UchisIsolation
  17. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  18. Lil WayneTha Carter V
  19. Tierra WhackWhack World
  20. Christine and the QueensChris
  21. Lady Gaga & Bradley CooperA Star Is Born Soundtrack
  22. NonameRoom 25
  23. Shawn MendesShawn Mendes
  24. The InternetHive Mind
  25. Snail MailLush
  26. Charlie PuthVoicenotes
  27. Nipsey HussleVictory Lap
  28. Troye SivanBloom
  29. boygeniusboygenius
  30. Kids See GhostsKids See Ghosts
  31. Florence + The MachineHigh As Hope
  32. SabaCare for Me
  33. PrincePiano & a Microphone 1983
  34. twenty one pilotsTrench
  35. BROCKHAMPTONiridescence
  36. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  37. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  38. Post Malonebeerbongs & bentleys
  39. Mariah CareyCaution
  40. Soccer MommyClean
  41. MNEKLanguage
  42. Teyana TaylorK.T.S.E.
  43. J. ColeKOD
  44. Hayley KiyokoExpectations
  45. Rüfüs Du SolSolace
  46. Paul McCartneyEgypt Station
  47. OzunaAura
  48. Let’s Eat GrandmaI’m All Ears
  49. Dierks BentleyThe Mountain
  50. Rae SremmurdSR3MM

Drowned in Sound: 15 Favourite Albums of 2018

09 December 2018

Drowned in Sound: 15 Favourite Albums of 2018

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

  1. LowDouble Negative
  2. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  3. Christine and the QueensChris
  4. Gazelle TwinPastoral
  5. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  6. Anna CalviHunter
  7. Black FoxxesReiði
  8. ChvrchesLove Is Dead
  9. Young FathersCocoa Sugar
  10. Muncie GirlsFixed Ideals
  11. MetricArt of Doubt
  12. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  13. SuedeThe Blue Hour
  14. Car Seat HeadrestTwin Fantasy
  15. Manic Street PreachersResistance Is Futile

Treble: Top 50 Albums of 2018

07 December 2018

Treble: Top 50 Albums of 2018

[see also 2012, 2011]

  1. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  2. Pusha TDaytona
  3. Beach House7
  4. NonameRoom 25
  5. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  6. LowDouble Negative
  7. Emma Ruth RundleOn Dark Horses
  8. Nine Inch NailsBad Witch
  9. Sons of KemetYour Queen Is a Reptile
  10. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  11. IceageBeyondless
  12. Julia HolterAviary
  13. Mount EerieNow Only
  14. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  15. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  16. GasRausch
  17. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  18. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  19. Vince StaplesFM!
  20. TribulationDown Below
  21. SumacLove In Shadow
  22. Anna von HausswolffDead Magic
  23. Kurt VileBottle It In
  24. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  25. YOBOur Raw Heart
  26. SabaCare for Me
  27. Against All Logic2012-2017
  28. SleepThe Sciences
  29. Tim HeckerKonoyo
  30. ThouMagus
  31. The InternetHive Mind
  32. RobynHoney
  33. BambaraShadow on Everything
  34. boygeniusboygenius
  35. Jeane Grae & Quelle ChrisEverything's Fine
  36. ShoppingThe Official Body
  37. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  38. VoivodThe Wake
  39. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  40. Stephen Malkmus & The JicksSparkle Hard
  41. JPEGMAFIAVeteran
  42. U.S. GirlsIn a Poem Unlimited
  43. FlasherConstant Image
  44. John ColtraneBoth Directions at Once: The Lost Album
  45. DaughtersYou Won't Get What You Want
  46. KhruangbinCon Todo El Mundo
  47. Fucked UpDose Your Dreams
  48. Yo La TengoThere’s a Riot Going On
  49. ShameSongs of Praise
  50. Adrianne Lenkerabysskiss

American Songwriter: Top 25 Albums Of 2018

07 December 2018

American Songwriter: Top 25 Albums Of 2018

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

  1. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  2. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  3. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  4. Amanda ShiresTo the Sunset
  5. John PrineThe Tree of Forgiveness
  6. Jeff TweedyWARM
  7. Eric ChurchDesperate Man
  8. Charles BradleyBlack Velvet
  9. American AquariumThings Change
  10. Joshua HedleyMr. Jukebox
  11. Erin RaePutting on Airs
  12. The War and TreatyHealing Tide
  13. Ruston KellyDying Star
  14. Patrick SweanyAncient Noise
  15. Brothers OsbornePort Saint Joe
  16. LuceroAmong the Ghosts
  17. Aaron Lee TasjanKarma for Cheap
  18. Caroline RoseLONER
  19. Brandi CarlileBy The Way, I Forgive You
  20. Mary GauthierRifles and Rosary Beads
  21. Colter WallSongs of the Plains
  22. John HiattThe Eclipse Sessions
  23. Ben Harper & Charlie MusselwhiteNo Mercy In This Land
  24. Natalie PrassThe Future and the Past
  25. Mac MillerSwimming

Jon Pareles: 10 Best Albums of 2018

06 December 2018

Jon Pareles: 10 Best Albums of 2018, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2019, 2017, 2011]

  1. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  2. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  3. serpentwithfeetsoil
  4. Esperanza Spalding12 Little Spells
  5. Neneh CherryBroken Politics
  6. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  7. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  8. Soccer MommyClean
  9. Jupiter & OkwessKin Sonic
  10. AutechreNTS Sessions 1-4

Jon Caramanica: 18 Best Albums of 2018

06 December 2018

Jon Caramanica: 18 Best Albums of 2018, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2019, 2017, 2011]

  1. Soccer MommyClean
  2. Charlie PuthVoicenotes
  3. Juice WRLDGoodbye & Good Riddance
  4. DrakeScorpion
  5. GunnaDrip Season 3
  6. Lil BabyHarder Than Ever
  7. Lil Baby & GunnaDrip Harder
  8. Ashley McBrydeGirl Going Nowhere
  9. Kanye Westye
  10. Kids See GhostsKids See Ghosts
  11. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  12. The WeekndMy Dear Melancholy
  13. Kane BrownExperiment
  14. Pusha TDaytona
  15. The BlazeDancehall
  16. TurnstileTime & Space
  17. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  18. Lil PeepCome Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2

NPR Music: 50 Best Albums of 2018

06 December 2018

NPR Music: 50 Best Albums of 2018

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

  1. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  2. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  3. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  4. Lucy DacusHistorian
  5. NonameRoom 25
  6. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  7. RobynHoney
  8. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  9. Kali UchisIsolation
  10. Tierra WhackWhack World
  11. Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
  12. boygeniusboygenius
  13. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  14. SuperorganismSuperorganism
  15. Magos Herrera & Brooklyn RiderDreamers
  16. Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
  17. LowDouble Negative
  18. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  19. Brandi CarlileBy The Way, I Forgive You
  20. Jeremy DutcherWolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
  21. Christine and the QueensChris
  22. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  23. Mary GauthierRifles and Rosary Beads
  24. serpentwithfeetsoil
  25. KhruangbinCon Todo El Mundo
  26. SabaCare for Me
  27. Christian Tetzlaff, The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Hannu LintuBartók: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
  28. John PrineThe Tree of Forgiveness
  29. Leikeli47Acrylic
  30. Makaya McCravenUniversal Beings
  31. Orquesta AkokánOrquesta Akokán
  32. Ólafur Arnaldsre:member
  33. Colin SelfSiblings
  34. J BalvinVibras
  35. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  36. Vince StaplesFM!
  37. Boston Symphony Orchestra & Andris NelsonsShostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11 "The Year 1905"
  38. Ambrose AkinmusireOrigami Harvest
  39. Ammar 808Maghreb United
  40. The Hirs CollectiveFriends. Lovers. Favorites
  41. The BethsFuture Me Hates Me
  42. Myra Melford's Snowy EgretThe Other Side of Air
  43. ThouMagus
  44. Alice BagBlueprint
  45. Vikingur ÓlafssonJohann Sebastian Bach
  46. BalúnPrisma Tropical
  47. 700 BlissSpa 700
  48. JIDDiCaprio 2
  49. Snail MailLush
  50. The CartersEverything Is Love

Entertainment Weekly: 20 Best Albums of 2018

06 December 2018

Entertainment Weekly: 20 Best Albums of 2018

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

  1. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  2. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  3. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  4. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  5. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  6. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  7. Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SZABlack Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By
  8. Eric ChurchDesperate Man
  9. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  10. Camila CabelloCamila
  11. Brandi CarlileBy The Way, I Forgive You
  12. Neko CaseHell-On
  13. Snail MailLush
  14. Pusha TDaytona
  15. Lori McKennaThe Tree
  16. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  17. Kali UchisIsolation
  18. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  19. Elvis Costello & The ImpostersLook Now
  20. Travis ScottASTROWORLD