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 Podcasts

Esquire: The 21 Best Podcasts of 2018

28 December 2018

Esquire: The 21 Best Podcasts of 2018

Atlantic: The 50 Best Podcasts of 2018

24 December 2018

The Atlantic: The 50 Best Podcasts of 2018

  1. Caliphate
  2. Headlong: Surviving Y2K
  3. No Feeling Is Final
  4. The Shadows
  5. Slow Burn
  6. The Dream
  7. The Daily
  8. The Horror of Dolores Roach
  9. Serial
  10. Uncover
  11. Heavyweight
  12. This American Life
  13. StartUp
  14. Making Obama
  15. Dr. Death
  16. Still Processing
  17. Sold in America
  18. Death in Ice Valley
  19. Empire on Blood
  20. The Realness
  21. Ear Hustle
  22. Terrible, Thanks For Asking
  23. Longform Podcast
  24. Song Exploder
  25. In the Dark
  26. The Teacher's Pet
  27. UnErased: The History of Conversion Therapy in America
  28. The United States of Anxiety
  29. Bag Man
  30. Slow Radio
  31. Thunder Bay
  32. Bikram
  33. Rough Translation
  34. Embedded
  35. Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel
  36. Radiolab
  37. We Came to Win
  38. Bundyville
  39. Wild Thing
  40. Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything
  41. Happy Face
  42. Last Seen
  43. Edge of Fame
  44. Bubble
  45. Errthang Show!
  46. Bodies
  47. What's Good with Stretch & Bobbito
  48. This is Love
  49. Death, Sex & Money
  50. The Truth: The Off Season

Sarah Larson: Best Podcasts of 2018

19 December 2018

Sarah Larson: Best Podcasts of 2018, as published by The New Yorker

  1. In the Dark
  2. Slow Burn
  3. Cocaine & Rhinestones
  4. Articles of Interest
  5. Trump, Inc.
  6. Serial
  7. Caliphate
  8. The Promise
  9. Caught
  10. Bear Brook

Peter Larsen: 15 Best Podcasts of 2018

13 December 2018

Peter Larsen: 15 Best Podcasts of 2018, as published by San Jose Mercury News

  1. In the Dark
  2. Gladiator
  3. Bear Brook
  4. Cocaine & Rhinestones
  5. R U Talkin' R.E.M. RE: ME?
  6. My Dad Wrote A Porno
  7. Serial
  8. Caliphate
  9. Headlong: Surviving Y2K
  10. Obscure with Michael Ian Black
  11. Someone Knows Something
  12. Slow Burn
  13. The Teacher's Pet
  14. Death in Ice Valley
  15. Dr. Death

Entertainment Weekly: The Best Podcasts of 2018

07 December 2018

Entertainment Weekly: The Best Podcasts of 2018

  1. You Must Remember This
  2. Radiolab
  3. Walking The Floor with Chris Shiflett
  4. Thirst Aid Kit
  5. Hell and Gone
  6. Bitch Sesh
  7. FiveThirtyEight Politics
  8. The Good Place: The Podcast
  9. My Favorite Murder
  10. Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

Nicholas Quah: The 10 Best Podcasts of 2018

06 December 2018

Nicholas Quah: The 10 Best Podcasts of 2018, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

[see also 2019]

  1. Slow Burn
  2. Serial
  3. Caliphate
  4. In the Dark
  5. Personal Best
  6. 30 for 30
  7. Headlong: Surviving Y2K
  8. Alice Isn't Dead
  9. It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders
  10. Wooden Overcoats

Time: The Top 10 Podcasts of 2018

21 November 2018

Time Magazine: The Top 10 Podcasts of 2018

[see also 2019]

  1. Serial
  2. Slow Burn
  3. In the Dark
  4. Binge Mode: Harry Potter
  5. The Habitat
  6. The Dream
  7. The Wilderness
  8. Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness
  9. Everything is Alive
  10. Bikram