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.

2019 Albums

Robert Christgau: Dean's List 2019

27 January 2020

Robert Christgau: Dean's List 2019

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2012]

  1. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  2. Todd SniderCash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3
  3. Chance the RapperThe Big Day
  4. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  5. Carsie BlantonBuck Up
  6. Kim GordonNo Home Record
  7. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  8. Sonic YouthBattery Park, NYC July 4th 2008
  9. Kalie ShorrOpen Book
  10. The Paranoid StyleA Goddamn Impossible Way of Life
  11. Bruce SpringsteenSpringsteen on Broadway
  12. Salif KeitaUn Autre Blanc
  13. Stella DonnellyBeware of the Dogs
  14. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  15. 75 Dollar BillI Was Real
  16. Harriet TubmanThe Terror End of Beauty
  17. black midiSchlagenheim
  18. Tanya TagaqToothsayer
  19. The DelinesThe Imperial
  20. CHAIPunk
  21. Lee "Scratch" PerryRainford
  22. The Ex27 passports
  23. that dogOld LP
  24. Tyler ChildersCountry Squire
  25. Leyla McCallaCapitalist Blues
  26. Sleater-KinneyThe Center Won't Hold
  27. Jeffrey Lewis & The VoltageBad Wiring
  28. Alex ChiltonFrom Memphis to New Orleans
  29. Ezra FurmanTwelve Nudes
  30. LizzoCuz I Love You
  31. Diabel CissokhoRhythm of the Griot
  32. Miranda LambertWildcard
  33. Craig FinnI Need a New War
  34. Charly BlissYoung Enough
  35. Little SimzGREY Area
  36. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  37. RapsodyEve
  38. The NationalI Am Easy to Find
  39. Guy ClarkThe Best of Dualtone Years
  40. Youssou N'DourHistory
  41. Rachid TahaJe Suis Africain
  42. Taylor SwiftLover
  43. Hama SankaréBallébé
  44. Pedro the LionPhoenix
  45. Malibu Ken, Aesop Rock & TOBACCOMalibu Ken
  46. The CoathangersThe Devil You Know
  47. Chuck CleaverSend Aid
  48. Oumar KonatéI Love You Inna
  49. Epic Beard MenThis Was Supposed to Be Fun
  50. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  51. Derek SennHow Could a Man
  52. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni BaMiri
  53. Amber MarkConexão
  54. Nicki MinajQueen
  55. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  56. slowthaiNothing Great About Britain
  57. Tyler ChildersLive on Red Barn Radio I & II
  58. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  59. Sudan ArchivesAthena
  60. Thiago NassifTrês
  61. PriestsThe Seduction of Kansas
  62. SabaCare for Me
  63. MadonnaMadame X
  64. The SeedsPushin Too Hard (Original Soundtrack)
  65. Raphael SaadiqJimmy Lee
  66. KhalidFree Spirit
  67. Quelle ChrisGuns
  68. Daniele Luppi & Parquet CourtsMilano
  69. Lewis CapaldiDivinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
  70. Jealous of the BirdsWisdom Teeth
  71. Dua SalehNūr
  72. SneaksHighway Hypnosis
  73. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  74. Alex ChiltonOcean Club '77
  75. SerengetiDennis 6e
  76. Bob MouldSunshine Rock

Vibe: The 30 Best Albums of 2019

05 January 2020

Vibe Magazine: The 30 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Ari LennoxShea Butter Baby
  2. Benny the ButcherThe Plugs I Met
  3. BeyoncéThe Lion King: The Gift
  4. BeyoncéHomecoming: The Live Album
  5. Burna BoyAfrican Giant
  6. DaBabyKIRK
  7. Daniel CaesarCASE STUDY 01
  8. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  9. Doja CatHot Pink
  10. DreamvilleRevenge of the Dreamers III
  11. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  12. GoldLinkDiaspora
  13. GunnaDrip or Drown 2
  14. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  15. Jim JonesEl Capo
  16. KembaGilda
  17. Little BrotherMay the Lord Watch
  18. Lucky DayePainted
  19. Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka
  20. Raphael SaadiqJimmy Lee
  21. RapsodyEve
  22. Rick RossPort of Miami 2
  23. SiRChasing Summer
  24. Snoh Aalegra- Ugh, those feels again
  25. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  26. Summer WalkerOver It
  27. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  28. WaleWow... That's Crazy
  29. Young ThugSo Much Fun
  30. YBN CordaeThe Lost Boy

Robin Hilton: Best Albums of 2019

04 January 2020

Robin Hilton: Best Albums of 2019, as posted by NPR

[see also 2017]

  1. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  2. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  3. Holly HerndonPROTO
  4. MicrowaveDeath is a Warm Blanket
  5. Ada Leawhat we say in private
  6. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  7. Tiny RuinsOlympic Girls
  8. Great GrandpaFour of Arrows
  9. Molly SarléKaraoke Angel
  10. Kate DavisTrophy

Bob Boilen: Best Albums of 2019

04 January 2020

Bob Boilen: Best Albums of 2019, as posted by NPR

[see also 2018, 2017, 2011]

  1. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  2. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  3. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  4. Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center
  5. Aldous HardingDesigner
  6. LankumThe Livelong Day
  7. Mdou MoctarIlana (The Creator)
  8. Kate DavisTrophy
  9. Joan ShelleyLike the River Loves the Sea
  10. The Good OnesRwanda, You Should Be Loved

Ann Powers: Favorite Albums of 2019

04 January 2020

Ann Powers: Favorite Albums of 2019, as posted by NPR

[see also 2017, 2016, 2011]

  1. Angel Bat DawidThe Oracle
  2. Adia VictoriaSilences
  3. MerebaThe Jungle Is the Only Way Out
  4. MekonsDeserted
  5. Philip BaileyLove Will Find a Way
  6. Jazzmeia HornLove and Liberation
  7. Hiss Golden MessengerTerms of Surrender
  8. Matthew HalsallOneness
  9. Erin EnderlinFaulkner County
  10. Joe HenryThe Gospel According to Water

American Songwriter: Top 25 Albums of 2019

01 January 2020

American Songwriter: Top 25 Albums of 2019, listed alphabetically

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011]

Jordan Cronk: Top 30 Albums of 2019

01 January 2020

Jordan Cronk: Top 30 Albums of 2019, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  2. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  3. Holly HerndonPROTO
  4. Oso Osobasking in the glow
  5. (Sandy) Alex GHouse of Sugar
  6. Kim GordonNo Home Record
  7. Default GendersMain Pop Girl 2019
  8. American FootballAmerican Football (LP3)
  9. FenneszAgora
  10. Carl StoneBaroo
  11. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  12. Strange RangerRemembering the Rockets
  13. Fire-ToolzField Whispers (Into the Crystal Palace)
  14. RapExport
  15. Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love
  16. black midiSchlagenheim
  17. FKA twigsMagdalene
  18. Great GrandpaFour of Arrows
  19. ClairoImmunity
  20. Mount Eerie feat. Julie DoironLost Wisdom, Pt. 2
  21. Black Belt Eagle ScoutAt the Party with My Brown Friends
  22. FloristEmily Alone
  23. Bill CallahanShepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
  24. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  25. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  26. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  27. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  28. Sandro PerriSoft Landing
  29. Sunn O)))Life Metal
  30. Sunn O)))Pyroclasts
  31. Floating PointsCrush
  32. LambchopThis (Is What I Wanted to Tell You)

Tyler Andere: Favorite Albums of 2019

31 December 2019

Tyler Andere: Favorite Albums of 2019, as posted to Medium in no particular order

XXL: 50 of the Best Hop-Hop Projects of 2019

31 December 2019

XXL: 50 of the Best Hop-Hop Projects of 2019

Revolt: 9 Top Hip Hop Albums of 2019

31 December 2019

Revolt: 9 Top Hip Hop Albums of 2019

[see also 2018]

  1. RapsodyEve
  2. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  3. GriseldaWWCD
  4. DaBabyBaby on Baby
  5. YBN CordaeThe Lost Boy
  6. EarthGangMirrorland
  7. Little BrotherMay the Lord Watch
  8. Quelle ChrisGuns
  9. Polo GDie a Legend