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

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

The Wild Honey Pie: Top 30 Albums of 2019

30 December 2019

The Wild Honey Pie: Top 30 Albums of 2019

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Brittany HowardJaime
  2. Julia JacklinCrushing
  3. Charli XCXCharli
  4. LizzoCuz I Love You
  5. DrugdealerRaw Honey
  6. Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center
  7. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  8. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  9. Kishi BashiOmoiyari
  10. Faye WebsterAtlanta Millionaires Club
  11. King PrincessCheap Queen
  12. Kevin MorbyOh My God
  13. FKA twigsMagdalene
  14. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  15. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  16. Hand Habitsplaceholder
  17. Fruit BatsGold Past Life
  18. Anderson .PaakVentura
  19. BedouineBird Songs of a Killjoy
  20. Andrew BirdMy Finest Work Yet
  21. Karen O & Danger MouseLux Prima
  22. Carly Rae JepsenDedicated
  23. Mark RonsonLate Night Feelings
  24. Maggie RogersHeard It In A Past Life
  25. James BlakeAssume Form
  26. Angelo De AugustineTomb
  27. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  28. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  29. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  30. SASAMISASAMI