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

Amanda Petrusich: The Best Music of 2019

11 December 2019

Amanda Petrusich: The Best Music of 2019, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2018, 2017, 2010s]

Billboard: The 50 Best Albums of 2019

11 December 2019

Billboard: The 50 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010s]

  1. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  2. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Taylor SwiftLover
  4. LizzoCuz I Love You
  5. Maggie RogersHeard It In A Past Life
  6. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  7. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  8. The HighwomenThe Highwomen
  9. DaBabyKIRK
  10. J Balvin & Bad BunnyOasis
  11. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  12. BeyoncéHomecoming: The Live Album
  13. Post MaloneHollywood's Bleeding
  14. Burna BoyAfrican Giant
  15. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  16. Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins
  17. Brittany HowardJaime
  18. Mark RonsonLate Night Feelings
  19. FKA twigsMagdalene
  20. Carly Rae JepsenDedicated
  21. Summer WalkerOver It
  22. ClairoImmunity
  23. Megan Thee StallionFever
  24. Karol GOcean
  25. YBN CordaeThe Lost Boy
  26. Maren MorrisGIRL
  27. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  28. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  29. RapsodyEve
  30. Bruce SpringsteenWestern Stars
  31. Bad BunnyX 100PRE
  32. KhalidFree Spirit
  33. Ari LennoxShea Butter Baby
  34. Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center
  35. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  36. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  37. Maluma11:11
  38. Luke CombsWhat You See Is What You Get
  39. Nilüfer YanyaMiss Universe
  40. The RaconteursHelp Us Stranger
  41. MUNASaves the World
  42. Oso Osobasking in the glow
  43. Young ThugSo Much Fun
  44. Miranda LambertWildcard
  45. OzunaNibiru
  46. MadonnaMadame X
  47. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  48. Kim PetrasClarity
  49. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  50. Céline DionCourage

NPR Music: 25 Best Albums of 2019

11 December 2019

NPR Music: 25 Best Albums of 2019. If it seems odd that some of NPR's favorite artists of the year aren't on this list, it's because of this rule: "no lead artist was allowed to appear on both this list and our list of the 25 Best Songs of 2019."

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Brittany HowardJaime
  2. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  3. Raphael SaadiqJimmy Lee
  4. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  5. Aldous HardingDesigner
  6. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  7. Caroline Shaw / Attacca QuartetOrange
  8. LankumThe Livelong Day
  9. Billy Woods & Kenny SegalHiding Places
  10. Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love
  11. VagabonVagabon
  12. Ari LennoxShea Butter Baby
  13. Our Native DaughtersOur Native Daughters
  14. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  15. Christian Scott aTunde AdjuahAncestral Recall
  16. Burna BoyAfrican Giant
  17. Holly HerndonPROTO
  18. iLeAlmadura
  19. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  20. Sault5
  21. Seattle SymphonyJohn Luther Adams: Become Desert
  22. J Balvin & Bad BunnyOasis
  23. Kris DavisDiatom Ribbons
  24. Tanya TuckerWhile I'm Livin'
  25. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR

Chris Richards: Best Music of 2019

10 December 2019

Chris Richards: Best Music of 2019, as published by The Washington Post

[see also 2018, 2017, 2011]

  1. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  2. Angel Bat DawidThe Oracle
  3. Bill CallahanShepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
  4. KelelaAquaphoria
  5. Jessica PrattQuiet Signs
  6. BeyoncéHomecoming: The Live Album
  7. GoonewBack From Hell
  8. Teejayx6The Swipe Lessons
  9. Galcher LustwerkInformation
  10. MizmorCairn

Pitchfork: The 50 Best Albums of 2019

10 December 2019

Pitchfork: The 50 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010s]

  1. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  2. FKA twigsMagdalene
  3. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  4. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  5. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  6. Bad BunnyX 100PRE
  7. Helado NegroThis Is How You Smile
  8. FenneszAgora
  9. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  10. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  11. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  12. Brittany HowardJaime
  13. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  14. BeyoncéHomecoming: The Live Album
  15. Bill CallahanShepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
  16. Bon Iveri,i
  17. (Sandy) Alex GHouse of Sugar
  18. ClairoImmunity
  19. Jessica PrattQuiet Signs
  20. Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love
  21. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  22. Cate Le BonReward
  23. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  24. Kim GordonNo Home Record
  25. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  26. Burna BoyAfrican Giant
  27. FloristEmily Alone
  28. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  29. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  30. Oso Osobasking in the glow
  31. MikeTears of Joy
  32. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  33. Polo GDie a Legend
  34. slowthaiNothing Great About Britain
  35. Mannequin PussyPatience
  36. Denzel CurryZUU
  37. Nilüfer YanyaMiss Universe
  38. RapExport
  39. Aldous HardingDesigner
  40. Thom YorkeAnima
  41. Blood IncantationHidden History of the Human Race
  42. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  43. Rico Nasty & Kenny BeatsAnger Management
  44. Holly HerndonPROTO
  45. DaBabyBaby on Baby
  46. CHAIPunk
  47. BarkerUtility
  48. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  49. Faye WebsterAtlanta Millionaires Club
  50. Floating PointsCrush

Carl Wilson: The Best Albums of 2019

10 December 2019

Carl Wilson: The Best Albums of 2019, as published by Slate, in alphabetical order by artist

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

Atlantic: The 18 Best Albums of 2019

10 December 2019

The Atlantic: The 18 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2018]

Ken Tucker: Top 10 Albums of the Year

10 December 2019

Ken Tucker: Top 10 Albums of the Year, as aired on NPR’s Fresh Air

[see also 2018]

  1. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  2. LizzoCuz I Love You
  3. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  4. Carsie BlantonBuck Up
  5. Megan Thee StallionFever
  6. Carly Rae JepsenDedicated
  7. Maren MorrisGIRL
  8. BeyoncéHomecoming: The Live Album
  9. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  10. Jenny LewisOn the Line

Flood: The Best Albums of 2019

09 December 2019

Flood Magazine: The Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  2. Charly BlissYoung Enough
  3. FKA twigsMagdalene
  4. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  5. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  6. Oso Osobasking in the glow
  7. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  8. Denzel CurryZUU
  9. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  10. (Sandy) Alex GHouse of Sugar
  11. PUPMorbid Stuff
  12. Mannequin PussyPatience
  13. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  14. Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center
  15. Taylor SwiftLover
  16. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  17. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  18. Prince Daddy & the HyenaCosmic Thrill Seekers
  19. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  20. Carly Rae JepsenDedicated
  21. JPEGMAFIAAll My Heroes Are Cornballs
  22. Bruce SpringsteenWestern Stars
  23. Helado NegroThis Is How You Smile
  24. SASAMISASAMI
  25. The Flaming LipsKing's Mouth: Music and Songs

PopMatters: The 70 Best Albums of 2019

09 December 2019

PopMatters: The 70 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. FKA twigsMagdalene
  2. slowthaiNothing Great About Britain
  3. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  4. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  5. DavePsychodrama
  6. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  7. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  8. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  9. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  10. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  11. Little SimzGREY Area
  12. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  13. BaronessGold & Grey
  14. Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love
  15. UnderworldDRIFT Series 1 Sampler Edition
  16. Hot ChipA Bath Full of Ecstasy
  17. Jordan RakeiOrigin
  18. Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka
  19. RapsodyEve
  20. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  21. KanoHoodies All Summer
  22. Gary Clark Jr.This Land
  23. Durand Jones & The IndicationsAmerican Love Call
  24. Lingua IgnotaCaligula
  25. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  26. HælosAny Random Kindness
  27. HatchieKeepsake
  28. The NationalI Am Easy to Find
  29. Holly HerndonPROTO
  30. Ekiti SoundAbeg No Vex
  31. clipping.There Existed an Addiction to Blood
  32. Vanishing TwinThe Age of Immunology
  33. YolaWalk Through Fire
  34. WevalThe Weight
  35. JPEGMAFIAAll My Heroes Are Cornballs
  36. OpethIn Cauda Venenum
  37. Brittany HowardJaime
  38. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  39. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  40. Marika HackmanAny Human Friend
  41. Mark Lanegan BandSomebody's Knocking
  42. Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisithere is no Other
  43. Sampa the GreatThe Return
  44. Sleaford ModsEton Alive
  45. Caroline PolachekPang
  46. Cate Le BonReward
  47. Cherry GlazerrStuffed & Ready
  48. The Twilight SadIt Won/t Be like This All the Time
  49. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  50. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  51. Loraine JamesFor You and I
  52. Devin TownsendEmpath
  53. Blanck MassAnimated Violence Mild
  54. LizzoCuz I Love You
  55. Adia VictoriaSilences
  56. A Winged Victory For The SullenThe Undivided Five
  57. Thom YorkeAnima
  58. Anna MeredithFibs
  59. Boy HarsherCareful
  60. ElbowGiants of All Sizes
  61. SlayyyterSlayyyter
  62. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  63. Jade BirdJade Bird
  64. black midiSchlagenheim
  65. Charly BlissYoung Enough
  66. Raphael SaadiqJimmy Lee
  67. Sleater-KinneyThe Center Won't Hold
  68. The HighwomenThe Highwomen
  69. Orville PeckPony
  70. Angel Bat DawidThe Oracle