Year-End Lists

A browsable archive of notable year-end lists. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its author, at the source.

2019 Albums

Guardian: The 50 Best Albums of 2019

20 December 2019

The Guardian: The 50 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2020, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  2. DavePsychodrama
  3. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  4. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  5. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  6. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  7. FKA twigsMagdalene
  8. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  9. slowthaiNothing Great About Britain
  10. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  11. Caroline PolachekPang
  12. Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka
  13. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  14. Little SimzGREY Area
  15. Richard Dawson2020
  16. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  17. Hot ChipA Bath Full of Ecstasy
  18. Cate Le BonReward
  19. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  20. ClairoImmunity
  21. Charli XCXCharli
  22. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  23. Nilüfer YanyaMiss Universe
  24. Aldous HardingDesigner
  25. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  26. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  27. Taylor SwiftLover
  28. LizzoCuz I Love You
  29. Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love
  30. Kim GordonNo Home Record
  31. James BlakeAssume Form
  32. Brittany HowardJaime
  33. MUNASaves the World
  34. Bill CallahanShepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
  35. The Murder CapitalWhen I Have Fears
  36. Sleater-KinneyThe Center Won't Hold
  37. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  38. black midiSchlagenheim
  39. W.H. LungIncidental Music
  40. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  41. These New PuritansInside the Rose
  42. The Japanese HouseGood at Falling
  43. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  44. (Sandy) Alex GHouse of Sugar
  45. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  46. Durand Jones & The IndicationsAmerican Love Call
  47. Flying LotusFlamagra
  48. King PrincessCheap Queen
  49. The Fat White FamilySerfs Up!
  50. KanoHoodies All Summer

Q: Top 50 Albums of 2019

19 December 2019

Q Magazine: Top 50 Albums of 2019

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

  1. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  2. Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka
  3. Aldous HardingDesigner
  4. Little SimzGREY Area
  5. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  6. The Fat White FamilySerfs Up!
  7. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  8. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  9. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  10. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  11. slowthaiNothing Great About Britain
  12. Jessica PrattQuiet Signs
  13. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  14. DavePsychodrama
  15. Kevin MorbyOh My God
  16. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  17. Lee "Scratch" PerryRainford
  18. Joan ShelleyLike the River Loves the Sea
  19. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  20. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  21. Caroline PolachekPang
  22. Bon Iveri,i
  23. Bruce SpringsteenWestern Stars
  24. Bill CallahanShepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
  25. Thom YorkeAnima
  26. Mac DeMarcoHere Comes the Cowboy
  27. Sleater-KinneyThe Center Won't Hold
  28. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  29. FoalsPart 1 Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost
  30. Edwyn CollinsBadbea
  31. The Murder CapitalWhen I Have Fears
  32. These New PuritansInside the Rose
  33. Hot ChipA Bath Full of Ecstasy
  34. The SpecialsEncore
  35. Taylor SwiftLover
  36. Brittany HowardJaime
  37. Oh SeesFace Stabber
  38. Sleaford ModsEton Alive
  39. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  40. UnderworldDRIFT Series 1 Sampler Edition
  41. Liam GallagherWhy Me? Why Not.
  42. FKA twigsMagdalene
  43. James BlakeAssume Form
  44. ElbowGiants of All Sizes
  45. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  46. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  47. Loyle CarnerNot Waving, But Drowning
  48. King PrincessCheap Queen
  49. THE S.L.P.THE S.L.P.
  50. Self EsteemCompliments Please

A.V. Club: The 20 Best Albums of 2019

19 December 2019

The A.V. Club: The 20 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2020, 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. FKA twigsMagdalene
  2. Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love
  3. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  4. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  5. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  6. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  7. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  8. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  9. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  10. Cate Le BonReward
  11. Brittany HowardJaime
  12. BarkerUtility
  13. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  14. Little SimzGREY Area
  15. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  16. DavePsychodrama
  17. Floating PointsCrush
  18. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  19. Anderson .PaakVentura
  20. The NationalI Am Easy to Find

Spin: The 10 Best Albums of 2019

17 December 2019

Spin: The 10 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  2. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  3. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  4. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  5. FKA twigsMagdalene
  6. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  7. Bill OrcuttOdds Against Tomorrow
  8. Mdou MoctarIlana (The Creator)
  9. black midiSchlagenheim
  10. Ras G & The Afrikan Space ProgramDance of the Cosmos

NME: The 50 Best Albums of 2019

17 December 2019

NME: The 50 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2020, 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  2. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  3. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  4. slowthaiNothing Great About Britain
  5. Little SimzGREY Area
  6. FKA twigsMagdalene
  7. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  8. Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka
  9. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  10. ClairoImmunity
  11. Bring Me the Horizonamo
  12. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  13. SlipknotWe Are Not Your Kind
  14. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  15. FoalsPart 1 Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost
  16. LizzoCuz I Love You
  17. DavePsychodrama
  18. The Chemical BrothersNo Geography
  19. Amyl and The SniffersAmyl and The Sniffers
  20. Post MaloneHollywood's Bleeding
  21. Kanye WestJesus Is King
  22. James BlakeAssume Form
  23. AJ TraceyAJ Tracey
  24. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  25. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  26. PUPMorbid Stuff
  27. KanoHoodies All Summer
  28. JPEGMAFIAAll My Heroes Are Cornballs
  29. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  30. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  31. Octo OctaResonant Body
  32. Dessert SessionsVols. 11 & 12
  33. Bon Iveri,i
  34. DIIVDeceiver
  35. Denzel CurryZUU
  36. BTSMap of the Soul: Persona
  37. StormzyHeavy Is The Head
  38. Sam FenderHypersonic Missiles
  39. Orville PeckPony
  40. Doja CatHot Pink
  41. Taylor SwiftLover
  42. Anderson .PaakVentura
  43. ColdplayEveryday Life
  44. Maggie RogersHeard It In A Past Life
  45. MadonnaMadame X
  46. SneaksHighway Hypnosis
  47. Charli XCXCharli
  48. Rex Orange CountyPony
  49. Juice WRLDDeath Race for Love
  50. The Japanese HouseGood at Falling

Slant: The 25 Best Albums of 2019

16 December 2019

Slant Magazine: The 25 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2020, 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  2. FKA twigsMagdalene
  3. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  4. Thom YorkeAnima
  5. Carly Rae JepsenDedicated
  6. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  7. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  8. ClairoImmunity
  9. Alex CameronMiami Memory
  10. Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love
  11. Hot ChipA Bath Full of Ecstasy
  12. MadonnaMadame X
  13. Bruce SpringsteenWestern Stars
  14. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  15. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  16. Todd SniderCash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3
  17. The RaconteursHelp Us Stranger
  18. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  19. The RegrettesHow Do You Love?
  20. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  21. Holly HerndonPROTO
  22. ChromaticsCloser to Grey
  23. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  24. Brittany HowardJaime
  25. Bonnie “Prince” BillyI Made a Place

Jim DeRogatis: The Best Albums of 2019

15 December 2019

Jim DeRogatis: The Best Albums of 2019, as aired on Sound Opinions

[see also 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. LizzoCuz I Love You
  2. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  3. TacocatThis Mess Is a Place
  4. GRLwoodI Sold My Soul to the Devil When I Was 12
  5. Kills BirdsKills Birds
  6. Ex HexIt's Real
  7. The RegrettesHow Do You Love?
  8. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  9. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  10. Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka

Vice: The 100 Best Albums of 2019

15 December 2019

Vice: The 100 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2010s]

  1. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  2. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  3. (Sandy) Alex GHouse of Sugar
  4. Denzel CurryZUU
  5. Ari LennoxShea Butter Baby
  6. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  7. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  8. Billy Woods & Kenny SegalHiding Places
  9. Boy HarsherCareful
  10. Charli XCXCharli
  11. Jessica PrattQuiet Signs
  12. Burna BoyAfrican Giant
  13. Drab MajestyModern Mirror
  14. Helado NegroThis Is How You Smile
  15. Summer WalkerOver It
  16. Bon Iveri,i
  17. ClairoImmunity
  18. The HecksMy Star
  19. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  20. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  21. Rico Nasty & Kenny BeatsAnger Management
  22. Sunn O)))Life Metal
  23. Maxo KreamBrandon Banks
  24. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  25. Polo GDie a Legend
  26. FKA twigsMagdalene
  27. Floating PointsCrush
  28. Lingua IgnotaCaligula
  29. Steve LacyApollo XXI
  30. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  31. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  32. SiRChasing Summer
  33. Deli GirlsI Don't Know How to Be Happy
  34. Little SimzGREY Area
  35. Holly HerndonPROTO
  36. SechSueños
  37. Kelsey LuBlood
  38. KanoHoodies All Summer
  39. Maren MorrisGIRL
  40. 03 Greedo & Kenny BeatsNetflix & Deal
  41. Orville PeckPony
  42. Caroline PolachekPang
  43. MozzyInternal Affairs
  44. DijonSci Fi 1
  45. Body MeatTruck Music
  46. Julien ChangJules
  47. DaBabyBaby on Baby
  48. BrutusNest
  49. TR/STThe Destroyer, Vol. 1
  50. TR/STThe Destroyer, Vol. 2
  51. Megan Thee StallionFever
  52. Nilüfer YanyaMiss Universe
  53. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  54. Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center
  55. J Balvin & Bad BunnyOasis
  56. Shuraforevher
  57. EarthGangMirrorland
  58. Erika de CasierEssentials
  59. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  60. Cate Le BonReward
  61. Young Nudy & Pi'erre BourneSli'merre
  62. Ana Roxanne~~~
  63. Lucky DayePainted
  64. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  65. Kevin AbstractArizona Baby
  66. Spirit AdriftDivided by Darkness
  67. slowthaiNothing Great About Britain
  68. Tove LoSunshine Kitty
  69. Sada BabyBartier Bounty
  70. Blood OrangeAngel's Pulse
  71. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  72. Dorian ElectraFlamboyant
  73. Young ThugSo Much Fun
  74. Angel Bat DawidThe Oracle
  75. WandLaughing Matter
  76. Inter ArmaSulphur English
  77. CalboyWildboy
  78. Hand Habitsplaceholder
  79. PharmakonDevour
  80. OmniNetworker
  81. Brittany HowardJaime
  82. Sheff GThe Unluccy Luccy Kid
  83. PriestsThe Seduction of Kansas
  84. Chris CrackCrackheads Live Longer Than Vegans
  85. Blanck MassAnimated Violence Mild
  86. Sheer MagA Distant Call
  87. G PericoTen-Eight
  88. ResavoirResavoir
  89. Quando RondoFrom the Neighborhood to the Stage
  90. Maggie RogersHeard It In A Past Life
  91. FutureFuture Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD
  92. Karol GOcean
  93. PUPMorbid Stuff
  94. Snoh Aalegra- Ugh, those feels again
  95. GatecreeperDeserted
  96. MoodymannSinner: KDJ-48
  97. Faye WebsterAtlanta Millionaires Club
  98. Key!So Emotional
  99. CHAIPunk
  100. PissgravePosthumous Humiliation
  101. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  102. Lil KeedLong Live Mexico

Dennis Cooper: Favorite Music of 2019

15 December 2019

Dennis Cooper: Favorite Music of 2019, in no order

[see also 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

Steve Erickson: The Year in Music

12 December 2019

Steve Erickson: The Year in Music, as published by Gay City News

[see also 2020]

  1. FKA twigsMagdalene
  2. Polo GDie a Legend
  3. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  4. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  5. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  6. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  7. Dorian ElectraFlamboyant
  8. various artists — Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack
  9. Orville PeckPony
  10. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  11. PeladaMovimiento Para Cambio