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

Greg Kot: The Best Albums of 2019

05 December 2019

Greg Kot: The Best Albums of 2019, as published by The Chicago Tribune and aired on Sound Opinions

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

  1. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  2. Raphael SaadiqJimmy Lee
  3. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  4. Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka
  5. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  6. Billy Woods & Kenny SegalHiding Places
  7. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  8. Kills BirdsKills Birds
  9. Yugen BlakrokAnima Mysterium
  10. Shana ClevelandNight of the Worm Moon

Chris Willman: The Best Albums of 2019

05 December 2019

Chris Willman: The Best Albums of 2019, as published by Variety

[see also 2020]

  1. Taylor SwiftLover
  2. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. The HighwomenThe Highwomen
  4. The RaconteursHelp Us Stranger
  5. The New PornographersIn the Morse Code of Brake Lights
  6. Leonard CohenThanks for the Dance
  7. Maren MorrisGIRL
  8. YolaWalk Through Fire
  9. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  10. Sara BareillesAmidst the Chaos

Andrew Barker: The Best Albums of 2019

05 December 2019

Andrew Barker: The Best Albums of 2019, as published by Variety

[see also 2020]

  1. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  2. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  3. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  4. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  5. Jamael DeanBlack Space Tapes
  6. Miranda LambertWildcard
  7. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  8. Creedence Clearwater RevivalLive at Woodstock
  9. Lightning BoltSonic Citadel
  10. Carly Rae JepsenDedicated

Jem Aswad: The Best Albums of 2019

05 December 2019

Jem Aswad: The Best Albums of 2019, as published by Variety

[see also 2020]

  1. Charli XCXCharli
  2. Bad BunnyX 100PRE
  3. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  4. Mark RonsonLate Night Feelings
  5. Sabrina ClaudioTruth Is
  6. VagabonVagabon
  7. Karen O & Danger MouseLux Prima
  8. Summer WalkerOver It
  9. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  10. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  11. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!

Rolling Stone: The 50 Best Albums of 2019

05 December 2019

Rolling Stone: The 50 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2020, 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  2. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  4. Taylor SwiftLover
  5. Bad BunnyX 100PRE
  6. LizzoCuz I Love You
  7. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  8. Miranda LambertWildcard
  9. DaBabyBaby on Baby
  10. The HighwomenThe Highwomen
  11. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  12. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  13. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  14. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  15. Brittany HowardJaime
  16. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  17. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  18. Young ThugSo Much Fun
  19. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  20. Polo GDie a Legend
  21. Bon Iveri,i
  22. Bruce SpringsteenWestern Stars
  23. Harry StylesFine Line
  24. Tanya TuckerWhile I'm Livin'
  25. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  26. WilcoOde to Joy
  27. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  28. ColdplayEveryday Life
  29. Sleater-KinneyThe Center Won't Hold
  30. The NationalI Am Easy to Find
  31. Megan Thee StallionFever
  32. Sheer MagA Distant Call
  33. J Balvin & Bad BunnyOasis
  34. Karen O & Danger MouseLux Prima
  35. BROCKHAMPTONGINGER
  36. FKA twigsMagdalene
  37. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  38. Summer WalkerOver It
  39. BeckHyperspace
  40. Juice WRLDDeath Race for Love
  41. Maggie RogersHeard It In A Past Life
  42. RapsodyEve
  43. Todd SniderCash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3
  44. The Black KeysLet's Rock
  45. Rico Nasty & Kenny BeatsAnger Management
  46. Burna BoyAfrican Giant
  47. Post MaloneHollywood's Bleeding
  48. YolaWalk Through Fire
  49. PriestsThe Seduction of Kansas
  50. Moon ToothCrux

Jon Caramanica: Best Albums of 2019

05 December 2019

Jon Caramanica: Best Albums of 2019, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2020, 2018, 2017, 2011]

  1. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  2. Bad BunnyX 100PRE
  3. Polo GDie a Legend
  4. YoungBoy Never Broke AgainAI YoungBoy 2
  5. Kim PetrasClarity
  6. Romeo SantosUtopía
  7. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  8. Kalie ShorrOpen Book
  9. Baby KeemDie For My Bitch
  10. Guapdad 4000Dior Deposits
  11. Kanye WestJesus Is King
  12. 10k.CaashThe Creator
  13. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  14. Summer WalkerOver It
  15. Benny the ButcherThe Plugs I Met
  16. Taylor SwiftLover

Jon Pareles: Best Albums of 2019

05 December 2019

Jon Pareles: Best Albums of 2019, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2020, 2018, 2017, 2011]

  1. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  2. Brittany HowardJaime
  3. SantanaAfrica Speaks
  4. Sudan ArchivesAthena
  5. iLeAlmadura
  6. Bon Iveri,i
  7. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  8. Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka
  9. black midiSchlagenheim
  10. 100 gecs1000 gecs

Stereogum: The 50 Best Albums Of 2019

04 December 2019

Stereogum: The 50 Best Albums Of 2019

[see also 2020, 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  2. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  3. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  4. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  5. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  6. (Sandy) Alex GHouse of Sugar
  7. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  8. Great GrandpaFour of Arrows
  9. Billy Woods & Kenny SegalHiding Places
  10. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  11. black midiSchlagenheim
  12. Charly BlissYoung Enough
  13. Holly HerndonPROTO
  14. Mannequin PussyPatience
  15. FKA twigsMagdalene
  16. Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love
  17. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  18. Denzel CurryZUU
  19. Jessica PrattQuiet Signs
  20. Polo GDie a Legend
  21. Cate Le BonReward
  22. Charli XCXCharli
  23. Rico Nasty & Kenny BeatsAnger Management
  24. FloristEmily Alone
  25. Young ThugSo Much Fun
  26. EmpathActive Listening: Night on Earth
  27. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  28. girlpoolWhat Chaos Is Imaginary
  29. Control TopCovert Contracts
  30. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  31. PUPMorbid Stuff
  32. Bill CallahanShepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
  33. Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center
  34. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  35. Abuse Of PowerWhat On Earth Can We Do
  36. Hand Habitsplaceholder
  37. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  38. AmygdalaOur Voices Will Soar Forever
  39. Bon Iveri,i
  40. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  41. BrutusNest
  42. Oso Osobasking in the glow
  43. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  44. Blood IncantationHidden History of the Human Race
  45. Brittany HowardJaime
  46. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  47. Nilüfer YanyaMiss Universe
  48. Girl BandThe Talkies
  49. Miranda LambertWildcard
  50. Greet DeathNew Hell

Craig Jenkins: The Best Albums of 2019

04 December 2019

Craig Jenkins: The Best Albums of 2019, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

[see also 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. WilcoOde to Joy
  2. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  3. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  4. FKA twigsMagdalene
  5. Brittany HowardJaime
  6. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  7. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  8. The HighwomenThe Highwomen
  9. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  10. GriseldaWWCD

Complex: Top Music Albums of 2019

04 December 2019

Complex: Top Music Albums of 2019

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

  1. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  2. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  3. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  4. Young ThugSo Much Fun
  5. DaBabyKIRK
  6. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  7. Young Nudy & Pi'erre BourneSli'merre
  8. MustardPerfect Ten
  9. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  10. ScHoolboy QCrasH Talk
  11. DaBabyBaby on Baby
  12. 2 ChainzRap or Go to the League
  13. Burna BoyAfrican Giant
  14. Baby KeemDie For My Bitch
  15. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  16. Benny the ButcherThe Plugs I Met
  17. Toro y MoiOuter Peace
  18. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  19. Denzel CurryZUU
  20. Little SimzGREY Area
  21. DreamvilleRevenge of the Dreamers III
  22. GriseldaWWCD
  23. Rick RossPort of Miami 2
  24. Megan Thee StallionFever
  25. Maggie RogersHeard It In A Past Life
  26. Ari LennoxShea Butter Baby
  27. James BlakeAssume Form
  28. Westside GunnHitler Wears Hermes 7
  29. Jim JonesEl Capo
  30. FutureFuture Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD
  31. 03 Greedo & Kenny BeatsNetflix & Deal
  32. Snoh Aalegra- Ugh, those feels again
  33. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  34. YoungBoy Never Broke AgainAI YoungBoy 2
  35. Rico Nasty & Kenny BeatsAnger Management
  36. Flying LotusFlamagra
  37. Rex Orange CountyPony
  38. J Balvin & Bad BunnyOasis
  39. FKA twigsMagdalene
  40. YBN CordaeThe Lost Boy
  41. YNW MellyWe All Shine
  42. GoldLinkDiaspora
  43. Summer WalkerOver It
  44. RapsodyEve
  45. TinasheSongs for You
  46. Post MaloneHollywood's Bleeding
  47. Anderson .PaakVentura
  48. Maxo KreamBrandon Banks
  49. Doja CatHot Pink
  50. Kanye WestJesus Is King