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.

Albums

Mojo: 75 Best Albums of 2019

17 November 2019

Mojo Magazine: 75 Best Albums of 2019

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

  1. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  2. Bill CallahanShepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
  3. Bruce SpringsteenWestern Stars
  4. The Comet Is ComingTrust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery
  5. Aldous HardingDesigner
  6. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  7. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  8. black midiSchlagenheim
  9. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  10. Lee "Scratch" PerryRainford
  11. Brittany HowardJaime
  12. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  13. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  14. The Fat White FamilySerfs Up!
  15. TinariwenAmadjar
  16. Amyl and The SniffersAmyl and The Sniffers
  17. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  18. P.P. ArnoldThe New Adventures of... P.P. Arnold
  19. Cate Le BonReward
  20. 75 Dollar BillI Was Real
  21. Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka
  22. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  23. DavePsychodrama
  24. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  25. Thom YorkeAnima
  26. The RaconteursHelp Us Stranger
  27. LizzoCuz I Love You
  28. UnderworldDRIFT Series 1 Sampler Edition
  29. Edwyn CollinsBadbea
  30. Esperanza Spalding12 Little Spells
  31. Hot ChipA Bath Full of Ecstasy
  32. Robert ForsterInferno
  33. Jake Xerxes FussellOut of Sight
  34. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  35. King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardInfest The Rats' Nest
  36. Sleater-KinneyThe Center Won't Hold
  37. Leonard CohenThanks for the Dance
  38. Flying LotusFlamagra
  39. Mavis StaplesWe Get By
  40. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  41. slowthaiNothing Great About Britain
  42. Durand Jones & The IndicationsAmerican Love Call
  43. Modern NatureHow to Live
  44. Chris ForsythAll Time Present
  45. Royal TruxWhite Stuff
  46. DeerhunterWhy Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?
  47. Bon Iveri,i
  48. Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love
  49. Rustin ManDrift Code
  50. LambchopThis (Is What I Wanted to Tell You)
  51. Richard Dawson2020
  52. WilcoOde to Joy
  53. Sunn O)))Life Metal
  54. Steve GunnThe Unseen In Between
  55. Cass McCombsTip of the Sphere
  56. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  57. SantanaAfrica Speaks
  58. LankumThe Livelong Day
  59. The WhoWHO
  60. ToolFear Inoculum
  61. Neil YoungColorado
  62. Oh SeesFace Stabber
  63. Mega BogDolphine
  64. Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisithere is no Other
  65. Sleaford ModsEton Alive
  66. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  67. MadonnaMadame X
  68. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  69. SEED EnsembleDriftglass
  70. Sarathy KorwarMore Arriving
  71. Hiss Golden MessengerTerms of Surrender
  72. Gruff RhysPang!
  73. The SpecialsEncore
  74. Will BurnsChalk Hill Blue
  75. Jessica PrattQuiet Signs

Uncut: 75 Best Albums of 2019

14 November 2019

Uncut Magazine: 75 Best Albums of 2019

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

  1. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  2. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  3. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  4. The Comet Is ComingTrust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery
  5. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  6. Joan ShelleyLike the River Loves the Sea
  7. Bruce SpringsteenWestern Stars
  8. Bill CallahanShepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
  9. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  10. WilcoOde to Joy
  11. Cate Le BonReward
  12. Julia JacklinCrushing
  13. Oh SeesFace Stabber
  14. Richard Dawson2020
  15. Bon Iveri,i
  16. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  17. Modern NatureHow to Live
  18. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  19. Peter PerrettHumanworld
  20. Brittany HowardJaime
  21. Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisithere is no Other
  22. Leonard CohenThanks for the Dance
  23. Aldous HardingDesigner
  24. The SpecialsEncore
  25. Neil YoungColorado
  26. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  27. The NationalI Am Easy to Find
  28. Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love
  29. Trash KitHorizon
  30. Jessica PrattQuiet Signs
  31. Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka
  32. Kim GordonNo Home Record
  33. The RaconteursHelp Us Stranger
  34. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  35. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  36. DavePsychodrama
  37. The Murder CapitalWhen I Have Fears
  38. 75 Dollar BillI Was Real
  39. Bonnie “Prince” BillyI Made a Place
  40. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  41. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  42. The Fat White FamilySerfs Up!
  43. W.H. LungIncidental Music
  44. Robert ForsterInferno
  45. Sleaford ModsEton Alive
  46. LambchopThis (Is What I Wanted to Tell You)
  47. NérijaBlume
  48. LizzoCuz I Love You
  49. Stephen Malkmus & The JicksGroove Denied
  50. Shana ClevelandNight of the Worm Moon
  51. Steve GunnThe Unseen In Between
  52. DrugdealerRaw Honey
  53. Black PeachesFire in the Hole
  54. Little SimzGREY Area
  55. The WaterboysWhere The Action Is
  56. SACRED PAWSRun Around the Sun
  57. Jake Xerxes FussellOut of Sight
  58. Ezra FurmanTwelve Nudes
  59. Sunn O)))Life Metal
  60. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  61. The Black KeysLet's Rock
  62. Gruff RhysPang!
  63. Altın GünGece
  64. Pye Corner AudioHollow Earth
  65. The DelinesThe Imperial
  66. Snapped AnklesStunning Luxury
  67. DeerhunterWhy Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?
  68. Rustin ManDrift Code
  69. Sampa the GreatThe Return
  70. Van MorrisonThree Chords and the Truth
  71. The WhoWHO
  72. Sandro PerriSoft Landing
  73. Ex HexIt's Real
  74. Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center
  75. SessaGrandeza

Rough Trade: Albums of the Year 2019

13 November 2019

Rough Trade: Albums of the Year 2019

  1. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  2. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  3. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  4. Little SimzGREY Area
  5. black midiSchlagenheim
  6. Sleaford ModsEton Alive
  7. Cate Le BonReward
  8. Vanishing TwinThe Age of Immunology
  9. Ex:ReEx:Re
  10. The Comet Is ComingTrust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery
  11. BeckHyperspace
  12. Jay SomAnak Ko
  13. Iggy PopFree
  14. Kit SebastianMantra Moderne
  15. The DelinesThe Imperial
  16. CrumbJinx
  17. Durand Jones & The IndicationsAmerican Love Call
  18. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  19. Swansleaving meaning.
  20. Marika HackmanAny Human Friend
  21. Bat for LashesLost Girls
  22. DIIVDeceiver
  23. NérijaBlume
  24. Orville PeckPony
  25. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  26. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  27. FoalsPart 2 Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost
  28. Amyl and The SniffersAmyl and The Sniffers
  29. Cigarettes After SexCry
  30. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  31. The Murder CapitalWhen I Have Fears
  32. KOKOKO!Fongola
  33. The Fat White FamilySerfs Up!
  34. FKA twigsMagdalene
  35. Karen O & Danger MouseLux Prima
  36. The Twilight SadIt Won/t Be like This All the Time
  37. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  38. Toro y MoiOuter Peace
  39. The RailsCancel the Sun
  40. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  41. Mac DeMarcoHere Comes the Cowboy
  42. PondTasmania
  43. Aldous HardingDesigner
  44. BarrieHappy to Be Here
  45. Kate TempestThe Book of Traps and Lessons
  46. Cross RecordCross Record
  47. Shuraforevher
  48. Joe Armon-JonesTurn to Clear View
  49. TemplesHot Motion
  50. Penguin CafeHandfuls of Night
  51. Pip BlomBoat
  52. Jacques GreeneDawn Chorus
  53. AlcestSpiritual Instinct
  54. TurnoverAltogether
  55. Sault5
  56. slowthaiNothing Great About Britain
  57. Jordan RakeiOrigin
  58. WilcoOde to Joy
  59. OhtisCurve of Earth
  60. Dermot KennedyWithout Fear
  61. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  62. Flying LotusFlamagra
  63. Robert ForsterInferno
  64. Helado NegroThis Is How You Smile
  65. Girl RayGirl
  66. MattielSatis Factory
  67. TalliesTallies
  68. DrahlaUseless Coordinates
  69. The NationalI Am Easy to Find
  70. PatienceDizzy Spells
  71. TOYHappy in the Hollow
  72. TindersticksNo Treasure But Hope
  73. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  74. Sarathy KorwarMore Arriving
  75. Jessica PrattQuiet Signs
  76. Tyler ChildersCountry Squire
  77. RatsoStubborn Heart
  78. Richard Dawson2020
  79. Julia JacklinCrushing
  80. Brittany HowardJaime
  81. Frank Carter & The RattlesnakesEnd of Suffering
  82. LizzoCuz I Love You
  83. Oh SeesFace Stabber
  84. Snapped AnklesStunning Luxury
  85. Rex Orange CountyPony
  86. Drab MajestyModern Mirror
  87. Thom YorkeAnima
  88. Girl BandThe Talkies
  89. Blackwater HolylightVeils of Winter
  90. DehdWater
  91. A.A. BondyEnderness
  92. Jade BirdJade Bird
  93. Liam GallagherWhy Me? Why Not.
  94. ToolFear Inoculum

Vice: The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s

07 November 2019

Vice: The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s

  1. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  2. Rich GangTha Tour Part 1
  3. Frank OceanBlond
  4. Power TripNightmare Logic
  5. BeyoncéLemonade
  6. DJ RashadDouble Cup
  7. RihannaAnti
  8. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  9. FutureDS2
  10. Oneohtrix Point NeverReplica
  11. Beach HouseTeen Dream
  12. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  13. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  14. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  15. SZACtrl
  16. Bad BunnyX 100PRE
  17. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  18. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  19. Young ThugBarter 6
  20. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  21. Tierra WhackWhack World
  22. RobynBody Talk
  23. Chief KeefAlmighty So
  24. BeyoncéBeyoncé
  25. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  26. ArcaArca
  27. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  28. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  29. Titus AndronicusThe Monitor
  30. Chance The RapperAcid Rap
  31. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  32. Angel OlsenBurn Your Fire For No Witness
  33. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  34. ThundercatDrunk
  35. Waka Flocka FlameFlockaveli
  36. DeafheavenSunbather
  37. Charli XCXPop 2
  38. Blood OrangeCupid Deluxe
  39. GrimesVisions
  40. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  41. PrurientFrozen Niagara Falls
  42. DJ Esco & Future56 Nights
  43. DeerhunterHalcyon Digest
  44. PopcaanForever
  45. PARTYNEXTDOORPARTYNEXTDOOR TWO
  46. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  47. Aphex TwinSyro
  48. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  49. ANOHNIHopelessness
  50. OzunaOdisea
  51. Jamie xxIn Colour
  52. CarcassSurgical Steel
  53. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  54. GrouperRuins
  55. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  56. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  57. Sturgill SimpsonMetamodern Sounds In Country Music
  58. Bon IverBon Iver
  59. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPiñata
  60. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  61. The-DreamLove King
  62. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  63. Burna BoyAfrican Giant
  64. Lil PeepCome Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1
  65. LordeMelodrama
  66. J BalvinVibras
  67. John MausWe Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
  68. Dean BluntThe Redeemer
  69. Justin BieberJournals
  70. StormzyGang Signs & Prayer
  71. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  72. YOBAtma
  73. James BlakeJames Blake
  74. 100sIce Cold Perm
  75. LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening
  76. KelelaTake Me Apart
  77. TurnstileNonstop Feeling
  78. Parquet CourtsLight Up Gold
  79. Gucci ManeWorld War 3 (Lean)
  80. Gucci ManeWorld War 3 (Gas)
  81. Gucci ManeWorld War 3 (Molly)
  82. Total ControlHenge Beat
  83. Holly HerndonPlatform
  84. DarksidePsychic
  85. Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
  86. Nicki MinajThe Pinkprint
  87. WileyZip Files
  88. FKA twigsLP1
  89. JeremihLate Nights: The Album
  90. PileDripping
  91. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
  92. Mac MillerSwimming
  93. GojiraMagma
  94. Elysia CramptonAmerican Drift
  95. SkrillexScary Monsters and Nice Sprites
  96. The HotelierHome, Like Noplace Is There
  97. Macintosh PlusFloral Shoppe
  98. NothingGuilty of Everything
  99. (Sandy) Alex GHouse of Sugar
  100. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  101. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  102. SalemKing Night

Stereogum: The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s

05 November 2019

Stereogum: The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Kanye WestYeezus
  3. GrimesArt Angels
  4. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  5. Frank OceanBlond
  6. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  7. BeyoncéBeyoncé
  8. Sky FerreiraNight Time, My Time
  9. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  10. Taylor SwiftRed
  11. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  12. LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening
  13. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  14. Arcade FireThe Suburbs
  15. David BowieBlackstar
  16. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  17. LordeMelodrama
  18. My Bloody Valentinembv
  19. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  20. RobynBody Talk
  21. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  22. Bon IverBon Iver
  23. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  24. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
  25. DeafheavenSunbather
  26. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  27. MitskiPuberty 2
  28. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  29. Angel OlsenBurn Your Fire For No Witness
  30. Danny BrownOld
  31. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  32. Beach HouseTeen Dream
  33. BeyoncéLemonade
  34. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  35. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  36. FKA twigsLP1
  37. Bon Iver22, A Million
  38. DrakeTake Care
  39. Joanna NewsomHave One On Me
  40. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  41. Chance The RapperAcid Rap
  42. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  43. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  44. SlowdiveSlowdive
  45. Pusha TDaytona
  46. RihannaAnti
  47. WaxahatcheeCerulean Salt
  48. Snail MailLush
  49. Panda BearTomboy
  50. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 2
  51. Sharon Van EttenAre We There
  52. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  53. The KnifeShaking the Habitual
  54. Titus AndronicusThe Monitor
  55. RosalíaEl Mal Querer
  56. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  57. Earl SweatshirtDoris
  58. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  59. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  60. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  61. The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  62. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  63. Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life
  64. Blood OrangeCupid Deluxe
  65. James BlakeJames Blake
  66. Jenny HvalApocalypse, Girl
  67. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  68. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  69. Taylor Swift1989
  70. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  71. LowDouble Negative
  72. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  73. BjörkVulnicura
  74. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  75. Charli XCXPop 2
  76. (Sandy) Alex GDSU
  77. SZACtrl
  78. DeerhunterHalcyon Digest
  79. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  80. Parquet CourtsLight Up Gold
  81. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  82. Fuck ButtonsSlow Focus
  83. PriestsNothing Feels Natural
  84. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  85. Sleigh BellsTreats
  86. Eric ChurchThe Outsiders
  87. Oneohtrix Point NeverReplica
  88. CobaltSlow Forever
  89. Rich GangTha Tour Part 1
  90. Charly BlissGuppy
  91. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  92. Jim O’RourkeSimple Songs
  93. Hop AlongPainted Shut
  94. Purity RingShrines
  95. Wye OakCivilian
  96. Colleen GreenI Want to Grow Up
  97. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  98. PUPThe Dream Is Over
  99. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  100. FuturePluto