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.

Podcasts

AP: Top 10 Podcasts of 2019

11 December 2019

Associated Press: Top 10 Podcasts of 2019

  1. To Live and Die in LA
  2. 22 Hours: An American Nightmare
  3. Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
  4. Confronting: O.J. Simpson with Kim Goldman
  5. Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.
  6. 1619
  7. Believed
  8. The Viall Files
  9. Armchair Expert
  10. Office Ladies

Nicholas Quah: The Best Podcasts of 2019

05 December 2019

Nicholas Quah: The Best Podcasts of 2019, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

[see also 2018]

  1. Lost Notes
  2. 1619
  3. Moonface
  4. The WALKING podcast
  5. Bundyville
  6. Have You Heard George's Podcast?
  7. Headlong: Running from COPS
  8. 10 Things That Scare Me
  9. The Last Days of August
  10. The Hottest Take Sports Podcast

Time: The 10 Best Podcasts of 2019

30 November 2019

Time Magazine: The 10 Best Podcasts of 2019

[see also 2018]

  1. 1619
  2. You're Wrong About...
  3. Blank Check
  4. The Last Days of August
  5. Moonface
  6. Decoder Ring
  7. Scattered
  8. Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
  9. Mobituaries with Mo Rocca
  10. Spectacular Failures

Wired UK: The 33 Best Podcasts of 2019

24 November 2019

Wired UK: The 33 Best Podcasts of 2019, a list that includes their own podcast

Paste: The 30 Best Podcasts of the 2010s

09 November 2019

Paste Magazine: The 30 Best Podcasts of the 2010s

  1. This American Life
  2. WTF with Marc Maron
  3. S-Town
  4. Dirty John
  5. Serial
  6. Planet Money
  7. Limetown
  8. Stuff You Should Know
  9. Homecoming
  10. How Did This Get Made?
  11. Comedy Bang Bang
  12. Doughboys
  13. The Best Show
  14. Chapo Trap House
  15. Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
  16. Ear Hustle
  17. Lore
  18. Buffering the Vampire Slayer
  19. You Made It Weird
  20. Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
  21. Harmontown
  22. Race Chaser
  23. Game Studies Study Buddies
  24. Who? Weekly
  25. Welcome to Night Vale
  26. Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People
  27. Blank Check
  28. Last Podcast On The Left
  29. The Daily
  30. In the Dark

Esquire: The 21 Best Podcasts of 2018

28 December 2018

Esquire: The 21 Best Podcasts of 2018

Atlantic: The 50 Best Podcasts of 2018

24 December 2018

The Atlantic: The 50 Best Podcasts of 2018

  1. Caliphate
  2. Headlong: Surviving Y2K
  3. No Feeling Is Final
  4. The Shadows
  5. Slow Burn
  6. The Dream
  7. The Daily
  8. The Horror of Dolores Roach
  9. Serial
  10. Uncover
  11. Heavyweight
  12. This American Life
  13. StartUp
  14. Making Obama
  15. Dr. Death
  16. Still Processing
  17. Sold in America
  18. Death in Ice Valley
  19. Empire on Blood
  20. The Realness
  21. Ear Hustle
  22. Terrible, Thanks For Asking
  23. Longform Podcast
  24. Song Exploder
  25. In the Dark
  26. The Teacher's Pet
  27. UnErased: The History of Conversion Therapy in America
  28. The United States of Anxiety
  29. Bag Man
  30. Slow Radio
  31. Thunder Bay
  32. Bikram
  33. Rough Translation
  34. Embedded
  35. Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel
  36. Radiolab
  37. We Came to Win
  38. Bundyville
  39. Wild Thing
  40. Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything
  41. Happy Face
  42. Last Seen
  43. Edge of Fame
  44. Bubble
  45. Errthang Show!
  46. Bodies
  47. What's Good with Stretch & Bobbito
  48. This is Love
  49. Death, Sex & Money
  50. The Truth: The Off Season

Sarah Larson: Best Podcasts of 2018

19 December 2018

Sarah Larson: Best Podcasts of 2018, as published by The New Yorker

  1. In the Dark
  2. Slow Burn
  3. Cocaine & Rhinestones
  4. Articles of Interest
  5. Trump, Inc.
  6. Serial
  7. Caliphate
  8. The Promise
  9. Caught
  10. Bear Brook

Peter Larsen: 15 Best Podcasts of 2018

13 December 2018

Peter Larsen: 15 Best Podcasts of 2018, as published by San Jose Mercury News

  1. In the Dark
  2. Gladiator
  3. Bear Brook
  4. Cocaine & Rhinestones
  5. R U Talkin' R.E.M. RE: ME?
  6. My Dad Wrote A Porno
  7. Serial
  8. Caliphate
  9. Headlong: Surviving Y2K
  10. Obscure with Michael Ian Black
  11. Someone Knows Something
  12. Slow Burn
  13. The Teacher's Pet
  14. Death in Ice Valley
  15. Dr. Death

Entertainment Weekly: The Best Podcasts of 2018

07 December 2018

Entertainment Weekly: The Best Podcasts of 2018

  1. You Must Remember This
  2. Radiolab
  3. Walking The Floor with Chris Shiflett
  4. Thirst Aid Kit
  5. Hell and Gone
  6. Bitch Sesh
  7. FiveThirtyEight Politics
  8. The Good Place: The Podcast
  9. My Favorite Murder
  10. Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness