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.

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Lists

  • NPR Music: 25 Best Albums of 2019
  • Ken Tucker: Top 10 Albums of the Year
  • Maureen Corrigan: Favorite Books of 2019
  • NPR Music: Best Albums of 2019 (So Far)
  • David Bianculli: Best TV Shows of 2018
  • Bob Boilen: Top Ten Albums of 2018
  • Ken Tucker: Favorite Albums of 2018
  • Maureen Corrigan: Best Books of 2018
  • Pop Culture Happy Hour: Best TV Shows of 2018
  • Pop Culture Happy Hour: Favorite Movies Of 2018
  • NPR Music: 50 Best Albums of 2018
  • David Bianculli: Best TV of 2017
  • Pop Culture Happy Hour: Favorite Movies of 2017
  • Ann Powers: Top 10 Underheard Albums of 2017
  • Nate Chinen: Top 21 Albums of 2017
  • Stephen Thompson: Top 10 Albums of 2017
  • Robin Hilton: Top 10 Albums of 2017
  • Bob Boilen: Top 12 Albums of 2017
  • Maureen Corrigan: 10 Best Books of 2017
  • NPR Music: Best 50 Albums of 2017
  • Maureen Corrigan: 10 Best Books of 2016
  • Ann Powers: 10 Favorite Albums of 2016
  • NPR Music: Best 50 Albums of 2016
  • Maureen Corrigan: 11 Best Books of 2015
  • NPR Music: 50 Favorite Albums of 2015
  • NPR Music: 50 Favorite Albums of 2014
  • NPR Music: 50 Favorite Albums of 2012
  • Maureen Corrigan: 10 Best Novels of 2011
  • Bob Boilen: 11 Favorite Albums of 2011
  • Stephen Thompson: 10 Favorite Albums of 2011
  • Ann Powers: 10 Favorite Albums of 2011
  • NPR Music: 50 Favorite Albums of 2011