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.

Erika Balsom: Best Films of 2019

23 December 2019

Erika Balsom: Best Films of 2019, as submitted to the Sight & Sound Poll

[see also 2018, 2017]

Courtney E. Smith: The 10 Best Albums Of The Decade

23 December 2019

Courtney E. Smith: The 10 Best Albums Of The Decade, as published by Refinery29

  1. RihannaAnti
  2. BeyoncéLemonade
  3. Adele21
  4. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  5. LordePure Heroine
  6. RobynBody Talk
  7. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  8. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  9. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  10. Taylor Swift1989

Michael Glover Smith: Top 25 Films of 2019

23 December 2019

Michael Glover Smith: Top 25 Films of 2019, posted on his blog White City Cinema

  1. Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa
  2. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  3. Rolling Thunder RevueMartin Scorsese
  4. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  5. Coincoin and the Extra-HumansBruno Dumont
  6. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  7. I Was at Home, ButAngela Schanelec
  8. High LifeClaire Denis
  9. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  10. AtlanticsMati Diop
  11. Black MotherKhalik Allah

    The Runners-Up

  1. PasoliniAbel Ferrara
  2. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  3. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  4. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  5. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  6. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  7. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  8. Richard JewellClint Eastwood
  9. GrassHong Sang-soo
  10. Hotel by the RiverHong Sang-soo
  11. The Wild Pear TreeNuri Bilge Ceylan
  12. Asako I & IIRyûsuke Hamaguchi
  13. Saint FrancesAlex Thompson
  14. Varda by AgnèsAgnès Varda
  15. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  16. Knives and SkinJennifer Reeder

Sean Burns: The 10 Best Films of 2019

23 December 2019

Sean Burns: The 10 Best Films of 2019, as posted by WBUR’s The ARTery

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011]

Thrillist: The Best Albums of 2019

23 December 2019

Thrillist: The Best Albums of 2019

  1. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  2. Jessica PrattQuiet Signs
  3. William TylerGoes West
  4. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  5. 2 ChainzRap or Go to the League
  6. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  7. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  8. DaBabyKIRK
  9. BaronessGold & Grey
  10. Megan Thee StallionFever
  11. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  12. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  13. KehlaniWhile We Wait
  14. Bon Iveri,i
  15. Brittany HowardJaime
  16. GunnaDrip or Drown 2
  17. Bill CallahanShepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
  18. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  19. WilcoOde to Joy
  20. CHAIPunk
  21. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  22. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  23. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  24. Polo GDie a Legend
  25. Charly BlissYoung Enough
  26. Orville PeckPony
  27. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  28. Mannequin PussyPatience
  29. FKA twigsMagdalene
  30. ScHoolboy QCrasH Talk
  31. girlpoolWhat Chaos Is Imaginary
  32. Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center
  33. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  34. Chance the RapperThe Big Day
  35. Ariana Grandethank u, next

Electric Lit: 15 Best Novels of 2019

21 December 2019

Electric Lit: 15 Best Novels of 2019

[see also 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019]

Electric Lit: 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

21 December 2019

Electric Lit: 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

[see also 15 Best Novels of 2019]

Steven Hyden: Favorite Albums of 2019

21 December 2019

Steven Hyden: Favorite Albums of 2019, as published by Uproxx

  1. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  2. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  3. Ryley Walker/Steve Gunn/Ryan JewellFlops In New York
  4. various artists — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  5. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  6. DIIVDeceiver
  7. Garcia PeoplesNatural Facts
  8. Garcia PeoplesOne Step Behind
  9. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  10. pronouni'll show you stronger
  11. Richard Dawson2020
  12. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  13. Cass McCombsTip of the Sphere
  14. Mdou MoctarIlana (The Creator)
  15. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  16. Bon Iveri,i
  17. Sam FenderHypersonic Missiles
  18. Mannequin PussyPatience
  19. Strange RangerRemembering the Rockets
  20. Brittany HowardJaime
  21. Thom YorkeAnima
  22. Jessica PrattQuiet Signs
  23. Young GuvGuv I & II
  24. PUPMorbid Stuff
  25. Dave Harrington GroupPure Imagination, No Country
  26. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow

Town & Country: The 17 Best Books of the 2010s

21 December 2019

Town & Country: The 17 Best Books of the 2010s

Vogue: The 13 Best Movies of 2019

21 December 2019

Vogue: The 13 Best Movies of 2019