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.

Amy Taubin: 10 Best Films of 2019

01 December 2019

Amy Taubin: 10 Best Films of 2019, as published by Artforum

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

  1. HoneylandTamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
  2. The Sky Socialist: Environs and Out-TakesKen Jacobs
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. The White AlbumArthur Jafa
  5. Give Me LibertyKirill Mikhanovsky
  6. UsJordan Peele
  7. To the Ends of the EarthKiyoshi Kurosawa
  8. High Flying BirdSteven Soderbergh
  9. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  10. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  11. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  12. The Vast of NightAndrew Patterson

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2019

01 December 2019

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2019, as published by Artforum

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

  1. ClimaxGaspar Noé
  2. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of ArcBruno Dumont
  3. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  4. BorderAli Abbasi
  5. Amazing GraceSydney Pollack
  6. Hail Satan?Penny Lane
  7. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  8. The Golden GloveFatih Akin
  9. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  10. JokerTodd Phillips

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

Matt Goldberg: Top 25 Films of the 2010s

30 November 2019

Matt Goldberg: Top 25 Films of the 2010s, as published by Collider

  1. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  2. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  3. 21 Jump StreetPhil Lord and Chris Miller
  4. Exit Through the Gift ShopBanksy
  5. HerSpike Jonze
  6. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  7. Get OutJordan Peele
  8. Mission: Impossible - Ghost ProtocolBrad Bird
  9. Mission: Impossible – Rogue NationChristopher McQuarrie
  10. Mission: Impossible – FalloutChristopher McQuarrie
  11. 13thAva DuVernay
  12. The Lego MoviePhil Lord, Christopher Miller
  13. Short Term 12Destin Cretton
  14. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  15. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  16. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  17. Paddington 2Paul King
  18. MacGruberJorma Taccone
  19. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  20. Rise of the Planet of the ApesRupert Wyatt
  21. Dawn of the Planet of the ApesMatt Reeves
  22. War for the Planet of the ApesMatt Reeves
  23. Star Wars: The Last JediRian Johnson
  24. The World’s EndEdgar Wright
  25. Popstar: Never Stop Never StoppingAkiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone
  26. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  27. DriveNicolas Winding Refn
  28. Marvel Cinematic Universe
  29. InceptionChristopher Nolan

NME: Greatest Albums of the Decade

29 November 2019

NME: Greatest Albums of the Decade

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

  1. Arctic MonkeysAM
  2. LordeMelodrama
  3. Kanye WestYeezus
  4. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  5. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  6. The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  7. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  8. GrimesVisions
  9. Arcade FireThe Suburbs
  10. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  11. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  12. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  13. David BowieBlackstar
  14. The NationalHigh Violet
  15. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  16. The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  17. BeyoncéLemonade
  18. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  19. FoalsTotal Life Forever
  20. Bon IverBon Iver
  21. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  22. Wolf AliceVisions of a Life
  23. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
  24. MetronomyThe English Riviera
  25. Mac DeMarco2
  26. DrakeTake Care
  27. Jamie xxIn Colour
  28. RobynBody Talk
  29. FoalsHoly Fire
  30. SkeptaKonnichiwa
  31. Taylor Swift1989
  32. GrimesArt Angels
  33. Arctic MonkeysSuck It and See
  34. LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening
  35. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  36. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  37. DisclosureSettle
  38. KanoMade in the Manor
  39. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  40. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
  41. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  42. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  43. HaimDays Are Gone
  44. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  45. LordePure Heroine
  46. Anderson .PaakMalibu
  47. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  48. Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
  49. SlipknotWe Are Not Your Kind
  50. Sunflower BeanTwentytwo in Blue
  51. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  52. ParamoreAfter Laughter
  53. Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  54. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  55. BeyoncéBeyoncé
  56. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  57. GiggsLandlord
  58. SlavesAre You Satisfied?
  59. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  60. Kasabian48:13
  61. Royal BloodRoyal Blood
  62. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  63. The xxI See You
  64. Travis ScottASTROWORLD
  65. Wolf AliceMy Love Is Cool
  66. KAYTRANADA99.9%
  67. StormzyGang Signs & Prayer
  68. Tierra WhackWhack World
  69. slowthaiNothing Great About Britain
  70. Lana Del ReyUltraviolence
  71. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  72. Chance The RapperAcid Rap
  73. Queens of the Stone Age…Like Clockwork
  74. Lil PeepCome Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1
  75. The Black KeysBrothers
  76. The Big MoonLove In the 4th Dimension
  77. GorillazPlastic Beach
  78. Lady GagaBorn This Way
  79. Unknown Mortal OrchestraUnknown Mortal Orchestra
  80. A$AP RockyLong.Live.A$AP
  81. Christine and the QueensChaleur Humaine
  82. Pusha TDaytona
  83. RihannaAnti
  84. James BlakeJames Blake
  85. DIIVIs the Is Are
  86. Childish GambinoAwaken, My Love!
  87. alt-JAn Awesome Wave
  88. WU LYFGo Tell Fire to the Mountain
  89. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  90. J HusCommon Sense
  91. Florence + The MachineCeremonials
  92. M.I.A.Matangi
  93. The VaccinesWhat Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
  94. The HorrorsSkying
  95. BlurThe Magic Whip
  96. MuseDrones
  97. SZACtrl
  98. The StrokesAngles
  99. Bring Me the Horizonamo
  100. Biffy ClyroOpposites

For Reading Addicts: The 20 Best Books of the Decade 2010-2019

29 November 2019

For Reading Addicts: The 20 Best Books of the Decade 2010-2019

Sonia Saraiya: 10 Best TV Shows of the 2010s

29 November 2019

Sonia Saraiya: 10 Best TV Shows of the 2010s, as published by Vanity Fair along with a list of 15 standout episodes from none of the shows listed in the other categories

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. BoJack Horseman
  2. Twin Peaks: The Return
  3. Enlightened
  4. Steven Universe
  5. Better Call Saul
  6. Atlanta
  7. Rectify
  8. Fleabag
  9. Broad City
  10. The Great British Bake Off

    Honorable Mention — Drama

  1. Halt and Catch Fire
  2. The Leftovers
  3. Game of Thrones

    Honorable Mention — Comedy

  1. Girls
  2. Kroll Show
  3. High Maintenance
  4. Veep
  5. Better Things
  6. Schitt's Creek
  7. Rick and Morty
  8. The Good Place

    Honorable Mention — Limited Series

  1. When They See Us
  2. Alias Grace
  3. American Crime Story
  4. Sharp Objects
  5. Top of the Lake

The Skinny: Top 10 TV Series of 2019

29 November 2019

The Skinny: Top 10 TV Series of 2019

  1. Chernobyl
  2. BoJack Horseman
  3. Russian Doll
  4. Fleabag
  5. Derry Girls
  6. This Time with Alan Partridge
  7. Succession
  8. The End of the F***ing World
  9. Tuca & Bertie
  10. Unbelievable

Time: The 10 Best Albums of 2019

29 November 2019

Time Magazine: The 10 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2015, 2010s]

  1. FKA twigsMagdalene
  2. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  3. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  4. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  5. Billy Woods & Kenny SegalHiding Places
  6. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  7. Bon Iveri,i
  8. King PrincessCheap Queen
  9. Joe Armon-JonesTurn to Clear View
  10. James BlakeAssume Form

Sight & Sound Poll: The 50 Best Films of 2019

29 November 2019

Sight & Sound Poll: The 50 Best Films of 2019 (a poll of 100 contributors published by Sight & Sound Magazine)

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

  1. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  2. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  3. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  4. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  5. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  6. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  7. AtlanticsMati Diop
  8. BaitMark Jenkin
  9. UsJordan Peele
  10. Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa
  11. High LifeClaire Denis
  12. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  13. MonosAlejandro Landes
  14. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  15. For SamaWaad Al-Khateab and Edward Watts
  16. MidsommarAri Aster
  17. The LighthouseRobert Eggers
  18. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  19. HustlersLorene Scafaria
  20. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  21. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  22. BorderAli Abbasi
  23. TransitChristian Petzold
  24. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  25. The FarewellLulu Wang
  26. The Hottest AugustBrett Story
  27. Ad AstraJames Gray
  28. Varda by AgnèsAgnès Varda
  29. I Was at Home, ButAngela Schanelec
  30. In FabricPeter Strickland
  31. Knives OutRian Johnson
  32. BooksmartOlivia Wilde
  33. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  34. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  35. Zombi ChildBertrand Bonello
  36. AmericaGarrett Bradley
  37. No Data PlanMiko Revereza
  38. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  39. JokerTodd Phillips
  40. Ray & LizRichard Billingham
  41. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  42. I Lost My BodyJérémy Clapin
  43. HolidayIsabella Eklöf
  44. HoneylandTamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
  45. RocksSarah Gavron
  46. Rose Plays JulieChristine Molloy and Joe Lawlor
  47. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  48. Just Don't Think I'll ScreamFrank Beauvais
  49. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  50. The MuleClint Eastwood