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.

Spin: The 10 Best Albums of 2019

17 December 2019

Spin: The 10 Best Albums of 2019

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

  1. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  2. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  3. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  4. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  5. FKA twigsMagdalene
  6. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  7. Bill OrcuttOdds Against Tomorrow
  8. Mdou MoctarIlana (The Creator)
  9. black midiSchlagenheim
  10. Ras G & The Afrikan Space ProgramDance of the Cosmos

Michael Phillips: The Best Movies of 2019

17 December 2019

Michael Phillips: The Best Movies of 2019, as published by The Chicago Tribune

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

  1. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  2. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  3. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  4. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  5. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  6. One Child NationNanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang
  7. WavesTrey Edward Shults
  8. Present.Perfect.Shengze Zhu
  9. The Last Black Man in San FranciscoJoe Talbot
  10. Little WomenGreta Gerwig

She Reads: The Best Books of 2019

17 December 2019

She Reads: The Best Books of 2019

Emily VanDerWerff: The 21 TV Shows that Explained the 2010s

17 December 2019

Emily VanDerWerff: The 21 TV Shows that Explained the 2010s, as published by Vox

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

  1. Nathan for You
  2. BoJack Horseman
  3. The Leftovers
  4. The Americans
  5. Halt and Catch Fire
  6. Enlightened
  7. Orange is the New Black
  8. Adventure Time
  9. Atlanta
  10. Bob’s Burgers
  11. Hannibal
  12. Fleabag
  13. Girls
  14. Better Things
  15. Mr. Robot
  16. The Magicians
  17. The Good Place
  18. Superstore
  19. One Day at a Time
  20. Parenthood
  21. American Crime Story
  22. The Handmaid’s Tale
  23. Game of Thrones

NME: The 50 Best Albums of 2019

17 December 2019

NME: The 50 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  2. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  3. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  4. slowthaiNothing Great About Britain
  5. Little SimzGREY Area
  6. FKA twigsMagdalene
  7. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  8. Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka
  9. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  10. ClairoImmunity
  11. Bring Me the Horizonamo
  12. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  13. SlipknotWe Are Not Your Kind
  14. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  15. FoalsPart 1 Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost
  16. LizzoCuz I Love You
  17. DavePsychodrama
  18. The Chemical BrothersNo Geography
  19. Amyl and The SniffersAmyl and The Sniffers
  20. Post MaloneHollywood's Bleeding
  21. Kanye WestJesus Is King
  22. James BlakeAssume Form
  23. AJ TraceyAJ Tracey
  24. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  25. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  26. PUPMorbid Stuff
  27. KanoHoodies All Summer
  28. JPEGMAFIAAll My Heroes Are Cornballs
  29. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  30. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  31. Octo OctaResonant Body
  32. Dessert SessionsVols. 11 & 12
  33. Bon Iveri,i
  34. DIIVDeceiver
  35. Denzel CurryZUU
  36. BTSMap of the Soul: Persona
  37. StormzyHeavy Is The Head
  38. Sam FenderHypersonic Missiles
  39. Orville PeckPony
  40. Doja CatHot Pink
  41. Taylor SwiftLover
  42. Anderson .PaakVentura
  43. ColdplayEveryday Life
  44. Maggie RogersHeard It In A Past Life
  45. MadonnaMadame X
  46. SneaksHighway Hypnosis
  47. Charli XCXCharli
  48. Rex Orange CountyPony
  49. Juice WRLDDeath Race for Love
  50. The Japanese HouseGood at Falling

Kristen Yoonsoo Kim: Favorite Films of 2019

17 December 2019

Kristen Yoonsoo Kim: Favorite Films of 2019, as posted to Twitter, limited to films with U.S. distribution

  1. Asako I & IIRyûsuke Hamaguchi
  2. Hotel by the RiverHong Sang-soo
  3. DiamantinoGabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt
  4. Our TimeCarlos Reygadas
  5. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  6. La FlorMariano Llinás
  7. Richard JewellClint Eastwood
  8. GrassHong Sang-soo
  9. High LifeClaire Denis
  10. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: The Best Films of 2019

17 December 2019

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: The Best Films of 2019, as published by The A.V. Club

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

  1. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  2. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  3. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  4. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  5. TransitChristian Petzold
  6. Ad AstraJames Gray
  7. Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell
  8. High LifeClaire Denis
  9. UsJordan Peele
  10. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  11. Knives OutRian Johnson
  12. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  13. RelaxerJoel Potrykus
  14. WavesTrey Edward Shults
  15. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan

Vikram Murthi: The Best Films of 2019

17 December 2019

Vikram Murthi: The Best Films of 2019, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2018]

  1. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  2. TransitChristian Petzold
  3. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  4. Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell
  5. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  6. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  7. Give Me LibertyKirill Mikhanovsky
  8. In My RoomUlrich Köhler
  9. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  10. Asako I & IIRyûsuke Hamaguchi
  11. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  12. High Flying BirdSteven Soderbergh
  13. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  14. Knives OutRian Johnson
  15. The Day Shall ComeChristopher Morris

Via Negativa: Best Poetry Books of 2019

17 December 2019

Via Negativa: Best Poetry Books of 2019, compiled from the responses of poets and bloggers who were asked for their favorite collections of the year

Jesse Hassenger: The Best Films of 2019

17 December 2019

Jesse Hassenger: The Best Films of 2019, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  2. Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell
  3. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  4. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  5. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  6. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  7. The Last Black Man in San FranciscoJoe Talbot
  8. Knives OutRian Johnson
  9. Slut in a Good WaySophie Lorain
  10. UsJordan Peele
  11. LuceJulius Onah
  12. Toy Story 4Josh Cooley
  13. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  14. Gloria BellSebastián Lelio
  15. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma