Year-End Lists

A browsable archive of notable year-end lists. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its author, at the source.

Allison Shoemaker: The Best Films of 2020

30 December 2020

Allison Shoemaker: The Best Films of 2020, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

  1. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  2. First CowKelly Reichardt
  3. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  4. TimeGarrett Bradley
  5. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  6. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz
  7. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  8. Black BearLawrence Michael Levine
  9. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  10. The 40-Year-Old VersionRadha Blank
  11. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  12. The AssistantKitty Green
  13. The FatherFlorian Zeller
  14. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  15. Promising Young WomanEmerald Fennell

Jordan Cronk: The Top 30 Albums of 2020

30 December 2020

Jordan Cronk: The Top 30 Albums of 2020 as posted to Patreon

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. WaxahatcheeSaint Cloud
  2. Phoebe BridgersPunisher
  3. The MicrophonesMicrophones in 2020
  4. PinegroveMarigold
  5. Touché AmoréLament
  6. HaimWomen in Music Pt. III
  7. Perfume GeniusSet My Heart on Fire Immediately
  8. GrimesMiss Anthropocene
  9. Young JesusWelcome to Conceptual Beach
  10. The 1975Notes on a Conditional Form
  11. Ana RoxanneBecause of a Flower
  12. Cindy LeeWhat's Tonight To Eternity
  13. A.G. CookApple
  14. A.G. Cook7G
  15. Porridge RadioEvery Bad
  16. Stay InsideViewing
  17. Trace MountainsLost in the Country
  18. DestroyerHave We Met
  19. Special InterestThe Passion Of
  20. Ben SeretanYouth Pastoral
  21. The Soft Pink TruthShall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?
  22. HumInlet
  23. Bill NaceBoth
  24. CaribouSuddenly
  25. AutechreSign
  26. AutechrePlus
  27. The AvalanchesWe Will Always Love You
  28. Beatrice DillonWorkaround
  29. KMRUPeel
  30. Empty CountryEmpty Country
  31. Lyra PramukFountain
  32. ProtomartyrUltimate Success Today

Brooklyn Vegan: Top 55 Albums of 2020

29 December 2020

Brooklyn Vegan: Top 55 Albums of 2020

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters
  2. Freddie Gibbs & The AlchemistAlfredo
  3. Phoebe BridgersPunisher
  4. Run the JewelsRTJ4
  5. Perfume GeniusSet My Heart on Fire Immediately
  6. Moses SumneyGræ
  7. SaultUntitled (Black Is)
  8. SaultUntitled (Rise)
  9. HumInlet
  10. Róisín MurphyRóisín Machine
  11. Jeff RosenstockNo Dream
  12. Adrianne Lenkersongs
  13. Adrianne Lenkerinstrumentals
  14. Yves TumorHeaven to a Tortured Mind
  15. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitReunions
  16. Westside GunnPray for Paris
  17. Bonny Light HorsemanBonny Light Horseman
  18. Conway the MachineFrom King to a God
  19. Porridge RadioEvery Bad
  20. Boldy James & The AlchemistThe Price of Tea in China
  21. Boldy James / Sterling TolesManger on McNichols
  22. Bartees StrangeLive Forever
  23. Teenage HalloweenTeenage Halloween
  24. Benny the ButcherBurden of Proof
  25. DeftonesOhms
  26. Megan Thee StallionGood News
  27. WaxahatcheeSaint Cloud
  28. Jarv IsBeyond the Pale
  29. Pop SmokeMeet the Woo 2
  30. Bob DylanRough and Rowdy Ways
  31. Infant IslandBeneath
  32. Armand HammerShrines
  33. Stay InsideViewing
  34. Napalm DeathThroes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism
  35. Fleet FoxesShore
  36. GulchImpenetrable Cerebral Fortress
  37. The MicrophonesMicrophones in 2020
  38. Hayley WilliamsPetals for Armor
  39. The 1975Notes on a Conditional Form
  40. CaribouSuddenly
  41. Record SetterI Owe You Nothing
  42. Kelly Lee OwensInner Song
  43. Lido PimientaMiss Colombia
  44. Nubya GarciaSOURCE
  45. DestroyerHave We Met
  46. Touché AmoréLament
  47. SvalbardWhen I Die, Will I Get Better?
  48. Oranssi PazuzuMestarin kynsi
  49. Code OrangeUnderneath
  50. Code OrangeUnder the Skin
  51. Mary LattimoreSilver Ladders
  52. SwevenThe Eternal Resonance
  53. Dua LipaFuture Nostalgia
  54. UlcerateStare Into Death And Be Still
  55. Flo MilliHo, Why Is You Here?
  56. ProtojeIn Search Of Lost Time
  57. Billy NomatesBilly Nomates
  58. Beverly Glenn-CopelandTransmissions: The Music of Beverly Glenn-Copeland
  59. Moses BoydDark Matter

Scott Tobias: Top 10 Films of 2020

29 December 2020

Scott Tobias: Top 10 Films of 2020, as posted to Twitter and discussed on The Next Picture Show

[see also 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  2. The AssistantKitty Green
  3. First CowKelly Reichardt
  4. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  5. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  6. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  7. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  8. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  9. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  10. The NestSean Durkin

Shondaland: The Best Books of 2020

29 December 2020

Shondaland: The Best Books of 2020

Shondaland: The Best Podcasts of 2020

29 December 2020

Shondaland: The Best Podcasts of 2020

Susannah Gruder: Best Films of 2020

29 December 2020

Susannah Gruder: Best Films of 2020, as published by Screen Slate along with a list of best first-time views

[see also 2010s]

  1. EpicentroHubert Sauper
  2. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  3. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  4. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  5. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  6. A Night at the OperaSergei Loznitsa
  7. The CalmingSong Fang
  8. Acasa, My HomeRadu Ciorniciuc
  9. KajillionaireMiranda July
  10. TimeGarrett Bradley

Molly Haskell: Best Films of 2020

29 December 2020

Molly Haskell: Best Films of 2020, as published by Screen Slate along with a list of discoveries

Hyperallergic: Our Favorite Poetry Books of 2020

29 December 2020

Hyperallergic: Our Favorite Poetry Books of 2020, compiled by Albert Mobilio and John Yau

Joshua Rothkopf: Top 20 Films of 2020

28 December 2020

Joshua Rothkopf: Top 20 Films of 2020, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  2. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  3. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  4. KajillionaireMiranda July
  5. Small Axe: MangroveSteve McQueen
  6. The NestSean Durkin
  7. Welcome to ChechnyaDavid France
  8. The Invisible ManLeigh Whannell
  9. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  10. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  11. SoulPete Docter
  12. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  13. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  14. TommasoAbel Ferrara
  15. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz
  16. The Truffle HuntersMichael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw
  17. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  18. GundaViktor Kosakovskiy
  19. Bad EducationCory Finley
  20. Sound of MetalDarius Marder