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.

No Depression: Favorite Roots Music Albums of 2020

28 December 2020

No Depression: Favorite Roots Music Albums of 2020

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

  1. Bonny Light HorsemanBonny Light Horseman
  2. Jake BlountSpider Tales
  3. Phoebe BridgersPunisher
  4. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitReunions
  5. Tami NeilsonCHICKABOOM!
  6. Bob DylanRough and Rowdy Ways
  7. Taylor SwiftFolklore
  8. Sarah JaroszWorld On The Ground
  9. Lucinda WilliamsGood Souls Better Angels
  10. Lilly HiattWalking Proof
  11. Kathleen EdwardsTotal Freedom
  12. S.G. GoodmanOld Time Feeling
  13. American AquariumLamentations
  14. WaxahatcheeSaint Cloud
  15. Katie PruittExpectations
  16. David RamirezMy Love Is A Hurricane
  17. Sturgill SimpsonCuttin’ Grass - Vol​.​1 (The Butcher Shoppe Sessions)
  18. Elizabeth CookAftermath
  19. Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters
  20. Clem SnideForever Just Beyond

Hip Hop Golden Age: The Best Hip Hop Albums of 2020

28 December 2020

Hip Hop Golden Age: The Best Hip Hop Albums of 2020, posted with an extensive list of honorable mentions and EPs

  1. Run the JewelsRTJ4
  2. Aesop RockSpirit World Field Guide
  3. Marlowe (L'Orange & Solemn Brigham)Marlowe 2
  4. Apollo Brown & Che' NoirAs God Intended
  5. KaDescendants of Cain
  6. Sa-RocThe Sharecropper's Daughter
  7. Blu & ExileMiles
  8. ElzhiSeven Times Down Eight Times Up
  9. Jorun Bombay & Phill Most ChillJorun PMC
  10. Moor Mother & billy woodsBRASS
  11. R.A. the Rugged ManAll My Heroes Are Dead
  12. Freddie Gibbs & The AlchemistAlfredo
  13. Arrested DevelopmentDon't Fight Your Demons
  14. Armand HammerShrines
  15. Killah PriestRocket to Nebula
  16. Roc MarcianoMt. Marci
  17. Boldy James & The AlchemistThe Price of Tea in China
  18. Killah Priest & Jordan River BanksThe Third Eye in Technicolor
  19. clipping.Visions of Bodies Being Burned
  20. Quelle Chris & Chris KeysInnocent Country 2
  21. One Be LoBaby (Being a black youth)
  22. Third RootPassion of the Poets
  23. Conway the MachineFrom King to a God
  24. Boldy James / Sterling TolesManger on McNichols
  25. CambattaLSD: Lunar Solar Duality
  26. Royce da 5'9"The Allegory
  27. Jamo GangWalking With Lions
  28. KRS-ONEBetween Da Protests
  29. SerengetiWith Greg from Deerhoof
  30. Homeboy SandmanDon't Feed The Monster
  31. Spillage VillageSpilligion
  32. ShrapKnelShrapKnel
  33. Busta RhymesExtinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God
  34. Public EnemyWhat You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?
  35. Cut BeetlezWhat Beetlez?
  36. PreservationEastern Medicine, Western Illness
  37. Recognize AliRecognition
  38. R.A.P. Ferreirapurple moonlight pages
  39. FeltFelt 4 U
  40. ANKHLEJOHNThe Face of Jason
  41. The Koreatown OddityLittle Dominiques Nosebleed
  42. Benny the ButcherBurden of Proof
  43. The Leonard Simpson Duo (Guilty Simpson x Leonard Charles)LSD
  44. QuakersII - The Next Wave
  45. Stove God Cooks & Roc MarcianoReasonable Drought
  46. Jahi & ConfigaForward Future
  47. The Four OwlsNocturnal Instinct
  48. Kid Abstrakt & EmapeaJazzy Vibes
  49. Small Bills (E L U C I D & The Lasso)Don't Play It Straight
  50. NasKing's Disease
  51. ETOThe Beauty Of It
  52. D SmokeBlack Habits
  53. CJ FlyRUDEBWOY
  54. Vinnie PazAs Above So Below
  55. ANKHLEJOHNAs Above So Below
  56. ParisSafe Space Invader
  57. Open Mike EagleAnime, Trauma and Divorce
  58. Westside GunnPray for Paris
  59. CommonA Beautiful Revolution (Pt 1)
  60. Jay ElectronicaA Written Testimony

Electric Lit: Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2020

28 December 2020

Electric Lit: Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2020

[see also Favorite Novels of 2020, 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019, 15 Best Novels of 2019]

Electric Lit: Favorite Novels of 2020

28 December 2020

Electric Lit: Favorite Novels of 2020

[see also Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2020, 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019, 15 Best Novels of 2019]

Mike D’Angelo: The Best Films of 2020

28 December 2020

Mike D’Angelo: The Best Films of 2020, as published by The A.V. Club

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. First CowKelly Reichardt
  2. A White, White DayHlynur Pálmason
  3. The Grand BizarreJodie Mack
  4. The NestSean Durkin
  5. FourteenDan Sallitt
  6. Small Axe: Red, White and BlueSteve McQueen
  7. TenetChristopher Nolan
  8. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  9. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  10. The Old GuardGina Prince-Bythewood
  11. 76 daysHao Wu, Weixi Chen and Anonymous
  12. Save Yourselves!Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson
  13. SibylJustine Triet
  14. The Vast of NightAndrew Patterson
  15. The Invisible ManLeigh Whannell

Kelly Lawler: The 15 Best TV Shows of 2020

28 December 2020

Kelly Lawler: The 15 Best TV Shows of 2020, as published by USA Today

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

  1. I May Destroy You
  2. The Great
  3. What We Do in the Shadows
  4. Upload
  5. BoJack Horseman
  6. Schitt's Creek
  7. The Queen's Gambit
  8. Ted Lasso
  9. Ramy
  10. Never Have I Ever
  11. The Good Fight
  12. The Baby-Sitters Club
  13. Quiz
  14. Cheer
  15. Your Honor

Claire Fallon: The Best Books of 2020

28 December 2020

Claire Fallon: The Best Books of 2020, as published by Huffington Post

[see also 2018]

Christina Newland: The Best Films of 2020

27 December 2020

Christina Newland: The Best Films of 2020, as submitted to the Sight & Sound Poll

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  2. MankDavid Fincher
  3. About EndlessnessRoy Andersson
  4. RocksSarah Gavron
  5. First CowKelly Reichardt
  6. TimeGarrett Bradley
  7. ShirleyJosephine Decker
  8. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  9. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  10. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson

Little White Lies: The 30 Best Films of 2020

26 December 2020

Little White Lies: The 30 Best Films of 2020

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

  1. Small AxeSteve McQueen
  2. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  3. First CowKelly Reichardt
  4. Promising Young WomanEmerald Fennell
  5. About EndlessnessRoy Andersson
  6. ShirleyJosephine Decker
  7. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  8. TimeGarrett Bradley
  9. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  10. RocksSarah Gavron
  11. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  12. MankDavid Fincher
  13. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  14. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  15. The AssistantKitty Green
  16. BabyteethShannon Murphy
  17. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  18. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  19. LibertyAlbert Serra
  20. Birds of PreyCathy Yan
  21. Bad EducationCory Finley
  22. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  23. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  24. His HouseRemi Weekes
  25. Isadora's ChildrenDamien Manivel
  26. WolfwalkersTomm Moore and Ross Stewart
  27. Mogul MowgliBassam Tariq
  28. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  29. And Then We DancedLevan Akin
  30. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz

Playlist: The 25 Best Films of 2020

26 December 2020

The Playlist: The 25 Best Films of 2020

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018]

  1. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  2. First CowKelly Reichardt
  3. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  4. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  5. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  6. Sound of MetalDarius Marder
  7. Da 5 BloodsSpike Lee
  8. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  9. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  10. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  11. PossessorBrandon Cronenberg
  12. TenetChristopher Nolan
  13. The NestSean Durkin
  14. The Invisible ManLeigh Whannell
  15. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  16. The AssistantKitty Green
  17. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  18. SoulPete Docter
  19. ShirleyJosephine Decker
  20. Palm SpringsMax Barbakow
  21. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  22. BabyteethShannon Murphy
  23. EmaPablo Larraín
  24. Boys StateJesse Moss and Amanda McBaine
  25. MankDavid Fincher