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.

Robin Hilton: Best Albums of 2019

04 January 2020

Robin Hilton: Best Albums of 2019, as posted by NPR

[see also 2017]

  1. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  2. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  3. Holly HerndonPROTO
  4. MicrowaveDeath is a Warm Blanket
  5. Ada Leawhat we say in private
  6. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  7. Tiny RuinsOlympic Girls
  8. Great GrandpaFour of Arrows
  9. Molly SarléKaraoke Angel
  10. Kate DavisTrophy

Bob Boilen: Best Albums of 2019

04 January 2020

Bob Boilen: Best Albums of 2019, as posted by NPR

[see also 2018, 2017, 2011]

  1. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  2. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  3. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  4. Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center
  5. Aldous HardingDesigner
  6. LankumThe Livelong Day
  7. Mdou MoctarIlana (The Creator)
  8. Kate DavisTrophy
  9. Joan ShelleyLike the River Loves the Sea
  10. The Good OnesRwanda, You Should Be Loved

Ann Powers: Favorite Albums of 2019

04 January 2020

Ann Powers: Favorite Albums of 2019, as posted by NPR

[see also 2017, 2016, 2011]

  1. Angel Bat DawidThe Oracle
  2. Adia VictoriaSilences
  3. MerebaThe Jungle Is the Only Way Out
  4. MekonsDeserted
  5. Philip BaileyLove Will Find a Way
  6. Jazzmeia HornLove and Liberation
  7. Hiss Golden MessengerTerms of Surrender
  8. Matthew HalsallOneness
  9. Erin EnderlinFaulkner County
  10. Joe HenryThe Gospel According to Water

Reverse Shot: Best Films of 2019

04 January 2020

Reverse Shot: Best Films of 2019

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

  1. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  2. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. AtlanticsMati Diop
  5. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  6. TransitChristian Petzold
  7. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  8. High LifeClaire Denis
  9. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  10. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino

Mallory Andrews: Best Films of 2019

03 January 2020

Mallory Andrews: Best Films of 2019, as posted to Letterboxd

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  2. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. High LifeClaire Denis
  5. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  6. The FarewellLulu Wang
  7. Apollo 11Todd Douglas Miller
  8. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  9. The Hottest AugustBrett Story
  10. Ad AstraJames Gray

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2019

02 January 2020

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2019, of those "that played at least one week in Manhattan for the first time in 2019, in approximate order of preference"

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2012]

  1. StyxWolfgang Fischer
  2. GrassHong Sang-soo
  3. DianeKent Jones
  4. Los ReyesIvan Osnovikoff and Bettina Perut
  5. Our TimeCarlos Reygadas
  6. In My RoomUlrich Köhler
  7. Light from LightPaul Harrill
  8. The ChambermaidLila Avilés
  9. Dragged Across ConcreteS. Craig Zahler
  10. The CrossingBai Xue
  11. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino

A.A. Dowd: 100 Favorite Metal Albums of the Decade

02 January 2020

A.A. Dowd: 100 Favorite Metal Albums of the Decade, as posted to Twitter

  1. PanopticonKentucky
  2. AgallochMarrow of the Spirit
  3. Nux VomicaNux Vomica
  4. ConvergeAll We Love We Leave Behind
  5. Bell WitchMirror Reaper
  6. GorgutsColored Sands
  7. KylesaSpiral Shadow
  8. ElderReflections of a Floating World
  9. Altar of PlaguesTeethed Glory and Injury
  10. High on FireDe Vermis Mysteriis
  11. PanopticonAutumn Eternal
  12. CarcassSurgical Steel
  13. DawnbringerInto the Lair of the Sun God
  14. Oranssi PazuzuVärähtelijä
  15. TorcheHarmonicraft
  16. LiturgyAesthethica
  17. ClericRetrocausal
  18. KvelertakKvelertak
  19. Zeal & ArdorStranger Fruit
  20. ShiningBlackjazz
  21. Mutoid ManBleeder
  22. Big BraveA Gaze Among Them
  23. AstronoidAir
  24. The ArmedOnly Love
  25. Blut Aus Nord777 - Sect(s)
  26. Blut Aus Nord777 - The Desanctification
  27. Blut Aus Nord777 - Cosmosophy
  28. Inter ArmaSky Burial
  29. Whores.Gold
  30. Fuck the FactsDesire Will Rot
  31. Wizard RifleSpeak Loud Say Nothing
  32. EvokenAltra Mors
  33. Power TripNightmare Logic
  34. PallbearerFoundations of Burden
  35. SvalbardIt's Hard to Have Hope
  36. ElderLore
  37. High On FireElectric Messiah
  38. WindhandEternal Return
  39. BrutusNest
  40. Planning For BurialBelow the House
  41. Between the Buried and MeThe Parallax II: Future Sequence
  42. NumenoreanAdore
  43. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  44. The Atlas MothAn Ache for the Distance
  45. Black BreathSentenced To Life
  46. LocrianInfinite Dissolution
  47. Napalm DeathApex Predator - Easy Meat
  48. KvelertakMeir
  49. Ex EyeEx Eye
  50. Cloud RatMoksha
  51. The SecretAgnus Dei
  52. GodfleshPost Self
  53. Inter ArmaParadise Gallows
  54. CobaltSlow Forever
  55. Burning LoveRotten Thing to Say
  56. IndianFrom All Purity
  57. Pinkish BlackBottom of the Morning
  58. Lingua IgnotaCaligula
  59. Wreck and ReferenceIndifferent Rivers Romance End
  60. Bosse-de-NageAll Fours
  61. Chelsea WolfeHiss Spun
  62. Glorior BelliGators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls
  63. Big BraveArdor
  64. Russian CirclesEmpros
  65. SlugdgeEsoteric Malacology
  66. Lord MantisPervertor
  67. Demonic Death JudgeSeaweed
  68. DeafheavenSunbather
  69. The OathThe Oath
  70. NeurosisHonor Found In Decay
  71. ASGBlood Drive
  72. SkeletonwitchDevouring Radiant Light
  73. Glorior BelliThe Great Southern Darkness
  74. KEN modeEntrench
  75. Wreck and ReferenceWant
  76. Napalm DeathUtiltarian
  77. Elizabeth Colour WheelNocebo
  78. PanopticonRoads to the North
  79. Big BusinessThe Beast You Are
  80. In SolitudeThe World.The Flesh.The Devil
  81. AgrimoniaRites of Separation
  82. Eight BellsLandless
  83. Today Is the DayPain Is a Warning
  84. Cave InFinal Transmission
  85. BehemothThe Satanist
  86. YakuzaBeyul
  87. KylesaExhausting Fire
  88. Couch SlutContempt
  89. TribulationDown Below
  90. Early GravesRed Horse
  91. Christian MistressPossession
  92. JudiciarySurface Noise
  93. PyrrhonThe Mother of Virtues
  94. Cult of LunaVertikal
  95. OathbreakerRheia
  96. TestamentBrotherhood of the Snake
  97. FrontiererOrange Mathematics
  98. Spirit AdriftCurse of Conception
  99. MorneAsylum
  100. Falls of RaurosPatterns in Mythology
  101. The SwordApocryphon
  102. The Dillinger Escape PlanOne of Us Is the Killer

Marya Gates: Favorite Fifteen Films of 2019

02 January 2020

Marya Gates: Favorite Fifteen Films of 2019

  1. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  2. Dolemite Is My NameCraig Brewer
  3. Rolling Thunder RevueMartin Scorsese
  4. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  5. AnimaPaul Thomas Anderson
  6. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  7. A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodMarielle Heller
  8. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  9. Blinded by the LightGurinder Chadha
  10. UsJordan Peele
  11. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  12. The NightingaleJennifer Kent
  13. Dancing with the BirdsHuw Cordey
  14. The Last Black Man in San FranciscoJoe Talbot
  15. FamilyLaura Steinel

Fernando F. Croce: Favorite 2019 Movies

02 January 2020

Fernando F. Croce: Favorite 2019 Movies, as posted to Letterboxd

[see also 2012]

  1. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  2. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  3. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  4. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  5. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  6. High LifeClaire Denis
  7. PeterlooMike Leigh
  8. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  9. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  10. AtlanticsMati Diop
  11. PasoliniAbel Ferrara
  12. An Elephant Sitting StillHu Bo
  13. TransitChristian Petzold
  14. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  15. Dark WatersTodd Haynes
  16. Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell
  17. In FabricPeter Strickland
  18. Invisible LifeKarim Aïnouz
  19. Amazing GraceSydney Pollack
  20. DominoBrian De Palma

Caden Mark Gardner: Top 25 Films of 2019

01 January 2020

Caden Mark Gardner: Top 25 Films of 2019, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2018]

  1. My First Film [live]Zia Anger
  2. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  3. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  4. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  5. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  6. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  7. So PrettyJessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli
  8. Dark WatersTodd Haynes
  9. AtlanticsMati Diop
  10. Too Old to Die YoungNicolas Winding Refn
  11. RelaxerJoel Potrykus
  12. Empty MetalAdam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer
  13. Coincoin and the Extra-HumansBruno Dumont
  14. Knife+HeartYann Gonzalez
  15. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  16. UsJordan Peele
  17. The Body Remembers When the World Broke OpenElle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn
  18. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  19. Chained for LifeAaron Schimberg
  20. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  21. DiamantinoGabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt
  22. Knives OutRian Johnson
  23. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  24. The Gospel of EurekaDonal Mosher and Michael Palmieri
  25. High Flying BirdSteven Soderbergh
  26. PeterlooMike Leigh
  27. Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell