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.

Ed Gonzalez: Best Films of 2020

26 December 2020

Ed Gonzalez: Best Films of 2020, as published by Slant Magazine

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. City HallFrederick Wiseman
  2. To the Ends of the EarthKiyoshi Kurosawa
  3. TommasoAbel Ferrara
  4. The Cordillera of DreamsPatricio Guzmán
  5. The Grand BizarreJodie Mack
  6. Welcome to ChechnyaDavid France
  7. Space DogsElsa Kremser and Levin Peter
  8. Ghost TropicBas Devos
  9. TimeGarrett Bradley
  10. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross

Mark Kermode: 10 Best Films of 2020

26 December 2020

Mark Kermode: 10 Best Films of 2020, as published by The Guardian

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

  1. Saint MaudRose Glass
  2. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. RelicNatalie Erika James
  5. ClemencyChinonye Chukwu
  6. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  7. RocksSarah Gavron
  8. Saint FrancesAlex Thompson
  9. WolfwalkersTomm Moore and Ross Stewart
  10. The Personal History of David CopperfieldArmando Iannucci

Glenn Kenny: Notable Films of 2020

26 December 2020

Glenn Kenny: Notable Films of 2020, the first ten in order of preference

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012]

Vogue: The Best Books of 2020

26 December 2020

Vogue: The Best Books of 2020

[see also 2019]

Vogue: The 15 Best Movies of 2020

26 December 2020

Vogue: The 15 Best Movies of 2020

[see also 2019]

Tony Fantano: 50 Best Albums of 2020

26 December 2020

Tony Fantano: 50 Best Albums of 2020, as aired on The Needle Drop

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

  1. Jessie WareWhat's Your Pleasure?
  2. clipping.Visions of Bodies Being Burned
  3. Black DressesPeaceful as Hell
  4. Blu & ExileMiles
  5. Ichiko AobaWindswept Adan
  6. Laura MarlingSong for Our Daughter
  7. Moor JewelryTrue Opera
  8. MatmosThe Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form
  9. Natalia LafourcadeUn Canto por México, Vol. 1
  10. Code OrangeUnderneath
  11. The Koreatown OddityLittle Dominiques Nosebleed
  12. GorillazSong Machine, Season One: Strange Timez
  13. Chris StapletonStarting Over
  14. Mac MillerCircles
  15. BackxwashGod Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
  16. SevdalizaShabrang
  17. The Flaming LipsAmerican Head
  18. Charli XCXhow I'm feeling now
  19. Lianne La HavasLianne La Havas
  20. R.A.P. Ferreirapurple moonlight pages
  21. Lido PimientaMiss Colombia
  22. HMLTDWest of Eden
  23. Imperial TriumphantAlphaville
  24. Run the JewelsRTJ4
  25. Rina SawayamaSawayama
  26. Against All Logic2017 - 2019
  27. Meridian BrothersCumbia Siglo XXI
  28. Phoebe BridgersPunisher
  29. BorisNO
  30. Perfume GeniusSet My Heart on Fire Immediately
  31. Quelle Chris & Chris KeysInnocent Country 2
  32. Jeff RosenstockNo Dream
  33. Adrianne Lenkersongs
  34. LiturgyOrigin of the Alimonies
  35. The StrokesThe New Abnormal
  36. Conway the MachineFrom King to a God
  37. Dorian ElectraMy Agenda
  38. IdlesUltra Mono
  39. Freddie Gibbs & The AlchemistAlfredo
  40. HaimWomen in Music Pt. III
  41. UndeathLesions Of A Different Kind
  42. PoppyI Disagree
  43. Horse LordsThe Common Task
  44. DeerhoofFuture Teenage Cave Artists
  45. Chloe x HalleUngodly Hour
  46. Dan DeaconMystic Familiar
  47. Boldy James / Sterling TolesManger on McNichols
  48. King KruleMan Alive!
  49. Denzel Curry & Kenny BeatsUnlocked
  50. Dope BodyHome Body

Hank Stuever: Best TV of 2020

24 December 2020

Hank Stuever: Best TV of 2020, as published by The Washington Post

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. I May Destroy You
  2. Normal People
  3. The Democratic National Convention
  4. Unorthodox
  5. The Crown
  6. The Vow
  7. Mrs. America
  8. Perry Mason
  9. PEN15
  10. This Is Us

Steve Erickson: Best Films of 2020

24 December 2020

Steve Erickson: Best Films of 2020, as published by Gay City News along with a list of shorts and a list of older films first seen this year

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

Steve Erickson: The Best in 2020 Music

24 December 2020

Steve Erickson: The Best in 2020 Music, as published by Gay City News

[see also 2019]

Maggie Fremont: The Best TV Shows of 2020

23 December 2020

Maggie Fremont: The Best TV Shows of 2020, as published by Shondaland

[see also 2010s, 2019]