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.

Peter Debruge: The Best Films of 2019

05 December 2019

Peter Debruge: The Best Films of 2019, as published by Variety

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. WavesTrey Edward Shults
  2. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  3. Birds of PassageCristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra
  4. DianeKent Jones
  5. Toy Story 4Josh Cooley
  6. The ChambermaidLila Avilés
  7. Woman at WarBenedikt Erlingsson
  8. The Hottest AugustBrett Story
  9. I Lost My BodyJérémy Clapin
  10. A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodMarielle Heller

Emily Nussbaum: The Best TV Shows of 2019

04 December 2019

Emily Nussbaum: The Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by The New Yorker with an essay amusingly titled "I Love Top Ten Lists"

[see also 2018, 2017]

Richard Brody: The Best Movies of 2019

04 December 2019

Richard Brody: The Best Movies of 2019, as published by The New Yorker

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

Stereogum: The 50 Best Albums Of 2019

04 December 2019

Stereogum: The 50 Best Albums Of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010s]

  1. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  2. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  3. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  4. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  5. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  6. (Sandy) Alex GHouse of Sugar
  7. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  8. Great GrandpaFour of Arrows
  9. Billy Woods & Kenny SegalHiding Places
  10. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  11. black midiSchlagenheim
  12. Charly BlissYoung Enough
  13. Holly HerndonPROTO
  14. Mannequin PussyPatience
  15. FKA twigsMagdalene
  16. Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love
  17. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  18. Denzel CurryZUU
  19. Jessica PrattQuiet Signs
  20. Polo GDie a Legend
  21. Cate Le BonReward
  22. Charli XCXCharli
  23. Rico Nasty & Kenny BeatsAnger Management
  24. FloristEmily Alone
  25. Young ThugSo Much Fun
  26. EmpathActive Listening: Night on Earth
  27. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  28. girlpoolWhat Chaos Is Imaginary
  29. Control TopCovert Contracts
  30. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  31. PUPMorbid Stuff
  32. Bill CallahanShepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
  33. Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center
  34. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  35. Abuse Of PowerWhat On Earth Can We Do
  36. Hand Habitsplaceholder
  37. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  38. AmygdalaOur Voices Will Soar Forever
  39. Bon Iveri,i
  40. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  41. BrutusNest
  42. Oso Osobasking in the glow
  43. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  44. Blood IncantationHidden History of the Human Race
  45. Brittany HowardJaime
  46. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  47. Nilüfer YanyaMiss Universe
  48. Girl BandThe Talkies
  49. Miranda LambertWildcard
  50. Greet DeathNew Hell

Richard Lawson: The 10 Best Movies of 2019

04 December 2019

Richard Lawson: The 10 Best Movies of 2019, as published by Vanity Fair

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2010s]

  1. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  2. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  3. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  4. The FarewellLulu Wang
  5. HoneylandTamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
  6. HustlersLorene Scafaria
  7. AtlanticsMati Diop
  8. The Ground Beneath My FeetMarie Kreutzer
  9. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  10. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie

Molly Young: The Best Books of 2019

04 December 2019

Molly Young: The Best Books of 2019, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

Craig Jenkins: The Best Albums of 2019

04 December 2019

Craig Jenkins: The Best Albums of 2019, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. WilcoOde to Joy
  2. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  3. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  4. FKA twigsMagdalene
  5. Brittany HowardJaime
  6. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  7. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  8. The HighwomenThe Highwomen
  9. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  10. GriseldaWWCD

Entropy: Best Poetry Books & Poetry Collections of 2019

04 December 2019

Entropy: Best Poetry Books & Poetry Collections of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017]

Susannah Gruder: Best Movies of the 2010s

04 December 2019

Susannah Gruder: Best Movies of the 2010s, as posted to Letterboxd

  1. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  2. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  3. I Am LoveLuca Guadagnino
  4. In My RoomUlrich Köhler
  5. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  6. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  7. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  8. ChristineAntonio Campos
  9. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  10. WeinerJosh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  11. Take This WaltzSarah Polley
  12. The Love WitchAnna Biller
  13. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  14. GreenbergNoah Baumbach
  15. The WondersAlice Rohrwacher
  16. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  17. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  18. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  19. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  20. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  21. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  22. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  23. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  24. DogtoothYorgos Lanthimos
  25. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  26. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  27. Another EarthMike Cahill
  28. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  29. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  30. The Great BeautyPaolo Sorrentino
  31. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  32. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  33. BarbaraChristian Petzold
  34. BurningLee Chang-dong
  35. UsJordan Peele
  36. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  37. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  38. CarolTodd Haynes
  39. Black SwanDarren Aronofsky
  40. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  41. AmourMichael Haneke
  42. The WitchRobert Eggers
  43. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  44. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  45. HereditaryAri Aster
  46. Kumiko, the Treasure HunterDavid Zellner
  47. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  48. Get OutJordan Peele
  49. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine
  50. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas

Alan Sepinwall: 50 Best TV Shows of the 2010s

04 December 2019

Alan Sepinwall: 50 Best TV Shows of the 2010s, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. The Leftovers
  2. Parks and Recreation
  3. Breaking Bad
  4. BoJack Horseman
  5. Fleabag
  6. The Americans
  7. Atlanta
  8. Justified
  9. Rectify
  10. Better Things
  11. Better Call Saul
  12. Terriers
  13. Community
  14. Twin Peaks: The Return
  15. Game of Thrones
  16. Fargo
  17. Hannibal
  18. Halt and Catch Fire
  19. Bob’s Burgers
  20. Review
  21. Orange is the New Black
  22. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  23. Brockmire
  24. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  25. Watchmen
  26. Boardwalk Empire
  27. Veep
  28. Broad City
  29. Treme
  30. Enlightened
  31. The Good Place
  32. Catastrophe
  33. Key and Peele
  34. The Deuce
  35. The Legend of Korra
  36. You’re the Worst
  37. Master of None
  38. Pose
  39. Girls
  40. Steven Universe
  41. Mr. Robot
  42. Transparent
  43. Gravity Falls
  44. Jane the Virgin
  45. Parenthood
  46. New Girl
  47. Men of a Certain Age
  48. Banshee
  49. Baskets
  50. The Good Wife