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.

Tyler Andere: Favorite Albums of 2019

31 December 2019

Tyler Andere: Favorite Albums of 2019, as posted to Medium in no particular order

XXL: 50 of the Best Hop-Hop Projects of 2019

31 December 2019

XXL: 50 of the Best Hop-Hop Projects of 2019

Revolt: 9 Top Hip Hop Albums of 2019

31 December 2019

Revolt: 9 Top Hip Hop Albums of 2019

[see also 2018]

  1. RapsodyEve
  2. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  3. GriseldaWWCD
  4. DaBabyBaby on Baby
  5. YBN CordaeThe Lost Boy
  6. EarthGangMirrorland
  7. Little BrotherMay the Lord Watch
  8. Quelle ChrisGuns
  9. Polo GDie a Legend

Matt Patches: The Best Movies of the 2010s Decade

31 December 2019

Matt Patches: The Best Movies of the 2010s Decade, as published by Polygon

[see also 2019]

  1. The ComedyRick Alverson
  2. Minding the GapBing Liu
  3. Kill ListBen Wheatley
  4. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  6. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  7. The Tale of the Princess KaguyaIsao Takahata
  8. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  9. The ArborClio Barnard
  10. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine

David Morgan: The 10 Best Films of 2019

31 December 2019

David Morgan: The 10 Best Films of 2019, as posted by CBS News

[see also 2018]

  1. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  2. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  3. 3 FacesJafar Panahi
  4. Knives OutRian Johnson
  5. For SamaWaad Al-Khateab and Edward Watts
  6. TransitChristian Petzold
  7. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  8. MidsommarAri Aster
  9. HoneylandTamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
  10. Carmine Street GuitarsRon Mann

Mixmag: The 72 Best Albums of the Decade 2010-2019

31 December 2019

Mixmag: The 72 Best Albums of the Decade 2010-2019, listed "in year-by-year order"

Ed Gonzalez: Best Films of 2019

31 December 2019

Ed Gonzalez: Best Films of 2019, as published by Slant Magazine

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. TransitChristian Petzold
  2. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  3. A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodMarielle Heller
  4. Black MotherKhalik Allah
  5. Ad AstraJames Gray
  6. PeterlooMike Leigh
  7. The CompetitionClaire Simon
  8. Ray & LizRichard Billingham
  9. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  10. ClimaxGaspar Noé

Paste: The 100 Best TV Shows of the 2010s

31 December 2019

Paste Magazine: The 100 Best TV Shows of the 2010s

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. Mad Men
  3. The Americans
  4. Blue Planet II
  5. Planet Earth II
  6. Fleabag
  7. Adventure Time
  8. The Good Place
  9. Atlanta
  10. Parks and Recreation
  11. The Great British Bake Off
  12. 30 Rock
  13. Barry
  14. Rectify
  15. The Good Wife
  16. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  17. Game of Thrones
  18. The Crown
  19. Bob’s Burgers
  20. Justified
  21. Stranger Things
  22. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  23. Chernobyl
  24. Better Call Saul
  25. Catastrophe
  26. When They See Us
  27. My Mad Fat Diary
  28. Hannibal
  29. Key and Peele
  30. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  31. Twin Peaks: The Return
  32. Succession
  33. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
  34. BoJack Horseman
  35. Veep
  36. Legends of Tomorrow
  37. Downton Abbey
  38. The Night Manager
  39. The Good Fight
  40. Mozart in the Jungle
  41. Review
  42. Counterpart
  43. Man Seeking Woman
  44. The Leftovers
  45. Community
  46. Penny Dreadful
  47. Boardwalk Empire
  48. Broad City
  49. Gravity Falls
  50. Happy Valley
  51. Killing Eve
  52. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
  53. Halt and Catch Fire
  54. Looking
  55. Fargo
  56. Russian Doll
  57. Treme
  58. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  59. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  60. Sherlock
  61. Orphan Black
  62. Rick and Morty
  63. American Vandal
  64. Downward Dog
  65. Jane the Virgin
  66. Terriers
  67. In the Flesh
  68. Doctor Who
  69. Glow
  70. Documentary Now!
  71. Big Mouth
  72. Outlander
  73. Black-ish
  74. Speechless
  75. The Handmaid’s Tale
  76. Queen Sugar
  77. Happy Endings
  78. Master of None
  79. Detroiters
  80. Steven Universe
  81. Black Mirror
  82. Better Things
  83. One Day at a Time
  84. The Expanse
  85. Fringe
  86. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  87. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  88. Westworld
  89. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  90. Orange is the New Black
  91. The Knick
  92. Portlandia
  93. Nathan for You
  94. Pose
  95. The Bold Type
  96. Schitt's Creek
  97. Grey's Anatomy
  98. Eastbound & Down
  99. Fresh Off the Boat
  100. Silicon Valley
  101. Parenthood

Keith Uhlich: Best Films of 2019

30 December 2019

Keith Uhlich: Best Films of 2019, as published by Slant Magazine

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2012, 2011]

  1. PeterlooMike Leigh
  2. A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodMarielle Heller
  3. La FlorMariano Llinás
  4. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  5. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  6. DominoBrian De Palma
  7. The Gospel of EurekaDonal Mosher and Michael Palmieri
  8. Chained for LifeAaron Schimberg
  9. Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell
  10. AtlanticsMati Diop

BuzzFeed: The 24 Best Books of the Decade

30 December 2019

BuzzFeed: The 24 Best Books of the Decade

[see also 2019, 2018]