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.

American Songwriter: Top 25 Albums of 2019

01 January 2020

American Songwriter: Top 25 Albums of 2019, listed alphabetically

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

David Hudson: Favorite Films of 2019

01 January 2020

David Hudson: Favorite Films of 2019, as posted to Twitter with a list of additional films that he's looking forward to

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015]

  1. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  2. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  3. Heimat is a Space in TimeThomas Heise
  4. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  5. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  6. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  7. Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa
  8. ShayneStephan Geene
  9. DianeKent Jones
  10. ClimaxGaspar Noé

Kimber Myers: Favorite Films by Women in 2019

01 January 2020

Kimber Myers: Favorite Films by Women in 2019, as posted to Twitter in viewing order

Jordan Cronk: Top 30 Albums of 2019

01 January 2020

Jordan Cronk: Top 30 Albums of 2019, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  2. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  3. Holly HerndonPROTO
  4. Oso Osobasking in the glow
  5. (Sandy) Alex GHouse of Sugar
  6. Kim GordonNo Home Record
  7. Default GendersMain Pop Girl 2019
  8. American FootballAmerican Football (LP3)
  9. FenneszAgora
  10. Carl StoneBaroo
  11. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  12. Strange RangerRemembering the Rockets
  13. Fire-ToolzField Whispers (Into the Crystal Palace)
  14. RapExport
  15. Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love
  16. black midiSchlagenheim
  17. FKA twigsMagdalene
  18. Great GrandpaFour of Arrows
  19. ClairoImmunity
  20. Mount Eerie feat. Julie DoironLost Wisdom, Pt. 2
  21. Black Belt Eagle ScoutAt the Party with My Brown Friends
  22. FloristEmily Alone
  23. Bill CallahanShepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
  24. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  25. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  26. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  27. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  28. Sandro PerriSoft Landing
  29. Sunn O)))Life Metal
  30. Sunn O)))Pyroclasts
  31. Floating PointsCrush
  32. LambchopThis (Is What I Wanted to Tell You)

Saige Walton: Favorite Films of 2019

01 January 2020

Saige Walton: Favorite Films of 2019, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. High LifeClaire Denis
  2. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  3. Midsommar (director's cut)Ari Aster
  4. JokerTodd Phillips
  5. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  6. AtlanticsMati Diop
  7. BooksmartOlivia Wilde
  8. HustlersLorene Scafaria
  9. John Wick: Chapter 3 - ParabellumChad Stahelski
  10. The Night Eats the WorldDominique Rocher

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