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.

The Wild Honey Pie: Top 50 Albums of the 2010s

30 December 2019

The Wild Honey Pie: Top 50 Albums of the 2010s

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Joanna NewsomHave One On Me
  2. Bon IverBon Iver
  3. Big ThiefCapacity
  4. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  5. BeyoncéLemonade
  6. Kishi Bashi151A
  7. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  8. The NationalHigh Violet
  9. Arcade FireThe Suburbs
  10. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  11. alt-JAn Awesome Wave
  12. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  13. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  14. RostamHalf-Light
  15. HaimDays Are Gone
  16. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  17. Big ThiefMasterpiece
  18. GrimesVisions
  19. PinegroveCardinal
  20. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost
  21. Jamie xxIn Colour
  22. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  23. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  24. Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
  25. Sharon Van EttenAre We There
  26. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  27. Julia JacklinCrushing
  28. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
  29. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  30. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  31. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  32. Sylvan EssoSylvan Esso
  33. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  34. JónsiGo
  35. LizzoCuz I Love You
  36. Beach HouseTeen Dream
  37. GorillazPlastic Beach
  38. LordePure Heroine
  39. SZACtrl
  40. LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening
  41. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  42. Henry JamisonThe Wilds
  43. Tierra WhackWhack World
  44. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  45. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  46. Frankie CosmosNext Thing
  47. The xxCoexist
  48. DrakeNothing Was the Same
  49. Arctic MonkeysAM
  50. Maggie RogersHeard It In A Past Life

Jim Harrington: 50 Best Albums of the Decade

30 December 2019

Jim Harrington: 50 Best Albums of the Decade, as published by San Jose Mercury News

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. LordePure Heroine
  2. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  3. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  4. Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park
  5. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  6. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  7. LordeMelodrama
  8. BeyoncéBeyoncé
  9. Eric ChurchThe Outsiders
  10. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  11. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  12. Miranda LambertThe Weight of These Wings
  13. My Bloody Valentinembv
  14. Best CoastCalifornia Nights
  15. ChvrchesThe Bones Of What You Believe
  16. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
  17. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  18. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  19. BeyoncéLemonade
  20. MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct
  21. Taylor SwiftRed
  22. Lauren DaigleLook Up Child
  23. Beach HouseTeen Dream
  24. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsPush the Sky Away
  25. Maren MorrisHero
  26. RobynBody Talk
  27. Black Sabbath13
  28. Cowboy JunkiesAll That Reckoning
  29. J. ColeBorn Sinner
  30. Carly Rae JepsenKiss
  31. KhalidAmerican Teen
  32. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  33. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  34. David BowieBlackstar
  35. Sturgill SimpsonMetamodern Sounds In Country Music
  36. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  37. Bettie ServeertPharmacy of Love
  38. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  39. Arcade FireThe Suburbs
  40. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  41. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  42. BjörkVulnicura
  43. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  44. Kanye WestJesus Is King
  45. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  46. Eric ChurchChief
  47. Sia1000 Forms of Fear
  48. LizzoCuz I Love You
  49. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  50. HaimDays Are Gone

Karen Han: The Best Movies of the 2010s Decade

29 December 2019

Karen Han: The Best Movies of the 2010s Decade, as published by Polygon

[see also 2019]

  1. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  2. Take ShelterJeff Nichols
  3. Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyTomas Alfredson
  4. True GritJoel & Ethan Coen
  5. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  6. The Lost City of ZJames Gray
  7. The Hateful EightQuentin Tarantino
  8. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  9. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  10. Paddington 2Paul King
  11. A Cure for WellnessGore Verbinski

Rolling Stone: The 50 Best Movies of the 2010s

29 December 2019

Rolling Stone: The 50 Best Movies of the 2010s

  1. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  2. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  3. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  4. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  5. Get OutJordan Peele
  6. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  7. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  8. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  9. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  10. CarolTodd Haynes
  11. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  12. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  13. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  14. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  15. Faces PlacesAgnès Varda and JR
  16. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  17. Winter's BoneDebra Granik
  18. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  19. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  20. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  21. BurningLee Chang-dong
  22. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  23. DunkirkChristopher Nolan
  24. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  25. SelmaAva DuVernay
  26. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesApichatpong Weerasethakul
  27. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  28. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine
  29. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  30. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  31. Meek’s CutoffKelly Reichardt
  32. NoPablo Larraín
  33. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  34. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  35. TangerineSean Baker
  36. We Are the Best!Lukas Moodysson
  37. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  38. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  39. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  40. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  41. I Am Not Your NegroRaoul Peck
  42. ElenaAndrey Zvyagintsev
  43. AmourMichael Haneke
  44. HereditaryAri Aster
  45. Black Coal, Thin IceDiao Yinan
  46. Personal ShopperOlivier Assayas
  47. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  48. The TribeMiroslav Slaboshpitsky
  49. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  50. Black PantherRyan Coogler

Barack Obama: Favorite Books of 2019

29 December 2019

Barack Obama: Favorite Books of 2019, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2018]

Barack Obama: Favorite Movies of 2019

29 December 2019

Barack Obama: Favorite Movies of 2019, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2018]

Atwood Magazine: The Best Albums of the Decade

29 December 2019

Atwood Magazine: The Best Albums of the Decade

Ty Burr: The 50 Best Movies of the Decade

29 December 2019

Ty Burr: The 50 Best Movies of the Decade, as published by The Boston Globe with insightful capsules for the top ten

[see also 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  2. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  3. The ClockChristian Marclay
  4. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  5. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  6. Get OutJordan Peele
  7. The Florida ProjectSean Baker
  8. Le quattro volteMichelangelo Frammartino
  9. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  10. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  11. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  12. AmourMichael Haneke
  13. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  14. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  15. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  16. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  17. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  18. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  19. The Shape of WaterGuillermo del Toro
  20. The RiderChloé Zhao
  21. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  22. HerSpike Jonze
  23. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  24. PatersonJim Jarmusch
  25. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  26. Fruitvale StationRyan Coogler
  27. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  28. MANAKAMANAStephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  29. SpotlightTom McCarthy
  30. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  31. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  32. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  33. Toy Story 3Lee Unkrich
  34. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  35. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  36. 45 YearsAndrew Haigh
  37. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  38. HugoMartin Scorsese
  39. Inside OutPete Docter
  40. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  41. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  42. BurningLee Chang-dong
  43. AtlanticsMati Diop
  44. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  45. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  46. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  47. Oslo, August 31stJoachim Trier
  48. The FitsAnna Rose Holmer
  49. NebraskaAlexander Payne
  50. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine

Glenn Kenny: The 25 Best Films of 2019

29 December 2019

Glenn Kenny: The 25 Best Films of 2019, posted to his blog, Some Came Running, with links to his reviews and with a list of restored films

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

  1. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  2. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  3. Black MotherKhalik Allah
  4. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  5. High LifeClaire Denis
  6. ClimaxGaspar Noé
  7. Dragged Across ConcreteS. Craig Zahler
  8. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  9. Rolling Thunder RevueMartin Scorsese
  10. Asako I & IIRyûsuke Hamaguchi
  11. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  12. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  13. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  14. The Burial Of KojoBlitz Bazawule
  15. Dark WatersTodd Haynes
  16. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  17. In FabricPeter Strickland
  18. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  19. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  20. The Dead Don't DieJim Jarmusch
  21. Suburban BirdsQiu Sheng
  22. Sorry AngelChristophe Honoré
  23. Non-FictionOlivier Assayas
  24. The NightingaleJennifer Kent
  25. Our TimeCarlos Reygadas

BookPage: Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

29 December 2019

BookPage: Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

[see also Best Fiction Books of 2019]