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.

Michael Silverblatt: Best Books of 2019

10 December 2019

Michael Silverblatt: Best Books of 2019, as posted by KCRW

Carl Wilson: The Best Albums of 2019

10 December 2019

Carl Wilson: The Best Albums of 2019, as published by Slate, in alphabetical order by artist

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

Atlantic: The 18 Best Albums of 2019

10 December 2019

The Atlantic: The 18 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2018]

Ken Tucker: Top 10 Albums of the Year

10 December 2019

Ken Tucker: Top 10 Albums of the Year, as aired on NPR’s Fresh Air

[see also 2018]

  1. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  2. LizzoCuz I Love You
  3. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  4. Carsie BlantonBuck Up
  5. Megan Thee StallionFever
  6. Carly Rae JepsenDedicated
  7. Maren MorrisGIRL
  8. BeyoncéHomecoming: The Live Album
  9. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  10. Jenny LewisOn the Line

Flood: The Best Albums of 2019

09 December 2019

Flood Magazine: The Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  2. Charly BlissYoung Enough
  3. FKA twigsMagdalene
  4. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  5. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  6. Oso Osobasking in the glow
  7. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  8. Denzel CurryZUU
  9. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  10. (Sandy) Alex GHouse of Sugar
  11. PUPMorbid Stuff
  12. Mannequin PussyPatience
  13. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  14. Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center
  15. Taylor SwiftLover
  16. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  17. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  18. Prince Daddy & the HyenaCosmic Thrill Seekers
  19. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  20. Carly Rae JepsenDedicated
  21. JPEGMAFIAAll My Heroes Are Cornballs
  22. Bruce SpringsteenWestern Stars
  23. Helado NegroThis Is How You Smile
  24. SASAMISASAMI
  25. The Flaming LipsKing's Mouth: Music and Songs

Benzine: The Best Films of the Decade 2010-2019

09 December 2019

Benzine Magazine: The Best Films of the Decade 2010-2019, in roughly chronological order

PopMatters: The 70 Best Albums of 2019

09 December 2019

PopMatters: The 70 Best Albums of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. FKA twigsMagdalene
  2. slowthaiNothing Great About Britain
  3. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  4. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  5. DavePsychodrama
  6. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  7. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  8. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  9. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  10. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  11. Little SimzGREY Area
  12. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  13. BaronessGold & Grey
  14. Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love
  15. UnderworldDRIFT Series 1 Sampler Edition
  16. Hot ChipA Bath Full of Ecstasy
  17. Jordan RakeiOrigin
  18. Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka
  19. RapsodyEve
  20. Jenny LewisOn the Line
  21. KanoHoodies All Summer
  22. Gary Clark Jr.This Land
  23. Durand Jones & The IndicationsAmerican Love Call
  24. Lingua IgnotaCaligula
  25. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  26. HælosAny Random Kindness
  27. HatchieKeepsake
  28. The NationalI Am Easy to Find
  29. Holly HerndonPROTO
  30. Ekiti SoundAbeg No Vex
  31. clipping.There Existed an Addiction to Blood
  32. Vanishing TwinThe Age of Immunology
  33. YolaWalk Through Fire
  34. WevalThe Weight
  35. JPEGMAFIAAll My Heroes Are Cornballs
  36. OpethIn Cauda Venenum
  37. Brittany HowardJaime
  38. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  39. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  40. Marika HackmanAny Human Friend
  41. Mark Lanegan BandSomebody's Knocking
  42. Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisithere is no Other
  43. Sampa the GreatThe Return
  44. Sleaford ModsEton Alive
  45. Caroline PolachekPang
  46. Cate Le BonReward
  47. Cherry GlazerrStuffed & Ready
  48. The Twilight SadIt Won/t Be like This All the Time
  49. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  50. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  51. Loraine JamesFor You and I
  52. Devin TownsendEmpath
  53. Blanck MassAnimated Violence Mild
  54. LizzoCuz I Love You
  55. Adia VictoriaSilences
  56. A Winged Victory For The SullenThe Undivided Five
  57. Thom YorkeAnima
  58. Anna MeredithFibs
  59. Boy HarsherCareful
  60. ElbowGiants of All Sizes
  61. SlayyyterSlayyyter
  62. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  63. Jade BirdJade Bird
  64. black midiSchlagenheim
  65. Charly BlissYoung Enough
  66. Raphael SaadiqJimmy Lee
  67. Sleater-KinneyThe Center Won't Hold
  68. The HighwomenThe Highwomen
  69. Orville PeckPony
  70. Angel Bat DawidThe Oracle

Alan Sepinwall: 20 Best TV Shows of 2019

09 December 2019

Alan Sepinwall: 20 Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2010s]

  1. Fleabag
  2. Watchmen
  3. Russian Doll
  4. Better Things
  5. Unbelievable
  6. Chernobyl
  7. Lodge 49
  8. Ramy
  9. Pose
  10. David Makes Man
  11. When They See Us
  12. PEN15
  13. Brockmire
  14. Tuca & Bertie
  15. Catastrophe
  16. Los Espookys
  17. Mr Inbetween
  18. Fosse/Verdon
  19. Sex Education
  20. Warrior

A.V. Club: The 25 Best TV Shows of 2019

09 December 2019

The A.V. Club: The 25 Best TV Shows of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2010s]

  1. Fleabag
  2. Watchmen
  3. Russian Doll
  4. Succession
  5. Barry
  6. The Good Place
  7. BoJack Horseman
  8. Lodge 49
  9. When They See Us
  10. Chernobyl
  11. The Other Two
  12. Undone
  13. Pose
  14. Unbelievable
  15. I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
  16. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  17. Documentary Now!
  18. Tuca & Bertie
  19. Mr. Robot
  20. The Righteous Gemstones
  21. One Day at a Time
  22. The Mandalorian
  23. Stranger Things
  24. Schitt's Creek
  25. You’re the Worst
  26. Fosse/Verdon

David Ehrlich: The 25 Best Films of 2019

09 December 2019

This year’s installment of David Ehrlich’s video countdown: The 25 Best Films of 2019

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

  1. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  2. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  3. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  4. Ad AstraJames Gray
  5. The FarewellLulu Wang
  6. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  7. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  8. SynonymsNadav Lapid
  9. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  10. Knives OutRian Johnson
  11. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  12. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  13. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  14. MidsommarAri Aster
  15. High LifeClaire Denis
  16. Varda by AgnèsAgnès Varda
  17. DiamantinoGabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt
  18. TransitChristian Petzold
  19. AtlanticsMati Diop
  20. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  21. I Lost My BodyJérémy Clapin
  22. The Beach BumHarmony Korine
  23. The Hottest AugustBrett Story
  24. UsJordan Peele
  25. HustlersLorene Scafaria