Year-End Lists

A browsable archive of notable year-end lists. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its author, at the source.

LaToya Ferguson: The Best TV Shows of 2020

23 December 2020

LaToya Ferguson: The Best TV Shows of 2020, as published by ScreenCrush

[see also 2019, 2018]

  1. I May Destroy You
  2. Better Call Saul
  3. Ted Lasso
  4. BoJack Horseman
  5. Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet
  6. Lovecraft Country
  7. What We Do in the Shadows
  8. Saved by the Bell
  9. The Last Dance
  10. A.P. Bio

David Fear: The 20 Best Movies of 2020

23 December 2020

David Fear: The 20 Best Movies of 2020, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. CollectiveAlexander Nanau
  2. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  3. David Byrne's American UtopiaSpike Lee
  4. First CowKelly Reichardt
  5. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  6. TimeGarrett Bradley
  7. MinariLee Isaac Chung
  8. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  9. Martin EdenPietro Marcello
  10. NomadlandChloé Zhao
  11. TigertailAlan Yang
  12. BeanpoleKantemir Balagov
  13. I'm Thinking of Ending ThingsCharlie Kaufman
  14. Night of the KingsPhilippe Lacôte
  15. The Vast of NightAndrew Patterson
  16. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz
  17. Boys StateJesse Moss and Amanda McBaine
  18. La LloronaJayro Bustamante
  19. The AssistantKitty Green
  20. MankDavid Fincher

K. Austin Collins: Top 20 Movies of 2020

23 December 2020

K. Austin Collins: Top 20 Movies of 2020, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Never Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEliza Hittman
  2. TimeGarrett Bradley
  3. Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa
  4. Fire Will ComeOliver Laxe
  5. Bloody Nose, Empty PocketsBill Ross IV and Turner Ross
  6. Small Axe: Red, White and BlueSteve McQueen
  7. City HallFrederick Wiseman
  8. Small Axe: Lovers RockSteve McQueen
  9. FourteenDan Sallitt
  10. First CowKelly Reichardt
  11. ResidueMerawi Gerima
  12. TeslaMichael Almereyda
  13. BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  14. Dick Johnson Is DeadKirsten Johnson
  15. The Vast of NightAndrew Patterson
  16. She Dies TomorrowAmy Seimetz
  17. I Was at Home, ButAngela Schanelec
  18. Ham on RyeTyler Taormina
  19. The AssistantKitty Green
  20. Borat Subsequent MoviefilmJason Woliner
  21. The 40-Year-Old VersionRadha Blank
  22. KajillionaireMiranda July
  23. MankDavid Fincher

The Wild Honey Pie: Top 30 Albums of 2020

23 December 2020

The Wild Honey Pie: Top 30 Albums of 2020

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Phoebe BridgersPunisher
  2. WaxahatcheeSaint Cloud
  3. Sylvan EssoFree Love
  4. Andy ShaufThe Neon Skyline
  5. HaimWomen in Music Pt. III
  6. AnjimileGiver Taker
  7. SamiaThe Baby
  8. GrimesMiss Anthropocene
  9. Fleet FoxesShore
  10. Half WaifThe Caretaker
  11. The StrokesThe New Abnormal
  12. Adrianne Lenkersongs
  13. Fenne LilyBreach
  14. orion sunHold Space For Me
  15. Becca MancariThe Greatest Part
  16. Laura MarlingSong for Our Daughter
  17. Perfume GeniusSet My Heart on Fire Immediately
  18. Frances QuinlanLikewise
  19. Christian Lee HutsonBeginners
  20. Taylor SwiftFolklore
  21. ela minusacts of rebellion
  22. Dan CrollGrand Plan
  23. Car Seat HeadrestMaking a Door Less Open
  24. Lido PimientaMiss Colombia
  25. Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters
  26. BeneeHey u x
  27. PorchesRicky Music
  28. Empress OfI'm Your Empress Of
  29. Charli XCXhow I'm feeling now
  30. Told SlantPoint The Flashlight and Walk

Alan Sepinwall: The 20 Best TV Shows of 2020

23 December 2020

Alan Sepinwall: The 20 Best TV Shows of 2020, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Better Call Saul
  2. Lovecraft Country
  3. Brockmire
  4. I May Destroy You
  5. The Good Lord Bird
  6. Normal People
  7. What We Do in the Shadows
  8. We Are Who We Are
  9. How To with John Wilson
  10. PEN15
  11. Bluey
  12. Better Things
  13. My Brilliant Friend
  14. Dave
  15. The Great
  16. BoJack Horseman
  17. High Fidelity
  18. Ramy
  19. The Plot Against America
  20. Grand Army

Magnet: Top 25 Albums of 2020

23 December 2020

Magnet Magazine: Top 25 Albums of 2020

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. The StrokesThe New Abnormal
  2. Porridge RadioEvery Bad
  3. Guided By VoicesSurrender Your Poppy Field
  4. Guided By VoicesMirrored Aztec
  5. Guided By VoicesStyles We Paid For
  6. Adrianne Lenkersongs
  7. Adrianne Lenkerinstrumentals
  8. Jeff ParkerSuite for Max Brown
  9. Drive-By TruckersThe Unraveling
  10. Drive-By TruckersThe New OK
  11. Thao & the Get Down Stay DownTemple
  12. The Flaming LipsAmerican Head
  13. Lydia LovelessDaughter
  14. The BethsJump Rope Gazers
  15. Old 97’sTwelfth
  16. ActressKarma & Desire
  17. Kathleen EdwardsTotal Freedom
  18. The MicrophonesMicrophones in 2020
  19. SaultUntitled (Black Is)
  20. SaultUntitled (Rise)
  21. Nada SurfNever Not Together
  22. ColoramaChaos Wonderland
  23. Courtney Marie AndrewsOld Flowers
  24. Fontaines D.C.A Hero's Death
  25. Cut WormsNobody Lives Here Anymore
  26. Jehnny BethTo Love Is to Live
  27. The Mountain GoatsSongs for Pierre Chuvin
  28. The Mountain GoatsGetting Into Knives
  29. Bill CallahanGold Record
  30. The Lees Of MemoryMoon Shot
  31. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverSideways to New Italy

Guardian: The 50 Best Albums of 2020

23 December 2020

The Guardian: The 50 Best Albums of 2020

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters
  2. Dua LipaFuture Nostalgia
  3. Rina SawayamaSawayama
  4. Perfume GeniusSet My Heart on Fire Immediately
  5. SaultUntitled (Black Is)
  6. WaxahatcheeSaint Cloud
  7. HaimWomen in Music Pt. III
  8. J HusBig Conspiracy
  9. Taylor SwiftFolklore
  10. Moses SumneyGræ
  11. Róisín MurphyRóisín Machine
  12. Chloe x HalleUngodly Hour
  13. Bob DylanRough and Rowdy Ways
  14. Jessie WareWhat's Your Pleasure?
  15. Jay ElectronicaA Written Testimony
  16. Phoebe BridgersPunisher
  17. Fontaines D.C.A Hero's Death
  18. Run the JewelsRTJ4
  19. Lady GagaChromatica
  20. GrimesMiss Anthropocene
  21. Yves TumorHeaven to a Tortured Mind
  22. Beatrice DillonWorkaround
  23. CaribouSuddenly
  24. Kelly Lee OwensInner Song
  25. SaultUntitled (Rise)
  26. Bill CallahanGold Record
  27. Laura MarlingSong for Our Daughter
  28. ThundercatIt Is What It Is
  29. Mac MillerCircles
  30. Fleet FoxesShore
  31. U.S. GirlsHeavy Light
  32. KeiyaAForever, Ya Girl
  33. Charli XCXhow I'm feeling now
  34. Freddie Gibbs & The AlchemistAlfredo
  35. Working Men's ClubWorking Men's Club
  36. The 1975Notes on a Conditional Form
  37. 21 Savage & Metro BoominSavage Mode II
  38. Kassa OverallI Think I'm Good
  39. Jeff ParkerSuite for Max Brown
  40. Ariana GrandePositions
  41. ActressKarma & Desire
  42. Kylie MinogueDISCO
  43. WizkidMade in Lagos
  44. Jessy LanzaAll the Time
  45. Selena GomezRare
  46. The NecksThree
  47. Teyana TaylorThe Album
  48. Soccer Mommycolor theory
  49. DestroyerHave We Met
  50. clipping.Visions of Bodies Being Burned

New York Times: The Best New Podcasts of 2020

22 December 2020

The New York Times: The Best New Podcasts of 2020

XXL: Best Hip-Hop Projects of 2020

22 December 2020

XXL: Best Hip-Hop Projects of 2020

[see also 2019]

Albumism: The 100 Best Albums of 2020

22 December 2020

Albumism: The 100 Best Albums of 2020

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017]

  1. Róisín MurphyRóisín Machine
  2. Lianne La HavasLianne La Havas
  3. SaultUntitled (Black Is)
  4. Jessie WareWhat's Your Pleasure?
  5. Taylor SwiftFolklore
  6. SaultUntitled (Rise)
  7. Kylie MinogueDISCO
  8. Pet Shop BoysHotspot
  9. Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters
  10. DovesThe Universal Want
  11. Dua LipaFuture Nostalgia
  12. BrandyB7
  13. Phoebe BridgersPunisher
  14. FaithlessAll Blessed
  15. Alanis MorissetteSuch Pretty Forks in the Road
  16. Run the JewelsRTJ4
  17. Mandy MooreSilver Landings
  18. Moses SumneyGræ
  19. Soccer Mommycolor theory
  20. The 1975Notes on a Conditional Form
  21. Vanessa CarltonLove is an Art
  22. Natalie SchlabsDon't Look Too Close
  23. Black ThoughtStreams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able
  24. Ego Ella MayHoney For Wounds
  25. S.G. GoodmanOld Time Feeling
  26. Jacob CollierDjesse Vol. 3
  27. Yumi ZoumaTruth or Consequences
  28. Bright Light Bright LightFun City
  29. GeorgiaSeeking Thrils
  30. Car Seat HeadrestMaking a Door Less Open
  31. Sam SparroBoombox Eternal
  32. Katie MeluaAlbum No. 8
  33. Busta RhymesExtinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God
  34. Mac MillerCircles
  35. The Dirty ClergyIn Waves
  36. Carly Rae JepsenDedicated Side B
  37. Country WesternsCountry Westerns
  38. The VaporsTogether
  39. Laura MarlingSong for Our Daughter
  40. Tom AspaulBlack Country Disco
  41. KyshonaListen
  42. Luke Jamesto feel love/d
  43. Agnes ObelMyopia
  44. LåpsleyThrough Water
  45. Jay ElectronicaA Written Testimony
  46. LéonApart
  47. Melanie CMelanie C
  48. Tom Misch & Yussef DayesWhat Kinda Music
  49. Ben WattStorm Damage
  50. Caroline RoseSuperstar
  51. Lady GagaChromatica
  52. Bob MouldBlue Hearts
  53. The Adobe CollectiveAll the Space That There Is
  54. Gloria EstefanBrazil305
  55. Arlo MckinleyDie Midwestern
  56. Little DragonNew Me, Same Us
  57. Leven KaliHIGHTIDE
  58. Man ManDream Hunting in the Valley of the In​-​Between
  59. Bob DylanRough and Rowdy Ways
  60. JadakissIgnatius
  61. the DanberrysShine
  62. Public EnemyWhat You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?
  63. Teddy ThompsonHeartbreaker Please
  64. LauvHow I'm Feeling
  65. Kandace SpringsThe Women Who Raised Me
  66. The JayhawksXOXO
  67. Norah JonesPick Me Up Off the Floor
  68. NasKing's Disease
  69. Lisa LoebA Simple Trick to Happiness
  70. Fleet FoxesShore
  71. WaxahatcheeSaint Cloud
  72. Tame ImpalaThe Slow Rush
  73. Courtney Marie AndrewsOld Flowers
  74. Nubya GarciaSOURCE
  75. Fontaines D.C.A Hero's Death
  76. Open Mike EagleAnime, Trauma and Divorce
  77. The WeekndAfter Hours
  78. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitReunions
  79. ShamirShamir
  80. The Flaming LipsAmerican Head
  81. Lucinda WilliamsGood Souls Better Angels
  82. Alicia KeysAlicia
  83. The KillersImploding the Mirage
  84. The ChicksGaslighter
  85. The StrokesThe New Abnormal
  86. CaribouSuddenly
  87. P.J. O'ConnorTelevision's Golden Age
  88. AnnieDark Hearts
  89. Rufus WainwrightUnfollow the Rules
  90. CommonA Beautiful Revolution (Pt 1)
  91. Nadine ShahKitchen Sink
  92. Sa-RocThe Sharecropper's Daughter
  93. Sasha SloanOnly Child
  94. Pearl JamGigaton
  95. I Break HorsesWarnings
  96. Shelby LynneShelby Lynne
  97. The SoundsThings We Do For Love
  98. Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin and 9th WonderDinner Party
  99. Enemy RadioLoud Is Not Enough
  100. DisclosureEnergy