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.

Craig Jenkins: The Best Albums of 2019

04 December 2019

Craig Jenkins: The Best Albums of 2019, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. WilcoOde to Joy
  2. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  3. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  4. FKA twigsMagdalene
  5. Brittany HowardJaime
  6. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  7. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  8. The HighwomenThe Highwomen
  9. Sturgill SimpsonSound & Fury
  10. GriseldaWWCD

Entropy: Best Poetry Books & Poetry Collections of 2019

04 December 2019

Entropy: Best Poetry Books & Poetry Collections of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017]

Susannah Gruder: Best Movies of the 2010s

04 December 2019

Susannah Gruder: Best Movies of the 2010s, as posted to Letterboxd

  1. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  2. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  3. I Am LoveLuca Guadagnino
  4. In My RoomUlrich Köhler
  5. In Jackson HeightsFrederick Wiseman
  6. Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  7. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  8. ChristineAntonio Campos
  9. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  10. WeinerJosh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  11. Take This WaltzSarah Polley
  12. The Love WitchAnna Biller
  13. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  14. GreenbergNoah Baumbach
  15. The WondersAlice Rohrwacher
  16. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  17. Stranger by the LakeAlain Guiraudie
  18. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  19. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  20. Good TimeBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  21. Toni ErdmannMaren Ade
  22. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  23. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  24. DogtoothYorgos Lanthimos
  25. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  26. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  27. Another EarthMike Cahill
  28. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  29. The Skin I Live InPedro Almodóvar
  30. The Great BeautyPaolo Sorrentino
  31. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  32. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  33. BarbaraChristian Petzold
  34. BurningLee Chang-dong
  35. UsJordan Peele
  36. WeekendAndrew Haigh
  37. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  38. CarolTodd Haynes
  39. Black SwanDarren Aronofsky
  40. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  41. AmourMichael Haneke
  42. The WitchRobert Eggers
  43. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  44. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  45. HereditaryAri Aster
  46. Kumiko, the Treasure HunterDavid Zellner
  47. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  48. Get OutJordan Peele
  49. Spring BreakersHarmony Korine
  50. Clouds of Sils MariaOlivier Assayas

Alan Sepinwall: 50 Best TV Shows of the 2010s

04 December 2019

Alan Sepinwall: 50 Best TV Shows of the 2010s, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. The Leftovers
  2. Parks and Recreation
  3. Breaking Bad
  4. BoJack Horseman
  5. Fleabag
  6. The Americans
  7. Atlanta
  8. Justified
  9. Rectify
  10. Better Things
  11. Better Call Saul
  12. Terriers
  13. Community
  14. Twin Peaks: The Return
  15. Game of Thrones
  16. Fargo
  17. Hannibal
  18. Halt and Catch Fire
  19. Bob’s Burgers
  20. Review
  21. Orange is the New Black
  22. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  23. Brockmire
  24. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  25. Watchmen
  26. Boardwalk Empire
  27. Veep
  28. Broad City
  29. Treme
  30. Enlightened
  31. The Good Place
  32. Catastrophe
  33. Key and Peele
  34. The Deuce
  35. The Legend of Korra
  36. You’re the Worst
  37. Master of None
  38. Pose
  39. Girls
  40. Steven Universe
  41. Mr. Robot
  42. Transparent
  43. Gravity Falls
  44. Jane the Virgin
  45. Parenthood
  46. New Girl
  47. Men of a Certain Age
  48. Banshee
  49. Baskets
  50. The Good Wife

Angelica Jade Bastién: The Best TV Shows of 2019

04 December 2019

Angelica Jade Bastién: The Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

  1. Watchmen
  2. Russian Doll
  3. Mindhunter
  4. Fleabag
  5. I Am the Night
  6. Unbelievable
  7. Primal
  8. The Good Place
  9. Bob’s Burgers
  10. Doom Patrol

Kathryn VanArendonk: The Best TV Shows of 2019

04 December 2019

Kathryn VanArendonk: The Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

  1. Fleabag
  2. Succession
  3. Unbelievable
  4. Watchmen
  5. Russian Doll
  6. Lodge 49
  7. Dickinson
  8. The Good Fight
  9. Couples Therapy
  10. What We Do in the Shadows

Jen Chaney: The Best TV Shows of 2019

04 December 2019

Jen Chaney: The Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Fleabag
  2. Unbelievable
  3. Barry
  4. Watchmen
  5. Succession
  6. BoJack Horseman
  7. Veep
  8. A Black Lady Sketch Show
  9. PEN15
  10. You’re the Worst

Matt Zoller Seitz: The Best TV Shows of 2019

04 December 2019

Matt Zoller Seitz: The Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. When They See Us
  2. Better Things
  3. Succession
  4. Russian Doll
  5. Euphoria
  6. Fleabag
  7. Kingdom
  8. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
  9. Deadwood: The Movie
  10. Sherman's Showcase
  11. Documentary Now!

Sonia Saraiya: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2019

04 December 2019

Sonia Saraiya: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by Vanity Fair

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

  1. When They See Us
  2. Fleabag
  3. Unbelievable
  4. Chernobyl
  5. Barry
  6. Succession
  7. The Other Two
  8. Leaving Neverland
  9. Undone
  10. Dickinson

Laura Miller: The 10 Best Books of 2019

04 December 2019

Laura Miller: The 10 Best Books of 2019, as published by Slate

[see also 2018, 2017]