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.

Ed Gonzalez: Best Films of 2019

31 December 2019

Ed Gonzalez: Best Films of 2019, as published by Slant Magazine

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. TransitChristian Petzold
  2. Long Day's Journey Into NightBi Gan
  3. A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodMarielle Heller
  4. Black MotherKhalik Allah
  5. Ad AstraJames Gray
  6. PeterlooMike Leigh
  7. The CompetitionClaire Simon
  8. Ray & LizRichard Billingham
  9. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  10. ClimaxGaspar Noé

Paste: The 100 Best TV Shows of the 2010s

31 December 2019

Paste Magazine: The 100 Best TV Shows of the 2010s

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. Mad Men
  3. The Americans
  4. Blue Planet II
  5. Planet Earth II
  6. Fleabag
  7. Adventure Time
  8. The Good Place
  9. Atlanta
  10. Parks and Recreation
  11. The Great British Bake Off
  12. 30 Rock
  13. Barry
  14. Rectify
  15. The Good Wife
  16. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  17. Game of Thrones
  18. The Crown
  19. Bob’s Burgers
  20. Justified
  21. Stranger Things
  22. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  23. Chernobyl
  24. Better Call Saul
  25. Catastrophe
  26. When They See Us
  27. My Mad Fat Diary
  28. Hannibal
  29. Key and Peele
  30. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  31. Twin Peaks: The Return
  32. Succession
  33. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
  34. BoJack Horseman
  35. Veep
  36. Legends of Tomorrow
  37. Downton Abbey
  38. The Night Manager
  39. The Good Fight
  40. Mozart in the Jungle
  41. Review
  42. Counterpart
  43. Man Seeking Woman
  44. The Leftovers
  45. Community
  46. Penny Dreadful
  47. Boardwalk Empire
  48. Broad City
  49. Gravity Falls
  50. Happy Valley
  51. Killing Eve
  52. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
  53. Halt and Catch Fire
  54. Looking
  55. Fargo
  56. Russian Doll
  57. Treme
  58. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  59. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  60. Sherlock
  61. Orphan Black
  62. Rick and Morty
  63. American Vandal
  64. Downward Dog
  65. Jane the Virgin
  66. Terriers
  67. In the Flesh
  68. Doctor Who
  69. Glow
  70. Documentary Now!
  71. Big Mouth
  72. Outlander
  73. Black-ish
  74. Speechless
  75. The Handmaid’s Tale
  76. Queen Sugar
  77. Happy Endings
  78. Master of None
  79. Detroiters
  80. Steven Universe
  81. Black Mirror
  82. Better Things
  83. One Day at a Time
  84. The Expanse
  85. Fringe
  86. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  87. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  88. Westworld
  89. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  90. Orange is the New Black
  91. The Knick
  92. Portlandia
  93. Nathan for You
  94. Pose
  95. The Bold Type
  96. Schitt's Creek
  97. Grey's Anatomy
  98. Eastbound & Down
  99. Fresh Off the Boat
  100. Silicon Valley
  101. Parenthood

Keith Uhlich: Best Films of 2019

30 December 2019

Keith Uhlich: Best Films of 2019, as published by Slant Magazine

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

  1. PeterlooMike Leigh
  2. A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodMarielle Heller
  3. La FlorMariano Llinás
  4. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  5. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  6. DominoBrian De Palma
  7. The Gospel of EurekaDonal Mosher and Michael Palmieri
  8. Chained for LifeAaron Schimberg
  9. Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell
  10. AtlanticsMati Diop

BuzzFeed: The 24 Best Books of the Decade

30 December 2019

BuzzFeed: The 24 Best Books of the Decade

[see also 2019, 2018]

The Wild Honey Pie: Top 30 Albums of 2019

30 December 2019

The Wild Honey Pie: Top 30 Albums of 2019

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

  1. Brittany HowardJaime
  2. Julia JacklinCrushing
  3. Charli XCXCharli
  4. LizzoCuz I Love You
  5. DrugdealerRaw Honey
  6. Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center
  7. Sharon Van EttenRemind Me Tomorrow
  8. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  9. Kishi BashiOmoiyari
  10. Faye WebsterAtlanta Millionaires Club
  11. King PrincessCheap Queen
  12. Kevin MorbyOh My God
  13. FKA twigsMagdalene
  14. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  15. Big ThiefTwo Hands
  16. Hand Habitsplaceholder
  17. Fruit BatsGold Past Life
  18. Anderson .PaakVentura
  19. BedouineBird Songs of a Killjoy
  20. Andrew BirdMy Finest Work Yet
  21. Karen O & Danger MouseLux Prima
  22. Carly Rae JepsenDedicated
  23. Mark RonsonLate Night Feelings
  24. Maggie RogersHeard It In A Past Life
  25. James BlakeAssume Form
  26. Angelo De AugustineTomb
  27. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  28. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  29. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  30. SASAMISASAMI

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]