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.

Jon Pareles: Best Albums of 2019

05 December 2019

Jon Pareles: Best Albums of 2019, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2018, 2017, 2011]

  1. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  2. Brittany HowardJaime
  3. SantanaAfrica Speaks
  4. Sudan ArchivesAthena
  5. iLeAlmadura
  6. Bon Iveri,i
  7. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  8. Michael KiwanukaKiwanuka
  9. black midiSchlagenheim
  10. 100 gecs1000 gecs

David Sims: The 10 Best Films of 2019

05 December 2019

David Sims: The 10 Best Films of 2019, as published by The Atlantic

[see also 2018]

  1. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  2. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  3. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  4. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  5. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  6. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  7. The FarewellLulu Wang
  8. Ad AstraJames Gray
  9. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  10. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach

Ringer: The Best Movies of 2019

05 December 2019

The Ringer: The Best Movies of 2019, composed by Sean Fennessey and Adam Nayman

[see also 2018]

  1. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  2. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  3. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  4. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  5. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  6. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  7. High LifeClaire Denis
  8. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  9. AtlanticsMati Diop
  10. Knives OutRian Johnson

Alissa Wilkinson: The 21 Best Films of 2019

05 December 2019

Alissa Wilkinson: The 21 Best Films of 2019, as published by Vox

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  2. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  3. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  4. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  5. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  6. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  7. The Hottest AugustBrett Story
  8. Black MotherKhalik Allah
  9. The FarewellLulu Wang
  10. PeterlooMike Leigh
  11. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  12. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  13. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  14. Wild Nights with EmilyMadeleine Olnek
  15. For SamaWaad Al-Khateab and Edward Watts
  16. Chinese PortraitWang Xiaoshuai
  17. Honey BoyAlma Har'el
  18. 3 FacesJafar Panahi
  19. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  20. MidsommarAri Aster
  21. The CompetitionClaire Simon

Owen Gleiberman: The Best Films of 2019

05 December 2019

Owen Gleiberman: The Best Films of 2019, as published by Variety

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012]

  1. JokerTodd Phillips
  2. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  3. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  4. DianeKent Jones
  5. Toy Story 4Josh Cooley
  6. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  7. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  8. BombshellJay Roach
  9. A Hidden LifeTerrence Malick
  10. The ReportScott Z. Burns

Peter Debruge: The Best Films of 2019

05 December 2019

Peter Debruge: The Best Films of 2019, as published by Variety

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. WavesTrey Edward Shults
  2. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  3. Birds of PassageCristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra
  4. DianeKent Jones
  5. Toy Story 4Josh Cooley
  6. The ChambermaidLila Avilés
  7. Woman at WarBenedikt Erlingsson
  8. The Hottest AugustBrett Story
  9. I Lost My BodyJérémy Clapin
  10. A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodMarielle Heller

Emily Nussbaum: The Best TV Shows of 2019

04 December 2019

Emily Nussbaum: The Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by The New Yorker with an essay amusingly titled "I Love Top Ten Lists"

[see also 2018, 2017]

Richard Brody: The Best Movies of 2019

04 December 2019

Richard Brody: The Best Movies of 2019, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010s]

Stereogum: The 50 Best Albums Of 2019

04 December 2019

Stereogum: The 50 Best Albums Of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010s]

  1. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  2. Angel OlsenAll Mirrors
  3. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  4. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  5. Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
  6. (Sandy) Alex GHouse of Sugar
  7. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  8. Great GrandpaFour of Arrows
  9. Billy Woods & Kenny SegalHiding Places
  10. Fontaines D.C.Dogrel
  11. black midiSchlagenheim
  12. Charly BlissYoung Enough
  13. Holly HerndonPROTO
  14. Mannequin PussyPatience
  15. FKA twigsMagdalene
  16. Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love
  17. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  18. Denzel CurryZUU
  19. Jessica PrattQuiet Signs
  20. Polo GDie a Legend
  21. Cate Le BonReward
  22. Charli XCXCharli
  23. Rico Nasty & Kenny BeatsAnger Management
  24. FloristEmily Alone
  25. Young ThugSo Much Fun
  26. EmpathActive Listening: Night on Earth
  27. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  28. girlpoolWhat Chaos Is Imaginary
  29. Control TopCovert Contracts
  30. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  31. PUPMorbid Stuff
  32. Bill CallahanShepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
  33. Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community Center
  34. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  35. Abuse Of PowerWhat On Earth Can We Do
  36. Hand Habitsplaceholder
  37. Jamila WoodsLEGACY! LEGACY!
  38. AmygdalaOur Voices Will Soar Forever
  39. Bon Iveri,i
  40. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  41. BrutusNest
  42. Oso Osobasking in the glow
  43. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  44. Blood IncantationHidden History of the Human Race
  45. Brittany HowardJaime
  46. SolangeWhen I Get Home
  47. Nilüfer YanyaMiss Universe
  48. Girl BandThe Talkies
  49. Miranda LambertWildcard
  50. Greet DeathNew Hell

Richard Lawson: The 10 Best Movies of 2019

04 December 2019

Richard Lawson: The 10 Best Movies of 2019, as published by Vanity Fair

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2010s]

  1. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  2. Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma
  3. The SouvenirJoanna Hogg
  4. The FarewellLulu Wang
  5. HoneylandTamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
  6. HustlersLorene Scafaria
  7. AtlanticsMati Diop
  8. The Ground Beneath My FeetMarie Kreutzer
  9. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  10. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie