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.

Atlantic: The 15 Best Books of 2019

27 December 2019

The Atlantic: The 15 Best Books of 2019

David Bianculli: The Best TV of 2019

27 December 2019

David Bianculli: The Best TV of 2019, as aired on NPR’s Fresh Air

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. The Good Place
  2. Legion
  3. Black Mirror
  4. Fleabag
  5. Killing Eve
  6. Watchmen
  7. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  8. Dead to Me
  9. Barry
  10. Evil
  11. Veep

Sarah Larson: The Best Podcasts of 2019

27 December 2019

Sarah Larson: The Best Podcasts of 2019, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2018]

  1. Dolly Parton's America
  2. Headlong: Running from COPS
  3. Uncover (The Village)
  4. Intrigue (Tunnel 29)
  5. 1619
  6. Reply All
  7. Anthem (Homunculus)
  8. The City (Reno)
  9. Richest Hill
  10. Trump, Inc.

Time Out New York: The 50 Best Movies of the 2010s

25 December 2019

Time Out New York: The 50 Best Movies of the 2010s

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  3. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  4. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  5. Get OutJordan Peele
  6. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  7. Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
  8. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  9. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  10. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  11. InceptionChristopher Nolan
  12. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  13. MidsommarAri Aster
  14. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  15. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  16. We Need to Talk About KevinLynne Ramsay
  17. La La LandDamien Chazelle
  18. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  19. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  20. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  21. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  22. HerSpike Jonze
  23. Stories We TellSarah Polley
  24. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  25. CarolTodd Haynes
  26. BridesmaidsPaul Feig
  27. A SeparationAsghar Farhadi
  28. Inside OutPete Docter
  29. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  30. Exit Through the Gift ShopBanksy
  31. Force MajeureRuben Östlund
  32. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  33. The Great BeautyPaolo Sorrentino
  34. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  35. The Raid: RedemptionGareth Evans
  36. Young AdultJason Reitman
  37. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  38. The BabadookJennifer Kent
  39. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceRoy Andersson
  40. Another YearMike Leigh
  41. SightseersBen Wheatley
  42. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  43. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  44. GravityAlfonso Cuaron
  45. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  46. God’s Own CountryFrancis Lee
  47. LeviathanAndrey Zvyagintsev
  48. The Duke of BurgundyPeter Strickland
  49. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  50. Black PantherRyan Coogler

Tony Fantano: Top 50 Albums of 2019

24 December 2019

Tony Fantano: Top 50 Albums of 2019, as aired on The Needle Drop

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Charli XCXCharli
  2. Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
  3. Richard Dawson2020
  4. Lingua IgnotaCaligula
  5. Xiu XiuGirl with Basket of Fruit
  6. Little SimzGREY Area
  7. LiturgyH.A.Q.Q.
  8. Matana RobertsCOIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis
  9. Alex CameronMiami Memory
  10. Dorian ElectraFlamboyant
  11. Otoboke BeaverItekoma Hits
  12. Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
  13. King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardInfest The Rats' Nest
  14. Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  15. black midiSchlagenheim
  16. slowthaiNothing Great About Britain
  17. Slauson MaloneA Quiet Farwell, Twenty Sixteen to Twenty Eighteen
  18. Yazz AhmedPolyhymnia
  19. Kirin J CallinanReturn to Center
  20. LizzoCuz I Love You
  21. The Comet Is ComingTrust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery
  22. clipping.There Existed an Addiction to Blood
  23. MatmosPlastic Anniversary
  24. Quelle ChrisGuns
  25. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  26. BeyoncéHomecoming: The Live Album
  27. Ariana Grandethank u, next
  28. Caroline PolachekPang
  29. Ana Frango ElétricoLittle Electric Chicken Heart
  30. Hobo JohnsonThe Fall of Hobo Johnson
  31. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  32. BROCKHAMPTONGINGER
  33. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  34. Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
  35. JPEGMAFIAAll My Heroes Are Cornballs
  36. Blu & Oh NoA Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night
  37. Denzel CurryZUU
  38. Lightning BoltSonic Citadel
  39. UboaThe Origin of My Depression
  40. Sunn O)))Pyroclasts
  41. Billy Woods & Kenny SegalHiding Places
  42. PUPMorbid Stuff
  43. FlumeHi This Is Flume
  44. The HighwomenThe Highwomen
  45. Anamanaguchi[USA]
  46. Malibu Ken, Aesop Rock & TOBACCOMalibu Ken
  47. Tropical Fuck StormBraindrops
  48. Megan Thee StallionFever
  49. 100 gecs1000 gecs
  50. RapsodyEve

Hyperallergic: The Best Films of the Decade

24 December 2019

Hyperallergic: The Best Films of the Decade

[see also 2019]

  1. No Home MovieChantal Akerman
  2. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  3. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  4. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  5. The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer
  6. The Tree of LifeTerrence Malick
  7. Get OutJordan Peele
  8. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  9. CamerapersonKirsten Johnson
  10. Horse MoneyPedro Costa
  11. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  12. LemonadeBeyoncé Knowles Carter and Kahlil Joseph with Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Tod Tourso
  13. MargaretKenneth Lonergan
  14. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  15. Certified CopyAbbas Kiarostami
  16. The Tale of the Princess KaguyaIsao Takahata
  17. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  18. HyperNormalisationAdam Curtis
  19. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  20. High LifeClaire Denis
  21. Love is the Message, the Message is DeathArthur Jafa
  22. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  23. Certain WomenKelly Reichardt
  24. The Grand BizarreJodie Mack
  25. On the Beach at Night AloneHong Sang-soo
  26. ShirkersSandi Tan

Slant: The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s

24 December 2019

Slant Magazine: The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s

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

  1. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  2. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
  4. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  5. RobynBody Talk
  6. Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
  7. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  8. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  9. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  10. Taylor Swift1989
  11. PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  12. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  13. Janelle MonáeThe ArchAndroid
  14. Jessie WareDevotion
  15. GrimesArt Angels
  16. ChromaticsKill for Love
  17. LordeMelodrama
  18. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  19. FKA twigsLP1
  20. Lady GagaBorn This Way
  21. BeyoncéLemonade
  22. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  23. Lykke LiWounded Rhymes
  24. Beach HouseTeen Dream
  25. Charli XCXTrue Romance
  26. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  27. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  28. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteen
  29. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  30. RobynHoney
  31. LordePure Heroine
  32. SpoonThey Want My Soul
  33. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  34. SZACtrl
  35. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  36. HAIMSomething To Tell You
  37. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  38. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  39. David BowieBlackstar
  40. Shabazz PalacesBlack Up
  41. Kanye WestYeezus
  42. FKA twigsMagdalene
  43. St. VincentStrange Mercy
  44. Arcade FireThe Suburbs
  45. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  46. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  47. LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening
  48. Thom YorkeAnima
  49. Lucinda WilliamsThe Ghosts of Highway 20
  50. Frank OceanBlond
  51. DisclosureSettle
  52. The InternetHive Mind
  53. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
  54. DrakeTake Care
  55. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  56. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  57. Blood OrangeCupid Deluxe
  58. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  59. BjörkUtopia
  60. Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  61. Jessie WareTough Love
  62. The Black KeysBrothers
  63. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  64. JAY-Z4:44
  65. Sleigh BellsTreats
  66. Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
  67. Tune-YardsWhokill
  68. MiguelWildheart
  69. Crystal Castles(II)
  70. Purple MountainsPurple Mountains
  71. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  72. The KnifeShaking the Habitual
  73. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  74. Bon IverBon Iver
  75. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  76. Titus AndronicusThe Most Lamentable Tragedy
  77. Pistol AnniesHell on Heels
  78. The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
  79. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  80. BjörkVulnicura
  81. SantigoldMaster of My Make-Believe
  82. The Magnetic Fields50 Song Memoir
  83. Wild BeastsSmother
  84. The WeekndHouse of Balloons
  85. Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love
  86. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  87. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 2
  88. Taylor Swiftreputation
  89. M83Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  90. DestroyerKaputt
  91. Mariah CareyCaution
  92. Katy BOn A Mission
  93. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  94. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  95. Aphex TwinSyro
  96. James BlakeJames Blake
  97. Lindstrøm & ChristabelleReal Life Is No Cool
  98. Pet Shop BoysElectric
  99. Big ThiefU.F.O.F.
  100. Bright Light Bright LightLife Is Easy

Polygon: The Best Movies of 2019

24 December 2019

Polygon: The Best Movies of 2019

Vadim Rizov: The Best Films of 2019

24 December 2019

Vadim Rizov: The Best Films of 2019, as submitted to the Sight & Sound Poll

[see also 2018, 2017]

Spectrum Culture: Best Films of 2019

24 December 2019

Spectrum Culture: Best Films of 2019