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.

Richard Brody: The Twenty-Seven Best Movies of the Decade

26 November 2019

Richard Brody: The Twenty-Seven Best Movies of the Decade, as published by The New Yorker

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

Esquire: The Best TV Shows of the 2010s

26 November 2019

Esquire: The Best TV Shows of the 2010s

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Atlanta
  2. Breaking Bad
  3. Mad Men
  4. The Americans
  5. Fleabag
  6. Black Mirror
  7. Bob’s Burgers
  8. Parks and Recreation
  9. Veep
  10. Game of Thrones

RogerEbert.com: The Best Television of the Decade

26 November 2019

RogerEbert.com: The Best Television of the Decade, as chosen by TV critics Brian Tallerico and Allison Shoemaker

  1. The Americans
  2. Mad Men
  3. Breaking Bad
  4. The Leftovers
  5. Fleabag
  6. Hannibal
  7. Atlanta
  8. The Good Place
  9. Parks and Recreation
  10. Twin Peaks: The Return
  11. Better Call Saul
  12. Halt and Catch Fire
  13. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  14. Enlightened
  15. When They See Us
  16. 30 Rock
  17. O.J.: Made in America
  18. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
  19. Rectify
  20. American Crime Story
  21. Bob’s Burgers
  22. The Tale
  23. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  24. Veep
  25. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Esquire: The Best Albums of the 2010s

26 November 2019

Esquire: The Best Albums of the 2010s

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. RobynBody Talk
  3. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  4. Arcade FireThe Suburbs
  5. David BowieBlackstar
  6. BeyoncéLemonade
  7. Margo PriceAll American Made
  8. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  9. RihannaAnti
  10. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Stephanie Zacharek: The 10 Best Movies of 2019

26 November 2019

Stephanie Zacharek: The 10 Best Movies of 2019, as published by Time Magazine

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

  1. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar
  2. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  3. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  4. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  5. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  6. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  7. Knives OutRian Johnson
  8. Dolemite Is My NameCraig Brewer
  9. A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodMarielle Heller
  10. HustlersLorene Scafaria

Esquire: The Best Movies of the 2010s

26 November 2019

Esquire: The Best Movies of the 2010s

  1. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  2. Before MidnightRichard Linklater
  3. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  4. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  5. WhiplashDamien Chazelle
  6. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
  7. The LobsterYorgos Lanthimos
  8. The HandmaidenPark Chan-wook
  9. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  10. Paddington 2Paul King

The Independent: The 40 Best Films of the Decade

26 November 2019

The Independent: The 40 Best Films of the Decade, curated by Clarisse Loughrey, Geoffrey Macnab and Adam White

  1. MoonlightBarry Jenkins
  2. CarolTodd Haynes
  3. Get OutJordan Peele
  4. Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson
  5. Inside Llewyn DavisJoel & Ethan Coen
  6. American HoneyAndrea Arnold
  7. Paddington 2Paul King
  8. Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
  9. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  10. 20th Century WomenMike Mills
  11. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  12. 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen
  13. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  14. Lady BirdGreta Gerwig
  15. Son of SaulLászló Nemes
  16. The Selfish GiantClio Barnard
  17. StokerPark Chan-wook
  18. The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer
  19. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  20. Black SwanDarren Aronofsky
  21. The Social NetworkDavid Fincher
  22. AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  23. Call Me by Your NameLuca Guadagnino
  24. HerSpike Jonze
  25. DunkirkChristopher Nolan
  26. BoyTaika Waititi
  27. SelmaAva DuVernay
  28. MelancholiaLars von Trier
  29. HereditaryAri Aster
  30. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  31. The RevenantAlejandro González Iñárritu
  32. Frances HaNoah Baumbach
  33. A Quiet PassionTerence Davies
  34. The Edge of SeventeenKelly Fremon Craig
  35. DogtoothYorgos Lanthimos
  36. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  37. Inside OutPete Docter
  38. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  39. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  40. Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino

Entertainment Weekly: Top 10 Fiction Books of the Decade

26 November 2019

Entertainment Weekly: Top 10 Fiction Books of the Decade

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015]

Glenn Kenny: 15 Favorite Films of the Decade

25 November 2019

Glenn Kenny: 15 Favorite Films of the Decade, as posted to Twitter

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

Consequence of Sound: Top 100 TV Shows of the 2010s

25 November 2019

Consequence of Sound: Top 100 TV Shows of the 2010s

  1. The Americans
  2. Breaking Bad
  3. Mad Men
  4. Nathan for You
  5. Stranger Things
  6. Fleabag
  7. Twin Peaks: The Return
  8. Veep
  9. Atlanta
  10. Halt and Catch Fire
  11. The Leftovers
  12. Steven Universe
  13. Justified
  14. Key and Peele
  15. Hannibal
  16. Succession
  17. When They See Us
  18. Bob’s Burgers
  19. Making a Murderer
  20. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  21. Fargo
  22. Community
  23. Game of Thrones
  24. Broad City
  25. Black Mirror
  26. BoJack Horseman
  27. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  28. Parks and Recreation
  29. Better Call Saul
  30. Girls
  31. Documentary Now!
  32. Chernobyl
  33. The Good Place
  34. True Detective
  35. 11.22.63
  36. Enlightened
  37. The Crown
  38. New Girl
  39. Boardwalk Empire
  40. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  41. Downton Abbey
  42. Eastbound & Down
  43. Adventure Time
  44. Orphan Black
  45. Mindhunter
  46. RuPaul's Drag Race
  47. Rick and Morty
  48. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  49. I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
  50. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  51. Jessica Jones
  52. Show Me a Hero
  53. Rectify
  54. Orange is the New Black
  55. You’re the Worst
  56. Russian Doll
  57. Happy Endings
  58. Better Things
  59. Queer Eye
  60. Big Little Lies
  61. American Horror Story: Asylum
  62. Killing Eve
  63. Pose
  64. Difficult People
  65. Terriers
  66. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  67. The Knick
  68. The Eric Andre Show
  69. Barry
  70. Luther
  71. Master of None
  72. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  73. The Jinx
  74. Peaky Blinders
  75. The Night Of
  76. Sense8
  77. Superstore
  78. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  79. Vida
  80. On Cinema
  81. Jane the Virgin
  82. Broadchurch
  83. Schitt's Creek
  84. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
  85. Narcos
  86. Westworld
  87. The Good Fight
  88. Burning Love
  89. The Walking Dead
  90. Glow
  91. Insecure
  92. One Day at a Time
  93. The Bridge
  94. American Vandal
  95. Review
  96. The Great British Bake Off
  97. This Is Us
  98. Dark
  99. Kroll Show
  100. Ash vs Evil Dead