Year-End Lists

Notable, searchable lists of the year's best music, movies, and books. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies.

The Dissolve: 20 Best Films of 2014

Boyhood - Richard Linklater

The Dissolve: 20 Best Films of 2014

  1. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  3. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  4. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  5. Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch
  6. Life Itself – Steve James
  7. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  8. Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  9. Gone Girl – David Fincher
  10. Selma – Ava DuVernay
  11. Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
  12. Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  13. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  14. Obvious Child – Gillian Robespierre
  15. The Lego Movie – Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
  16. Bird People – Pascale Ferran
  17. Guardians of the Galaxy – James Gunn
  18. The Missing Picture – Rithy Panh
  19. Blue Ruin – Jeremy Saulnier
  20. Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry

Kevin B. Lee: 10 Best Films of 2014

Goodbye to Language 3D - Jean-Luc Godard

Kevin B. Lee: 10 Best Films of 2014 (as published by Fandor where it’s accompanied by a video essay, “Better than Boyhood”)

  1. Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  2. The Strange Little Cat – Ramon Zürcher
  3. What Now? Remind Me – Joaquim Pinto
  4. The Missing Picture – Rithy Panh
  5. Citizenfour – Laura Poitras
  6. Dear White People – Justin Simien
  7. Policeman – Nadav Lapid
  8. The Dance of Reality – Alejandro Jodorowsky
  9. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear – Denis Côté
  10. Bad Hair – Mariana Rondon

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014

Dean Blunt - Black Metal

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014

  1. Dean Blunt – Black Metal
  2. Grouper – Ruins
  3. GFOTY – Secret Mix
  4. Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused
  5. Kevin Drumm and Jason Lescalleet – The Abyss
  6. Ian William Craig – A Turn Of Breath
  7. Giant Claw – Dark Web
  8. D/P/I – MN.ROY
  9. Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers
  10. I LOVE MAKONNEN – I LOVE MAKONNEN
  11. C L E A N E R S – Real Raga Shit Vol. 1
  12. Copeland – Because I’m Worth It
  13. E+E – The Light That You Gave Me To See You
  14. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
  15. PC Music – PC Music x DISown Radio
  16. Lotic – Damsel in Distress
  17. Lil B – 05 Fuck Em
  18. Valerio Tricoli – Miseri Lares
  19. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
  20. Arca – Xen
  21. 18+ – Trust
  22. Pharmakon – Bestial Burden
  23. Actress – Ghettoville
  24. Jenny Hval & Susanna – Meshes of Voice
  25. Perfume Genius – Too Bright
  26. Magic Eye – Babylon
  27. Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
  28. Aphex Twin – Syro
  29. Call Super – Suzi Ecto
  30. Swans – To Be Kind
  31. Kane West – Western Beats
  32. Fennesz – Bécs
  33. FKA twigs – LP1
  34. White Suns – Totem
  35. Dean Blunt – Skin Fade
  36. Fear of Men – Loom
  37. James Ferraro – Suki Girlz
  38. Objekt – Flatland
  39. Sun Araw – Belomancie
  40. Beyoncé – Beyoncé
  41. Burial Hex – The Hierophant
  42. Gem Jones – Admiral Frenchkiss
  43. The Soft Pink Truth – Why Do the Heathen Rage?
  44. Death Grips – Niggas on the Moon
  45. Lee Gamble – KOCH
  46. Ninos Du Brasil – Novos Mistérios
  47. Ai Aso – Lone
  48. TCF – 486669f0e9b8990384108f3d54c6a8f036adeb8bc7108f3d54c6a8f036adeb
  49. The Body – I Shall Die Here
  50. Lil Herb – Welcome to Fazoland

AllMusic: 50 Best Albums of 2014

Takuya Kuroda - Rising Son

AllMusic: 50 Best Albums of 2014 presented alphabetically

  • Aaron Freeman – Freeman
  • Alvvays – Alvvays
  • Ana Tijoux – Vengo
  • Angaleena Presley – American Middle Class
  • Aphex Twin – Syro
  • Arca – Xen
  • Ben Frost – A U R O R A
  • Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
  • Craig Handy – Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith
  • Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
  • EMA – The Future’s Void
  • Ex Hex – Rips
  • FKA twigs – LP1
  • Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
  • Future Islands – Singles
  • Gustavo Dudamel & Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela – Mahler: Symphony No. 7
  • Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
  • Jesse Boykins III – Love Apparatus
  • Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
  • K. Michelle – Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?
  • Kelis – Food
  • Kimbra – The Golden Echo
  • Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
  • Lee Ann Womack – The Way I’m Livin’
  • Liars – Mess
  • Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
  • Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
  • Mahan Esfahani – Rameau: Pièces de clavecin
  • Miranda Lambert – Platinum
  • Moreno Veloso – Coisa Boa
  • Nothing – Guilty of Everything
  • Otis Brown III – The Thought of You
  • Perfume Genius – Too Bright
  • Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right
  • Real Estate – Atlas
  • Robert Plant – lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar
  • Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
  • Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté – Toumani & Sidiki
  • Sleaford Mods – Divide and Exit
  • St. Vincent – St. Vincent
  • Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags
  • Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
  • Takuya Kuroda – Rising Son
  • Temples – Sun Structures
  • Teyana Taylor – VII
  • The Bug – Angels & Devils
  • The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  • Theo Croker – AfroPhysicist
  • Thomas Hampson & Wolfram Rieger – Songs By Richard Strauss – Notturno
  • Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack

David Denby: 10 Best Movies of 2014

Ida - Pawel Pawlikowski

David Denby: 10 Best Movies of 2014 (as published by The New Yorker)

  1. Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski

The others, in alphabetical order

  • American Sniper – Clint Eastwood
  • A Most Violent Year – J.C. Chandor
  • Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  • Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  • Get on Up – Tate Taylor
  • Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh
  • National Gallery – Frederick Wiseman
  • Selma – Ava DuVernay
  • Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho

Resident Advisor: Top 20 Albums of 2014

Andy Stott - Faith In Strangers

Resident Advisor: Top 20 Albums of 2014

  1. Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers
  2. HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club
  3. Gesloten Cirkel – Submit X
  4. Aphex Twin – Syro
  5. Objekt – Flatland
  6. The Bug – Angels & Devils
  7. Francis Harris – Minutes of Sleep
  8. Kassem Mosse – Workshop 19
  9. Joey Anderson – After Forever
  10. Moodymann – Moodymann
  11. Head High – Megatrap
  12. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
  13. Dean Blunt – Black Metal
  14. Answer Code Request – Code
  15. FKA twigs – LP1
  16. Call Super – Suzi Ecto
  17. Max Graef – Rivers of the Red Planet
  18. Edward – Into A Better Future
  19. Fatima – Yellow Memories
  20. Wen – Signals

Les Inrocks: 100 Best Albums of 2014

Chaleur Humaine - Christine and the Queens

Les Inrockuptibles: Top 100 Albums of 2014

  1. Christine and the Queens – Chaleur Humaine
  2. Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
  3. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
  4. FKA twigs – LP1
  5. Fránçois & the Atlas Mountains – Piano ombre
  6. Florent Marchet – Bambi Galaxy
  7. Metronomy – Love Letters
  8. Caribou – Our Love
  9. Jungle – Jungle
  10. Avi Buffalo – At Best Cuckold
  11. Ty Segall – Manipulator
  12. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
  13. Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
  14. Baxter Dury – It’s a Pleasure
  15. Perfume Genius – Too Bright
  16. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
  17. SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land
  18. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
  19. Morrissey – World Peace Is None Of Your Business
  20. Sébastien Tellier – L’Aventura
  21. alt-J – This Is All Yours
  22. Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
  23. Julian Casablancas+The Voidz – Tyranny
  24. The Dø – Shake, Shook, Shaken
  25. Fauve – VIEUX FRÈRES – Partie 1
  26. Jack White – Lazaretto
  27. Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams
  28. Yelle – Complètement Fou
  29. The Black Keys – Turn Blue
  30. How to Dress Well – “What Is This Heart?”
  31. Joke – Ateyaba
  32. Moodoid – Le Monde Möö
  33. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  34. Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker
  35. Liars – Mess
  36. Gruff Rhys – American Interior
  37. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems
  38. Real Estate – Atlas
  39. Tahiti 80 – Ballroom
  40. The John Steel Singers – Everything’s a Thread
  41. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
  42. Dick Annegarn – Vélo va
  43. Mogwai – Rave tapes
  44. Miossec – Ici-bas, ici même
  45. Ásgeir – In the Silence
  46. Actress – Ghettoville
  47. Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  48. Temples – Sun Structures
  49. Nick Mulvey – First Mind
  50. Jean-Louis Murat – Babel
  51. Goat – Commune
  52. Fredo Viola – Revolution Son
  53. Courtney Barnett – The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
  54. The Acid – Liminal
  55. Brigitte – À bouche que veux-tu
  56. Allah-Lahs – Worship the Sun
  57. Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
  58. Swans – To Be Kind
  59. Rodrigo Amarante – Cavalo
  60. Aquaserge – A l’amitié
  61. Deptford Goth – Songs
  62. The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
  63. Beck – Morning Phase
  64. Mermonte – Audiorama
  65. Bror Gunnar Jansson – Moan Snake Moan
  66. Mina Tindle – Parades
  67. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
  68. The Bug – Angels & Devils
  69. Jeanne Cherhal – Histoire de J.
  70. Ramona Lisa – Arcadia
  71. Mocke – L’anguille
  72. Camélia Jordana – Dans la peau
  73. Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
  74. C.A.R. – My Friend
  75. Chet Faker – Built on Glass
  76. BRNS – Patine
  77. SOHN – Tremors
  78. Pharrell Williams – GIRL
  79. The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads
  80. Cascadeur – Ghost Surfer
  81. Bosco Delrey – The Green Tiger’s Alibi
  82. Dorian Pimpernel – Allombon
  83. Fatima Al Qadiri – Asiatisch
  84. Jessica93 – Rise
  85. Thurston Moore – The Best Day
  86. Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita
  87. Childhood – Lacuna
  88. Eno • Hyde – Someday World
  89. Aphex Twin – Syro
  90. Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused
  91. Cheveu – Bum
  92. Ginger Baker – Why?
  93. Noura Mint Seymali – Tzenni
  94. Hollie Cook – Twice
  95. The Roots – …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
  96. King Creosote – From Scotland With Love
  97. The Notwist – Close To the Glass
  98. Marissa Nadler – July
  99. JJ – V
  100. Sean Rowe – Madman

Stephanie Zacharek: 28 Top Movies of 2014

Under the Skin

Stephanie Zacharek: 28 Top Movies of 2014 (as published by The Village Voice)

  1. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  2. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  3. Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch
  4. Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh
  5. The Immigrant – James Gray
  6. Revenge of the Mekons – Joe Angio
  7. [tie] Pulp – Florian Habicht
  8. [tie] 20,000 Days On Earth – Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
  9. Love is Strange – Ira Sachs
  10. The Missing Picture – Rithy Panh
  11. John Wick – Chad Stahelski
  12. Top Five – Chris Rock

And don’t forget

  • Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – Ana Lily Amirpour
  • Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  • Get on Up – Tate Taylor
  • Fading Gigolo – John Turturro
  • Lucy – Luc Besson
  • Beyond the Lights – Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • We Are the Best! – Lukas Moodysson
  • Dear White People – Justin Simien
  • Selma – Ava DuVernay
  • Dormant Beauty – Marco Bellocchio
  • Bird People – Pascale Ferran
  • Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  • Adult World – Scott Coffey
  • Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof & Charlie Siskel
  • Moebius – Kim Ki-duk

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2014

Run the Jewels 2

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2014 (see also 2013, 2012, 2011)

  1. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
  2. FKA twigs – LP1
  3. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  4. Aphex Twin – Syro
  5. Grouper – Ruins
  6. Swans – To Be Kind
  7. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
  8. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
  9. Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
  10. Caribou – Our Love
  11. Perfume Genius – Too Bright
  12. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
  13. Spoon – They Want My Soul
  14. Real Estate – Atlas
  15. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
  16. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
  17. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
  18. Arca – Xen
  19. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
  20. Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait
  21. Eno • Hyde – High Life
  22. Future Islands – Singles
  23. Lykke Li – I Never Learn
  24. Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
  25. Azealia Banks – Broke With Expensive Taste
  26. Ex Hex – Rips
  27. YG – My Krazy Life
  28. Pharmakon – Bestial Burden
  29. How to Dress Well – “What Is This Heart?”
  30. Iceage – Plowing Into the Field of Love
  31. Taylor Swift – 1989
  32. White Lung – Deep Fantasy
  33. Rich Gang – Tha Tour Part 1
  34. Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
  35. Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
  36. Tinashe – Aquarius
  37. Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love
  38. Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like a Bell
  39. Ought – More Than Any Other Day
  40. Ty Segall – Manipulator
  41. Leon Vynehall – Music for the Uninvited
  42. Owen Pallett – In Conflict
  43. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
  44. A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea When Absent
  45. Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers
  46. Ariana Grande – My Everything
  47. Shellac – Dude Incredible
  48. Clark – Clark
  49. Mr Twin Sister – Mr Twin Sister
  50. Ben Frost – A U R O R A

Indiewire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2014

Boyhood

Indiewire: Top 50 Films of 2014 (as voted by 220 critics) (see also: 2011, 2012, 2013)

NOTE: Although there appear to be a few ties in the list when you examine the scores, Indiewire presents the films in this order, with no ties.

  1. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  2. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  4. Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  5. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  6. Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  7. Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  8. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  9. Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch
  10. Selma – Ava DuVernay
  11. Gone Girl – David Fincher
  12. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  13. The Immigrant – James Gray
  14. Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  15. Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  16. Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
  17. Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry
  18. Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh
  19. The Babadook – Jennifer Kent
  20. Citizenfour – Laura Poitras
  21. MANAKAMANA – Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  22. Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraudie
  23. Stray Dogs – Tsai Ming-liang
  24. Calvary – John Michael McDonagh
  25. We Are the Best! – Lukas Moodysson
  26. A Most Violent Year – J.C. Chandor
  27. Closed Curtain – Kambuzia Partovi and Jafar Panahi
  28. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Isao Takahata
  29. Winter Sleep – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  30. Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller
  31. Norte, the End of History – Lav Diaz
  32. Mommy – Xavier Dolan
  33. Blue Ruin – Jeremy Saulnier
  34. Leviathan – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  35. Life Itself – Steve James
  36. The Strange Little Cat – Ramon Zürcher
  37. Love is Strange – Ira Sachs
  38. The Lego Movie – Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
  39. Interstellar – Christopher Nolan
  40. National Gallery – Frederick Wiseman
  41. The Overnighters – Jesse Moss
  42. Guardians of the Galaxy – James Gunn
  43. Locke – Steven Knight
  44. What Now? Remind Me – Joaquim Pinto
  45. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – Ana Lily Amirpour
  46. Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 – Lars von Trier
  47. The Missing Picture – Rithy Panh
  48. The Imitation Game – Morten Tyldum
  49. The Last of the Unjust – Claude Lanzmann
  50. Wild – Jean-Marc Vallée