Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Month: December, 2013

Cokemachineglow: Top 50 Albums of 2013

Frog Eyes - Carey's Cold Spring

Cokemachineglow: Top 50 Albums of 2013

  1. Frog Eyes – Carey’s Cold Spring
  2. Danny Brown – Old
  3. Friendzone – DX
  4. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
  5. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  6. Tim Hecker – Virgins
  7. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
  8. Deafheaven – Sunbather
  9. Jenny Hval – Innocence Is Kinky
  10. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
  11. Califone – Stitches
  12. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  13. Yo La Tengo – Fade
  14. Braids – Flourish//Perish
  15. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels
  16. Moonface – Julia With Blue Jeans On
  17. A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP
  18. Rhye – Woman
  19. Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe
  20. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  21. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  22. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
  23. Pharmakon – Abandon
  24. Viet Cong – Cassette
  25. Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe
  26. James Blake – Overgrown
  27. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
  28. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
  29. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
  30. Savages – Silence Yourself

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Albums of 2013

Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Albums of 2013

  1. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
  2. Dean Blunt – The Redeemer
  3. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  4. Pharmakon – Abandon
  5. Kanye West – Yeezus
  6. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
  7. Graham Lambkin & Jason Lescalleet – Photographs
  8. 18+ – MIXTAP3
  9. Arca – &&&&&
  10. Forest Swords – Engravings
  11. Tim Hecker – Virgins
  12. Mohammad – Som Sakrifis
  13. Sean McCann – Music for Private Ensemble
  14. Laurel Halo – Chance of Rain
  15. D/P/I – Fresh Roses
  16. Lucrecia Dalt – Syzygy
  17. James Ferraro – NYC, Hell 3:00am
  18. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  19. Dean Blunt – Stone Island
  20. DJ Rashad – Double Cup
  21. Andrew Pekler – Cover Versions
  22. Bill Orcutt – A History Of Every One
  23. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  24. Dirty Beaches – Drifters/Love Is the Devil
  25. James Blake – Overgrown
  26. Inga Copeland – Higher Powers
  27. Danny Brown – Old
  28. Stara Rzeka – Cień Chmury Nad Ukrytym Polem
  29. The Body – Christs, Redeemers
  30. Bill Callahan – Dream River
  31. Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
  32. Nmesh – Nu.wav Hallucinations
  33. Lee Noble – Ruiner
  34. The Flaming Lips – The Terror
  35. Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe
  36. Wolf Eyes – No Answer: Lower Floors
  37. Colin Stetson – New History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light
  38. Ahnnu – World Music
  39. Chief Keef – Almighty So
  40. Jenny Hval – Innocence Is Kinky
  41. Death Grips – Government Plates
  42. Huerco S. – Colonial Patterns
  43. The Dead C – Armed Courage
  44. Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat
  45. Earn – Hell on Earth
  46. Paisley Parks – Бh○§†
  47. These New Puritans – Field of Reeds
  48. Frog Eyes – Carey’s Cold Spring
  49. Foodman – Shokuhin
  50. Lil Ugly Mane – Three Sided Tape (Volumes One and Two)

A.V. Club: 20 Best Films of 2013

The Master

A.V. Club: 20 Best Films of 2013

  1. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  2. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  3. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  4. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  5. Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  6. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  7. Upstream Color – Shane Carruth
  8. Her – Spike Jonze
  9. Room 237 – Rodney Ascher
  10. No – Pablo Larraín
  11. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  12. The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese
  13. At Berkeley – Frederick Wiseman
  14. The Past – Asghar Farhadi
  15. The World’s End – Edgar Wright
  16. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  17. Beyond the Hills – Cristian Mungiu
  18. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  19. The Counselor – Ridley Scott
  20. First Cousin Once Removed – Alan Berliner

Guardian: 40 Best Albums of 2013

The Guardian: 40 Best Albums of 2013

  1. Kanye West – Yeezus
  2. John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts
  3. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  4. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  5. James Blake – Overgrown
  6. Disclosure – Settle
  7. Kelela – Cut 4 Me
  8. John Wizards – John Wizards
  9. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
  10. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  11. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
  12. Haim – Days Are Gone
  13. Lorde – Pure Heroine
  14. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
  15. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  16. Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
  17. Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle
  18. These New Puritans – Field of Reeds
  19. Arctic Monkeys – AM
  20. David Bowie – The Next Day
  21. Paramore – Paramore
  22. DJ Rashad – Double Cup
  23. Savages – Silence Yourself
  24. Matthew E. White – Big Inner
  25. Deerhunter – Monomania
  26. Pet Shop Boys – Electric
  27. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
  28. Jai Paul – demos
  29. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
  30. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  31. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
  32. John Murry – The Graceless Age
  33. White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade
  34. Miley Cyrus – Bangerz
  35. Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back
  36. Hookworms – Pearl Mystic
  37. Jon Hopkins – Immunity
  38. King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
  39. Ciara – Ciara
  40. London Grammar – If You Wait

Dana Stevens: 21 Best Movies of 2013

No - Pablo Larraín

Dana Stevens: 20 Best Movies of 2013 (as published by Slate)

Top Ten, in alphabetical order

  • The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  • Beyond the Hills – Cristian Mungiu
  • Enough Said – Nicole Holofcener
  • Her – Spike Jonze
  • Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Nebraska – Alexander Payne
  • No – Pablo Larraín
  • Stories We Tell – Sarah Polley
  • Wadjda – Haifaa al-Mansour

10 more titles that were booted from the list with the utmost difficulty

  • All Is Lost – J.C. Chandor
  • Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  • Concussion – Stacie Passon
  • Much Ado About Nothing – Joss Whedon
  • The World’s End – Edgar Wright
  • Fill the Void – Rama Burshtein
  • Fruitvale Station – Ryan Coogler
  • The Spectacular Now – James Ponsoldt
  • A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  • The Wind Rises – Hayao Miyazaki

Stephanie Zacharek: 21 Favorite Movies of 2013

Gravity

Stephanie Zacharek: 20 Favorite Movies of 2013 (as published by The Village Voice) [see also: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014]

  1. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  2. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  3. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  4. Much Ado About Nothing – Joss Whedon
  5. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  6. The To Do List – Maggie Carey
  7. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  8. Stories We Tell – Sarah Polley
  9. 20 Feet From Stardom – Morgan Neville
  10. Despicable Me 2 – Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
  11. Dark Skies – Scott Stewart

And don’t forget

  1. American Hustle – David O. Russell
  2. The Great Gatsby – Baz Luhrmann
  3. Something in the Air – Olivier Assayas
  4. After Tiller – Martha Shane and Lana Wilson
  5. Lee Daniels’ The Butler – Lee Daniels
  6. Don Jon – Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  7. Best Man Holiday – Malcolm D. Lee
  8. The Past – Asghar Farhadi
  9. The Canyons – Paul Schrader
  10. The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino

Scott Foundas: 20 Best Films of 2013

Her - Spike Jonze

Scott Foundas: 20 Best Films of 2013 (as published by Variety)

Top Ten, in order

  1. Her – Spike Jonze
  2. The Wind Rises – Hayao Miyazaki
  3. American Hustle – David O. Russell
  4. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  5. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  6. At Berkeley – Frederick Wiseman
  7. Nebraska – Alexander Payne
  8. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  9. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  10. The Counselor – Ridley Scott

Next Ten, in alphabetical order

  • Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  • Blue Jasmine – Woody Allen
  • The Bling Ring – Sofia Coppola
  • Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  • Labor Day – Jason Reitman
  • Out of the Furnace – Scott Cooper
  • Prisoners – Denis Villeneuve
  • Spring Breakers – Harmony Korine
  • A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  • The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese

Stephen Holden: 13 Best Films of 2013

Before Midnight - Richard Linklater

Stephen Holden: 13 Best Films of 2013 (as published by The New York Times)

  1. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  2. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  3. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  4. The Past – Asghar Farhadi
  5. The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese
  6. American Hustle – David O. Russell
  7. The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino
  8. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  9. Nebraska – Alexander Payne
  10. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  11. Paradise: Love – Ulrich Seidl
  12. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  13. Spring Breakers – Harmony Korine

Billboard: 15 Best Albums of 2013

Beyoncé - Beyoncé

Billboard: 15 Best Albums of 2013 (as voted by Billboard staff)

  1. Beyoncé – Beyoncé
  2. Kanye West – Yeezus
  3. Disclosure – Settle
  4. Lorde – Pure Heroine
  5. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
  6. Haim – Days Are Gone
  7. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  8. Rhye – Woman
  9. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  10. Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
  11. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
  12. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  13. Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
  14. Lady Gaga – ARTPOP
  15. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2013

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2013 (see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011)

  1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  2. Kanye West – Yeezus
  3. Disclosure – Settle
  4. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  5. Danny Brown – Old
  6. Deafheaven – Sunbather
  7. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  8. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
  9. Savages – Silence Yourself
  10. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  11. Darkside – Psychic
  12. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
  13. Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
  14. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  15. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
  16. Bill Callahan – Dream River
  17. Haim – Days Are Gone
  18. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
  19. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  20. Jai Paul – demos
  21. Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe
  22. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
  23. DJ Rashad – Double Cup
  24. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
  25. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
  26. James Blake – Overgrown
  27. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  28. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels
  29. The Haxan Cloak – Excavation
  30. Deerhunter – Monomania
  31. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
  32. DJ Koze – Amygdala
  33. Burial – Truant / Rough Sleeper
  34. Forest Swords – Engravings
  35. Phosphorescent – Muchacho
  36. Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
  37. Jon Hopkins – Immunity
  38. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
  39. A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP
  40. Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold
  41. Mutual Benefit – Love’s Crushing Diamond
  42. Rhye – Woman
  43. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
  44. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
  45. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
  46. M.I.A. – Matangi
  47. The Range – Nonfiction
  48. Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana
  49. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
  50. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name