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.

Les Inrocks: 20 Best Films of 2013

Stranger by the Lake

Les Inrockuptibles: 20 Best Films of 2013

  1. Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraudie
  2. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon – Hong Sang-soo
  3. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  4. Cloud Atlas – Lana & Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer
  5. You and the Night – Yann Gonzalez
  6. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  7. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  8. Shokuzai – Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  9. Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow
  10. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  11. [tie] Jealousy – Philippe Garrel
  12. Tip Top – Serge Bozon
  13. Age of Panic – Justine Triet
  14. Promised Land – Gus Van Sant
  15. Passion – Brian De Palma
  16. The Girl from Nowhere – Jean-Claude Brisseau
  17. Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
  18. Jimmy P. – Arnaud Desplechin
  19. Spring Breakers – Harmony Korine
  20. The Immigrant – James Gray

Pitchfork: Top 100 Tracks of 2013

Drake - Hold On, We're Going Home

Pitchfork: Top 100 Tracks of 2013

  1. Drake [ft. Majid Jordan] – “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
  2. Kanye West – “New Slaves”
  3. Vampire Weekend – “Hannah Hunt”
  4. Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
  5. Ciara – “Body Party”
  6. Haim – “The Wire”
  7. Disclosure – “Latch”
  8. Daft Punk [ft. Pharrell] – “Get Lucky”
  9. Deafheaven – “Dreamhouse”
  10. Autre Ne Veut – “Play by Play”
  11. Kanye West – “Blood on the Leaves”
  12. Sky Ferreira – “I Blame Myself”
  13. Earl Sweatshirt [ft. Frank Ocean] – “Sunday”
  14. Vampire Weekend – “Step”
  15. Bill Callahan – “Small Plane”
  16. Blood Orange [ft. Samantha Urbani] – “You’re Not Good Enough”
  17. Sophie – “Bipp”
  18. Drake – “Worst Behavior”
  19. The Knife – “Full of Fire”
  20. Kurt Vile – “Wakin on a Pretty Day”
  21. James Blake – “Retrograde”
  22. Majical Cloudz – “Childhood’s End”
  23. A$AP Ferg [ft. A$AP Rocky] – “Shabba”
  24. Jai Paul – “Str8 Outta Mumbai”
  25. Danny Brown – “Kush Coma”
  26. My Bloody Valentine – “Only Tomorrow”
  27. Chvrches – “The Mother We Share”
  28. Kingdom [ft. Kelela] – “Bank Head”
  29. Savages – “She Will”
  30. Daft Punk – “Touch”
  31. Lorde – “Royals”
  32. Disclosure [ft. AlunaGeorge] – “White Noise”
  33. Run the Jewels [ft. Big Boi] – “Banana Clipper”
  34. Haim – “Falling”
  35. A$AP Rocky [ft. 2 Chainz, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar] – “Fuckin’ Problems”
  36. Rhye – “Open”
  37. Perfect Pussy – “I”
  38. Migos – “Versace”
  39. Waxahatchee – “Swan Dive”
  40. Kanye West – “Bound 2”
  41. Janelle Monáe [ft. Miguel] – “PrimeTime”
  42. Todd Terje – “Strandbar (disko)”
  43. FKA Twigs – “Water Me”
  44. Parquet Courts – “Stoned and Starving”
  45. Glass Candy – “Warm in the Winter”
  46. A$AP Ferg – “Hood Pope”
  47. DJ Rashad – “Let It Go”
  48. Pusha T – “Numbers on the Boards”
  49. Courtney Barnett – “Avant Gardener”
  50. Phosphorescent – “Song for Zula”
  51. Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”
  52. Pharmakon – “Crawling on Bruised Knees”
  53. Deerhunter – “Monomania”
  54. Rich Homie Quan – “Type of Way”
  55. Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
  56. Chief Keef – “Citgo”
  57. Classixx [ft. Nancy Whang] – “All You’re Waiting For”
  58. Sky Ferreira – “Nobody Asked Me (If I Was OK)”
  59. Majical Cloudz – “Bugs Don’t Buzz”
  60. Thundercat – “Heartbreaks + Setbacks”
  61. Charli XCX – “You (Ha Ha Ha)”
  62. Vampire Weekend – “Ya Hey”
  63. Young Galaxy – “Pretty Boy (Peaking Lights Remix)”
  64. Prurient – “You Show Great Spirit”
  65. Robin Thicke [ft. T.I. and Pharrell] – “Blurred Lines”
  66. Chance the Rapper – “Chain Smoker”
  67. Daft Punk [ft. Panda Bear] – “Doin’ It Right”
  68. Kurt Vile – “Goldtone”
  69. 2 Chainz [ft. Pharrell] – “Feds Watching”
  70. Neko Case – “Man”
  71. Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know?”
  72. Darkside – “The Only Shrine I’ve Seen”
  73. Big Sean [ft. Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica] – “Control (HOF)”
  74. M.I.A. – “Come Walk With Me”
  75. Youth Lagoon – “Mute”
  76. Fuck Buttons – “Brainfreeze”
  77. Julia Holter – “Hello Stranger”
  78. Mariah Carey [ft. Miguel] – “#Beautiful”
  79. Omar Souleyman – “Wenu Wenu”
  80. Future [ft. Casino] – “Karate Chop”
  81. Disclosure [ft. London Grammar] – “Help Me Lose My Mind”
  82. Jon Hopkins – “Open Eye Signal”
  83. My Bloody Valentine – “New You”
  84. Chvrches – “Recover”
  85. Janelle Monáe [ft. Erykah Badu] – “Q.U.E.E.N.”
  86. Ty Dolla $ign [ft. Joe Moses] – “Paranoid”
  87. The National – “Pink Rabbits”
  88. Grouper – “Vital”
  89. Young Thug – “Picacho”
  90. Yo La Tengo – “Ohm”
  91. Forest Swords – “Thor’s Stone”
  92. Lil Durk – “Dis Ain’t What U Want”
  93. David Bowie – “Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy)”
  94. Duke Dumont [ft. A*M*E] – “Need U (100%)”
  95. Swearin’ – “Dust in the Gold Stack”
  96. Ty Segall – “Sleeper”
  97. Foxygen – “No Destruction”
  98. The Range – “Metal Swing”
  99. Thee Oh Sees – “Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster”
  100. Factory Floor – “Fall Back”

Indiewire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2013

12 Years a Slave

Indiewire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2013 (as voted by 240 critics) (see also: 2011, 2012)

  1. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
  2. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  3. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  4. Her – Spike Jonze
  5. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  6. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  7. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  8. Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche
  9. Upstream Color – Shane Carruth
  10. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  11. Spring Breakers – Harmony Korine
  12. Stories We Tell – Sarah Polley
  13. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  14. The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino
  15. American Hustle – David O. Russell
  16. Short Term 12 – Destin Cretton
  17. Nebraska – Alexander Payne
  18. Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  19. All Is Lost – J.C. Chandor
  20. Museum Hours – Jem Cohen
  21. The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese
  22. Like Someone In Love – Abbas Kiarostami
  23. To The Wonder – Terrence Malick
  24. The World’s End – Edgar Wright
  25. Beyond the Hills – Cristian Mungiu
  26. Drug War – Johnnie To
  27. Blue Jasmine – Woody Allen
  28. Bastards – Claire Denis
  29. The Wind Rises – Hayao Miyazaki
  30. The Past – Asghar Farhadi
  31. At Berkeley – Frederick Wiseman
  32. Post Tenebras Lux – Carlos Reygadas
  33. The Grandmaster – Wong Kar-Wai
  34. Fruitvale Station – Ryan Coogler
  35. No – Pablo Larraín
  36. Mud – Jeff Nichols
  37. The Hunt – Thomas Vinterberg
  38. Viola – Matías Piñeiro
  39. The Unspeakable Act – Dan Sallitt
  40. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet – Alain Resnais
  41. Captain Phillips – Paul Greengrass
  42. The Spectacular Now – James Ponsoldt
  43. Something in the Air – Olivier Assayas
  44. Stoker – Park Chan-wook
  45. Dallas Buyers Club – Jean-Marc Vallée
  46. Wadjda – Haifaa al-Mansour
  47. Enough Said – Nicole Holofcener
  48. Laurence Anyways – Xavier Dolan
  49. Only God Forgives – Nicolas Winding Refn
  50. Side Effects – Steven Soderbergh

L Magazine: 20 Best Films of 2013

Leviathan

The L Magazine: 20 Best Films of 2013

  1. Leviathan – Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
  2. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel & Ethan Coen
  3. Frances Ha – Noah Baumbach
  4. Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
  5. The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
  6. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater
  7. Bastards – Claire Denis
  8. A Touch of Sin – Jia Zhang-ke
  9. Her – Spike Jonze
  10. Spring Breakers – Harmony Korine
  11. To The Wonder – Terrence Malick
  12. Museum Hours – Jem Cohen
  13. Drug War – Johnnie To
  14. Like Someone In Love – Abbas Kiarostami
  15. Night Across the Street – Raul Ruiz
  16. The Grandmaster – Wong Kar-Wai
  17. The Square – Jehane Noujaim
  18. Nebraska – Alexander Payne
  19. Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron
  20. At Berkeley – Frederick Wiseman