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, 2014

Drowned in Sound: 51 Favourite Albums of 2014

Drowned in Sound: 51 Favourite Albums of 2014

  1. The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave
  2. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
  3. Taylor Swift – 1989
  4. Marissa Nadler – July
  5. ††† (Crosses) – Crosses
  6. Alvvays – Alvvays
  7. Eagulls – Eagulls
  8. Ought – More Than Any Other Day
  9. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  10. Swans – To Be Kind
  11. Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
  12. Mogwai – Rave tapes
  13. Interpol – El Pintor
  14. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
  15. FKA twigs – LP1
  16. Keaton Henson – Romantic Works
  17. A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Atomos
  18. Hookworms – The Hum
  19. East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
  20. EMA – The Future’s Void
  21. Future Islands – Singles
  22. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
  23. Lykke Li – I Never Learn
  24. Grouper – Ruins
  25. Vessel – Punish, Honey
  26. Blood Red Shoes – Blood Red Shoes
  27. Prince – Art Official Age
  28. [tie] Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL – PLECTRUMELECTRUM
  29. I Break Horses – Chiaroscuro
  30. Eels – The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
  31. Pulled Apart By Horses – Blood
  32. Owen Pallett – In Conflict
  33. Wild Beasts – Present Tense
  34. Kiasmos – Kiasmos
  35. Manic Street Preachers – Futurology
  36. Ben Frost – A U R O R A
  37. Liars – Mess
  38. Perfume Genius – Too Bright
  39. The Antlers – Familiars
  40. The Phantom Band – Strange Friend
  41. Invensions – Inventions
  42. Spoon – They Want My Soul
  43. Young Fathers – Dead
  44. The Raveonettes – Pe’ahi
  45. The Bug – Angels & Devils
  46. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Gone Girl (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
  47. …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – IX
  48. Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
  49. Aphex Twin – Syro
  50. Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
  51. Owls – Two

J.R. Jones: 20 Favorite Movies of 2014

Ida

J.R. Jones: 20 Favorite Movies of 2014 (as published by The Chicago Reader)

  1. Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  2. Calvary – John Michael McDonagh
  3. Norte, the End of History – Lav Diaz
  4. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  5. Night Moves – Kelly Reichardt
  6. Last Days in Vietnam – Rory Kennedy
  7. Joe – David Gordon Green
  8. The Kill Team – Dan Krauss
  9. Everyday – Michael Winterbottom
  10. Cheap Thrills – E.L. Katz
  11. Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller
  12. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them – Ned Benson
  13. A Girl at My Door – July Jung
  14. Citizenfour – Laura Poitras
  15. Nymphomaniac – Lars von Trier
  16. Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  17. The Overnighters – Jesse Moss
  18. In Secret – Charlie Stratton
  19. Gloria – Sebastián Lelio
  20. Tim’s Vermeer – Teller

Ben Sachs: 30 Favorite Films of 2014

The Wind Rises

Ben Sachs: 30 Favorite Films of 2014 (as published by The Chicago Reader)

  1. The Wind Rises – Miyazaki Hayao
  2. Rambleras – Daniela Speranza
  3. Mood Indigo – Michel Gondry
  4. Starred Up – David Mackenzie
  5. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  6. What Now? Remind Me – Joaquim Pinto
  7. Breakfast with Curtis – Laura Colella
  8. Jimmy P. – Arnaud Desplechin
  9. Thy Womb – Brillante Mendoza
  10. Gone Girl – David Fincher
  11. Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch
  12. The Golden Era – Ann Hui
  13. Level Five – Chris Marker
  14. Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  15. Camille Claudel 1915 – Bruno Dumont
  16. The President – Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  17. The Amazing Catfish – Claudia Sainte-Luce
  18. The Stuart Hall Project – John Akomfrah
  19. The Homesman – Tommy Lee Jones
  20. Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry
  21. Beyond the Lights – Gina Prince-Bythewood
  22. Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
  23. Non-Stop – Jaume Collet-Serra
  24. Words and Pictures – Fred Schepisi
  25. Exhibition – Joanna Hogg
  26. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  27. Gloria – Sebastián Lelio
  28. Corner Stores – Amina Waheed
  29. Nymphomaniac – Lars von Trier
  30. National Gallery – Frederick Wiseman

A.A. Dowd: 15 Best Films of 2014

Boyhood - Richard Linklater

A.A. Dowd: 15 Best Films of 2014 (as published by A.V. Club)

  1. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  2. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  3. The Strange Little Cat – Ramon Zürcher
  4. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  5. Stray Dogs – Tsai Ming-liang
  6. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  7. Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  8. Blue Ruin – Jeremy Saulnier
  9. Gone Girl – David Fincher
  10. The Missing Picture – Rithy Panh
  11. Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
  12. The Babadook – Jennifer Kent
  13. Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  14. The Immigrant – James Gray
  15. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson

Ben Kenigsberg: 15 Best Films of 2014

Inherent Vice - Paul Thomas Anderson

Ben Kenigsberg: 15 Best Films of 2014 (as published by A.V. Club)

  1. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  2. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  3. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  4. Gone Girl – David Fincher
  5. The Strange Little Cat – Ramon Zürcher
  6. Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  7. The Last of the Unjust – Claude Lanzmann
  8. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  9. The Immigrant – James Gray
  10. Interstellar – Christopher Nolan
  11. Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  12. A Most Wanted Man – Anton Corbijn
  13. Citizenfour – Laura Poitras
  14. National Gallery – Frederick Wiseman
  15. Policeman – Nadav Lapid

Nick Schager: 15 Best Films of 2014

Mr. Turner - Mike Leigh

Nick Schager: 15 Best Films of 2014 (as published by A.V. Club)

  1. Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh
  2. National Gallery – Frederick Wiseman
  3. Winter Sleep – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  4. Gone Girl – David Fincher
  5. A Field in England – Ben Wheatley
  6. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  7. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  8. Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch
  9. Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  10. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – Ana Lily Amirpour
  11. A Most Violent Year – J.C. Chandor
  12. The Homesman – Tommy Lee Jones
  13. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  14. A Most Wanted Man – Anton Corbijn
  15. Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2014

The Immigrant - James Gray

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2014 (as published by A.V. Club) [see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013]

  1. The Immigrant – James Gray
  2. Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  4. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  5. Beloved Sisters – Dominik Graf
  6. Starred Up – David Mackenzie
  7. Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  8. Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraudie
  9. Gone Girl – David Fincher
  10. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  11. John Wick – Chad Stahelski
  12. The Strange Little Cat – Ramon Zürcher
  13. Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  14. Lucy – Luc Besson
  15. Norte, the End of History – Lav Diaz

Mike D’Angelo: Top 15 films of 2014

Two Days, One Night - Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

Mike D’Angelo: Top 15 Films of 2014 (as published by The Dissolve and A.V. Club)

  1. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  2. Coherence – James Ward Byrkit
  3. Bird People – Pascale Ferran
  4. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  6. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  7. Last Days in Vietnam – Rory Kennedy
  8. Proxy – Zack Parker
  9. The Missing Picture – Rithy Panh
  10. Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  11. Joe – David Gordon Green
  12. Lucky Them – Megan Griffiths
  13. The Strange Little Cat – Ramon Zürcher
  14. Edge of Tomorrow – Doug Liman
  15. John Wick – Chad Stahelski

Uncut: 75 Best Albums of 2014

The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

Uncut Magazine: 75 Best Albums of 2014

  1. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  2. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems
  3. Aphex Twin – Syro
  4. FKA twigs – LP1
  5. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
  6. Robert Plant – lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar
  7. Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness of Dancers
  8. Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
  9. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
  10. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
  11. Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté – Toumani & Sidiki
  12. Caribou – Our Love
  13. Ty Segall – Manipulator
  14. Real Estate – Atlas
  15. Rosanne Cash – The River & the Thread
  16. Gruff Rhys – American Interior
  17. Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
  18. Swans – To Be Kind
  19. Hurray for the Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes
  20. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags
  21. Earth – Primitive and Deadly
  22. Beck – Morning Phase
  23. Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
  24. Tweedy – Sukierae
  25. Sleaford Mods – Divide and Exit
  26. Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather
  27. Ben Watt – Hendra
  28. The Black Keys – Turn Blue
  29. Jack White – Lazaretto
  30. Spoon – They Want My Soul
  31. Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack
  32. Merchandise – After the End
  33. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
  34. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – Intensity Ghost
  35. Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans
  36. La Roux – Trouble in Paradise
  37. Willie Nelson – Band of Brothers
  38. Fennesz – Bécs
  39. Future Islands – Singles
  40. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Dereconstructed
  41. Mark Lanegan Band – Phantom Radio
  42. Mogwai – Rave tapes
  43. East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
  44. Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
  45. Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
  46. Willie Watson – Folk Singer, Vol. 1
  47. Allah-Lahs – Worship the Sun
  48. Morrissey – World Peace Is None Of Your Business
  49. Robyn Hitchcock – The Man Upstairs
  50. Wild Beasts – Present Tense
  51. Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
  52. Liars – Mess
  53. Goat – Commune
  54. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
  55. Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused
  56. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
  57. The Delines – Colfax
  58. Jamie T – Carry On the Grudge
  59. Roddy Frame – Seven Dials
  60. Frazey Ford – Indian Ocean
  61. The Afghan Whigs – Do to the Beast
  62. Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love
  63. Gazelle Twin – Unflesh
  64. King Creosote – From Scotland With Love
  65. The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
  66. Thurston Moore – The Best Day
  67. Perfume Genius – Too Bright
  68. Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else
  69. Gulp – Season Sun
  70. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
  71. Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin
  72. Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards – Distance
  73. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy
  74. Temples – Sun Structures
  75. Richard Thompson – Acoustic Classics

Scott Tobias: Top 15 films of 2014

Boyhood - Richard Linklater

Scott Tobias: Top 15 Films of 2014 (as published by The Dissolve)

  1. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  2. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  4. Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch
  5. Stray Dogs – Tsai Ming-liang
  6. Winter Sleep – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  7. The Immigrant – James Gray
  8. Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry
  9. Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  10. The Missing Picture – Rithy Panh
  11. Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraudie
  12. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  13. Selma – Ava DuVernay
  14. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  15. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle