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: November, 2015

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2015

Goodbye to Language 3D

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2015 [as published by Artforum]

  1. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  2. The Guests – Ken Jacobs
  3. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  4. Hard to Be a God – Aleksey German
  5. Mexico at Midnight: Film Noir from Mexican Cinema’s Golden Age – Museum of Modern Art, New York
  6. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  7. Hamlet in the Rented World – Jack Smith
  8. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  9. Continuous Variations – Manuel De Landa
  10. [tie] The Walk – Robert Zemeckis

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2015

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2015 [as published by Artforum] [see also: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014]

  1. Helmut Berger, Actor – Andreas Horvath
  2. Cinderella – Kenneth Branagh
  3. The Forbidden Room – Guy Maddin
  4. Tom at the Farm – Xavier Dolan
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  6. Carol – Todd Haynes
  7. The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Marielle Heller
  8. Tangerine – Sean Baker
  9. Fly Colt Fly – Adam Gray and Andrew Gray
  10. Love – Gaspar Noé

Uncut: 75 Best Albums of 2015

Have You In My Wilderness - Julia Holter

Uncut Magazine: 75 Best Albums of 2015

  1. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  4. Ryley Walker – Primrose Green
  5. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  6. Tame Impala – Currents
  7. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  8. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass
  9. Sleaford Mods – Key Markets
  10. New Order – Music Complete
  11. Björk – Vulnicura
  12. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
  13. Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs
  14. Robert Forster – Songs To Play
  15. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
  16. The Weather Station – Loyalty
  17. Blur – The Magic Whip
  18. Wilco – Star Wars
  19. Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa
  20. Holly Herndon – Platform
  21. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  22. Gwenno – Y Dydd Olaf
  23. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
  24. Richard Thompson – Still
  25. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
  26. Joanna Newsom – Divers
  27. Jamie xx – In Colour
  28. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Ba Power
  29. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  30. Kamasi Washington – The Epic
  31. Four Tet – Morning / Evening
  32. Sun Kil Moon – Universal Themes
  33. Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood
  34. FFS – FFS
  35. Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
  36. Destroyer – Poison Season
  37. Low – Ones and Sixes
  38. Dave Rawlings Machine – Nashville Obsolete
  39. Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern
  40. Bob Dylan – Shadows In The Night
  41. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
  42. JD McPherson – Let the Good Times Roll
  43. Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People
  44. Laura Marling – Short Movie
  45. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  46. Olivia Chaney – The Longest River
  47. Miguel – Wildheart
  48. My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall
  49. Songhoy Blues – Music In Exile
  50. Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There
  51. Algiers – Algiers
  52. H. Hawkline – In the Pink of Condition
  53. Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys
  54. Israel Nash – Israel Nash’s Silver Season
  55. Neil Young & Promise of the Real – The Monsanto Years
  56. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
  57. Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
  58. Fuzz – Fuzz II
  59. Stick in the Wheel – From Here
  60. Chip Taylor – The Little Prayers Trilogy
  61. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  62. Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
  63. BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul
  64. Public Image Ltd. – What the World Needs Now…
  65. Bop English – Constant Bop
  66. The Apartments – No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal
  67. Micachu & The Shapes – Good Sad Happy Bad
  68. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – Lost Time
  69. Modest Mouse – Strangers to Ourselves
  70. Pond – Man It Feels Like Space Again
  71. Drinks – Hermits On Holiday
  72. Killing Joke – Pylon
  73. Phil Cook – Southland Mission
  74. Keith Richards – Crosseyed Heart
  75. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Loin Des Hommes (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 35 Films of 2015

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 35 Films of 2015 (a poll of 168 critics)

  1. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  2. Carol – Todd Haynes
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  4. Arabian Nights – Miguel Gomes
  5. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  6. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  7. 45 Years – Andrew Haigh
  8. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  9. [tie] Amy – Asif Kapadia
  10. [tie] Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  11. [tie] Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  12. [tie] It Follows – David Robert Mitchell
  13. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  14. Girlhood – Céline Sciamma
  15. [tie] Hard to Be a God – Aleksey German
  16. [tie] Inside Out – Pete Docter
  17. [tie] Tangerine – Sean Baker
  18. [tie] Jafar Panahi’s Taxi – Jafar Panahi
  19. Horse Money – Pedro Costa
  20. [tie] The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  21. Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  22. [tie] The Duke of Burgundy – Peter Strickland
  23. [tie] Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
  24. [tie] The Forbidden Room – Guy Maddin
  25. [tie] My Golden Days – Arnaud Desplechin
  26. Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  27. [tie] Blackhat – Michael Mann
  28. [tie] The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Marielle Heller
  29. [tie] Evolution – Lucile Hadzihalilovic
  30. [tie] Ex Machina – Alex Garland
  31. [tie] Heart of a Dog – Laurie Anderson
  32. [tie] The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos
  33. [tie] Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  34. [tie] Room – Lenny Abrahamson
  35. [tie] Sunset Song – Terence Davies

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2015

Mia Madre - Nanni Moretti

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2015 [see also: 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. Mia Madre – Nanni Moretti
  2. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  3. In the Shadow of Women – Philippe Garrel
  4. The Smell of Us – Larry Clark
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  6. Jauja – Lisandro Alonso
  7. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  8. Arabian Nights – Miguel Gomes
  9. The Summer of Sangaile – Alanté Kavaïté
  10. Journey to the Shore – Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Q: Top 50 Albums Of 2015

Q Magazine: Top 50 Albums of 2015

  1. Tame Impala – Currents
  2. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  3. Jamie xx – In Colour
  4. Blur – The Magic Whip
  5. New Order – Music Complete
  6. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  7. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  8. Laura Marling – Short Movie
  9. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  10. Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  11. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  12. Foals – What Went Down
  13. Joanna Newsom – Divers
  14. Sleaford Mods – Key Markets
  15. Django Django – Born Under Saturn
  16. Miguel – Wildheart
  17. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday
  18. Four Tet – Morning / Evening
  19. Dr. Dre – Compton
  20. Everything Everything – Get To Heaven
  21. The Fall – Sub-Lingual Tablet
  22. Gaz Coombes – Matador
  23. LoneLady – Hinterland
  24. Sun Kil Moon – Universal Themes
  25. Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern
  26. The Chemical Brothers – Born in the Echoes
  27. The Maccabees – Marks to Prove It
  28. Chvrches – Every Open Eye
  29. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
  30. Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People
  31. Wire – Wire
  32. Muse – Drones
  33. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass
  34. FFS – FFS
  35. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
  36. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
  37. Bill Ryder-Jones – West Kirby County Primary
  38. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  39. Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys
  40. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  41. Wilco – Star Wars
  42. Slaves – Are You Satisfied?
  43. Years & Years – Communion
  44. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
  45. The Prodigy – The Day Is My Enemy
  46. Palma Violets – Danger in the Club
  47. Gwenno – Y Dydd Olaf
  48. Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa
  49. Hooton Tennis Club – Highest Point in Cliff Town
  50. Mac Demarco – Another One

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2015

American Songwriter : Top 50 Albums of 2015

  1. Chris Stapleton – Traveller
  2. Torres – Sprinter
  3. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
  4. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  5. James McMurtry – Complicated Game
  6. John Moreland – High on Tulsa Heat
  7. Wilco – Star Wars
  8. Craig Finn – Faith In the Future
  9. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass
  10. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  11. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  12. Chvrches – Every Open Eye
  13. Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight
  14. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  15. Rayland Baxter – Imaginary Man
  16. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material
  17. Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands
  18. Ashley Monroe – The Blade
  19. Patty Griffin – Servant of Love
  20. Josh Ritter – Sermon on the Rocks
  21. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  22. Andrew Combs – All These Dreams
  23. Dave Rawlings Machine – Nashville Obsolete
  24. Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
  25. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Terraplane
  26. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  27. The Deslondes – The Deslondes
  28. Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
  29. Lucero – All a Man Should Do
  30. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  31. Dwight Yoakam – Second Hand Heart
  32. Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  33. Built to Spill – Untethered Moon
  34. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
  35. Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
  36. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
  37. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind
  38. My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall
  39. Promised Land Sound – For Use and Delight
  40. Bully – Feels Like
  41. Aaron Lee Tasjan – In The Blazes
  42. Adele – 25
  43. GospelbeacH – Pacific Surf Line
  44. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  45. Nora Jane Struthers – Wake
  46. Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues
  47. Iris DeMent – The Trackless Woods
  48. Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble
  49. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
  50. Kristin Diable – Create Your Own Mythology

Mojo: 50 Best Albums of 2015

Mojo Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2015 [see also 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  3. New Order – Music Complete
  4. Tame Impala – Currents
  5. Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs
  6. Bill Ryder-Jones – West Kirby County Primary
  7. Songhoy Blues – Music In Exile
  8. Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa
  9. Sleaford Mods – Key Markets
  10. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  11. Bob Dylan – Shadows In The Night
  12. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  13. Low – Ones and Sixes
  14. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
  15. Richard Dawson – Nothing Important
  16. D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah
  17. Hooton Tennis Club – Highest Point in Cliff Town
  18. Blur – The Magic Whip
  19. Joanna Newsom – Divers
  20. Dungen – Allas sak
  21. Richard Thompson – Still
  22. Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
  23. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
  24. Gaz Coombes – Matador
  25. Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern
  26. Wilco – Star Wars
  27. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  28. Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood
  29. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  30. Bill Fay – Who Is The Sender?
  31. Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People
  32. Jamie xx – In Colour
  33. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday
  34. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
  35. The Libertines – Anthems For Doomed Youth
  36. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  37. Promised Land Sound – For Use and Delight
  38. LoneLady – Hinterland
  39. Keith Richards – Crosseyed Heart
  40. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  41. Kamasi Washington – The Epic
  42. Boz Scaggs – A Fool To Care
  43. Mark Ronson – Uptown Special
  44. Ryley Walker – Primrose Green
  45. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
  46. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
  47. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
  48. David Gilmour – Rattle That Lock
  49. Ibeyi – Ibeyi
  50. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down…