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.

A.V. Club: 20 Favorite Books of 2015

A.V. Club: 20 Favorite Books of 2015

  • Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl – Carrie Brownstein
  • So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed – Jon Ronson
  • Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
  • Notorious RBG – Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
  • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The First Bad Man – Miranda July
  • The Rabbit Back Literature Society – Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
  • The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins
  • Made To Kill – Adam Christopher
  • Yes! – Daniel Bryan and Craig Tello
  • West Of Sunset – Stewart O’Nan
  • Sick In The Head – Judd Apatow
  • Collected Fiction – Leena Krohn
  • The Children’s Crusade – Ann Packer
  • The Folded Clock: A Diary – Heidi Julavits
  • 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year In Music – Andrew Grant Jackson
  • A Head Full Of Ghosts – Paul Tremblay
  • The Good, The Bad, And The Furry – Tom Cox
  • Love And Lies: An Essay On Truthfulness, Deceit, And The Growth And Care Of Erotic Love – Clancy Martin
  • The Wright Brothers – David McCullough

Miriam Bale: Top 10 Films of 2015

Miriam Bale: Top 10 Films of 2015, as submitted to the Village Voice poll

  1. Carol – Todd Haynes
  2. Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
  3. Heaven Knows What – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  4. Bitch Better Have My Money – Rihanna and Megaforce
  5. Arabian Nights – Miguel Gomes
  6. Heart of a Dog – Laurie Anderson
  7. Eden – Mia Hansen-Løve
  8. The Wonders – Alice Rohrwacher
  9. By the Sea – Angelina Jolie
  10. A Thousand Suns – Mati Diop

New York Times: 10 Best Books of 2015

New York Times Book Review: 10 Best Books of 2015

Fiction

  • The Door – Magda Szabo
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories – Lucia Berlin
  • Outline – Rachel Cusk
  • The Sellout – Paul Beatty
  • The Story of the Lost Child: Book 4, The Neapolitan Novels: “Maturity, Old Age” – Elena Ferrante

Nonfiction

  • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Empire of Cotton: A Global History – Sven Beckert
  • H Is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
  • The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World – Andrea Wulf
  • One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway – Asne Seierstad

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2015

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

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

  1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Jamie xx – In Colour
  3. Grimes – Art Angels
  4. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  5. Tame Impala – Currents
  6. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  7. D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah
  8. Miguel – Wildheart
  9. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  10. Kamasi Washington – The Epic
  11. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  12. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  13. Joanna Newsom – Divers
  14. Young Thug – Barter 6
  15. Björk – Vulnicura
  16. FKA twigs – M3LL155X
  17. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  18. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  19. Future – Dirty Sprite 2
  20. Floating Points – Elaenia
  21. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
  22. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  23. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  24. Thundercat – The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam
  25. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  26. Deafheaven – New Bermuda
  27. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
  28. Beach House – Depression Cherry
  29. Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife
  30. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
  31. Kelela – Hallucinogen
  32. Dr. Dre – Compton
  33. Archy Marshall – A New Place 2 Drown
  34. Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
  35. Neon Indian – VEGA INTL. Night School
  36. Janet Jackson – Unbreakable
  37. Empress Of – Me
  38. Arca – Mutant
  39. Holly Herndon – Platform
  40. Jlin – Dark Energy
  41. Jeremih – Late Nights: The Album
  42. Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl
  43. Destroyer – Poison Season
  44. Jazmine Sullivan – Reality Show
  45. Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs
  46. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
  47. DJ Koze – DJ-Kicks
  48. Shamir – Ratchet
  49. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass
  50. Dawn Richard – Blackheart

Village Voice Poll: Top 50 Films of 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road - George Miller

Village Voice Poll: Top 50 Films of 2015 (as voted by over 125 critics)

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  2. Carol – Todd Haynes
  3. Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  4. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  5. Tangerine – Sean Baker
  6. Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  7. Inside Out – Pete Docter
  8. Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  9. Brooklyn – John Crowley
  10. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  11. Ex Machina – Alex Garland
  12. The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  13. Creed – Ryan Coogler
  14. Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
  15. Magic Mike XXL – Gregory Jacobs
  16. The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Marielle Heller
  17. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  18. Mistress America – Noah Baumbach
  19. Hard to Be a God – Aleksey German
  20. Heaven Knows What – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  21. Room – Lenny Abrahamson
  22. The Duke of Burgundy – Peter Strickland
  23. 45 Years – Andrew Haigh
  24. The Martian – Ridley Scott
  25. Jauja – Lisandro Alonso
  26. The Revenant – Alejandro González Iñárritu
  27. In Jackson Heights – Frederick Wiseman
  28. The Forbidden Room – Guy Maddin
  29. Chi-Raq – Spike Lee
  30. Experimenter – Michael Almereyda
  31. Amy – Asif Kapadia
  32. Sicario – Denis Villeneuve
  33. The End of the Tour – James Ponsoldt
  34. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence – Roy Andersson
  35. Horse Money – Pedro Costa
  36. Bridge of Spies – Steven Spielberg
  37. Heart of a Dog – Laurie Anderson
  38. The Big Short – Adam McKay
  39. The Tribe – Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
  40. Jafar Panahi’s Taxi – Jafar Panahi
  41. The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino
  42. Love & Mercy – Bill Pohlad
  43. It Follows – David Robert Mitchell
  44. Arabian Nights – Miguel Gomes
  45. About Elly – Asghar Farhadi
  46. Eden – Mia Hansen-Løve
  47. Maps to the Stars – David Cronenberg
  48. The Mend – John Magary
  49. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem – Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
  50. The Wonders – Alice Rohrwacher