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, 2015

Pigeons & Planes: 50 Best Albums of 2015

Pigeons & Planes: 50 Best Albums of 2015

  1. Grimes – Art Angels
  2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Jamie xx – In Colour
  4. Autre Ne Veut – Age Of Transparency
  5. Tame Impala – Currents
  6. A$AP Rocky – AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP
  7. Future – DS2
  8. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  9. Cousin Stizz – Suffolk County
  10. Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
  11. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  12. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
  13. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
  14. The Internet – Ego Death
  15. Young Thug – Barter 6
  16. Adele – 25
  17. The Neighbourhood – Wiped Out!
  18. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
  19. Pusha T – King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude
  20. Lianne La Havas – Blood
  21. Drake & Future – What a Time to Be Alive
  22. Empress Of – Me
  23. Travis Scott – Rodeo
  24. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  25. Mac Miller – GO:OD AM
  26. Miguel – Wildheart
  27. Brodinski – Brava
  28. Jme – Integrity
  29. Jeremih – Late Nights: The Album
  30. Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful
  31. Tove Styrke – Kiddo
  32. Section Boyz – Don’t Panic
  33. Chvrches – Every Open Eye
  34. Blank Body – Explicit Deluxe
  35. Georgia – Georgia
  36. GoldLink – And After That, We Didn’t Talk
  37. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  38. Hudson Mohawke – Lantern
  39. Ty Dolla $ign – Free TC
  40. DP – Designer Casket
  41. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  42. Tyler, The Creator – Cherry Bomb
  43. HEALTH – Death Magic
  44. RP Boo – Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints
  45. Freddie Gibbs – Shadow of a Doubt
  46. London O’Connor – O∆
  47. Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife
  48. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  49. Jazz Cartier – Marauding in Paradise
  50. Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo & Youth

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2015

The Assassin - Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2015 (as published by Gay City News)

  1. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  2. Jauja – Lisandro Alonso
  3. Tangerine – Sean Baker
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  5. It Follows – David Robert Mitchell
  6. About Elly – Asghar Farhadi
  7. The Iron Ministry – J.P. Sniadecki
  8. The Wonders – Alice Rohrwacher
  9. Chi-Raq – Spike Lee
  10. In Jackson Heights – Frederick Wiseman

Runners-up (alphabetically)

  • Amy – Asif Kapadia
  • The Duke of Burgundy – Peter Strickland
  • Güeros – Alonso Ruizpalacios
  • Heart of a Dog – Laurie Anderson
  • Inside Out – Pete Docter
  • Li’l Quinquin – Bruno Dumont
  • The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  • My Friend Victoria – Jean-Paul Civeyrac
  • Office – Johnnie To
  • Unfriended – Levan Gabriadze

Eric Hynes: 10 Best Feature Films of 2015

The Look of Silence - Joshua Oppenheimer

Eric Hynes: 10 Best Feature Films of 2015 (as published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog and very similar to the ballot he submitted to the Indiewire poll)

  1. The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  2. Carol – Todd Haynes
  3. In Jackson Heights – Frederick Wiseman
  4. Arabian Nights – Miguel Gomes
  5. Of Men and War – Laurent Bécue-Renard
  6. Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  7. We Come as Friends – Hubert Sauper
  8. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  9. Listen to Me Marlon – Stevan Riley
  10. The Mend – John Magary

Adrian Martin: 17 Best Feature Films of 2015

Mia Madre - Nanni Moretti

Adrian Martin: 17 Best Feature Films of 2015, roughly in preferential order. The top five were published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog and Martin submitted the full 17 to desist film’s survey

  • Mia Madre – Nanni Moretti
  • The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  • La academia de las musas – José Luis Guerín
  • In the Shadow of Women – Philippe Garrel
  • The Smell of Us – Larry Clark
  • La Sapienza – Eugène Green
  • Scrapbook – Mike Hoolboom
  • The Kindergarten Teacher – Nadav Lapid
  • Jauja – Lisandro Alonso
  • White Nights on the Pier – Paul Vecchiali
  • The Other Side – Roberto Minervini
  • Pasolini – Abel Ferrara
  • No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  • Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  • White Bird in a Blizzard – Gregg Araki

Brian Darr: 10 Best Feature Films of 2015

Maps to the Stars - David Cronenberg

Brian Darr: 10 Best Feature Films of 2015 (as published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog, submitted at the end of November)

  1. Maps to the Stars – David Cronenberg
  2. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  3. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  4. The Royal Road – Jenni Olson
  5. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  6. Man from Reno – Dave Boyle
  7. The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Marielle Heller
  8. Office – Johnnie To
  9. Black Coal, Thin Ice – Diao Yinan
  10. Advantageous – Jennifer Phang

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2015

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2015

  1. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  2. Tame Impala – Currents
  3. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
  4. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  5. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  6. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  7. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
  8. Beach House – Depression Cherry
  9. Chvrches – Every Open Eye
  10. EL VY – Return to the Moon
  11. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  12. Grimes – Art Angels
  13. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass
  14. Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars
  15. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  16. Joanna Newsom – Divers
  17. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
  18. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
  19. Mew – + –
  20. Neon Indian – VEGA INTL. Night School
  21. Foals – What Went Down
  22. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  23. Jamie xx – In Colour
  24. Low – Ones and Sixes
  25. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
  26. Gwenno – Y Dydd Olaf
  27. Wilco – Star Wars
  28. Tamaryn – Cranekiss
  29. Ducktails – St. Catherine
  30. FFS – FFS
  31. Everything Everything – Get To Heaven
  32. Sexwitch – Sexwitch
  33. New Order – Music Complete
  34. Björk – Vulnicura
  35. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Style
  36. Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  37. Amason – Sky City
  38. LA Priest – Inji
  39. Laura Marling – Short Movie
  40. My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall
  41. Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer
  42. East India Youth – Culture of Volume
  43. Django Django – Born Under Saturn
  44. Mac Demarco – Another One
  45. Younghusband – Dissolver
  46. Martin Courtney – Many Moons
  47. Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
  48. SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream
  49. The Dears – Times Infinity, Vol. One
  50. Torres – Sprinter
  51. San Fermin – Jackrabbit
  52. Beirut – No No No
  53. Blur – The Magic Whip
  54. Shamir – Ratchet
  55. Lower Dens – Escape From Evil
  56. Viet Cong – Viet Cong
  57. Hot Chip – Why Make Sense?
  58. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  59. Jaakko Eino Kalevi – Jaakko Eino Kalevi
  60. Nicolas Godin – Contrepoint
  61. Mercury Rev – The Light in You
  62. Dutch Uncles – O Shudder
  63. Mark Ronson – Uptown Special
  64. Telekinesis – Ad Infinitum
  65. Destroyer – Poison Season
  66. Jacco Gardner – Hypnophobia
  67. Girls Names – Arms Around a Vision
  68. Petite Noir – La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful
  69. Will Butler – Policy
  70. Patrick Watson – Love Songs for Robots
  71. Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone?
  72. Deafheaven – New Bermuda
  73. Cheatahs – Mythologies
  74. Empress Of – Me
  75. Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
  76. Kamasi Washington – The Epic
  77. Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood
  78. U.S. Girls – Half Free
  79. Here We Go Magic – Be Small
  80. Algiers – Algiers
  81. Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs
  82. Youth Lagoon – Savage Hills Ballroom
  83. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
  84. Small Black – Best Blues
  85. Boxed In – Boxed In
  86. Braids – Deep In the Iris
  87. Purity Ring – Another Eternity
  88. Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer
  89. Talk In Tongues – Alone With a Friend
  90. Richard Hawley – Hollow Meadows
  91. Baio – The Names
  92. The Black Ryder – The Door Behind the Door
  93. Briana Marela – All Around Us
  94. Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
  95. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  96. J Fernandez – Many Levels of Laughter
  97. Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh
  98. Outfit – Slowness
  99. Salad Boys – Metalmania
  100. Ryley Walker – Primrose Green

A.A. Dowd: 15 Best Films of 2015

Phoenix - Christian Petzold

A.A. Dowd: 15 Best Films of 2015 (as published by A.V. Club)

  1. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  2. The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  3. It Follows – David Robert Mitchell
  4. 45 Years – Andrew Haigh
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  6. Approaching the Elephant – Amanda Wilder
  7. The Duke of Burgundy – Peter Strickland
  8. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem – Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
  9. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  10. About Elly – Asghar Farhadi
  11. Carol – Todd Haynes
  12. Inside Out – Pete Docter
  13. Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  14. The End of the Tour – James Ponsoldt
  15. Tu Dors Nicole – Stéphane Lafleur

Dennis Cooper: 12 Favorite Films of 2015

Dennis Cooper: 12 Favorite Films of 2015

  • Malgré la nuit – Philippe Grandrieux
  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence – Roy Andersson
  • The Wolfpack – Crystal Moselle
  • The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  • Hard to Be a God – Aleksey German
  • Natural History – James Benning
  • The Thoughts That Once We Had – Thom Andersen
  • Elri Paints Himself As A Tornado – Michael Salerno
  • Don’t Go Back to Sleep – Stanya Kahn
  • San Andreas – Brad Peyton

Time Out London: 50 Best Albums of 2015

Time Out London: 50 Best Albums of 2015

  1. The Internet – Ego Death
  2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  4. Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  5. Julio Bashmore – Knockin’ Boots
  6. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
  7. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  8. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  9. Grimes – Art Angels
  10. Shamir – Ratchet
  11. All We Are – All We Are
  12. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  13. Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People
  14. Laura Marling – Short Movie
  15. Nadine Shah – Fast Food
  16. Jamie xx – In Colour
  17. Floating Points – Elaenia
  18. Blur – The Magic Whip
  19. Kamasi Washington – The Epic
  20. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  21. Ibeyi – Ibeyi
  22. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
  23. Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp
  24. LoneLady – Hinterland
  25. Miley Cyrus – Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz
  26. Drake & Future – What a Time to Be Alive
  27. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
  28. Jaga Jazzist – Starfire
  29. Jaakko Eino Kalevi – Jaakko Eino Kalevi
  30. Hunee – Hunch Music
  31. C Duncan – Architect
  32. Killing Joke – Pylon
  33. Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood
  34. Marriages – Salome
  35. Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa
  36. various artists – PC Music, Vol. 1
  37. Charli XCX – Sucker
  38. Little Simz – A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons
  39. Battles – La Di Da Di
  40. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
  41. Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
  42. Björk – Vulnicura
  43. Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys
  44. Sexwitch – Sexwitch
  45. Shopping – Why Choose
  46. FIDLAR – Too
  47. Landshapes – Heyoon
  48. New Order – Music Complete
  49. Royce Wood Junior – Ashen Tang
  50. Slaves – Are You Satisfied?

Dana Stevens: Top 15 Movies of 2015

Spy - Paul Feig

Dana Stevens: Top 15 Movies of 2015 (as published by Slate)

Top Ten, in alphabetical order

  • 45 Years – Andrew Haigh
  • Amy – Asif Kapadia
  • Carol – Todd Haynes
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Marielle Heller
  • Inside Out – Pete Docter
  • The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  • The Second Mother – Anna Muylaert
  • Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  • Spy – Paul Feig [pictured]
  • Tangerine – Sean Baker

Runners-Up, in alphabetical order

  • The Big Short – Adam McKay
  • Bridge of Spies – Steven Spielberg
  • Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  • Mustang – Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  • White God – Kornél Mundruczó