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.

Maureen Corrigan: 10 Best Books of 2017

Maureen Corrigan: 10 Best Books of 2017 (as aired on NPR’s Fresh Air)

  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • The Ninth Hour – Alice McDermott
  • Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
  • Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York – Francis Spufford
  • Between Them: Remembering My Parents – Richard Ford
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  • What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories – Laura Shapiro
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter – Erika L. Sánchez
  • The Big Book of the Continental Op – Dashiell Hammett

Spencer Kornhaber: 10 Best Albums of 2017

DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

Spencer Kornhaber: 10 Best Albums of 2017 (as published by The Atlantic)

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  3. The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir
  4. Migos – Culture
  5. Margo Price – All American Made
  6. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  7. SZA – Ctrl
  8. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
  9. Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
  10. JAY-Z – 4:44

Matthew Jacobs: 27 Best Movies of 2017

Matthew Jacobs: 27 Best Movies of 2017 (as published by The Huffington Post)

  1. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  2. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  3. The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  4. Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  5. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  6. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  7. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  8. God’s Own Country – Francis Lee
  9. The Beguiled – Sofia Coppola
  10. A Fantastic Woman – Sebastián Lelio
  11. The Post – Steven Spielberg
  12. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  13. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  14. War for the Planet of the Apes – Matt Reeves
  15. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rian Johnson
  16. mother! – Darren Aronofsky
  17. The Big Sick – Michael Showalter
  18. The Disaster Artist – James Franco

Honorable mentions

  • BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  • Colossal – Nacho Vigalondo
  • Girls Trip – Malcolm D. Lee
  • Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  • Kedi – Ceyda Torun
  • The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  • The Lovers – Azazel Jacobs
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  • Mudbound – Dee Rees

Amanda Petrusich: 10 Best Albums of 2017

Amanda Petrusich: 10 Best Albums of 2017, in no particular order, as published by The New Yorker

  • Big Thief – Capacity
  • Jake Xerxes Fussell – What in the Natural World
  • Mdou Moctar – Sousoume Tamachek
  • SZA – Ctrl
  • Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  • The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  • Björk – Utopia
  • The Weather Station – The Weather Station
  • Migos – Culture
  • John Moreland – Big Bad Luv

A.V. Club: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

The A.V. Club: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

  1. The Good Place
  2. Twin Peaks: The Return
  3. The Leftovers
  4. Legion
  5. Halt and Catch Fire
  6. Better Call Saul
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale
  8. Rick and Morty
  9. The Americans
  10. Big Little Lies
  11. Review
  12. BoJack Horseman
  13. One Day at a Time
  14. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  15. The Deuce
  16. GLOW
  17. Better Things
  18. American Vandal
  19. The Young Pope
  20. Alias Grace