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.
This site eschews numerical analysis but also embraces the admittedly arbitrariness of list-making. It’s a thin beam on which to perch. Two cases in point that we can’t resist but that somehow defy — admirably — the simplicity of linear list-making:
Emily Nussbaum hates lists, annually in The New Yorker. This year she declares the first- and second-best TV shows of the year simply enough, but somehow we can’t accurately flatten that declaration into a list on this site. You’ll have to click through.