Top Ten Lists

Okay, so here’s the thing: ranking lists, the process of canonizing this and leaving out that, can be a little destructive to the arts. I know plenty of people that refuse to make lists, for good reasons I’m inclined to follow. But, on the other hand, I’ve enjoyed making numbered lists since I was young, and now do it as a way to remember what I loved from a given period. It’s as much about memory as ranking.

*The 2017 list is constantly updating as the year progresses.

2017

Films

1. Lost City of Z
2. Logan Lucky
3. Get Out
4. Dunkirk
5. Baby Driver
6. IT
7. Logan
8. Wind River
9. Wonder Woman
10. The Beguiled

Albums

1. Goths, The Mountain Goats
2. Pleasure, Feist
3. A Deeper Understanding, The War on Drugs
4. Gathering, Josh Ritter
5. A Black Mile to the Surface, Manchester Orchestra
6. CTRL, SZA
7. Capacity, Big Theif
8. Near to the Wild Heart of Life, Japandroids
9. The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
10. Everybody Works, Jay Som

2016

Films

1. Loving
2. Moonlight
3. Green Room
4. Silence
5. Jackie
6. The Witch
7. Manchester by the Sea
8. The Handmaiden
9. Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids
10. Hell or High Water

Albums

1. Teens of Denial, Car Seat Headrest
2. A Seat at the Table, Solange
3. Cardinal, Pinegrove
4. Telefone, Noname
5. Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper
6. Puberty 2, Mitski
7. Lemonade, Beyonce
8. Worry, Jeff Rosenstock
9. 22, A Millon, Bon Iver
10. Love & Hate, Michael Kiwanuka

Television

1. Atlanta
2. Better Call Saul
3. The Crown
4. Rectify
5. The Good Place
6. The Americans
7. The Night Of
8. Documentary Now!
9. Broad City
10. Horace & Pete

2015

Films

1. Carol
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Sicario
4. Timbuktu
5. Creed
6. Inside Out
7. It Follows
8. Crimson Peak
9. The Assassin
10. Steve Jobs

HM: What We Do in the Shadows, Spotlight, Brookyn, Room, Magic Mike XXL, The End of the Tour

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