Metacritic Users Pick the Best of 2019 (and the Decade)

  • Publish Date: January 9, 2020
  • Comments: ↓ 12 user comments

The results of our 10th annual user poll are in ...

ImageFor the 10th straight year, we invited our users to list their favorite TV shows, movies, games, and albums of the past calendar year. Over 2,600 people participated in the survey, and the results are tabulated below.

Participants were asked to rank their five favorite titles of 2019 in each category, and we assigned a value of 5 points to each first-place vote, 4 points for second place, and so on down to 1 point for each fifth-place vote.

To mark the end of the decade, we also asked users to name their single favorite release of the 2010s in each of the four categories.


Joker and Avengers: Endgame are among the films that rated more highly with our users than with critics, though both groups shared four films in their top five while also agreeing on the #1 overall film of 2019: Parasite. Top vote-getters among critics that didn't rank in our users' top 15 picks include Uncut Gems, Portrait of a Lady on Fire (which hasn't really opened in theaters yet), The Farewell, Pain and Glory, and Little Women.

Best Movie of 2019 as Voted by Metacritic Users
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Movie   Points
1 Parasite 4,778 bar
2 Joker 3,789 bar
3 The Irishman 2,974 bar
4 Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood 2,672 bar
5 Marriage Story 2,493 bar
6 Avengers: Endgame 1,961 bar
7 Knives Out 1,293 bar
8 The Lighthouse    916 bar
9 Jojo Rabbit    901 bar
10 Ford v Ferrari    855 bar
11 Us    808 bar
12 Midsommar    783 bar
13 Ad Astra    500 bar
14 The Farewell    494 bar
15 Toy Story 4    478 bar
Best Movie of the Decade (2010-19) as Voted by Metacritic Users
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Movie Mentions
1 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 134
2 Inception (2010) 112
3 The Social Network (2010) 87
4 Gravity (2013) 79
5 Blade Runner 2049 (2017) 73
6 Interstellar (2014) 68
7 La La Land (2016) 65
8 Moonlight (2016) 62
9 The Tree of Life (2011) 56
10 Whiplash (2014) 50

TV shows

Again, critics and users agreed on four of the top five films, though not in the same order (among other things, the professionals had Fleabag at #1, just ahead of Watchmen). The discrepancies among the top slots were Stranger Things (#5 with our users but only #13 with critics) and Russian Doll (#4 with critics, #13 with users).

Best TV Show of 2019 as Voted by Metacritic Users
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Show   Points
1 Watchmen (HBO) 1,884 bar
2 Chernobyl (HBO) 1,696 bar
3 Fleabag (Prime Video) 1,615 bar
4 Succession (HBO)    851 bar
5 Stranger Things (Netflix)    746 bar
6 Barry (HBO)    736 bar
7 The Mandalorian (Disney+)    708 bar
8 BoJack Horseman (Netflix)    693 bar
9 Mr. Robot (USA)    667 bar
10 Game of Thrones (HBO)    599 bar
11 The Boys (Prime Video)    525 bar
12 Mindhunter (Netflix)    486 bar
13 Russian Doll (Netflix)    468 bar
14 The Good Place (NBC)    384 bar
15 When They See Us (Netflix)    364 bar
Best TV Show of the Decade (2010-19) as Voted by Metacritic Users
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TV Show Mentions
1 Breaking Bad (AMC) 289
2 Game of Thrones (HBO) 237
3 The Leftovers (HBO) 95
4 Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime) 49
5 BoJack Horseman (Netflix) 42
6 Mr. Robot (USA) 37
7 Mad Men (AMC) 35
8 Parks and Recreation (NBC) 27
9 The Americans (FX) 25
10 True Detective (HBO) 22


Once again, the top five choices among critics and users were almost identical (including their selections for #1 overall). Our users had Titanic Rising three slots higher than the critics did, while the latter group placed Ghosteen at #2 overall, while it landed at #8 on our users' consensus list.

Best Album of 2019 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Album/Artist   Points
1 Norman Fucking Rockwell by Lana Del Rey 1,527 bar
2 Igor by Tyler, The Creator 712 bar
3 Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood 653 bar
4 Magdalene by FKA twigs 614 bar
5 When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do ... by Billie Eilish 550 bar
6 thank u, next by Ariana Grande 524 bar
7 Lover by Taylor Swift 477 bar
8 Ghosteen by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 375 bar
9 Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend 356 bar
10 All Mirrors by Angel Olsen 323 bar
11 Fine Line by Harry Styles 299 bar
12 Charli by Charli XCX 233 bar
  Anima by Thom Yorke 233 bar
14 Fear Inoculum by Tool 192 bar
15 Cuz I Love You by Lizzo 181 bar
Best Album of the Decade (2010-19) as Voted by Metacritic Users
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Album Mentions
1 To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar 85
2 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West 68
3 Melodrama by Lorde 44
4 Lemonade by Beyoncé 30
5 Blonde by Frank Ocean 24
6 1989 by Taylor Swift 21
7 good kid, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar 19
8 Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens 16
9 Norman Fucking Rockwell by Lana Del Rey 15
  The Suburbs by Arcade Fire 15


We don't collect critic top-10 lists for videogames, but we did rank the year's best-reviewed games. Our users' #1 choice below, Resident Evil 2, was indeed 2019's best-reviewed new game, while #2, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, was also second with critics among new titles. Our users definitely liked Death Stranding better than reviewers did, however; that PS4 exclusive was just the 30th-highest-scoring release for Sony's console last year.

Best Video Game of 2019 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Game   Points
1 Resident Evil 2 2,088 bar
2 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice 1,813 bar
3 Death Stranding 1,298 bar
4 Fire Emblem: Three Houses 906 bar
5 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 777 bar
6 The Outer Worlds 736 bar
7 Control 710 bar
8 Devil May Cry 5 628 bar
9 Luigi’s Mansion 3 589 bar
10 Pokemon Sword / Pokemon Shield 549 bar
11 Disco Elysium 522 bar
12 Super Mario Maker 2 385 bar
13 Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 345 bar
14 Astral Chain 333 bar
15 Kingdom Hearts 3 324 bar
Best Video Game of the Decade (2010-19) as Voted by Metacritic Users
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Game Mentions
1 The Last of Us / The Last of Us Remastered 331
2 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 163
3 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 118
4 Red Dead Redemption 2 63
5 Mass Effect 2 42
6 Bloodborne 37
7 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 32
  God of War 32
9 Grand Theft Auto V 31
10 Dark Souls 30

How did you do?

What do you think of the picks made by your fellow users? Let us know in the comments section below, and don't forget to visit our Best of 2019 and Best of the Decade sections for lists of critics' favorites.


Comments (12)

  • shtum_fall  

    I have a question as to a list Best Games 2019.
    Do you really think that in this list should be Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. As for me it's a worst game ever but however it in the list OMG. Collection of this list in general not bad but some of games shouldn't being in this list in my opinion.
    As to a list games of decade without any doubts it's TLOUS.

  • ty92  

    My favourite TV Shows of the Last Decade
    Spartacus - the first season Blood and Sand was incredible
    Vikings - Seasons 1-4 seasons 5 and 6 are trash
    Game of Thrones - Season 1-6 season 7 wasn't great and season 8 was trash
    Breaking Bad
    The Last Kingdom
    Westworld - season 1 was really good unfortunately season 2 wasn't..
    Hell on Wheels
    Roman Empire - Netflix series
    Castlevania - Netflix series
    Black Mirror

  • prashu  

    Happy to see that To Pimp A Butterfly was ranked #1 but why is The Americans ranked so low? It's the best show of the decade and should be ranked way higher.

  • Poochingus  

    This collection of lists makes my little vagoo quiver with delight.

  • Salvadonche  

    Blue_Velvet : it's just your opinion dude, personally I'm what we could call a "gamer" and I've played a **** ton of videogames since I'm 3 years old and The Last of Us is probably my favorite game at the moment. Just my opinion. ^^

  • D3NGZ  

    nobody asked me.. did you do a poll in a the middle of the night in your office or something? Witcher Wild Hunt on pc is sitting at 9.4 user score with 15k votes and it is 3rd here? dosent make any sense

    im not upset by last of us winning its just a not a real list. to be put on front page like that.. i love last of us. it is most def a top 10 game of the decade but thats some **** lol

  • 21grams  

    who even voted for this? Participation count suggests barely anyone was aware of this poll.

  • kopaka  

    Sad PC users are upset that the best game of all time gets voted as the best game of the decade

  • Blue_Velvet  

    A lot of terrible picks, Last of Us is barely a video game, the gameplay is so awful. its trying too hard to be a movie which is why so many casuals voted for it. The Last of Us is the most overrated game of all time. Movies are all Hollywood its not like there are other films in the world, just terrible. Dark Souls at 10? one of the most influential games of all time! sad.

  • dandalis  

    Weird lists, but what can you do, popularity trumps quality as usual.

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