Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.
2016 Albums

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2016

30 November 2016

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2016

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. BeyoncéLemonade
  2. David BowieBlackstar
  3. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  4. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  5. Frank OceanBlond
  6. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  7. The Rolling StonesBlue & Lonesome
  8. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  9. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  10. Young ThugJeffery
  11. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  12. Paul SimonStranger to Stranger
  13. Maren MorrisHero
  14. Green DayRevolution Radio
  15. Lvl UpReturn to Love
  16. Miranda LambertThe Weight of These Wings
  17. Parquet CourtsHuman Performance
  18. The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  19. Danny BrownAtrocity Exhibition
  20. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  21. Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
  22. Bon Iver22, A Million
  23. MitskiPuberty 2
  24. Drive-By TruckersAmerican Band
  25. RihannaAnti
  26. Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  27. Brandy ClarkBig Day in a Small Town
  28. Blood OrangeFreetown Sound
  29. MudcrutchMudcrutch 2
  30. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  31. White LungParadise
  32. Alicia KeysHere
  33. Sting57th & 9th
  34. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  35. ANOHNIHopelessness
  36. MetallicaHardwired… to Self-Destruct
  37. Bonnie RaittDig In Deep
  38. Tove LoLady Wood
  39. Elton JohnWonderful Crazy Night
  40. MaxwellblackSUMMERS’night
  41. WilcoSchmilco
  42. DrakeViews
  43. FutureEvol
  44. The MonkeesGood Times!
  45. Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
  46. Norah JonesDay Breaks
  47. Kyle Dixon & Michael SteinStranger Things OST Volumes 1 and 2
  48. Esperanza SpaldingEmily’s D+Evolution
  49. DawesWe’re All Gonna Die
  50. Death GripsBottomless Pit