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.

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2016

01 December 2016

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2016

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

  1. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  2. Michael KiwanukaLove & Hate
  3. Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
  4. Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  5. case/lang/veirscase/lang/veirs
  6. David BowieBlackstar
  7. Drive-By TruckersAmerican Band
  8. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  9. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  10. Dori FreemanDori Freeman
  11. Parker MillsapThe Very Last Day
  12. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  13. Mudcrutch2
  14. Bon Iver22, A Million
  15. Lucinda WilliamsThe Ghosts of Highway 20
  16. William BellThis Is Where I Live
  17. Hayes CarllLovers And Leavers
  18. Aaron Lee TasjanSilver Tears
  19. MitskiPuberty 2
  20. Paul SimonStranger to Stranger
  21. Brandy ClarkBig Day in a Small Town
  22. Robert EllisRobert Ellis
  23. BeyoncéLemonade
  24. Hiss Golden MessengerHeart Like a Levee
  25. Bonnie RaittDig In Deep
  26. Lydia LovelessReal
  27. DawesWe’re All Gonna Die
  28. Miranda LambertThe Weight of These Wings
  29. Brian FallonPainkillers
  30. Against Me!Shape Shift With Me
  31. LambchopFLOTUS
  32. Kelsey WaldonI’ve Got A Way
  33. Cass McCombsMangy Love
  34. SavagesAdore Life
  35. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  36. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  37. Hamilton Leithauser + RostamI Had A Dream That You Were Mine
  38. Courtney Marie AndrewsHonest Life
  39. WarpaintHeads Up
  40. Maren MorrisHero
  41. Lera LynnResistor
  42. Conor OberstRuminations
  43. Amanda ShiresMy Piece Of Land
  44. PinegroveCardinal
  45. Frank OceanBlond
  46. The Felice BrothersLife in the Dark
  47. Margaret GlaspyEmotions and Math
  48. Brothers OsbornePawn Shop
  49. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  50. Twin PeaksDown In Heaven