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.

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2016

22 December 2016

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2016

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

  1. BeyoncéLemonade
  2. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  3. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  4. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  5. Travis ScottBirds in the Trap Sing McKnight
  6. Frank OceanBlond
  7. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  8. RihannaAnti
  9. Schoolboy QBlank Face LP
  10. Bon Iver22, A Million
  11. Kendrick LamarUntitled Unmastered
  12. Danny BrownAtrocity Exhibition
  13. Young ThugJeffery
  14. Anderson .PaakMalibu
  15. DrakeViews
  16. Young ThugSlime Season 3
  17. KAYTRANADA99.9%
  18. Kevin GatesIslah
  19. YGStill Brazy
  20. Lil Uzi VertLil Uzi Vert Vs. The World
  21. KamaiyahA Good Night in the Ghetto
  22. NxWorriesYes Lawd!
  23. Mac MillerThe Divine Feminine
  24. GallantOlogy
  25. NonameTelefone
  26. The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  27. James BlakeThe Colour in Anything
  28. Bruno Mars24K Magic
  29. 2 ChainzCOLLEGROVE
  30. Rae SremmurdSremmLife 2
  31. Lil YachtyLil Boat
  32. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  33. dvsnSEPT. 5TH
  34. David BowieBlackstar
  35. BaauerAa
  36. Joey PurpiiiDrops
  37. KaHonor Killed the Samurai
  38. Frank OceanEndless
  39. 21 Savage & Metro BoominSavage Mode
  40. The WeekndStarboy
  41. Esperanza SpaldingEmily’s D+Evolution
  42. D.R.A.M.Big Baby D.R.A.M.
  43. Lady GagaJoanne
  44. MaxwellblackSUMMERS’night
  45. Blood OrangeFreetown Sound
  46. MitskiPuberty 2
  47. A$AP FergAlways Strive and Prosper
  48. DJ KhaledMajor Key
  49. Ariana GrandeDangerous Woman
  50. Majid JordanMajid Jordan