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.

Entertainment Weekly: 50 Best Albums of 2016

10 December 2016

Entertainment Weekly: 50 Best Albums of 2016

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

  1. BeyoncéLemonade
  2. David BowieBlackstar
  3. RihannaAnti
  4. KAYTRANADA99.9%
  5. Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  6. MitskiPuberty 2
  7. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  8. ANOHNIHopelessness
  9. Anderson .PaakMalibu
  10. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  11. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  12. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  13. Tegan and SaraLove You to Death
  14. Frank OceanBlond
  15. Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
  16. Miranda LambertThe Weight of These Wings
  17. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  18. Blood OrangeFreetown Sound
  19. School Of Seven BellsSVIIB
  20. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  21. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  22. James BlakeThe Colour in Anything
  23. Paul SimonStranger to Stranger
  24. The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  25. Norah JonesDay Breaks
  26. St. LuciaMatter
  27. Ariana GrandeDangerous Woman
  28. Danny BrownAtrocity Exhibition
  29. NAOFor All We Know
  30. LåpsleyLong Way Home
  31. Tove LoLady Wood
  32. WilcoSchmilco
  33. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  34. HindsLeave Me Alone
  35. Ray LaMontagneOuroboros
  36. Young ThugJeffery
  37. White LungParadise
  38. CommonBlack America Again
  39. KamaiyahA Good Night in the Ghetto
  40. Sunflower BeanHuman Ceremony
  41. Tkay MaidzaTkay
  42. Loretta LynnFull Circle
  43. WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
  44. NonameTelefone
  45. Hamilton Leithauser + RostamI Had A Dream That You Were Mine
  46. Against Me!Shape Shift With Me
  47. Various Artists — Day of the Dead
  48. Ricky Eat AcidTalk To You Soon
  49. Into It. Over It.Standards
  50. RobynRMX/RBN