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

Les Inrocks: 50 Best Albums of 2016

15 December 2016

Les Inrockuptibles: 50 Best Albums of 2016

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

  1. David BowieBlackstar
  2. La FemmeMystère
  3. Frank OceanBlond
  4. The Lemon TwigsDo Hollywood
  5. PNLDans la légende
  6. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  7. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  8. DrakeViews
  9. Alex CameronJumping the Shark
  10. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  11. PJ HarveyThe Hope Six Demolition Project
  12. Bon Iver22, A Million
  13. Parquet CourtsHuman Performance
  14. ALA.NIYou & I
  15. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  16. Michael KiwanukaLove & Hate
  17. The WeekndStarboy
  18. Grand BlancMémoires vives
  19. Weyes BloodFront Row Seat to Earth
  20. Soft HairSoft Hair
  21. Blood OrangeFreetown Sound
  22. James BlakeThe Colour in Anything
  23. The PirouettesCarrément carrément
  24. Benjamin BiolayPalermo Hollywood
  25. Young ThugJeffery
  26. ANOHNIHopelessness
  27. BayonnePrimitives
  28. Jóhann JóhannssonOrphée
  29. JusticeWoman
  30. LescopDérangé
  31. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  32. Cullen OmoriNew Misery
  33. Noura Mint SeymaliArbina
  34. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  35. El’Blaszczyk Rock Band HimselfThe Quirky Lost Tapes 1993-1995
  36. Field MusicCommontime
  37. Schoolboy QBlank Face LP
  38. RihannaAnti
  39. Bjarki“Б”
  40. The Fat White FamilySongs for Our Mothers
  41. Wati Watia Zorey BandMoriarty & Friends Presents: Zanz in lanfér
  42. Karl BlauIntroducing Karl Blau
  43. Nicolas JaarSirens
  44. M.I.A.AIM
  45. DIIVIs the Is Are
  46. ParadisRecto Verso
  47. CéuTropix
  48. Fatou Seidi Ghali & Alamnou AkrouniLes Filles de Illighadad
  49. Lost Under HeavenSpiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing
  50. DJ PoneRadiant