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

NME: 50 Best Albums of 2016

22 December 2016

NME: 50 Best Albums of 2016

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

  1. The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  2. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  3. Christine and the QueensChaleur Humaine
  4. SkeptaKonnichiwa
  5. KAYTRANADA99.9%
  6. David BowieBlackstar
  7. DIIVIs the Is Are
  8. Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
  9. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  10. Frank OceanBlond
  11. BeyoncéLemonade
  12. Sunflower BeanHuman Ceremony
  13. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  14. Jamie TTrick
  15. KanoMade in the Manor
  16. Danny BrownAtrocity Exhibition
  17. DrakeViews
  18. Tegan and SaraLove You to Death
  19. White LungParadise
  20. Lady GagaJoanne
  21. Anderson .PaakMalibu
  22. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  23. Michael KiwanukaLove & Hate
  24. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  25. BlossomsBlossoms
  26. Biffy ClyroEllipsis
  27. GiggsLandlord
  28. GoatRequiem
  29. Kate TempestLet Them Eat Chaos
  30. NAOFor All We Know
  31. BastilleWild World
  32. Kings of LeonWALLS
  33. Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
  34. Let’s Eat GrandmaI, Gemini
  35. Glass AnimalsHow to Be a Human Being
  36. Swet Shop BoysCashmere
  37. Soft HairSoft Hair
  38. SlavesTake Control
  39. Green DayRevolution Radio
  40. RihannaAnti
  41. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  42. WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
  43. ANOHNIHopelessness
  44. The Lemon TwigsDo Hollywood
  45. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  46. SavagesAdore Life
  47. Wild BeastsBoy King
  48. Show Me the BodyBody War
  49. Public Access T.V.Never Enough
  50. Bon Iver22, A Million