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.

NPR Music: Best 50 Albums of 2016

05 December 2016

NPR Music: Best 50 Albums of 2016

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

  1. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  2. BeyoncéLemonade
  3. David BowieBlackstar
  4. Frank OceanBlond
  5. Bon Iver22, A Million
  6. Barbara Hannigan, Andris Nelsons & Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraH. Abrahamsen: Let Me Tell You
  7. Anderson .PaakMalibu
  8. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  9. Miranda LambertThe Weight of These Wings
  10. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  11. Xenia RubinosBlack Terry Cat
  12. RihannaAnti
  13. KAYTRANADA99.9%
  14. Drive-By TruckersAmerican Band
  15. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  16. Carrie RodriguezLola
  17. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  18. Laura MvulaThe Dreaming Room
  19. James Bobick, Marnie Breckenridge, Cherry Duke, John Kelly, Michael Marcotte, Newspeak, Alan Pierson, Peter Tantsits & Lauren WorshamDavid T. Little: Dog Days
  20. Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
  21. The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  22. NonameTelefone
  23. A-WaHabib Galbi
  24. Young ThugJeffery
  25. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  26. Noura Mint SeymaliArbina
  27. Jamila WoodsHEAVN
  28. Esperanza SpaldingEmily’s D+Evolution
  29. MitskiPuberty 2
  30. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithEARS
  31. Big ThiefMasterpiece
  32. ANOHNIHopelessness
  33. Logan RichardsonShift
  34. Lori McKennaThe Bird & the Rifle
  35. Pavel KolesnikovChopin: Mazurkas
  36. Maren MorrisHero
  37. René MarieSound of Red
  38. PinegroveCardinal
  39. TweetCharlene
  40. Aaron Lee TasjanSilver Tears
  41. Carl Gari & Abdullah MiniawyDarraje
  42. Pure DisgustPure Disgust
  43. Parker MillsapThe Very Last Day
  44. New York Philharmonic & Alan GilbertChristopher Rouse: Odna Zhizn, Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 and Prospero’s Rooms
  45. Mal DevisaKiid
  46. Steven JulienFallen
  47. Y La BambaOjos Del Sol
  48. Domo GenesisGenesis
  49. Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  50. Catherine RussellHarlem on My Mind