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

Pitchfork: 50 Best Albums of 2016

13 December 2016

Pitchfork: 50 Best Albums of 2016

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

  1. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  2. Frank OceanBlond
  3. BeyoncéLemonade
  4. David BowieBlackstar
  5. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  6. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  7. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  8. ANOHNIHopelessness
  9. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  10. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  11. Danny BrownAtrocity Exhibition
  12. Bon Iver22, A Million
  13. Anderson .PaakMalibu
  14. Blood OrangeFreetown Sound
  15. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  16. Kendrick LamarUntitled Unmastered
  17. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  18. MitskiPuberty 2
  19. RihannaAnti
  20. Nicolas JaarSirens
  21. Young ThugJeffery
  22. YGStill Brazy
  23. Jenny HvalBlood Bitch
  24. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  25. KAYTRANADA99.9%
  26. Parquet CourtsHuman Performance
  27. NonameTelefone
  28. NxWorriesYes Lawd!
  29. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithEARS
  30. Esperanza SpaldingEmily’s D+Evolution
  31. WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
  32. Elza SoaresA Mulher do Fim do Mundo
  33. MaxwellblackSUMMERS’night
  34. Kevin MorbySinging Saw
  35. Hamilton Leithauser + RostamI Had A Dream That You Were Mine
  36. Jamila WoodsHEAVN
  37. KINGWe Are King
  38. Schoolboy QBlank Face LP
  39. MoodymannDJ-Kicks
  40. Vijay Iyer & Ishmael Wadada Leo SmithA Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke
  41. Huerco SFor Those of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)
  42. Vince StaplesPrima Donna
  43. Weyes BloodFront Row Seat to Earth
  44. Kevin GatesIslah
  45. William TylerModern Country
  46. PinegroveCardinal
  47. KamaiyahA Good Night in the Ghetto
  48. Frankie CosmosNext Thing
  49. PorchesPool
  50. 21 Savage & Metro BoominSavage Mode