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.

Pretty Much Amazing: 60 Best Albums of 2016

16 December 2016

Pretty Much Amazing: 60 Best Albums of 2016

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

  1. BeyoncéLemonade
  2. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  3. Frank OceanBlond
  4. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  5. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  6. David BowieBlackstar
  7. Anderson .PaakMalibu
  8. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  9. Bon Iver22, A Million
  10. The AvalanchesWildflower
  11. Young ThugJeffery
  12. Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  13. Blood OrangeFreetown Sound
  14. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  15. Kendrick LamarUntitled Unmastered
  16. RihannaAnti
  17. ANOHNIHopelessness
  18. Danny BrownAtrocity Exhibition
  19. Parquet CourtsHuman Performance
  20. M83Junk
  21. James BlakeThe Colour in Anything
  22. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  23. KAYTRANADA99.9%
  24. Death GripsBottomless Pit
  25. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION: Side B
  26. M.I.A.AIM
  27. WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
  28. SwansThe Glowing Man
  29. Aphex TwinCheetah
  30. DeakinSleep Cycle
  31. MitskiPuberty 2
  32. De La Souland the Anonymous Nobody…
  33. Nicolas JaarSirens
  34. HindsLeave Me Alone
  35. ChairliftMoth
  36. PreoccupationsPreoccupations
  37. UnderworldBarbara Barbara, we face a shining future
  38. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  39. PinegroveCardinal
  40. King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardNonagon Infinity
  41. PJ HarveyThe Hope Six Demolition Project
  42. S U R V I V ERR7349
  43. Schoolboy QBlank Face LP
  44. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  45. Tim HeckerLove Streams
  46. Aesop RockThe Impossible Kid
  47. Paul SimonStranger to Stranger
  48. Leon VynehallRojus (Designed to Dance)
  49. Lady GagaJoanne
  50. Olga BellTempo
  51. Kevin MorbySinging Saw
  52. dvsnSEPT. 5TH
  53. Frank OceanEndless
  54. Hamilton Leithauser + RostamI Had A Dream That You Were Mine
  55. RooseveltRoosevelt
  56. DeftonesGore
  57. G.L.O.S.S.Trans Day of Revenge
  58. The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  59. White LungParadise
  60. The FieldThe Follower