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

Quietus: Top 100 Albums of 2016

15 December 2016

The Quietus: Top 100 Albums of 2016

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

  1. ÅrabrotThe Gospel
  2. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  3. Innercity EnsembleIII
  4. Jessy LanzaOh No
  5. Shirley CollinsLodestar
  6. The Fat White FamilySongs for Our Mothers
  7. David BowieBlackstar
  8. Ian William CraigCentres
  9. Dawn RichardRedemption
  10. Jenny HvalBlood Bitch
  11. Frank OceanBlond
  12. Laura CannellSimultaneous Flight Movement
  13. MatmosUltimate Care II
  14. Klara LewisToo
  15. SkeptaKonnichiwa
  16. The CaretakerEverywhere at the End of Time
  17. Oranssi PazuzuVärähtelijä
  18. Shackleton with Ernesto TomasiniDevotional Songs
  19. Peder MannerfeltControlling Body
  20. Marissa NadlerStrangers
  21. SoteHardcore Sounds From Tehran
  22. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  23. Katie GatelyColor
  24. Sex SwingSex Swing
  25. Brian EnoThe Ship
  26. KINGWe Are King
  27. GnodMirror
  28. Wolfgang Buttress & BeesBe One
  29. Jute GytePerdurance
  30. Huerco SFor Those of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)
  31. Blood OrangeFreetown Sound
  32. The Stargazer’s AssistantRemoteness Of Light
  33. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  34. Julianna BarwickWill
  35. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  36. SuedeNight Thoughts
  37. JambinaiA Hermitage
  38. Convextion2845
  39. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  40. Kemper NortonToll
  41. Puce MaryThe Spiral
  42. Black MerlinHipnotik Tradisi
  43. Daniel Patrick QuinnI, Sun
  44. Lord TangButterflies
  45. UnderworldBarbara Barbara, we face a shining future
  46. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne CianiFRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy
  47. Idris Ackamoor & The PyramidsWe Be All Africans
  48. EquiknoxxBird Sound Power
  49. Anna MeredithVarmints
  50. Factory Floor25 25
  51. Tim HeckerLove Streams
  52. Bully FaeDefy a Thing to Be
  53. BeyoncéLemonade
  54. KanoMade in the Manor
  55. Bruxa MariaHuman Condition
  56. Grumbling FurFurfour
  57. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  58. Skee MaskShred
  59. Oren AmbarchiHubris
  60. The Comet Is ComingChannel the Spirits
  61. Babyfather“BBF” Hosted By DJ Escrow
  62. The BodyNo One Deserves Happiness
  63. G.H.Housebound Demigod
  64. Darren HaymanThankful Villages, Vol. 1
  65. LaniakeaA Pot of Powdered Nettles
  66. Waclaw ZimpelLines
  67. Roly PorterThird Law
  68. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  69. AtlantikwallAtlantikwall
  70. SHXCXCHCXSHSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs
  71. Marie DavidsonAdieux Au Dancefloor
  72. Pattern ManPattern Man
  73. Julien MarchalInsight II
  74. Billy BaoLagos Sessions
  75. Gyða ValtýsdottirEpicycle
  76. Noura Mint SeymaliArbina
  77. Mica Levi & Oliver CoatesRemain Calm
  78. Hen OgleddBronze
  79. Kassem MosseDisclosure
  80. Kristoffer LoThe Black Meat
  81. Hannah PeelAwake but Always Dreaming
  82. Sam ShalabiIsis and Osiris
  83. PangaeaIn Drum Play
  84. GholdPYR
  85. FISFrom Patterns to Details
  86. Carla dal FornoYou Know What It’s Like
  87. SwansThe Glowing Man
  88. Bon Iver22, A Million
  89. Omar SThe Best
  90. KnifeworldBottled out of Eden
  91. Gnaw Their TonguesHymns for the Broken, Swollen And Silent
  92. John CaleM:FANS
  93. The InvisiblePatience
  94. WireNocturnal Koreans
  95. Circuit Des YeuxJackie Lynn
  96. The Dwarfs of East AgouzaBes
  97. Cat’s EyesTreasure House
  98. Ahrkh WagnerAhrkh Wagner
  99. Melt Yourself DownLast Evenings on Earth
  100. Stein UrheimStrandebarm