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.

Spin: 50 Best Albums of 2016

13 December 2016

Spin: 50 Best Albums of 2016

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

  1. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  2. Frank OceanBlond
  3. David BowieBlackstar
  4. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  5. The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  6. BeyoncéLemonade
  7. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  8. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  9. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  10. Bon Iver22, A Million
  11. Blood OrangeFreetown Sound
  12. RihannaAnti
  13. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  14. MitskiPuberty 2
  15. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  16. Danny BrownAtrocity Exhibition
  17. Young ThugJeffery
  18. Esperanza SpaldingEmily’s D+Evolution
  19. ANOHNIHopelessness
  20. Kendrick LamarUntitled Unmastered
  21. KINGWe Are King
  22. Kevin GatesIslah
  23. Joyce ManorCody
  24. Anderson .PaakMalibu
  25. Nicolas JaarSirens
  26. Schoolboy QBlank Face LP
  27. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  28. KAYTRANADA99.9%
  29. Cymbals Eat GuitarsPretty Years
  30. Jenny HvalBlood Bitch
  31. The HotelierGoodness
  32. Parquet CourtsHuman Performance
  33. KamaiyahA Good Night in the Ghetto
  34. dvsnSEPT. 5TH
  35. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  36. The AvalanchesWildflower
  37. White LungParadise
  38. MaxwellblackSUMMERS’night
  39. YGStill Brazy
  40. Miranda LambertThe Weight of These Wings
  41. WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
  42. Bruno Mars24K Magic
  43. Marissa NadlerStrangers
  44. Vijay Iyer & Ishmael Wadada Leo SmithA Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke
  45. Oranssi PazuzuVärähtelijä
  46. Bat for LashesThe Bride
  47. Maren MorrisHero
  48. PinegroveCardinal
  49. MoodymannDJ-Kicks
  50. Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth