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

Stereogum: 50 Best Albums of 2016

01 December 2016

Stereogum: 50 Best Albums of 2016

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

  1. BeyoncéLemonade
  2. Frank OceanBlond
  3. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  4. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  5. David BowieBlackstar
  6. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  7. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  8. MitskiPuberty 2
  9. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  10. Danny BrownAtrocity Exhibition
  11. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  12. Anderson .PaakMalibu
  13. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  14. Schoolboy QBlank Face LP
  15. Bon Iver22, A Million
  16. KamaiyahA Good Night in the Ghetto
  17. White LungParadise
  18. Katie DeyFlood Network
  19. ANOHNIHopelessness
  20. RihannaAnti
  21. The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  22. PUPThe Dream Is Over
  23. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  24. PinegroveCardinal
  25. CobaltSlow Forever
  26. Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  27. Japanese BreakfastPsychopomp
  28. NonameTelefone
  29. Mal DevisaKiid
  30. Abi ReimoldWriggling
  31. Cass McCombsMangy Love
  32. YGStill Brazy
  33. IAN SWEETShapeshifter
  34. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  35. Mannequin PussyRomantic
  36. KAYTRANADA99.9%
  37. Jamila WoodsHEAVN
  38. Jenny HvalBlood Bitch
  39. The HotelierGoodness
  40. Kendrick LamarUntitled Unmastered
  41. CryingBeyond the Fleeting Gales
  42. James BlakeThe Colour in Anything
  43. M83Junk
  44. Frankie CosmosNext Thing
  45. Margaret GlaspyEmotions and Math
  46. Touché AmoréStage Four
  47. Lydia LovelessReal
  48. Tim HeckerLove Streams
  49. KvelertakNattesferd
  50. Modern BaseballHoly Ghost