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

Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2016

13 December 2016

The Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2016

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

  1. David BowieBlackstar
  2. Shirley CollinsLodestar
  3. Moor MotherFetish Bones
  4. Autechreelseq 1-5
  5. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  6. Jenny HvalBlood Bitch
  7. Noura Mint SeymaliArbina
  8. Yves TumorSerpent Music
  9. GaikaSECURITY
  10. Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm ForceYermande
  11. GateSaturday Night Fever
  12. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  13. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  14. Oren AmbarchiHubris
  15. Babyfather“BBF” Hosted By DJ Escrow
  16. 75 Dollar BillWood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock
  17. Anna MeredithVarmints
  18. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithEARS
  19. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  20. Carla dal FornoYou Know What It’s Like
  21. David ToopEntities Inertias Faint Beings
  22. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  23. Kendrick LamarUntitled Unmastered
  24. Idris Ackamoor & The PyramidsWe Be All Africans
  25. Laura CannellSimultaneous Flight Movement
  26. Ectoplasm GirlsNew Feeling Come
  27. Steve GunnEyes on the Lines
  28. Ian William CraigCentres
  29. MatmosUltimate Care II
  30. Laraaji & Sun ArawProfessional Sunflow
  31. Scott WalkerThe Childhood of a Leader (OST)
  32. Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie “Prince” BillyEpic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties
  33. Elysia CramptonElysia Crampton Presents: Demon City
  34. Katie GatelyColor
  35. Shackleton with Ernesto TomasiniDevotional Songs
  36. AnxietyAnxiety
  37. SkeptaKonnichiwa
  38. Puce MaryThe Spiral
  39. The Dwarfs of East AgouzaBes
  40. Catherine Christer HennixLive At Issue Project Room
  41. Horse LordsInterventions
  42. Roy MontgomeryR M H Q: Headquarters
  43. Frank OceanBlond
  44. Thalia ZedekEve
  45. Charlemagne PalestineCathédrale De Strasbourg
  46. Kepler QuartetBen Johnston: String Quartets Nos. 6, 7, & 8
  47. Circuit Des YeuxJackie Lynn
  48. ZombyUltra
  49. Klara LewisToo
  50. Peder MannerfeltControlling Body