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

Drowned in Sound: 16 Favourite Albums of 2016

30 December 2016

Drowned in Sound: 16 Favourite Albums of 2016

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

  1. David BowieBlackstar
  2. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  3. The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  4. ANOHNIHopelessness
  5. Amber ArcadesFading Lines
  6. PreoccupationsPreoccupations
  7. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  8. Frank OceanBlond
  9. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  10. SuedeNight Thoughts
  11. Jenny HvalBlood Bitch
  12. BeyoncéLemonade
  13. School Of Seven BellsSVIIB
  14. Kate TempestLet Them Eat Chaos
  15. Danny BrownAtrocity Exhibition
  16. MarthaBlisters In the Pit of My Heart

Magnet: Top 25 Albums of 2016

27 December 2016

Magnet Magazine: Top 25 Albums of 2016

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

  1. Lucy DacusNo Burden
  2. David BowieBlackstar
  3. case/lang/veirscase/lang/veirs
  4. William TylerModern Country
  5. GoatRequiem
  6. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  7. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  8. Lucinda WilliamsThe Ghosts of Highway 20
  9. Beach SlangA Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
  10. Dinosaur Jr.Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
  11. Drive-By TruckersAmerican Band
  12. MitskiPuberty 2
  13. Cass McCombsMangy Love
  14. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  15. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  16. The AvalanchesWildflower
  17. Bon Iver22, A Million
  18. Parquet CourtsHuman Performance
  19. Hamilton Leithauser + RostamI Had A Dream That You Were Mine
  20. Bob MouldPatch the Sky
  21. WilcoSchmilco
  22. Nada SurfYou Know Who You Are
  23. Bird of YouthGet Off
  24. ANOHNIHopelessness
  25. Flock of DimesIf You See Me, Say Yes

Pigeons & Planes: 50 Best Albums of 2016

25 December 2016

Pigeons & Planes: 50 Best Albums of 2016

[see also 2017, 2015]

  1. Frank OceanBlond
  2. Anderson .PaakMalibu
  3. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  4. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  5. NonameTelefone
  6. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  7. BeyoncéLemonade
  8. Young ThugSlime Season 3
  9. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  10. Travis ScottBirds in the Trap Sing McKnight
  11. The WeekndStarboy
  12. KAYTRANADA99.9%
  13. 21 Savage & Metro BoominSavage Mode
  14. RihannaAnti
  15. Schoolboy QBlank Face LP
  16. Bon Iver22, A Million
  17. Danny BrownAtrocity Exhibition
  18. HindsLeave Me Alone
  19. NxWorriesYes Lawd!
  20. Blood OrangeFreetown Sound
  21. D.R.A.M.Big Baby D.R.A.M.
  22. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  23. Kendrick LamarUntitled Unmastered
  24. Lil YachtyLil Boat
  25. Isaiah RashadThe Sun’s Tirade
  26. James BlakeThe Colour in Anything
  27. Jazz CartierHotel Paranoia
  28. GiggsLandlord
  29. ShuraNothing’s Real
  30. A.CHALWelcome to GAZI
  31. YGStill Brazy
  32. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  33. Denzel CurryImperial
  34. SkeptaKonnichiwa
  35. KamaiyahA Good Night in the Ghetto
  36. David BowieBlackstar
  37. Little SimzStillness in Wonderland
  38. 6LACKFREE 6LACK
  39. Kevin AbstractAmerican Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story
  40. Allan KingdomNorthern Lights
  41. TrapoShade Trees
  42. KembaNegus
  43. Childish GambinoAwaken, My Love!
  44. SabaBucket List Project
  45. Topaz JonesArcade
  46. Kid CudiPassion, Pain & Demon Slayin’
  47. Kweku CollinsNat Love
  48. Francis and the LightsFarewell, Starlite!
  49. Cousin StizzMonda
  50. Post MaloneStoney

Sasha Frere-Jones: 100 Favorite Albums of 2016

23 December 2016

Sasha Frere-Jones: 100 Favorite Albums of 2016. See his spreadsheet for color codes and tiers; we’ve separated anything highlighted with “fire engine red,” which means “an exceptional thing.” Otherwise, albums are listed chronologically.

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

NME: 50 Best Albums of 2016

22 December 2016

NME: 50 Best Albums of 2016

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

  1. The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  2. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  3. Christine and the QueensChaleur Humaine
  4. SkeptaKonnichiwa
  5. KAYTRANADA99.9%
  6. David BowieBlackstar
  7. DIIVIs the Is Are
  8. Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
  9. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  10. Frank OceanBlond
  11. BeyoncéLemonade
  12. Sunflower BeanHuman Ceremony
  13. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  14. Jamie TTrick
  15. KanoMade in the Manor
  16. Danny BrownAtrocity Exhibition
  17. DrakeViews
  18. Tegan and SaraLove You to Death
  19. White LungParadise
  20. Lady GagaJoanne
  21. Anderson .PaakMalibu
  22. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  23. Michael KiwanukaLove & Hate
  24. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  25. BlossomsBlossoms
  26. Biffy ClyroEllipsis
  27. GiggsLandlord
  28. GoatRequiem
  29. Kate TempestLet Them Eat Chaos
  30. NAOFor All We Know
  31. BastilleWild World
  32. Kings of LeonWALLS
  33. Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
  34. Let’s Eat GrandmaI, Gemini
  35. Glass AnimalsHow to Be a Human Being
  36. Swet Shop BoysCashmere
  37. Soft HairSoft Hair
  38. SlavesTake Control
  39. Green DayRevolution Radio
  40. RihannaAnti
  41. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  42. WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
  43. ANOHNIHopelessness
  44. The Lemon TwigsDo Hollywood
  45. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  46. SavagesAdore Life
  47. Wild BeastsBoy King
  48. Show Me the BodyBody War
  49. Public Access T.V.Never Enough
  50. Bon Iver22, A Million