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.

Paste: 50 Best Albums of 2016

01 December 2016

Paste Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2016

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010s]

  1. David BowieBlackstar
  2. BeyoncéLemonade
  3. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial
  4. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  5. MitskiPuberty 2
  6. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  7. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  8. Lucy DacusNo Burden
  9. Bon Iver22, A Million
  10. Frank OceanBlond
  11. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  12. Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
  13. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  14. PinegroveCardinal
  15. Chance The RapperColoring Book
  16. Anderson .PaakMalibu
  17. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  18. Blood OrangeFreetown Sound
  19. Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  20. Parquet CourtsHuman Performance
  21. Danny BrownAtrocity Exhibition
  22. LuciusGood Grief
  23. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  24. Andrew BirdAre You Serious
  25. The AvalanchesWildflower
  26. WilcoSchmilco
  27. TacocatLost Time
  28. Tegan and SaraLove You to Death
  29. Frankie CosmosNext Thing
  30. Thao & the Get Down Stay DownA Man Alive
  31. Japanese BreakfastPsychopomp
  32. case/lang/veirscase/lang/veirs
  33. HindsLeave Me Alone
  34. Sam Beam & Jesca HoopLove Letter For Fire
  35. Lake Street DiveSide Pony
  36. Kendrick LamarUntitled Unmastered
  37. WhitneyLight Upon the Lake
  38. ANOHNIHopelessness
  39. Paul SimonStranger to Stranger
  40. Dawn RichardRedemption
  41. Margaret GlaspyEmotions and Math
  42. Jenny HvalBlood Bitch
  43. Charles BradleyChanges
  44. The CoathangersNosebleed Weekend
  45. Hiss Golden MessengerHeart Like a Levee
  46. Hamilton Leithauser + RostamI Had A Dream That You Were Mine
  47. St. Paul & The Broken BonesSea Of Noise
  48. Drive-By TruckersAmerican Band
  49. Fruit BatsAbsolute Loser
  50. Courtney Marie AndrewsHonest Life