Year-End Lists

Notable, searchable lists of the year's best music, movies, and books. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Consequence of Sound: Top 50 Albums of 2016

Lemonade - Beyoncé

Consequence of Sound: Top 50 Albums of 2016

  1. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  2. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  3. David Bowie – Blackstar
  4. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  5. Anohni – Hopelessness
  6. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  7. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  8. Anderson .Paak – Malibu
  9. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  10. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  11. Mitski – Puberty 2
  12. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
  13. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  14. Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
  15. ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP
  16. Wilco – Schmilco
  17. Tim Hecker – Love Streams
  18. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
  19. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  20. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things, Volumes 1 and 2
  21. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
  22. KAYTRANADA – 99.9%
  23. The Body & Full of Hell – One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache
  24. James Blake – The Colour in Anything
  25. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  26. Jamila Woods – Heavn
  27. Tegan and Sara – Love You to Death
  28. Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing
  29. Nicolas Jaar – Sirens
  30. Pinegrove – Cardinal
  31. BABYMETAL – Metal Resistance
  32. Explosions In the Sky – The Wilderness
  33. GOJIRA – Magma
  34. Sioux Falls – Rot Forever
  35. Into It. Over It. – Standards
  36. Noname – Telefone
  37. The Range – Potential
  38. Whitney – Light Upon the Lake
  39. Savages – Adore Life
  40. Deftones – Gore
  41. Mothers – When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired
  42. Kevin Gates – Islah
  43. The Hotelier – Goodness
  44. Lambchop – FLOTUS
  45. Young Thug – Jeffery
  46. Martha – Blisters In the Pit of My Heart
  47. Japanese Breakfast – Psychopomp
  48. White Lung – Paradise
  49. Weaves – Weaves
  50. Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression

Time Out London: 25 Best Films of 2016

Time Out London: 25 Best Movies of 2016

  1. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  2. Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  3. American Honey – Andrea Arnold
  4. Mustang – Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  5. I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach
  6. The Nice Guys – Shane Black
  7. Embrace of the Serpent – Ciro Guerra
  8. Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  9. A Bigger Splash – Luca Guadagnino
  10. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  11. Driving with Selvi – Elisa Paloschi
  12. Hail, Caesar! – Joel & Ethan Coen
  13. Julieta – Pedro Almodóvar
  14. High-Rise – Ben Wheatley
  15. Fire at Sea – Gianfranco Rosi
  16. Bone Tomahawk – S. Craig Zahler
  17. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – David Yates
  18. The Pearl Button – Patricio Guzmán
  19. Under the Shadow – Babak Anvari
  20. The Revenant – Alejandro González Iñárritu
  21. Our Little Sister – Hirokazu Kore-eda
  22. Tale of Tales – Matteo Garrone
  23. Captain America: Civil War – Anthony & Joe Russo
  24. Queen of Katwe – Mira Nair
  25. Room – Lenny Abrahamson

Sight & Sound: Top 30 Films of 2016

Sight & Sound: Top 30 Films of 2016 (a poll of 163 critics)

  1. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  2. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  3. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  4. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  5. American Honey – Andrea Arnold
  6. I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach
  7. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Longeran
  8. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  9. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  10. The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra
  11. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  12. [tie] Sieranevada – Cristi Puiu
  13. Fire at Sea – Gianfranco Rosi
  14. [tie] Julieta – Pedro Almodóvar
  15. [tie] Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  16. Cameraperson – Kirstsen Johnson
  17. [tie] La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  18. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  19. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  20. [tie] Victoria – Sebastian Schipper
  21. Embrace of the Serpent – Ciro Guerra
  22. [tie] Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  23. [tie] Evolution – Lucile Hadzihalilovic
  24. [tie] Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  25. [tie] O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  26. Lemonade – Beyoncé Knowles Carter and Kahlil Joseph with Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Tod Tourso
  27. [tie] Nocturnal Animals – Tom Ford
  28. [tie] The Ornithologist – João Pedro Rodrigues
  29. [tie] Raw – Julia Ducournau
  30. [tie] Neruda – Pablo Larraín

Stereogum: 50 Best Albums of 2016

Lemonade - Beyoncé

Stereogum: The 50 Best Albums of 2016

  1. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  2. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  3. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  4. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
  5. David Bowie – Blackstar
  6. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  7. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  8. Mitski – Puberty 2
  9. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  10. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  11. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
  12. Anderson .Paak – Malibu
  13. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  14. ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP
  15. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  16. Kamaiyah – A Good Night in the Ghetto
  17. White Lung – Paradise
  18. Katie Dey – Flood Network
  19. Anohni – Hopelessness
  20. Rihanna – Anti
  21. The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  22. PUP – The Dream Is Over
  23. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  24. Pinegrove – Cardinal
  25. Cobalt – Slow Forever
  26. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  27. Japanese Breakfast – Psychopomp
  28. Noname – Telefone
  29. Mal Devisa – Kiid
  30. Abi Reimold – Wriggling
  31. Cass McCombs – Mangy Love
  32. YG – Still Brazy
  33. IAN SWEET – Shapeshifter
  34. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  35. Mannequin Pussy – Romantic
  36. KAYTRANADA – 99.9%
  37. Jamila Woods – Heavn
  38. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
  39. The Hotelier – Goodness
  40. Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered
  41. Crying – Beyond the Fleeting Gales
  42. James Blake – The Colour in Anything
  43. M83 – Junk
  44. Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing
  45. Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math
  46. Touché Amoré – Stage Four
  47. Lydia Loveless – Real
  48. Tim Hecker – Love Streams
  49. Kvelertak – Nattesferd
  50. Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost

Gorilla vs. Bear: 60 Favorite Albums of 2016

Gorilla vs. Bear: 60 Favorite Albums of 2016

  1. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
  2. Jessy Lanza – Oh No
  3. Kedr Livanskiy – January Sun
  4. KAYTRANADA – 99.9%
  5. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  6. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  7. DIANA – Familiar Touch
  8. Kornél Kovács – The Bells
  9. Burial – Young Death / Nightmarket
  10. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  11. Weyes Blood – Front Row Seat to Earth
  12. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things OST Volumes 1 and 2
  13. Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered
  14. Yumi Zouma – Yoncalla
  15. various artists – Sky Girl: Compiled by Julien Dechery and DJ Sundae
  16. Fear of Men – Fall Forever
  17. Cross Record – Wabi-Sabi
  18. Andy Shauf – The Party
  19. S U R V I V E – RR7349
  20. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  21. Negative Gemini – Body Work
  22. Hoops – Hoops / Tape #2 / Tape #3
  23. Vesuvio Solo – Don’t Leave Me in the Dark
  24. Carla dal Forno – You Know What It’s Like
  25. Clint Mansell – Black Mirror: San Junipero
  26. Kadhja Bonet – The Visitor
  27. Nicolas Jaar – Sirens
  28. Troller – Graphic
  29. Kero Kero Bonito – Bonito Generation
  30. Whitney – Light Upon the Lake
  31. Leon Vynehall – Rojus (Designed to Dance)
  32. NxWorries – Yes Lawd!
  33. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  34. Postiljonen – Reverie
  35. Equiknoxx – Bird Sound Power
  36. Maria Usbeck – Amparo
  37. Japanese Breakfast – Psychopomp
  38. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – EARS
  39. Dreamboat – Dreamboat
  40. NV – Binasu
  41. LIZ – Cross Your Heart
  42. DJDS – Stand Up and Speak
  43. Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION: Side B
  44. CFCF – On Vacation
  45. Still Corners – Dead Blue
  46. Casey Mecija – Psychic Materials
  47. Puro Instinct – Autodrama
  48. Merely – Uncanny Valley
  49. Katie Gately – Color
  50. Marissa Nadler – Strangers
  51. White Denim – Stiff
  52. Parts – Parts
  53. various artists – Disco Mantras
  54. Boy Harsher – Yr Body Is Nothing
  55. Amber Arcades – Fading Lines
  56. Hinds – Leave Me Alone
  57. Nite Jewel – Liquid Cool
  58. Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
  59. Cass McCombs – Mangy Love
  60. Julianna Barwick – Will

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2016

John Waters: 10 Best Films of 2016 [as published by Artforum] [see also: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015]

  1. Krisha – Trey Edward Shults
  2. Tickled – David Farrier & Dylan Reeve
  3. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  4. Roar [1981] – Noel Marshall
  5. Wiener-Dog – Todd Solondz
  6. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  7. Julieta – Pedro Almodóvar
  8. Like Cattle Towards Glow – Dennis Cooper & Zac Farley
  9. Valley of Love – Guillaume Nicloux
  10. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2016

American Songwriter : Top 50 Albums of 2016

  1. Angel Olsen – MY WOMAN
  2. Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
  3. Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
  4. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  5. case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs
  6. David Bowie – Blackstar
  7. Drive-By Truckers – American Band
  8. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  9. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
  10. Dori Freeman – Dori Freeman
  11. Parker Millsap – The Very Last Day
  12. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  13. Mudcrutch – 2
  14. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  15. Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts Of Highway 20
  16. William Bell – This Is Where I Live
  17. Hayes Carll – Lovers And Leavers
  18. Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears
  19. Mitski – Puberty 2
  20. Paul Simon – Stranger to Stranger
  21. Brandy Clark – Big Day in a Small Town
  22. Robert Ellis – Robert Ellis
  23. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  24. Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like a Levee
  25. Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep
  26. Lydia Loveless – Real
  27. Dawes – We’re All Gonna Die
  28. Miranda Lambert – The Weight of These Wings
  29. Brian Fallon – Painkillers
  30. Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me
  31. Lambchop – FLOTUS
  32. Kelsey Waldon – I’ve Got A Way
  33. Cass McCombs – Mangy Love
  34. Savages – Adore Life
  35. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  36. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
  37. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
  38. Courtney Marie Andrews – Honest Life
  39. Warpaint – Heads Up
  40. Maren Morris – Hero
  41. Lera Lynn – Resistor
  42. Conor Oberst – Ruminations
  43. Amanda Shires – My Piece Of Land
  44. Pinegrove – Cardinal
  45. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  46. Felice Brothers – Life in the Dark
  47. Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math
  48. Brothers Osborne – Pawn Shop
  49. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  50. Twin Peaks – Down In Heaven

Paste: 50 Best Albums of 2016

Paste Magazine: The 50 Best Albums of 2016

  1. David Bowie – Blackstar
  2. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  3. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
  4. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  5. Mitski – Puberty 2
  6. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  7. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  8. Lucy Dacus – No Burden
  9. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  10. Frank Ocean – Blond
  11. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  12. Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
  13. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  14. Pinegrove – Cardinal
  15. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  16. Anderson .Paak – Malibu
  17. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  18. Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
  19. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  20. Parquet Courts – Human Performance
  21. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  22. Lucius – Good Grief
  23. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  24. Andrew Bird – Are You Serious
  25. The Avalanches – Wildflower
  26. Wilco – Schmilco
  27. Tacotat – Lost Time
  28. Tegan and Sara – Love You to Death
  29. Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing
  30. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – A Man Alive
  31. Japanese Breakfast – Psychopomp
  32. case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs
  33. Hinds – Leave Me Alone
  34. Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop – Love Letter For Fire
  35. Lake Street Dive – Side Pony
  36. Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered
  37. Whitney – Light Upon the Lake
  38. Anohni – Hopelessness
  39. Paul Simon – Stranger to Stranger
  40. Dawn Richard – Redemption
  41. Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math
  42. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
  43. Charles Bradley – Changes
  44. The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend
  45. Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like a Levee
  46. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
  47. St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Sea Of Noise
  48. Drive-By Truckers – American Band
  49. Fruit Bats – Absolute Loser
  50. Courtney Marie Andrews – Honest Life

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2016

Lemonade - Beyoncé

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2016

  1. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  2. David Bowie – Blackstar
  3. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  4. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
  5. Frank Ocean – Blond
  6. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  7. The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome
  8. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  9. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  10. Young Thug – Jeffery
  11. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  12. Paul Simon – Stranger to Stranger
  13. Maren Morris – Hero
  14. Green Day – Revolution Radio
  15. Lvl Up – Return to Love
  16. Miranda Lambert – The Weight of These Wings
  17. Parquet Courts – Human Performance
  18. The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  19. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  20. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  21. Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
  22. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  23. Mitski – Puberty 2
  24. Drive-By Truckers – American Band
  25. Rihanna – Anti
  26. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  27. Brandy Clark – Big Day in a Small Town
  28. Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
  29. Mudcrutch – Mudcrutch 2
  30. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  31. White Lung – Paradise
  32. Alicia Keys – Here
  33. Sting – 57th & 9th
  34. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  35. ANOHNI – Hopelessness
  36. Metallica – Hardwired… to Self-Destruct
  37. Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep
  38. Tove Lo – Lady Wood
  39. Elton John – Wonderful Crazy Night
  40. Maxwell – blackSUMMERS’night
  41. Wilco – Schmilco
  42. Drake – Views
  43. Future – Evol
  44. The Monkees – Good Times!
  45. Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
  46. Norah Jones – Day Breaks
  47. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things OST Volumes 1 and 2
  48. Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution
  49. Dawes – We’re All Gonna Die
  50. Death Grips – Bottomless Pit

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2015

To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2015 (an annual poll published by The Village Voice)

  1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  3. Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
  4. Grimes – Art Angels
  5. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
  6. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  7. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  8. Kamasi Washington – The Epic
  9. Jamie xx – In Colour
  10. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  11. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
  12. Tame Impala – Currents
  13. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  14. Miguel – Wildheart
  15. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
  16. Joanna Newsom – Divers
  17. Future – DS2
  18. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  19. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
  20. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material
  21. various artists – Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  22. Hop Along – Painted Shut
  23. Björk – Vulnicura
  24. Chris Stapleton – Traveller
  25. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  26. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  27. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  28. Torres – Sprinter
  29. Dawn Richard – Blackheart
  30. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  31. Shamir – Ratchet
  32. Young Thug – Barter 6
  33. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  34. Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa
  35. Adele – 25
  36. Ashley Monroe – The Blade
  37. Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp
  38. Beach House – Depression Cherry
  39. Jazmine Sullivan – Reality Show
  40. Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife
  41. Chvrches – Every Open Eye
  42. D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah
  43. Wilco – Star Wars
  44. Royal Headache – High
  45. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
  46. Low – Ones and Sixes
  47. Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
  48. Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
  49. Bob Dylan – Shadows In The Night
  50. Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
  51. James McMurtry – Complicated Game
  52. Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn
  53. Blur – The Magic Whip
  54. Deafheaven – New Bermuda
  55. DJ Esco & Future – 56 Nights
  56. Dr. Dre – Compton
  57. Destroyer – Poison Season
  58. [tie] The Internet – Ego Death
  59. Viet Cong – Viet Cong
  60. Colleen Green – I Want to Grow Up
  61. Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
  62. Bully – Feels Like
  63. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
  64. Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  65. A$AP Rocky – AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP
  66. Arca – Mutant
  67. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass
  68. Algiers – Algiers
  69. Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There
  70. Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle
  71. Downtown Boys – Full Communism
  72. Susanne Sundfør – Ten Love Songs
  73. The Sonics – This Is the Sonics
  74. Heems – Eat Pray Thug
  75. [tie] New Order – Music Complete
  76. Floating Points – Elaenia
  77. Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer
  78. Holly Herndon – Platform
  79. FFS – FFS
  80. Joan Shelley – Over and Even
  81. Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs
  82. HEALTH – Death Magic
  83. Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood
  84. [tie] Laurie Anderson – Heart of a Dog
  85. My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall
  86. Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966
  87. Jeremih – Late Nights: The Album
  88. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
  89. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Style
  90. Jeffrey Lewis – Manhattan
  91. Ryan Adams – 1989
  92. Janet Jackson – Unbreakable
  93. [tie] The Mountain Goats – Beat the Champ
  94. JD McPherson – Let the Good Times Roll
  95. Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone
  96. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
  97. Beauty Pill – Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are
  98. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  99. Screaming Females – Rose Mountain
  100. Tenement – Predatory Headlights