Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. 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.

Sight & Sound Poll: Top 30 Films of 2016

Sight & Sound Poll: 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 Lonergan
  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 – Kirsten 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: 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