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.

Mojo: 50 Best Albums of 2016

Mojo Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2016

  1. David Bowie – Blackstar
  2. Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
  3. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  4. Lambchop – FLOTUS
  5. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  6. Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
  7. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  8. Paul Simon – Stranger to Stranger
  9. PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project
  10. Heron Oblivion – Heron Oblivion
  11. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  12. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  13. Teenage Fanclub – Here
  14. Charles Bradley – Changes
  15. The Cult – Hidden City
  16. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  17. Dinosaur Jr. – Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
  18. Syd Arthur – Apricity
  19. Modern Studies – Swell to Great
  20. Bob Dylan – Fallen Angels
  21. Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
  22. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  23. Kevin Morby – Singing Saw
  24. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
  25. Skepta – Konnichiwa
  26. Cass McCombs – Mangy Love
  27. case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs
  28. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  29. Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits
  30. The Monkees – Good Times!
  31. The Fat White Family – Songs for Our Mothers
  32. The Still – The Still
  33. Suede – Night Thoughts
  34. David Crosby – Lighthouse
  35. Field Music – Commontime
  36. Wilco – Schmilco
  37. James Blake – The Colour in Anything
  38. William Bell – This Is Where I Live
  39. White Denim – Stiff
  40. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  41. Steve Gunn – Eyes on the Lines
  42. Anohni – Hopelessness
  43. Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties
  44. Meilyr Jones – 2013
  45. Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered
  46. Christine and the Queens – Chaleur Humaine
  47. Van Morrison – Keep Me Singing
  48. The Comet Is Coming – Channel the Spirits
  49. Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are
  50. The Divine Comedy – Foreverland

K. Austin Collins: 12 Best Movies of 2016

Moonlight - Barry Jenkins

K. Austin Collins: 12 Best Movies of 2016 (as published by The Ringer)

  1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  2. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  3. Sully – Clint Eastwood
  4. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  5. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  6. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  7. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  8. The Love Witch – Anna Biller
  9. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  10. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  11. The Witness – James D. Solomon
  12. Elvis & Nixon – Liza Johnson

Anne Thompson: 10 Best Films of 2016

Anne Thompson: 10 Best Films of 2016 (as published by Indiewire)

  1. The Jungle Book – Jon Favreau
  2. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  3. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  4. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  5. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  6. Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  7. Loving – Jeff Nichols
  8. Maggie’s Plan – Rebecca Miller
  9. 20th Century Women – Mike Mills
  10. Fences – Denzel Washington

Uncut: 75 Best Albums of 2016

Blackstar - David Bowie

Uncut Magazine: 75 Best Albums of 2016

  1. David Bowie – Blackstar
  2. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  3. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  4. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  5. Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
  6. PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project
  7. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  8. Anohni – Hopelessness
  9. Teenage Fanclub – Here
  10. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  11. Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits
  12. Brian Eno – The Ship
  13. Drive-By Truckers – American Band
  14. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  15. Wilco – Schmilco
  16. Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like a Levee
  17. Cavern of Anti-Matter – Void Beats / Invocation Trex
  18. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  19. Lambchop – FLOTUS
  20. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  21. William Tyler – Modern Country
  22. The Avalanches – Wildflower
  23. Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
  24. Paul Simon – Stranger to Stranger
  25. Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
  26. Cate Le Bon – Crab Day
  27. Shirley Collins – Lodestar
  28. case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs
  29. Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered
  30. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  31. Cass McCombs – Mangy Love
  32. 75 Dollar Bill – Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock
  33. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
  34. Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts Of Highway 20
  35. Eleanor Friedberger – New View
  36. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
  37. Tim Hecker – Love Streams
  38. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – The Rarity of Experience
  39. Shovels & Rope – Little Seeds
  40. Let’s Eat Grandma – I, Gemini
  41. Anna Meredith – Varmints
  42. Brigid Mae Power – Brigid Mae Power
  43. Róisín Murphy – Take Her Up to Monto
  44. Okkervil River – Away
  45. KING – We Are King
  46. Swans – The Glowing Man
  47. The Handsome Family – Unseen
  48. Skepta – Konnichiwa
  49. Christine and the Queens – Chaleur Humaine
  50. Kevin Morby – Singing Saw
  51. Underworld – Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future
  52. Various Artists – Day of the Dead
  53. Hinds – Leave Me Alone
  54. Robbie Fulks – Upland Stories
  55. Soundwalk Collective / Patti Smith / Jesse Paris Smith – Killer Road
  56. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  57. Maxwell – blackSUMMERS’night
  58. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – EARS
  59. Billy Bragg & Joe Henry – Shine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad
  60. Ty Segall – Emotional Mugger
  61. John Cale – Music for a New Society/M:FANS
  62. Ian William Craig – Centres
  63. Richmond Fontaine – You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing to Go Back To
  64. Gruff Rhys – Set Fire to the Stars
  65. Emma Pollock – In Search of Harperfield
  66. Charles Bradley – Changes
  67. Steve Gunn – Eyes on the Lines
  68. The Coral – Distance Inbetween
  69. Allen Toussaint – American Tunes
  70. Kiran Leonard – Grapefruit
  71. The Comet Is Coming – Channel the Spirits
  72. Oren Ambarchi – Hubris
  73. Heron Oblivion – Heron Oblivion
  74. Melt Yourself Down – Last Evenings on Earth
  75. Innercity Ensemble – III

Melissa Anderson: 10 Best Movies of 2016

Moonlight - Barry Jenkins

Melissa Anderson: 10 Best Movies of 2016 (as published by Artforum)

  1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  2. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  3. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  4. Happy Hour – Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
  5. Fort Buchanan – Benjamin Crotty
  6. Born in Flames – Lizzie Borden
  7. [tie] Regrouping – Lizzie Borden
  8. An Early Clue to the New Direction: Queer Cinema Before Stonewall, Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York
  9. The Ornithologist – João Pedro Rodrigues
  10. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  11. Hermia & Helena – Matías Piñeiro

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2016

THREE SCREEN RAY - Bruce Conner

J Hoberman: 10 Best Films of 2016 (as published by Artforum)

  1. THREE SCREEN RAY – Bruce Conner
  2. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  3. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  4. Kaili Blues – Bi Gan
  5. The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra
  6. Sieranevada – Cristi Puiu
  7. Austerlitz – Sergei Loznitsa
  8. The Witch – Robert Eggers
  9. Demon – Marcin Wrona
  10. Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact at Museum of the Moving Image, New York

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2016

Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet retrospective at Museum of Modern Art, New York

James Quandt: 10 Best Films of 2016 (as published by Artforum)

  1. Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet retrospective at Museum of Modern Art, New York
  2. From the Branches Drops the Withered Blossom – Paul Meyer
  3. Sieranevada – Cristi Puiu
  4. The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra
  5. The Ornithologist – João Pedro Rodrigues
  6. Ma’ Rosa – Brillante Mendoza
  7. Yourself and Yours – Hong Sang-soo
  8. Neruda – Pablo Larraín
  9. Kékszakállú – Gastón Solnicki
  10. As Without So Within – Manuela De Laborde

Manohla Dargis: 28 Best Movies of 2016

No Home Movie - Chantal Akerman

Manohla Dargis: 28 Best Movies of 2016 (as published by The New York Times)

  1. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  2. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  3. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  4. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  5. My Golden Days – Arnaud Desplechin
  6. I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  7. Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  8. The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  9. 13th – Ava DuVernay
  10. From the Notebook of… – Robert Beavers

Other Loves

  • Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  • Autumn – Nathaniel Dorksy
  • The Dreamer – Nathaniel Dorksy
  • Bagatelle II – Jerome Hiler
  • Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  • Creepy – Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer
  • The Illinois Parables – Deborah Stratman
  • Into the Inferno – Werner Herzog
  • Jackie – Pablo Larraín
  • Neruda – Pablo Larraín
  • Krisha – Trey Edward Shults
  • La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  • Loving – Jeff Nichols
  • Mountains May Depart – Jia Zhang-ke
  • Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  • Sunset Song – Terence Davies
  • 20th Century Women – Mike Mills

A.O. Scott: 10 Best Movies of 2016

Moonlight - Barry Jenkins

A.O. Scott: 10 Best Movies of 2016 (as published by The New York Times)

  1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  2. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  3. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  4. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  5. Aferim! – Radu Jude
  6. American Honey – Andrea Arnold
  7. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  8. Sausage Party – Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon
  9. A Bigger Splash – Luca Guadagnino
  10. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  11. [tie] Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve

Stephen Holden: 20 Best Movies of 2016

Moonlight - Barry Jenkins

Stephen Holden: 20 Best Movies of 2016 (as published by The New York Times)

  1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  2. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  3. American Honey – Andrea Arnold
  4. Embrace of the Serpent – Ciro Guerra
  5. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  6. Neon Bull – Gabriel Mascaro
  7. Fire at Sea – Gianfranco Rosi
  8. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  9. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho

Runners-up

  • Fireworks Wednesday – Asghar Farhadi
  • Krisha – Trey Edward Shults
  • Sunset Song – Terence Davies
  • Wiener-Dog – Todd Solondz
  • The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years – Ron Howard
  • Chronic – Michel Franco
  • Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened… – Lonny Price
  • 20th Century Women – Mike Mills
  • 13th – Ava DuVernay
  • Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  • Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve