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.

Pitchfork: 50 Best Albums of 2016

A Seat at the Table - Solange

Pitchfork: 50 Best Albums of 2016

  1. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  2. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  3. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  4. David Bowie – Blackstar
  5. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  6. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  7. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
  8. Anohni – Hopelessness
  9. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  10. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  11. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  12. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  13. Anderson .Paak – Malibu
  14. Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
  15. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  16. Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered
  17. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  18. Mitski – Puberty 2
  19. Rihanna – Anti
  20. Nicolas Jaar – Sirens
  21. Young Thug – Jeffery
  22. YG – Still Brazy
  23. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
  24. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
  25. KAYTRANADA – 99.9%
  26. Parquet Courts – Human Performance
  27. Noname – Telefone
  28. NxWorries – Yes Lawd!
  29. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – EARS
  30. Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution
  31. Whitney – Light Upon the Lake
  32. Elza Soares – A Mulher do Fim do Mundo
  33. Maxwell – blackSUMMERS’night
  34. Kevin Morby – Singing Saw
  35. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
  36. Jamila Woods – Heavn
  37. KING – We Are King
  38. ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP
  39. Moodymann – DJ-Kicks
  40. Vijay Iyer & Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith – A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke
  41. Huerco S – For Those of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)
  42. Vince Staples – Prima Donna
  43. Weyes Blood – Front Row Seat to Earth
  44. Kevin Gates – Islah
  45. William Tyler – Modern Country
  46. Pinegrove – Cardinal
  47. Kamaiyah – A Good Night in the Ghetto
  48. Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing
  49. Porches – Pool
  50. 21 Savage & Metro Boomin – Savage Mode

Fact: 50 Best Albums of 2016

Fact Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2016

  1. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
  2. Equiknoxx – Bird Sound Power
  3. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  4. Lorenzo Senni – Persona
  5. Mitski – Puberty 2
  6. Kamaiyah – A Good Night in the Ghetto
  7. Steve Hauschildt – Strands
  8. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
  9. Pangaea – In Drum Play
  10. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  11. Jessy Lanza – Oh No
  12. The Body – No One Deserves Happiness
  13. Rihanna – Anti
  14. YG – Still Brazy
  15. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  16. The Outfit, TX – Green Lights: Everythang Goin
  17. Konx-Om-Pax – Caramel
  18. Bjarki – “Б”
  19. Young Thug – Jeffery
  20. Peder Mannerfelt – Controlling Body
  21. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  22. Demdike Stare – Wonderland
  23. David Bowie – Blackstar
  24. Negative Gemini – Body Work
  25. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  26. Sophia Loizou – Singulacra
  27. DVA – Notu_Uronlineu
  28. FIS – From Patterns to Details
  29. Helena Celle – If I Can’t Handle Me at My Best, Then You Don’t Deserve You at Your Worst
  30. Powell – Sport
  31. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  32. Seekersinternational – RaggaPreservationSociety
  33. Ohal – Acid Park
  34. Anderson .Paak – Malibu
  35. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things, Volumes 1 and 2
  36. Jake Meginsky – Seven Psychotropic Sinewave Palindromes
  37. ABRA – Princess
  38. Second Woman – Second Woman
  39. Disasterpeace – Hyper Light Drifter
  40. Botany – Deepak Verbera
  41. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani – FRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy
  42. Will Long – Long Trax
  43. Mozzy – Mandatory Check
  44. Elon Katz – The Human Pet
  45. Klara Lewis – Too
  46. Cousin Stizz – Monda
  47. Chino Amobi – Airport Music For Black Folk
  48. Good Willsmith – Things Our Bodies Used to Have
  49. serpentwithfeet – blisters
  50. Lil Uzi Vert – Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World

Film Comment: 20 Best Films of 2016

Toni Erdmann - Maren Ade

Film Comment: 20 Best Films of 2016 (as selected by contributors)

  1. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  2. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  3. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  4. Cemetery of Splendor – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  5. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  6. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  7. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  8. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  9. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  10. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  11. The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos
  12. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  13. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  14. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  15. Kaili Blues – Bi Gan
  16. The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  17. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  18. The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer
  19. Neruda – Pablo Larraín
  20. The Other Side – Roberto Minervini

The Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2016

The Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2016 [see also: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015]

  1. David Bowie – Blackstar
  2. Shirley Collins – Lodestar
  3. Moor Mother – Fetish Bones
  4. Autechre – elseq 1-5
  5. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  6. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
  7. Noura Mint Seymali – Arbina
  8. Yves Tumor – Serpent Music
  9. Gaika – SECURITY
  10. Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force – Yermande
  11. Gate – Saturday Night Fever
  12. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  13. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  14. Oren Ambarchi – Hubris
  15. Babyfather – “BBF” Hosted By DJ Escrow
  16. 75 Dollar Bill – Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock
  17. Anna Meredith – Varmints
  18. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – EARS
  19. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
  20. Carla dal Forno – You Know What It’s Like
  21. David Toop – Entities Inertias Faint Beings
  22. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  23. Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered
  24. Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids – We Be All Africans
  25. Laura Cannell – Simultaneous Flight Movement
  26. Ectoplasm Girls – New Feeling Come
  27. Steve Gunn – Eyes on the Lines
  28. Ian William Craig – Centres
  29. Matmos – Ultimate Care II
  30. Laraaji & Sun Araw – Professional Sunflow
  31. Scott Walker – The Childhood of a Leader (OST)
  32. Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties
  33. Elysia Crampton – Elysia Crampton Presents: Demon City
  34. Katie Gately – Color
  35. Shackleton with Ernesto Tomasini – Devotional Songs
  36. Anxiety – Anxiety
  37. Skepta – Konnichiwa
  38. Puce Mary – The Spiral
  39. The Dwarfs of East Agouza – Bes
  40. Catherine Christer Hennix – Live At Issue Project Room
  41. Horse Lords – Interventions
  42. Roy Montgomery – R M H Q: Headquarters
  43. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  44. Thalia Zedek – Eve
  45. Charlemagne Palestine – Cathédrale De Strasbourg
  46. Kepler Quartet – Ben Johnston: String Quartets Nos. 6, 7, & 8
  47. Circuit Des Yeux – Jackie Lynn
  48. Zomby – Ultra
  49. Klara Lewis – Too
  50. Peder Mannerfelt – Controlling Body

Spin: 50 Best Albums of 2016

Spin: 50 Best Albums of 2016

  1. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  2. Frank Ocean – Blond
  3. David Bowie – Blackstar
  4. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
  5. The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  6. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  7. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  8. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  9. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  10. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  11. Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
  12. Rihanna – Anti
  13. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  14. Mitski – Puberty 2
  15. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  16. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  17. Young Thug – Jeffery
  18. Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution
  19. Anohni – Hopelessness
  20. Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered
  21. KING – We Are King
  22. Kevin Gates – Islah
  23. Joyce Manor – Cody
  24. Anderson .Paak – Malibu
  25. Nicolas Jaar – Sirens
  26. ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP
  27. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  28. KAYTRANADA – 99.9%
  29. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Pretty Years
  30. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
  31. The Hotelier – Goodness
  32. Parquet Courts – Human Performance
  33. Kamaiyah – A Good Night in the Ghetto
  34. dvsn – SEPT. 5TH
  35. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
  36. The Avalanches – Wildflower
  37. White Lung – Paradise
  38. Maxwell – blackSUMMERS’night
  39. YG – Still Brazy
  40. Miranda Lambert – The Weight of These Wings
  41. Whitney – Light Upon the Lake
  42. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
  43. Marissa Nadler – Strangers
  44. Vijay Iyer & Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith – A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke
  45. Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä
  46. Bat for Lashes – The Bride
  47. Maren Morris – Hero
  48. Pinegrove – Cardinal
  49. Moodymann – DJ-Kicks
  50. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth