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.

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 10 Films of 2016

Paterson - Jim Jarmusch

Jonathan Rosenbaum: Top 10 Films of 2016 (as submitted to the Indiewire poll)

  1. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  2. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  3. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  4. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  5. Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  6. The Love Witch – Anna Biller
  7. Indignation – James Schamus
  8. Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  9. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  10. Miles Ahead – Don Cheadle

Elizabeth Lund: 5 Best Poetry Collections of 2016

Elizabeth Lund: 5 Best Poetry Collections of 2016 (as published by The Washington Post)

  • Blackacre – Monica Youn
  • Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015 – Kevin Young
  • Garden Time – W.S. Merwin
  • Look – Solmaz Sharif
  • ShallCross – C.D. Wright

BuzzFeed: 11 Best Poetry Books of 2016

BuzzFeed: 11 Best Poetry Books of 2016

  1. Night Sky With Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong
  2. Look – Solmaz Sharif
  3. Odes – Sharon Olds
  4. Cannibal – Safiya Sinclair
  5. The Performance of Becoming Human – Daniel Borzutzky
  6. Garden Time – W.S. Merwin
  7. Collected Poems: 1974-2004 – Rita Dove
  8. Blackacre – Monica Youn
  9. Bestiary – Donika Kelly
  10. Collected Poems: 1950-2012 – Adrienne Rich
  11. So Much Synth – Brenda Shaughnessy

New York Times: 10 Best Books of 2016

New York Times Book Review: 10 Best Books of 2016

Fiction

  • The Association of Small Bombs – Karan Mahajan
  • The North Water – Ian McGuire
  • The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
  • The Vegetarian – Han Kang. Translated by Deborah Smith
  • War and Turpentine – Stefan Hertmans. Translated by David McKay

Nonfiction

  • At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails – Sarah Bakewell
  • Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right – Jane Mayer
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond
  • In the Darkroom – Susan Faludi
  • The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between – Hisham Matar

Alison Herman: 10 Best TV Shows of 2016

Alison Herman: 10 Best TV Shows of 2016 (as published by The Ringer)

  • Atlanta
  • The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  • BoJack Horseman
  • Transparent
  • High Maintenance
  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  • Halt and Catch Fire
  • The Girlfriend Experience
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Ann Powers: 10 Favorite Albums of 2016

Ann Powers: 10 Favorite Albums of 2016 (as posted by NPR)

  • Adia Victoria – Beyond the Bloodhounds
  • Amanda Shires – My Piece Of Land
  • Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  • Jamila Woods – HEAVN [pictured]
  • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  • Robbie Fulks – Upland Stories
  • Maxwell – blackSUMMERS’night
  • Martha Wainwright – Goodnight City
  • Robert Ellis – Robert Ellis
  • William Bell – This Is Where I Live

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2016

Elle - Paul Verhoeven

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: 15 Best Films of 2016 (as published by A.V. Club)

  1. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  2. The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos
  3. Midnight Special – Jeff Nichols
  4. Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  5. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  6. Sully – Clint Eastwood
  7. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  8. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  9. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  10. Three – Johnnie To
  11. Kill Zone 2 – Soi Cheang
  12. High-Rise – Ben Wheatley
  13. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  14. Louder Than Bombs – Joachim Trier
  15. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo

A.A. Dowd: 15 Best Films of 2016

Manchester by the Sea - Kenneth Lonergan

A.A. Dowd: 15 Best Films of 2016 (as published by A.V. Club)

  1. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  2. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  3. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  4. Green Room – Jeremy Saulnier
  5. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  6. The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  7. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  8. Louder Than Bombs – Joachim Trier
  9. Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  10. Don’t Breathe – Fede Alvarez
  11. Krisha – Trey Edward Shults
  12. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  13. Weiner – Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  14. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  15. Jackie – Pablo Larraín

Mike D’Angelo: 15 Best Films of 2016

Toni Erdmann - Maren Ade

Mike D’Angelo: 15 Best Films of 2016 (as published by The A.V. Club)

  1. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  2. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  3. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  4. Tower – Keith Maitland
  5. The Witch – Robert Eggers
  6. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  7. Author: The JT LeRoy Story – Jeff Feuerzeig
  8. Indignation – James Schamus
  9. London Road – Rufus Norris
  10. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  11. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  12. Divines – Houda Benyamina
  13. A Monster with a Thousand Heads – Rodrigo Plá
  14. Weiner – Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  15. Arrival – Denis Villeneuve

A.V. Club: 20 Best Films of 2016

Manchester by the Sea - Kenneth Lonergan

A.V. Club: 20 Best Films of 2016

  1. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  2. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  3. Green Room – Jeremy Saulnier
  4. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  5. Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  6. The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  7. Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  8. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  9. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  10. The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos
  11. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  12. American Honey – Andrea Arnold
  13. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  14. The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer
  15. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  16. The Witch – Robert Eggers
  17. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  18. Midnight Special – Jeff Nichols
  19. Jackie – Pablo Larraín
  20. Louder Than Bombs – Joachim Trier