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.

Playlist: 30 Best TV Shows of 2016

The Playlist: 30 Best TV Shows of 2016

  1. Atlanta
  2. The Girlfriend Experience
  3. Rectify
  4. Transparent
  5. The Americans
  6. BoJack Horseman
  7. Togetherness
  8. Fleabag
  9. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  10. Girls
  11. Stranger Things
  12. The Night Of
  13. Search Party
  14. Silicon Valley
  15. Westworld
  16. The Good Place
  17. Orange Is the New Black
  18. Catastrophe
  19. Game of Thrones
  20. Jane the Virgin
  21. Broad City
  22. Baskets
  23. Halt and Catch Fire
  24. Black Mirror
  25. Horace and Pete
  26. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  27. London Spy
  28. The Crown
  29. Lady Dynamite
  30. The Night Manager

Little White Lies: 25 Best Films of 2016

Little White Lies: 25 Best Films of 2016

  1. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  2. Julieta – Pedro Almodóvar
  3. Embrace of the Serpent – Ciro Guerra
  4. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  5. Knight of Cups – Terrence Malick
  6. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  7. Sully – Clint Eastwood
  8. Arabian Nights – Miguel Gomes
  9. Midnight Special – Jeff Nichols
  10. Heaven Knows What – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  11. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  12. Chi-Raq – Spike Lee
  13. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  14. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  15. Further Beyond – Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor
  16. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  17. Kate Plays Christine – Robert Greene
  18. Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  19. Cosmos – Andrzej Zulawski
  20. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Gareth Edwards
  21. The Neon Demon – Nicolas Winding Refn
  22. Fire at Sea – Gianfranco Rosi
  23. Hail, Caesar! – Joel & Ethan Coen
  24. High-Rise – Ben Wheatley
  25. The BFG – Steven Spielberg

NME: 50 Best Albums of 2016

NME: 50 Best Albums of 2016

  1. The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  2. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  3. Christine and the Queens – Chaleur Humaine
  4. Skepta – Konnichiwa
  5. KAYTRANADA – 99.9%
  6. David Bowie – Blackstar
  7. DIIV – Is the Is Are
  8. Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
  9. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  10. Frank Ocean – Blond
  11. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  12. Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony
  13. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  14. Jamie T – Trick
  15. Kano – Made in the Manor
  16. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  17. Drake – Views
  18. Tegan and Sara – Love You to Death
  19. White Lung – Paradise
  20. Lady Gaga – Joanne
  21. Anderson .Paak – Malibu
  22. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  23. Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
  24. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  25. Blossoms – Blossoms
  26. Biffy Clyro – Ellipsis
  27. Giggs – Landlord
  28. Goat – Requiem
  29. Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
  30. NAO – For All We Know
  31. Bastille – Wild World
  32. Kings of Leon – WALLS
  33. Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
  34. Let’s Eat Grandma – I, Gemini
  35. Glass Animals – How to Be a Human Being
  36. Swet Shop Boys – Cashmere
  37. Soft Hair – Soft Hair
  38. Slaves – Take Control
  39. Green Day – Revolution Radio
  40. Rihanna – Anti
  41. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  42. Whitney – Light Upon the Lake
  43. Anohni – Hopelessness
  44. The Lemon Twigs – Do Hollywood
  45. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
  46. Savages – Adore Life
  47. Wild Beasts – Boy King
  48. Show Me the Body – Body War
  49. Public Access T.V. – Never Enough
  50. Bon Iver – 22, A Million

Scott Tobias: Top 10 Films of 2016

Manchester by the Sea - Kenneth Lonergan

Scott Tobias: Top 10 Films of 2016 as submitted to the Village Voice poll and the Indiewire poll.

  1. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  2. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  3. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  4. The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  5. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  6. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  7. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  8. Jackie – Pablo Larraín
  9. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  10. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2016

Lemonade - Beyoncé

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2016

  1. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  2. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  3. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
  4. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  5. Travis Scott – Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
  6. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  7. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  8. Rihanna – Anti
  9. ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP
  10. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  11. Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered
  12. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  13. Young Thug – Jeffery
  14. Anderson .Paak – Malibu
  15. Drake – Views
  16. Young Thug – Slime Season 3
  17. KAYTRANADA – 99.9%
  18. Kevin Gates – Islah
  19. YG – Still Brazy
  20. Lil Uzi Vert – Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World
  21. Kamaiyah – A Good Night in the Ghetto
  22. NxWorries – Yes Lawd!
  23. MAC MILLER – The Divine Feminine
  24. Gallant – Ology
  25. Noname – Telefone
  26. The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  27. James Blake – The Colour in Anything
  28. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
  29. 2 Chainz – COLLEGROVE
  30. Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife 2
  31. Lil Yachty – Lil Boat
  32. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  33. dvsn – SEPT. 5TH
  34. David Bowie – Blackstar
  35. Baauer – Aa
  36. Joey Purp – iiiDrops
  37. KA – Honor Killed the Samurai
  38. Frank Ocean – Endless
  39. 21 Savage & Metro Boomin – Savage Mode
  40. The Weeknd – Starboy
  41. Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution
  42. D.R.A.M. – Big Baby D.R.A.M.
  43. Lady Gaga – Joanne
  44. Maxwell – blackSUMMERS’night
  45. Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
  46. Mitski – Puberty 2
  47. A$AP Ferg – Always Strive and Prosper
  48. DJ Khaled – Major Key
  49. Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
  50. Majid Jordan – Majid Jordan

Michael Robbins: 4 Best Poetry Books of 2016

Michael Robbins: 4 Best Poetry Books of 2016 (as published by The Chicago Tribune)

  • Works & Days – Bernadette Mayer
  • A Woman of Property – Robyn Schiff
  • Still Dirty – David Lau
  • The White Stones – J.H. Prynne

Brain Pickings: 16 Favorite Books of 2016

Brain Pickings: 16 Favorite Books of 2016

  1. The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone – Olivia Laing
  2. Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities – Rebecca Solnit
  3. Upstream: Selected Essays – Mary Oliver
  4. Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space – Janna Levin
  5. Time Travel: A History – James Gleick
  6. The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction – Neil Gaiman
  7. Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs – Sally Mann
  8. Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice – Martha C. Nussbaum
  9. Unforbidden Pleasures: Rethinking Authority, Power, and Vitality – Adam Phillips
  10. The Course of Love: A Novel – Alain de Botton
  11. The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure – Caroline Paul
  12. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race – Margot Lee Shetterly
  13. Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living – Krista Tippett
  14. The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New – Annie Dillard
  15. When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
  16. Pinocchio: The Origin Story – Alessandro Sanna

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2016

Toni Erdmann - Maren Ade

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2016 [see also: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  2. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  3. The Neon Demon – Nicolas Winding Refn
  4. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  5. Ma Loute – Bruno Dumont
  6. Julieta – Pedro Almodóvar
  7. Rester vertical – Alain Guiraudie
  8. La Loi de la jungle – Antonin Peretjatko
  9. Carol – Todd Haynes
  10. Le Bois dont les rêves sont faits – Claire Simon

Darren Hughes: 10 Favorite Films of 2016

My Golden Days - Arnaud Desplechin

Darren Hughes: 10 Favorite Films of 2016 (as posted on Twitter along with a list of films yet to be released in America)

  1. My Golden Days – Arnaud Desplechin
  2. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  3. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  4. Cemetery of Splendor – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  5. In the Shadow of Women – Philippe Garrel
  6. Mountains May Depart – Jia Zhang-ke
  7. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  8. The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer
  9. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  10. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt

Village Voice Poll: Top 50 Films of 2016

Moonlight Barry Jenkins

Village Voice Poll: Top 50 Films of 2016 (as voted by 124 critics)

  1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  2. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  3. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  4. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  5. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  6. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  7. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  8. The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  9. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  10. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  11. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  12. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  13. The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos
  14. Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  15. Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  16. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  17. Jackie – Pablo Larraín
  18. American Honey – Andrea Arnold
  19. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  20. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  21. I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  22. Happy Hour – Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
  23. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  24. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  25. 13th – Ava DuVernay
  26. 20th Century Women – Mike Mills
  27. The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer
  28. The Love Witch – Anna Biller
  29. Green Room – Jeremy Saulnier
  30. Fire at Sea – Gianfranco Rosi
  31. Loving – Jeff Nichols
  32. The Neon Demon – Nicolas Winding Refn
  33. The Witch – Robert Eggers
  34. Hail, Caesar! – Joel & Ethan Coen
  35. Sing Street – John Carney
  36. Tower – Keith Maitland
  37. Fences – Denzel Washington
  38. Aquarius – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  39. Knight of Cups – Terrence Malick
  40. Weiner – Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  41. Sunset Song – Terence Davies
  42. Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Taika Waititi
  43. [tie] The Edge of Seventeen – Kelly Fremon Craig
  44. Sully – Clint Eastwood
  45. The Other Side – Roberto Minervini
  46. I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach
  47. My Golden Days – Arnaud Desplechin
  48. Embrace of the Serpent – Ciro Guerra
  49. [tie] The Nice Guys – Shane Black
  50. Julieta – Pedro Almodóvar