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.

Drowned in Sound: 16 Favourite Albums of 2016

Drowned in Sound: 16 Favourite Albums of 2016

  1. David Bowie – Blackstar
  2. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  3. The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  4. Anohni – Hopelessness
  5. Amber Arcades – Fading Lines
  6. Preoccupations – Preoccupations
  7. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  8. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  9. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  10. Suede – Night Thoughts
  11. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
  12. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  13. School of Seven Bells – SVIIB
  14. Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
  15. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  16. Martha – Blisters In the Pit of My Heart

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2016

Toni Erdmann - Maren Ade

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2016 (as published by Gay City News)

  1. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  2. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  3. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  4. ‘Til Madness Do Us Part – Wang Bing
  5. Right Now, Wrong Then – Hong Sang-soo
  6. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  7. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  8. Things to Come – Mia Hansen-Løve
  9. I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  10. The Mermaid – Stephen Chow

Runners-up (alphabetically)

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane – Dan Trachtenberg
  • 13th – Ava DuVernay
  • Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  • The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  • Little Men – Ira Sachs
  • The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Neither Heaven Nor Earth – Clément Cogitore
  • Notfilm – Ross Lipman
  • Pervert Park – Frida and Lasse Barkfors
  • The Witness – James D. Solomon