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.

Maureen Ryan: 20 Best TV Shows of 2016

Maureen Ryan: 20 Best TV Shows of 2016, as published by Variety

  1. Jane the Virgin
  2. Rectify
  3. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  4. Black-ish
  5. The Americans
  6. One Mississippi
  7. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  8. Atlanta
  9. Insecure
  10. Better Things
  11. Halt and Catch Fire
  12. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  13. Catastrophe
  14. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  15. O.J.: Made in America
  16. Fleabag
  17. Transparent
  18. Stranger Things
  19. Superstore
  20. Marvel’s Agent Carter

Miriam Bale: Top 14 Films of 2016

Miriam Bale: Top 14 Films of 2016, as submitted to the Village Voice poll and posted to Twitter (14 films in total)

  1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  2. The Love Witch – Anna Biller
  3. Lemonade – Beyoncé Knowles Carter and Kahlil Joseph with Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Tod Tourso
  4. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  5. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  6. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  7. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  8. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  9. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  10. Dirty Grandpa – Dan Mazer

As listed on Twitter

  • Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  • Sully – Clint Eastwood
  • The Love Witch – Anna Biller
  • Lemonade – Beyoncé Knowles Carter and Kahlil Joseph with Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Tod Tourso
  • Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  • Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  • Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  • The Dreamed Path – Angela Schanelec
  • No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  • The Dreamed Ones – Ruth Beckermann

John Freeman: 10 Best Poetry Books of 2016

John Freeman: 10 Best Poetry Books of 2016 (as published by The Boston Globe)

  • Odes – Sharon Olds
  • Night – Etel Adnan
  • Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015 – Kevin Young
  • White Blight – Athena Farrokhzad
  • The Black Maria – Aracelis Girmay
  • House of Lords and Commons – Ishion Hutchinson
  • Olio – Tyehimba Jess
  • The Little Edges – Fred Moten
  • Look – Solmaz Sharif
  • Night Sky With Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong

Austin Town Hall: Top 50 Albums of 2016

Austin Town Hall: Top 50 Albums of 2016

  1. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
  2. Nap Eyes – Thought Rock Fish Scale
  3. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  4. Omni – Deluxe
  5. The Radio Dept. – Running out of Love
  6. The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend
  7. DOGBRETH – Second Home
  8. Operators – Blue Wave
  9. Real Numbers – Wordless Wonder
  10. Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing
  11. Chook Race – Around the House
  12. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  13. The Gotobeds – Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic
  14. Holy Esque – At Hope’s Ravine
  15. Lost Animal – You Yang
  16. The Goon Sax – Up to Anything
  17. Teenage Fanclub – Here
  18. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – EARS
  19. John K. Samson – Winter Wheat
  20. Terry Malts – Lost at the Party
  21. Florist – The Birds Outside Sang
  22. Tycho – Epoch
  23. Ablebody – Adult Contemporaries
  24. Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are
  25. Adult Books – Running from the Blows
  26. Wild Nothing – Life of Pause
  27. Connections – Midnight Run
  28. Cass McCombs – Mangy Love
  29. Black Marble – It’s Immaterial
  30. Fruit Bats – Absolute Loser
  31. Quilt – Plaza
  32. Chris Cohen – As If Apart
  33. AT / ALL – Sun Dog
  34. EZTV – High in Place
  35. Tim Presley – The Wink
  36. Useless Eaters – Relaxing Death
  37. Pete Astor – Spilt Milk
  38. Happy Diving – Electric Soul Unity
  39. I Have A Tribe – Beneath a Yellow Moon
  40. Cool Ghouls – Animal Races
  41. Holy Balm – Activity
  42. Big Wave Riders – Endless Summer
  43. Still Parade – Concrete Vision
  44. Flowers – Everybody’s Dying to Meet You
  45. Steve Adamyk Band – Graceland
  46. So Cow – Lisa Marie Airplane Tour
  47. King Creosote – Astronaut Meets Appleman
  48. Bubblegum Lemonade – The Great Leap Backward
  49. Carter Tanton – Jettison the Valley
  50. Bent Shapes – Wolves of Want

Ben Kenigsberg: 10 Best Films of 2016

Manchester by the Sea - Kenneth Lonergan

Ben Kenigsberg: 10 Best Films of 2016 (as submitted to the Village Voice Film poll, Indiewire poll, and the survey at RogerEbert.com)

  1. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  2. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  3. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  4. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  5. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  6. Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  7. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  8. Kate Plays Christine – Robert Greene
  9. The Other Side – Roberto Minervini
  10. Hogtown – Daniel Nearing

Dennis Cooper: 52 Favorite Books of 2016

Dennis Cooper: 52 Favorite Books of 2016 (“in no order”)

Fiction

  • Suite for Barbara Loden – Nathalie Leger
  • Dodge Rose – Jack Cox
  • Ninety-Nine Stories of God – Joy Williams
  • Transitory – Tobias Carroll
  • Patricide – D. Foy
  • Experimental Animals (A Reality Fiction) – Thalia Field
  • The Orchid Stories – Kenward Elmslie
  • A Bestiary – Lily Hoang
  • The Knack of Doing – Jeremy M. Davies
  • Flamingos – Grant Maierhofer
  • Dreamlives of Debris – Lance Olsen
  • In Their Arms – Thomas Moore
  • The Map of the System of Human Knowledge – James Tadd Adcox
  • Novi Sad – Jeff Jackson
  • Thank You – Zachary German
  • A Collapse of Horses – Brian Evenson
  • I Hate the Internet – Jarett Kobek
  • Soft Split – Szilvia Molnar
  • Falter Kingdom – Michael J. Seidlinger
  • Tiny Fish that Only Want to Kiss – Gary Indiana
  • Margaret the First – Danielle Dutton
  • Weed Monks – Chris Dankland
  • Black Lavender Milk – Black Lavender Milk
  • The Sleep Garden – Jim Krusoe
  • You With Your Memory Are Dead – Gary J Shipley
  • Marigold – Troy James Weaver
  • Abahn Sabana David – Marguerite Duras
  • The In-Betweens – Matthew Simmons
  • Sex and Death – Ben Tanzer
  • Don’t Leave Me – Stig Sæterbakken
  • WAVES – Lucy K Shaw
  • A Tree or a Person or a Wall – Matt Bell

Nonfiction

  • Communal Nude: Collected Essays – Robert Glück
  • Bresson on Bresson: Interviews, 1943-1983 – Robert Bresson
  • I/O: A Memoir – Brian Oliu
  • AUTOMANIAS – Sara Tuss Erick
  • So Sad Today: Personal Essays – Melissa Broder
  • Girlfriends, Ghosts, and Other Stories – Robert Walser
  • Bandit: A Daughter’s Memoir – Molly Brodak
  • The Sky Isn’t Blue – Janice Lee
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 – Alyse Knorr
  • The Narco-Imaginary: Essays Under the Influence – Ramsey Scott
  • The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories – Lynne Tillman
  • Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom: Before 1970 – David Toop
  • My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor – Keith Morris and Jim Ruland
  • hatefuck the reader – Penny Goring
  • WASTELAND – New Juche
  • Say Bye to Reason and Hi to Everything – Andrew Durbin, Dodie Bellamy, Cecilia Corrigan, Amy De’Ath, Lynne Tillman, and Jackie Wang
  • A Barbarian in Asia – Henri Michaux
  • Loud Idiots – Sarah Jean Alexander
  • An Individual Note Of Music, Sound And Electronics – Daphne Oram
  • Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-first Century – Simon Reynolds

Uproxx: 20 Best Films of 2016

Uproxx: 20 Best Films of 2016

  1. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  2. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  3. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  4. Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  5. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  6. 20th Century Women – Mike Mills
  7. Jackie – Pablo Larraín
  8. O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman
  9. Zootopia – Byron Howard and Rich Moore
  10. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  11. Don’t Think Twice – Mike Birbiglia
  12. Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  13. Sing Street – John Carney
  14. American Honey – Andrea Arnold
  15. Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Taika Waititi
  16. Weiner – Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
  17. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  18. Hidden Figures – Theodore Melfi
  19. Little Men – Ira Sachs
  20. Rogue One – Gareth Edwards

Noel Murray: 15 Best Films of 2016

Manchester by the Sea - Kenneth Lonergan

Noel Murray: 15 Best Films of 2016 (as published by The A.V. Club)

  1. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  2. The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  3. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  4. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  5. Green Room – Jeremy Saulnier
  6. Jackie – Pablo Larraín
  7. The Eyes of My Mother – Nicolas Pesce
  8. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  9. The Fits – Anna Rose Holmer
  10. Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie
  11. I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  12. Under the Shadow – Babak Anvari
  13. Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  14. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  15. Elle – Paul Verhoeven

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2016

The Black Maria - Aracelis Girmay

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2016

  1. The Black Maria – Aracelis Girmay
  2. Look – Solmaz Sharif
  3. Olio – Tyehimba Jess
  4. ShallCross – C.D. Wright
  5. So Much Synth – Brenda Shaughnessy

Keith Phipps: Top 15 Films of 2016

Moonlight - Barry Jenkins

Keith Phipps: Top 15 Films of 2016 (as posted to Twitter)

  1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  2. Paterson – Jim Jarmusch
  3. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  4. Jackie – Pablo Larraín
  5. Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
  6. La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  7. Silence – Martin Scorsese
  8. Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade
  9. Little Men – Ira Sachs
  10. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  • Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater
  • 20th Century Women – Mike Mills
  • The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook
  • Krisha – Trey Edward Shults
  • Hell or High Water – David Mackenzie