We’re in the final days of 2016 and it’s that time again to reflect on the year that’s behind us as I’ve done in recent years.
What did 2016 give us? When we look back at 2016 in about a decade or so what will be heralded as the best of the year?
I’ve taken a look at all the lists I could find by looking at major music blogs and magazines and in this article I’ve picked out the #1 item on those lists and put together the very best of 2016.
Let’s take a look at what we’ve had this year.
Best Hip Hop Album of 2016
- Coloring Book – Chance the Rapper [Rolling Stone | Stereogum ]
- We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service – A Tribe Called Quest [Observer | 2DopeBoyz]
- A Good Night In the Ghetto – Kamaiyah [FactMag ]
- Jeffery – Young Thug [Uproxx ]
My Picks: A Good Night in the Ghetto – Kamaiyah, Imperial – Denzel Curry, Kairi Chanel – Dave East
I didn’t really agree too much with the lists that had Kanye West’s Life of Pablo or Chance’s Coloring Book. I haven’t listened to Coloring Book but I’m not really a fan of Chance’s rapping.
Best Album of 2016
- Blackstar – David Bowie [The AV Club | Yahoo! Music | Sputnik | Gigwise | Paste ]
- A Seat at the Table – Solange [Pitchfork | NPR | SPIN ]
- Blonde – Frank Ocean [Pigeons & Planes | Hypebeast | Esquire | Time ]
- A Good Night in the Ghetto – Kamaiyah [Thrillist ]
- I Like It When You Sleep… – The 1975 [NME ]
- We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service – A Tribe Called Quest [Variety ]
- The Life of Pablo – Kanye West [Timeout ]
- Blood Bitch – Jenny Hval [FactMag ]
- The Gospel – Arabrot [The Quietus ]
Best Hip Hop Song of 2016
- Black Beatles – Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane [ Passionweiss ]
Best Song of 2016
- Higher – Rihanna [Thrillists ]
- Formation – Beyoncé [Pop Matters | Complex | EW ]
- Freedom – Beyoncé [Consequence of Sound ]
- Work – Rihanna feat. Drake [NME ]
Best Music Video of 2016
- Lemonade – Beyoncé [Time | Rolling Stone | Paste | Pitchfork | WTOP | Esquire | Nylon ]
- Formation – Beyoncé [ Vulture | Stereogum | BuzzFeed | Pigeons & Planes ]
- Gosh – Jamie xx [Dazed]
- Nobody Speak – DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels [No Film School]
- Lazarus – David Bowie [Yahoo! Music ]
- All Wet – Mr. Oizo [FactMag ]
- The One Moment – OK Go [Creative Bloq]
- Backtail Was Heavy – Lone [Dummy]
Best Movie of 2016
- Moonlight [Time | Newsday | Complex | Digg | Vox ]
- Arrival [Gamespot | USA Today | Den of Geek | The Atlantic ]
- La La Land [Collider | EW ]
- Supersonic [NME ]
- OJ: Made in America [Esquire ]
- Hunt for the Wilderpeople [Empire ]
- Little Sister [The New Yorker]
- The Nice Guys [Cinemablend ]
- Toni Erdmann [BFI Sight & Sound]
- Miles Ahead [LATimes]
- Elle [SBS]
- The Assassin [Telegraph]
Best TV Show of 2016
- Stranger Things – Netflix [NME | Consequence of Sound | Digital Trends | Film School Rejects ]
- The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – FX [Time | Esquire | Newsday ]
- The Americans – FX [Collider | RogerEbert | The Week ]
- Game of Thrones – HBO [Empire ]
- Atlanta – FX [Business Insider ]
- Happy Valley – BBC One [Telegraph ]
- Westworld – HBO [Thrillist ]
All I gotta say about these are, I gotta start watching FX. My favorites were Stranger Things and Better Call Saul as well as Daredevil‘s second season.
Best Novels of 2016
- Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead [Time | Paste | Buzzfeed | Esquire ]
- Moonglow – Michael Chabon [WSJ ]
- Albion’s Seed – David Hackett Fischer [The Week ]
- The Nix – Nathan Hill [EW ]
There you have it. The only thing you need to do now is to start listening, watching or reading the ones that you missed.
In the comments section below, give me your own opinions for each category. What was the best album you heard this year? Best movie you saw? Best tv show? Best book you read? Do you agree with the lists?