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They Came from the Year 2016

A Super-Specific Guide to the Best 2016 Had to Offer

By Hadley Tomicki ·
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Cultural historians looking back at 2016 might remember Beyoncé’s Lemonade, but they probably won’t spend a lot of time discussing the second coming of A Tribe Called Quest.

Or remember the year’s best graphic group sex scene involving bagels and beets.

So we are.

Yes, it’s another one of those Best Of lists you get bombarded with during this time of year. Only it’s our Best Of list. And we’ve become pretty fond of it. It really is better than most other things 2016 will be remembered for in the end.

Proceed to agree or disagree.

Most Surprise Album of the Year That We Were All Probably Expecting So It Wasn’t Really That Much of a Surprise: Beyoncé’s Lemonade

Best Comeback That Makes Everybody Feel Kind of Old: (tie) A Tribe Called Quest and the entire ’90s

Best Reason to Acquire Something in CD Format in, Like, Forever: Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings


Donald Glover’s Best Efforts to Turn Donald Glover into the Seriously Talented Artist You Secretly Hoped Donald Glover Would Eventually Turn Into: Atlanta and Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love!

Most Artistic Opening Sequence Involving a Naked Man Running in a Book: Dog Run Moon by Callan Wink

The Sunniest Album of the Year: Whitney’s Light Upon the Lake

Best ’80s Author Turned Astute Podcaster Decrying PC Culture: Bret Easton Ellis

The Annual “Glad This Is Still a Show Even if Everyone Else in the World Doesn’t Care One Way or Another” Award: The Affair, Season 3


Best Balancing Act Between Stupid and Clever Album Name: Wilco’s Schmilco

Best Literary Argument for Sticking with Eating Meat: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Best Case for Properly Storing Your Food: The wanton food orgy that ends Sausage Party

Best Actorly Mumbling: Jeff Bridges, for Hell or High Water


Most Adept Use of Amy Adams’s Eyeballs: (tie) Nocturnal Animals and Arrival

Most Cathartic Group-Cry During a TV Comedy: Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton, singing “Hallelujah” on SNL

Detestable Early 2016 Idea That Almost Sounded Like an Acceptable Late 2016 Alternative: Kanye for President

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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