My Favorites of 2016

All my favorite TV series, movies, podcasts, stories, albums and songs of 2016.


All my favorite TV series, movies, podcasts, stories, albums and songs of 2016


The end of the year is packed with Best Of lists. I waited with mine till middle of January for two reasons: 1) Procrastination and 2) Strategy. By waiting, I avoided having my amazing lists get lost among other (less) amazing lists. Now that’s strategy folks. Ok, so it’s probably primarily procrastination. And the fact I can’t make up my mind.

I’ve already posted my favorite learning moments of 2016 on Medium. Go check it out, then come right back.

Ok, ready? Let’s get to the amazing lists.

Top Ten TV Series

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. The OA
  3. Black Mirror
  4. The Fall
  5. Bedrag (Danish series)
  6. Better Call Saul
  7. The Walking Dead
  8. Stranger Things
  9. The Man in the High Castle
  10. Westworld

Top Five Movies (I haven’t watched enough to warrant ten)

  1. The Lobster
  2. Gleason
  3. Arrival
  4. A War (Danish movie)
  5. The Witch

Top Ten Podcasts

  1. Revisionist History
  2. Heavyweight
  3. This American Life
  4. Vox’s The Weeds
  5. Homecoming
  6. Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
  7. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
  8. Blinkist (I’m cheating a bit. Blinkist has a podcast, but I’m really referring to their audio book summaries)
  9. Serial
  10. Recode Media with Peter Kafka

Top Ten Stories (check out all stories, plus a few more, in my Flipboard magazine)


  1. We’re the Only Plane in the Sky – Politico
  2. The Shadow Doctors – The New Yorker
  3. Obama After Dark: The Precious Hours Alone – The New York Times
  4. Did Jesus Have a Wife? – The Atlantic
  5. My Year in Startup Hell – Fortune
  6. This is Your Life in Silicon Valley – The Bold Italic
  7. Theranos Whistleblower Shook the Company—and His Family – The Wall Street Journal
  8. The Japanese pro wrestler who almost got Muhammad Ali’s leg amputated – Los Angeles Times
  9. The Audacious Plan to Save This Man’s Life by Transplanting His Head – The Atlantic
  10. My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation – Mother Jones

Also, check out 50 Favorites from 2016, which includes some of my choices as well as picks from select editors, photographers and other Flipboard employees.

Top 20 Albums (I just couldn’t bear cutting it down to ten)

  1. Amen & Goodbye – Yeasayer
  2. Three – Phantogram
  3. Eternally Even – Jim James
  4. A Moon Shaped Pool – Radiohead
  5. Traveller – Chris Stapleton
  6. 22, A Million – Bon Iver
  7. Lewis Del Mar – Lewis Del Mar
  8. Walls – Kings of Leon
  9. Signs of Light – The Head and the Heart
  10. Home of the Strange – Young the Giant
  11. Black – Dierks Bentley
  12. Hardwired… To Self-Destruct – Metallica
  13. Kane Brown – Kane Brown
  14. Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea – Passenger
  15. Day of the Dead – Various Artists
  16. The Hope Six Demolition Project – PJ Harvey
  17. Everything You’ve Come to Expect – The Last Shadow Puppets
  18. Hero – Maren Morris
  19. Phonetics – Asger Techau
  20. Get out of the City – A. Sinclair

Top 20 Songs (Check out my iTunes playlist for the 50-song extended version)

  1. Do You Still Love Me? – Ryan Adams
  2. Bridges – Nine Pound Shadow
  3. I Am Chemistry – Yeasayer
  4. Here in Spirit – Jim James
  5. Puerto Cabezas, NI – Lewis Del Mar
  6. You’re Mine – Phantogram
  7. Burn the Witch – Radiohead
  8. Sour Silk -Cullen Omori
  9. Find Me – Kings of Leon
  10. 8 (circle) – Bon Iver
  11. Somebody Else – The 1975
  12. Parachute – Chris Stapleton
  13. Turn It Around -The Head and the Heart
  14. American Country Love Song – Jake Owen
  15. Touch of Grey – The War on Drugs
  16. The Wheel – PJ Harvey
  17. My Name is Human
  18. Hardwired – Metallica
  19. Black – Dierks Bentley
  20. Bonfire – The Hunna

Phew. You made it to the end, good job! Now, go jam to my playlist!

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