2016 Pop Culture Reflections

Top 5 TV Shows

5.) Daredevil
4.) New Girl
3.) House of Cards
2.) Insecure
1.) Game of Thrones
I binged watched all of the series this year and can tell you that Season 6 was clearly the best. This show was awesome this year and is poised for a killer final two seasons.


Top 5 Albums
5.) Green Day “Revolution Radio”
4.) Tove Lo “Lady Wood”
3.) Beyonce “Lemonade”
2.) The Weeknd “Starboy” & ZAYN “Mind of Mine” (Tie b/c they are  the top R&B efforts)
1.) Rihanna “Anti”
The more that I listened to this album, the more I loved it. It is a modern classic and one of Rihanna’s most complete work to date. “Needed Me,” “Work,” “Kiss It Better,” “Desperado,” “Close To You,” “Sex With Me,” and “Love on the Brain.” Not to mention the non-album singles and collaborations she put out this year, “This Is What You Came For” with Calvin Harris, “FourFiveSeconds” with Paul McCartney and Kanye West, “American Oxygen,” and my personal favorite, “Bitch Better Have My Money.” She slayed this year.

Top 5 Songs
5.) “Don’t Hurt Yourself” Beyonce
4.) “I Feel It Coming” The Weeknd
3.) “Into You” Ariana Grande
2.) “Keep It Simple” Tove Lo
1.) “Needed Me” Rihanna


Top 5 Films
5.) Moana
4.) Star Trek Beyond
3.) Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
2.) Macbeth
1.) The Revenant
A brutal yet beautifully made film. Leo really earned the Oscar. Alejandro González Iñárritu is a modern master and one of the best directors out there right now. Check it out if you have not!

There you have it. My year in popular culture. It is always tough to pick just 5 but there it is. Game of Thrones wowed me, the Revenant was beautifully made, and Rihanna slayed this year with Anti.

Some general thoughts:

  • I was super excited for all of the super hero movies, and while they were all interesting in their own way, by the end of the year it was too much. 2017’s lineup looks just as good but I think we have reached saturation.
  • Rogue One was a decent teaser for Episode 8 and I am excited for that.
  • I am interested in what good music will come out. Ed Sheeran is slated to put something out, Evanescence has reformed, and there are tons of other artists putting new music out.
  • I need something new and exciting to be put on film because this year had tons of films that were pretty damn good but nothing to be overly excited about. I need to be wowed!



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