The Best Movies and Music of 2016

2016 was a year of inspired innovation in music as well as movies. The Movies and Music Topic Team has created lists of some amazing music and film for you to check out and enjoy. Among our favorites this year are a stop motion masterpiece, a quirky film about sushi, and an acclaimed alternate country album.

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Check out the full lists of terrific movies and awesome music.

These are the highlights from each member of the topic team.


The Best Music of 2016

The Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Just as recording started on this album, Nick Cave's son died in a tragic climbing accident. Cave and his band The Bad Seeds grapple with the trauma and their grief, resulting in a deeply moving, creative work full of sadness and mourning. -Jeff

Vote for Jim Gill by Jim Gill 

Another winner from Jim Gill! His seventh album for kids and their adults is just as packed with musical movement and silly fun as all the rest. "Bouncing, Hopping and Jumping," "B-A-N-J-O," and "Hammer and Saw" are definite crowd-pleasers. "Conducting Can Be Fun" is a fingerplay highlighting Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," while "One From the Left" is a jazzy dance for the fingers. "Repeat After Me!" finishes out the album, inspiring repeat experiences with the whole album. -Tamara

La La Land by Justin Hurwitz

Justin Hurwitz's music is at the heart of director Damien Chazelle's modern reimagining of the MGM style musical. Like the film, the music alternates between the bright and the melancholy but is always beguilingly lovely. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have exactly the right rawness and wonder in their singing voices to pull us into this vision.

Day Breaks by Norah Jones

Norah Jones voice has remained a gem. I first heard her on an radio program in flight, as the plane was over cloud obstructed mountains. Still, as I listen to Ms. Jones, I feel myself above the clouds, floating on her words and music. -Terye

Sing Me Home by Yo Yo Ma

The companion album to the documentary "Music of Strangers" with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Guest artists Rhiannon Giddens (formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops), Bill Frisell and Sarah Jarosz join Silk Road members Colin Jacobsen (of Brooklyn Rider), fabulous pipa player Wu Man and others to create unique takes on American and ethnic folk standards, and original compositions, with fascinating results. Nominated for a Grammy. -Debra

A Sailor's Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson

It would be a mistake to dismiss this as just another country album. Sturgill Simpson manages to effortlessly blend genres (think blues meets rock meets boogie-woogie meets soul meets jazz meets country) to give us a truly unique collection of songs. Standout tracks are "Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)" and "Call to Arms." -Anne
The Best DVD/Blu Ray Releases of 2016


This sweet adaptation of Colm Toibin's novel tells the story of Eilis, an Irish immigrant in New York. -vs 


This movie is great! Please enjoy it, then enjoy our Deadpool graphic novels. -RL 

East Side Sushi

A follow-your-dreams charmer of a film crosses cultures and borders in a delightful way! Pair this movie with the documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi. ~diane 

Finding Dory

This movie surprised me - I enjoyed it even more than the original. - Kay 

Kubo and the Two Strings

Computer animation may dominate the box office but Kubo and The Two Strings is a wonderful reminder of the beauty and artistic wonder of stop-motion animation. Combine this with excellent voice acting and a compelling narrative and you have one of the best animated features of the year. - dg

SCCLD Music and Movies Team: Best Music of 2016

SCCLD Music and Movies Team: Best DVD/Blu-ray Releases of 2016

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