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Apple Names Best Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, and Books of 2016 –

Apple today published its top 2016 content picks for the iTunes Store and the App Store, choosing the best apps, music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and books of the year.

“One Dance” from Drake was named Apple’s Top Song of 2016, while Drake’s “Views” Album was named the Top Album of the Year. Other top songs, which are available via an Apple Music playlist, include Rihanna’s “Work,” Flo Rida’s “My House,” The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down,” Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” and Calvin Harris’ “This is What You Came For.”


Apple’s full Top Songs playlist includes a total of 100 songs, while a separate Top Album list includes albums from Rihanna, Adele, Frank Ocean, Justin Bieber, Chris Stapleton, twenty one pilots, Ariana Grande, G-Eazy, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, and more.


As for movies, Apple’s editorial staff made the following picks:

Best Blockbuster: Deadpool
Best Comedy: Sausage Party
Best Hollywood Romance: La La Land
Best Animated Movie: Kubo & the Two Strings
Best Documentary: Weiner
Best Feel-Good Movie: Sing Street
Breakout Star of the Year: American Honey
Best New Filmmaker: Moonlight

Top selling movies included Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Deadpool, Zootopia, The Martian, and Captain America: Civil War, while top selling Indie movies included Spotlight, The Hateful Eight, Room, Brooklyn, and Eye in the Sky.

Apple’s chose the following TV shows as the best of the year:

This Year’s Obsession: American Crime Story: People v. O.J. Simpson
Late Night Rule-Breaker: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Vol. 3
Best New Comedy: Atlanta, Season 1
Most Original Kids Show: Steven Universe
Extravaganza of the Year: RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars, Season 2
Most Consistently Great: The Americans, Season 4
Best New Drama: This Is Us, Season 1

Top selling television shows included Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Downton Abbey, The Americans, and Big Bang Theory.


Apple’s choice for novel of the year is Michael Chabon’s Moonglow, with additional picks as follows:

Novel of the Year: Moonglow – Michael Chabon
Nonfiction of the Year: Evicted – Matthew Desmond
YA Novel of the Year: If I Was Your Girl – Meredith Russo
Debut of the Year: Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
Mystery: Charcoal Joe – Walter Mosley
Thriller: Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris
Popular Fiction: Sweetbitter – Stephanie Danker
Literary Fiction: What Is Not Your Is Not Yours – Helen Oyeyemi
Fantasy: The Fate of the Tearling – Erika Johansen
Kids: Raymie Nightingale – Kate DiCamillo
Cookbook: Everything I Want to Eat – Jessica Koslow
Graphic Novel: March: Book Three – John Lewis

Best selling fiction books included “The Girl on the Train,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Me Before You,” and “After You,” while best selling non-fiction books included “When Breath Becomes Air,” “Killing the Rising Sun,” “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo,” “Alexander Hamilton,” and “Hillbilly Elegy.”

Apple’s last set of top picks includes its choices for best podcasts:

– Revisionist History
– How I Built This
– In the Dark
– Jocko Podcast
– Anna Faris is Unqualified
– NPR Politics
– My Favorite Murder
– 2 Dope Queens Accused
– FiveThirtyEight Elections Heavyweight
– Pardon My Take

Top overall podcasts based on most downloads were Fresh Air, Stuff You Should Know, Serial, This American Life, and The Joe Rogan Experience.

Apple’s picks for top apps, which include Prisma and Clash Royale, can be found in a separate App Store article.