Signal & Noise: 2016 Year In Review

We didn’t see this year coming, but we heard it from all sides. In Signal & Noise 2016, you’ll find what we really listened to, loud and clear.

We didn’t see this year coming, but we heard it from all sides. In Signal & Noise 2016, you’ll find what we really listened to, loud and clear.

The Year in Music

Music, in 2016, was good. Sorry for the controversial opinion, but we gotta speak our minds. Beyoncé, Rihanna, Frank Ocean, Chance, Mitski … we loved what we heard, but we especially loved finding music that felt right in a world that was — is — feeling pretty bad. We heard the voices we needed, and what we listened to felt like a salve.

Chance The Rapper: Artist Of The Year
In a cynical year, he was our greatest optimist
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Alone In Hell: Listening To Marshmello At The End Of The World
2016’s perfect mascot was a dancing marshmallow, blissfully trolling America
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Rihanna, Rock Star In Repose
What her tender, flippant, comforting, unnerving album ‘Anti’ meant to 2016
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Kendrick Lamar’s Prophecy
‘Untitled Unmastered’ pulled back the curtain on the creation of a black masterpiece
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The Glitch Inside
By corrupting their images, Calvin Harris’s 2016 music videos relieve the tension between technology and memory
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Americana’s Year of Reckoning
Can the genre evolve fast enough to catch up to today’s American realities?
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Mitski the Healer
In a year of fear and hopelessness, 'Puberty 2' was what we needed
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You Can Find The Best Horror Of 2016 In The Music Section
Artists from Beyoncé to White Lung used monstrous imagery to explore real-life passion and pain
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Alarming Frequency: The Year In Noise
Death Grips, Kanye, and Badbadnotgood pointed the way forward in a punishingly loud world
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Britney Now, Britney Forever
If she could make it through 2007, we can make it through 2017
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Playlist: Our Favorite Songs of 2016
From Frank Ocean to Mitski, Solange to Kaytranada, our top tunes of the year
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Brother From Another PLanet
Bowie and black music
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How Should We Remember Prince?
MTV News pays tribute to our dearly beloved
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The Year in Pop Culture

2016 was … strange, and it only got stranger. Television was bizarre, movies were restless, and if it was a Year of Realizing Things, mostly we were realizing that art was imitating life and life was totally surreal. Here, you’ll find the shows we needed, the movies we loved, and the top 10 moments that made us question the very nature of reality itself — but, like, in a fun, chill way.

Taking A Trip Back Through The Year In Pop Culture
What a year. What a year.
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The Breakout Movie Performances Of 2016
From Kate McKinnon to Royalty Hightower, these were the star turns that made us take notice
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The Top 10 Movies Of 2016
From a farting corpse to faith-questioning sausages, these are MTV chief film critic Amy Nicholson's picks
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The Top 10 TV Episodes Of 2016 (And The Top 20 TV Shows Of The Year)
TV continued its streak of innovation and greatness this year
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Top 10 Moments That Made Us Question The Nature Of Our Reality
Let us never forget Lindsay Lohan's inexplicable accent
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2016 Was TV’s Most Diverse Year Ever
Television extended its Golden Age by telling stories about all kinds of people
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The Current State Of One Direction Fandom
Fans describe the state of the fandom as the first year of the band’s hiatus draws to a close
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Read Select Passages From Sully, The Best Screenplay Of 2016
Bask in the glory of an American masterpiece
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Which Hollywood Chris Had the Best Year?
It was a good year to be a Chris in Hollywood, but which Chris reigned supreme?
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The Best Young TV And Filmmakers Of 2016
From Donald Glover to Anna Rose Holmer, this was a good year for the 35-and-under crowd
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2016 Was a Restless — and Crucial — Year for TV and Movies
They turned to confront the anger, fear, and anxiety in our lives head-on
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2016 Was The Year Of Boss B*tches
Slayyyyyyy
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The Year They Stole Kim Kardashian
A look at how the Kardashians rewrote the book — and the cautionary tale — of celebrity worship
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The Year's Biggest Losers: Billy Bush And Huma Abedin
The downfall of 2016's most tragic figures
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The Year in the Marvel Universe
With countless movies and Netflix shows, Marvel has never produced more than in 2016
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11 Wacky Tv Fan Theories From 2016
The internet is weird, guys
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Lady Problems: The Winners And Losers
After a year of examining how the entertainment industry treats women, here's the best and worst of Hollywood
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Think Of The Children
From Stranger Things to The Fits, 2016 was the year of the child actor
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17 Memes You Couldn’t Escape In 2016
Hold the door, Kermit
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The 17 Best TV Couples of 2016
Who says love is dead?
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Disney Channel Brought 2006 Back From The Dead In 2016
Fans wanted the 'Old Disney,' and they got it
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The Highs and Lows of The Chainsmokers' 'Closer'
Breaking down their inescapable hit song with Halsey
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Couples We Almost Lost in 2016
2016 sucked pretty bad, but at least we still have these couples
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This Year in 'North Mollywood'
The weekly altered-reality pop-culture recap that you didn’t know you needed
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This Year In 'Skillset'
Every guest is an expert, and every week they teach a new way to look at the movies
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This Year In 'Speed Dial'
Your weekly dive into all the pop-culture news you should be following or leaving behind
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This Year In 'Happy Sad Confused'
Josh Horowitz gets nerdy and intimate with the biggest movie stars and filmmakers on the planet
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This Year In 'Lady Problems'
MTV’s weekly look at how pop culture is treating women. Hint: It is almost always 'poorly'
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The Year in Politics

“The work’s not done” is what we say when we talk to each other about what we’re hoping for, what we’re afraid of, and what we want. We say it to remind ourselves that we’re always getting started; in politics, nothing is new so much as it is a process of renewal. We’re still shaking off the shock waves of 2016, but as you’ll see here, we are already back to work and looking forward.

The Meme Of The Year
How emails captivated a country and won the election
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A Righter Shade of Fail
The year of the alt-right
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The Day The Data Died
All our oracles failed us in 2016. Now we're left sorting through the mess.
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10 Social Justice Organizations That Rocked 2016
There’s one thing we can be sure of: the fight for equality will continue
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12 Social Media Warriors Who Restored Our Faith In 2016
Their tweets, YouTube videos, and ’grams helped make this year suck a little bit less
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A Year In Founders
No matter how dark the present feels, the future is plenty bright
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Shirtless Trump Saves Drowning Kitten
Facebook’s fake-news problem and the rise of the postmodern right
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This Year In 'The Stakes'
‘The Stakes’ is your look at the week’s news without the filler of talking heads and clickbait
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The Year in Style

Where would we be without Rihanna? This year — every year — was hers, whether she was wearing a coat the size of a car or a shade of pink fit for a princess, or both at once. In 2016 we listened to her style, and we talked about what we wanted: something both opulent and elegant, loud and composed. We wore the concerts we went to on our sleeves, and we printed our politics on our tees, and in 2017 we have no plans to shut up about them. Pretty much the opposite.

My Super Sweet 2016: The Return of Early 2000s-Era Fashion
When the apocalypse hits, I'll be wearing a Juicy sweatsuit
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2016 Was Rihanna’s Coziest Year Ever
Queen of coats
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Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and More Have Ushered in a Golden Age of Tour Merch
You may want this merch more than the concert ticket
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Yeezy Season Receding
We are all too eager to ride the Yeezy bus, and then throw Kanye under it
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Harry Styles Got A Haircut
Cancel everything
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A Timeline of Events Leading to Whoopi Goldberg In Vetements
A crucial moment in fashion history
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The End Is near for Metal-inspired Tour Merch
David Turner reports from the front lines of Future’s pop-up shop
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