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Overstreet’s Favorite Recordings of 2016: The Top Ten (Post 3 of 3)

And so we’ve come to the final list: my top ten favorite recordings of 2016.

(If you want to read the list that leads up to the Top Ten, well… here’s Part One and here’s Part Two.)

I’ve recorded short videos that feature my personal reflections on each of these albums. They’re available to the Looking Closer Specialists on our private Facebook group. If you’re interested in joining that group, read about the Specialists and how to join them.


Drive By Truckers American Band



Kate Tempest Let Them Eat Chaos


Lucinda Williams Ghosts of Highway 20


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree



David Bowie Blackstar



God Don't Never Change


Shearwater Jet Plane and Oxbow


paul simon stranger to stranger


Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool



Beyonce Lemonade


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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet

Novelist and critic Jeffrey Overstreet teaches writing (Seattle Pacific University) and film studies (Northwest University and Houston Baptist University). He's written a memoir of moviegoing and faith (Through a Screen Darkly, Baker, 2007) and a fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). He's worked since 2001 as a film critic and columnist at Christianity Today, and he's been a regular contributor to Image, Paste, and Christ & Pop Culture. His writing has been recognized by The New Yorker and The Seattle Times. He regularly speaks at universities, conferences, and churches in the U.S. and abroad. Want to invite him to teach or speak? Email