2016 hasn’t been the nicest year in recent times, but it is coming to a close. With the New Year looming and Santa Claus gathering his supplies for his World Tour 2k16 it’s time to look back over the last 12 months. All celebrity deaths and ridiculous decisions aside, 2016 has been a great year for Music. We are kicking off List Week! Five days of organising the best Singles, EPs and Albums released this year. Please enjoy, and if you agree with some of the choices below, or disagree, let us know why below.
Today it’s all about the Top 50 Albums 2016! There have been a lot of excellent Albums dropped this year from all over the industry. Below will be an ascending list, with a little sentence accompanying some particular highlights too. Enjoy.
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TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2016
50. Turin Brakes – Lost Property |
49. Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway | A strong return for the veteran funk-rock band.
48. Peter Bjorn and John – Breakin’ Point |
47. Hinds – Leave Me Alone |
46. Petite Meller – Lil Empire |
45. The Dirty Nil – Higher Power | Solid punk music designed to bash your face in.
44. NxWorries – Yes Lawd! |
43. Kishi Bashi – Sonderlust | Sweet tunes filled with Poppy goodness and all kinds of elements.
42. Woods – City Sun Eater in the River of Light |
41. The I Don’t Cares – Wild Stab |
40. Bombay Harambee – Goldmine | Dicks out for solid punk and hard rock.
39. Bad Breeding – Bad Breeding |
38. Pure Joy – Bang Flower |
37. Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered | Even a record of discarded material sounds good.
36. Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion Side B | #JepsenitesUnite.
35. The Avalanches – Wildflower |
34. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic | One of the more surprising records of the year.
33. Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid |
32. SURGEONS IN HEAT – Going Through The Motions |
31. Jeff Rosenstock – WORRY. |
30. Shura – Nothing’s Real |
29. Dinosaur Jr. – Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not | Another superb record from these veterans.
28. Two Door Cinema Club – Gameshow |
27. Slaves – Take Control | Another superb round of heavy hitting Punk Rock.
26. Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being |
25. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree |
24. Chairlift – Moth |
23. Chance the Rapper – Colouring Book |
22. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth | A wonderful Country record.
21. WTCHS – She Walks, She Creeps |
20. Kid Cudi – Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ | A strong comeback for Kid Cudi.
19. Viola Beach – Viola Beach | RIP.
18. Mayer Hawthorne – Man About Town |
17. Phlake – Slush Hours |
16. Frank Ocean – Blonde |
15. NAO – For All We Know | Excellent debut for this up and coming RnB artist.
14. Angel Olsen – MY WOMAN |
13. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial |
12. Childish Gambino – “Awaken, My Love!” |
11. Solange – A Seat at the Table |
10. Weezer – Weezer (White Album) | Weezer have been on a resurgence in this decade, and finally they have hit their best with this new record. Returning to their foundations, the White Album is a solid rock record complete with 10 tracks full of typical Rivers Cuomo heartbreak, longing and overly fun lyricism to create a sound that is seriously entertaining.
09. Street Sects – End Position | This record is freakin’ heavy! Like seriously heavy. Brutal, pummelling guitars are thrown at walls and the eardrums to create songs that are the chesty cough of the music library. Street Sects have produced something filled with unique and interesting ideas, and it is just ear-bleedingly good.
08. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool | Radiohead hit a bit of a slump with the release of The King of Limbs, but this time around they have stabilised into a much more accessible sound. Spurned by the divorce of Thom Yorke’s marriage, this is a record that’s steeped in sadness. The instrumentals are often stripped back with minimal layers of instruments, allowing Yorke’s vocals to be the focal point which allows listeners to truly appreciate his wondrous performances.
07. A Giant Dog – Pile | There’s been a lot of deep, meaningful records released throughout this year, so sometimes it’s nice to have a record that’s straight forward. A Giant Dog’s Pile is a record that is built for fun. Heavy hitting guitar riffs rock the eardrums amongst the band’s frequent boy/girl vocal dynamic, producing a fun, Punk-tinged foundation for the record, but it’s also full of additional elements too. Pianos often contribute fast-paced chords to add a little 50s flair to certain songs, and it really helps expand the record into one that’s filled with variety.
06. The Drones – Feelin Kinda Free | The Drones return to the scene with a record determined to pummel the eardrums with noise. Thick, naughty slabs of noise rock and experimental music come in droves to deliver what is an absolute mindfuck of a record. The riffs are brutal, the twists and turns are neckbreaking…and it’s great.
05. David Bowie – Blackstar | While the world lost an icon, the galaxy gained a Blackstar. David Bowie’s swansong came in the form of a record that once again astounded the world into just how creative this man was. Blackstar is no exception, combining all sorts of elements together to produce something that’s steeped in ominous foreshadowing, moody synths and pulsating instrumentals. With numerous directions explored throughout, this record offers up one final journey into the strange before saying goodbye with “I Can’t Give Everything Away” – possibly the greatest farewell song around. Bowie’s strained vocals only add to the eventual context that quickly followed the release of the album, and this record perfectly illustrates his formulas and sound throughout his illustrious career.
04. Anderson .Paak – Malibu | After numerous collabs and contributions Anderson .Paak finally made his own mark with the release of Malibu. Easily one of the more upbeat records of the year, this is a wonderful journey into a world focused solely to rock those hips of yours. With hits such as the Best Single Of 2016 ‘Am I Wrong’ amongst others, this record is one that flows effortlessly through the eardrums and into the good books.
03. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition | We’ve experienced a few meltdowns this year, but Danny Brown’s was easily the most entertaining. Atrocity Exhibition sees the rapper let loose mentally to deliver a record that’s filled with instrumentals that aren’t all right in the head. With numerous references to drugs and sex and all sorts of anxiety, this is all backed up with certain hooks that back up the fragile state perfectly. ‘Ain’t It Funny’ in particular is a perfect accompaniment to your weekly breakdown.
02. Swans – The Glowing Man | Finally, peace.
01. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from here…Thank You 4 Your Service | One of the greatest groups in the world of Hip Hop returned for one final hurrah….and hurrah, what a celebration. A Tribe Called Quest have already made their mark on numerous genres, but with the death of Phife Dawg as well as looking at certain events of the year such as the Election Campaign and the general unrest of America’s police system, these guys felt like saying something.
We got it from here…Thank You 4 Your Service is a record that delivers all of the old school traits of ATCQ’s sound – the grooves, the subtle beats, the ongoing percussion – and packed it all in sixteen tracks that revel in the nostalgia while adding a nice modern touch to proceedings. With contributions from Phife Dawg scattered throughout, this is a record that has all of the emotion, context and glory to easily become our favourite record of 2016. Thank YOU 4 Your Service.