Best Albums of 2016


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1Blackstar - David Bowie

Great album, great singer.

Bowie is one of the all time greats and his music will live on for the rest of eternity!

'Girl Loves Me' is the most underrated song of the album and maybe one of Bowie's most underrated ever!

No offense to David Bowie fans but I personally didn't like this album at all. I only listened to it 2 times but I'm not a fan of this album. I respect David Bowies work and I respect this album but I find this album boring. It's definitely nowhere near the worst album of 2016 but in my opinion I don't think it's the best buy everyone can like whatever they want. - Metalmaniakkk

I would have picked panic at the disco but in honor of the great late David Bowie I picked him.

1947-2016 - Danguy10

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2A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead

Perfect. Innovative, familiar, dark, brooding, experimental, accessible. One of the best works by the best band ever. Definitely their most beautiful. It sounds like one big 52 minute lullaby. Timeless.

Best album by Radiohead = Best album ever

This album is really boring in my opinion. It might grow on me but I'm not a fan of this for now. - Metalmaniakkk

Great album, expecting it to be a classic in the future - Jiorl

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3The Life of Pablo - Kanye West

You may like or hate this album but I personally love it. Not one of Kanye's best but definitely better than Yeezus, 808s, and Cruel Summer - Mcgillacuddy

4Atrocity Exhibition - Danny Brown
5Anti - Rihanna

I'm starting to think that people are insulting this album even though they haven't actually listened to it, they just assumed after hearing the song Work, that it wasn't good. - anewman

The hell is this garbage doing in the Top 10?

Why is this above Megadeth's Dystopia? Today's generation!

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6Lemonade - Beyonce

I thought she wouldn't be able to top the self-titled album, but the queen surprises me time and time again. An album that is solace to women who have been cheated on and empowerment to African American women. It blends R&B, rock, country and other genres. This is the best album of the year. Sadly, there's a chance that she won't win Album Of The Year because Adele's 25 is eligible this year as well. Adele is a great singer but I feel 25 was just a rehash of 21. Almost every song was a slow song and was all about love lost. It worked on 21 because no one else had been doing something like that. But now it's tiresome. Beyonce shows raw emotion in this album and the slow songs such as SANDCASTLES are more powerful because you can truly hear the pain in her voice. The standout however is definitely Freedom ft Kendrick Lamar. It is a powerful R&B anthem with vocal acrobatics and a fiery rap verse from Kendrick. I'm the type of guy who loves FOB, P! ATD, My Chemical Romance, TOP etc. But ...more - PopPunkKid101

Amazing album. She finally makes up for her lack of talent she had in her last albums. - Swellow

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7Untitled Unmastered. - Kendrick Lamar

When the leftovers that weren't good enough to be on To Pimp A Butterfly are the best rap album of 2015 hands down. 8/10 - WonkeyDude98

Incredible lyrics and storytelling on each track, making it my favorite rap album of the year - Mcgillacuddy

This year was full of terrible rap albums, but this is one of the few exceptions. Long live Kendrick!

8Blonde - Frank OceanV2 Comments
9This is Acting - SiaV1 Comment
10Dystopia - Megadeth

This album is pure glory! The riffs are some of the best I've heard - NikBrusk

Megadeth's best album since United Abominations

Daves vocals may not be the best but this is one of the heaviest Megadeth album. - Metalmaniakkk

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11Suicide Squad: The Album - Various Artists

I'm conflicted on whether Blackstar still is the best album of 2015. Mainly because this masterpiece exists. - WonkeyDude98

A compilation album shouldn't be on this list at all

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12Malibu - Anderson. Paak

This album is fantastic and definitely deserves a Grammy or something - Mcgillacuddy

13Swish - Kanye West

This album is the same as life of pablo. - ryansals

14Views from the 6 - DrakeV2 Comments
153001: A Laced Odyssey - Flatbush Zombies
16Joanne - Lady Gaga

Above Anti, This is Acting and the soundtrack to Suicide Squad? Disgrace. This is clearly a great transition from pop to folk. - Swellow

17Wildflower - The Avalanches

Honestly, I was kinda skeptical about its quality at first, seeing how Frankie Sinatra I didn't exactly enjoy, and the fact it was a sophomore album released 16 years after a masterpiece. But, thankfully, I found myself at ease, because what I got was a great album which was to 60s psychedelia what Since I Left You was to 70s disco. - ArchAces

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18Revolution Radio - Green Day

One of the most satisfying feelings in the world is when one of your favorite bands go back to their roots. After Uno, Dos and Tre I thought green day was no more but boy was I wrong. This after "Blackstar" and "A Moon Shaped Pool" is the best album of this year. - 12cc

Dude, this album is awesome, from Still Breathing to Revolution Radio to Bang Bang. Bang Bang is my favorite song in this album. - AnimeDrawer

Does everyone always forget Demolition existed? People compare this to the trilogy 24/7, there was something in between you know! - ProPanda

Glad that it came on top 30. - zxm

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19Bottomless Pit - Death Grips

Aw man, I still need to listen to this! - djpenquin999

20Nine Track Mind - Charlie Puth

This is probably the worst album I've heard this year so far. We still have SremmLife 2 to come, though... - WonkeyDude98

Why? Nearly anything by Puth is dreadful! - Swellow

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Top Remixes (21)

1. Lemonade - Beyonce
2. Anti - Rihanna
3. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
1. Aa - Baauer
2. Suicide Squad: The Album - Various Artists
3. Cloud Nine - Kygo
1. We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
2. Blonde - Frank Ocean
3. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead

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