Best Albums of 2016


The Top Ten

1 Blackstar - David Bowie

I can't believe it's been over a year already. This album tops every album on this list by a lot. It's the most beautiful mixture of uplifting music and a hint of a regretful atmosphere. That's at least how I see it. David made sure we would never forget him by releasing this swan song with very limited time left in this universe. He didn't get the chance to bathe in all the love and support his long time and newcomer fans showed it. That time was abruptly cut short by a curse named cancer. But Major Tom, Starman, Ziggy Stardust, or whatever other alias he is going as right now, we miss you buddy. Thank you for everything.

Great album, great singer.

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

Best Album of all time

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

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2 A 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

Their best in 20 years. - Caleb9000

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3 Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

This album is just pure art, so much emotion that you can actually hear pain. Must hear album.

Phenomenol. A truly great album from a truly great artist!

4 Atrocity Exhibition - Danny Brown

Danny Brown comes forward with some of his best work to date. He absolutely goes wild with this project with features from Kendrick Lamar to Earl Sweatshirt. This is a must listen for fans of rap and music in general.

This album blew my mind. So underrated

5 We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest

Best rap album of all time and the best album in the last 10 years

A Tribe Called Quest brings it back better than ever after years of silence. Probably the best rap album of the year, BUY IT - SirSkeletorThe3rd

I was blown away when I heard this album. I just love this album. - Mumbizz01

It's been 18 years, mother******. 18 YEARS. This... this thing is downright NASTY and worth every bit of the $10.99 on iTunes. Hell, I would've purchased this for $30 if I knew it was gonna be this damn good. You miss the good ol' days of rap music? Cop this ASAP. It's an instant classic from top to bottom. R.I.P. Phife.

Favorite songs: All of them, dammit. - Mcgillacuddy

6 Blonde - Frank Ocean Blonde - Frank Ocean

My favourite album of all time - beautiful


Great album - Jiorl

7 The Life of Pablo - Kanye West The Life of Pablo - Kanye West


It was a really good album but not a great one. I really like. Although it still has a little bit of the ego that ruined Yeezus, and it is a really weird album that made no sense, there are a lot of good things about this album. It has amazing production, a lot of personality, it really shows the struggle that Kanye has gone through, and it's a very replayable album. 7/10

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

True genius

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8 Lemonade - 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

Pure greatness

queen bey

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9 Hardwired... to Self-Destruct - Metallica

This should be number one. Its roots can go back to their early albums. The songs there are AMAZING. Especially Moth Into Flame and Spit Out the Bone. I am literally sad that this is number 9. - PhoenixAura81

Nice blend of 80s Metallica and the Load era.


This album just tops number 1 for me. - Mumbizz01

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10 Dystopia - Megadeth

Why is this behind hardwired?

Really good album. - Metarock

Loved it!


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The Newcomers

? Just Wanna See - Shaed

The Contenders

11 Bottomless Pit - Death Grips

This is one of Death Grip's best albums since NO LOVE DEEP WEB. - Mumbizz01

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

12 Teens of Denial - Car Seat Headrest

A relatively unknown band blows up in the indie scene with this amazing album. Going from rocking out with songs like fill in the blank and Vincent to crying when you hear songs like the ballad of Costa Concordia, this album is one of the best I've heard in a long time.

This is to me what twenty one pilots sounds like to Wonkey and DC. - ProPanda

13 Untitled 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

King Kendrick

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

Kendrick Releases B-Sides. Still Better Than Views By Drake - SamThePenguin

14 This is Acting - Sia

awful - Jiorl

15 Anti - 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 best album of the year. - JESUSISKING

Bootyful album

The hell is this garbage doing in the Top 10?

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16 Malibu - Anderson. Paak

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

One of the best and most underrated rap albums out there!

17 Plays the Music of Twin Peaks - Xiu Xiu
18 Weezer (White Album) - Weezer

It feels good to have Weezer back. This album is awesome. One of my favorites. Many of these songs feel like they could have been on the blue album had they been written then. It feels like classic Weezer. I didn't like it at first, but now I love it.

I'm guessing there's not many fans of Weezer on this site. In that case allow me to vote this up for it is one of the best Weezer albums since Pinkerton. - cjWriter1997

This was my backup since integrity blues - jimmy eat world isn't on here
Still both weezer's and jimmy eat world's were their best releases in a while.

19 The Glowing Man - Swans

I know this Album is not for everyone, but damn in my oppinion it's the best Album of this decade

20 Revolution 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.

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

Though I Have Been A Fan Of Green Day In The Past, This Album Has Some Of The MOST Cliche Lyrics Of 2016. - SamThePenguin

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21 The Serenity of Suffering - Korn

There are many albums released in this year that I really, really love... Just to mention a few, Asking Alexandria - The Black, Chelsea Grin - Self Inflicted, In Flames - Battles, Hellyeah - Und en! a ble, From Ashes To New - Day One, Whitechapel - Mark Of The Blade,... But Korn killed it. This is awesome album, every single song! I even consider this one the best of all Korn albums, it just sounds more "metal"...

They've released about a dozen albums, yet this is their best ever.

22 Beyond the Fleeting Gales - Crying
23 Joanne - Lady Gaga

You can never be bored of Lady Gaga. You never know in advance what her next album will sound like. With Joanne, she took it to the next level: you never know what the next song will sound like. And that's awesome. This woman will be considered a legend by the time she's 80.

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

Best 2016 álbum! Million reasons

24 Terminal Redux - Vektor

Hands down best trash metal album of this decade. - ProPanda

25 The Stage - Avenged Sevenfold


26 Coloring Book - Chance the Rapper

2016 was Chance's year. Hands Down.

27 Suicide Squad: The Album - Various Artists

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

Not Top 10 worthy at all. - djpenquin999

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

28 3001: A Laced Odyssey - Flatbush Zombies
29 Run the Jewels 3 - Run the Jewels
30 Evol - Future
31 Starboy - The Weeknd


Amazing Album

It was good

its greate

32 Wildflower - The Avalanches

2016 was one of the most depressing years in my life. Thank goodness for this album. It always brings a smile to my face. One of if not the best of the year.

If I Was A Folkstar is a contender for my best list. - djpenquin999

33 Brotherhood of the Snake - Testament
34 Still Brazy - Yg

8/10 Strong album from top to bottom. From beginning to end, nonstop, this project just pumps. - Mcgillacuddy

Mini-Description: In YG's (the guy who was part of My N**** ) second studio album, he takes a lot of creative liberties involving the lyrics and sound. Unfortunately, most of it isn't really that memorable.

Best songs: FDT, Gimmie Got Shot, Twist My Fingaz, Don't Come To LA, Who Shot Me?, Still Brazy, She Wish She Was, Bool, Balm, and Bollective, Police Get Away Wit Murder, Blacks & Browns, Word Is Bond, Pops Hot Intro, Good Times Interlude, My Perception, YG Be Safe
Worst songs: Why You Always Hatin'?, I Got A Question

7/10 - SwagFlicks

35 For All Kings - Anthrax

One of my favorite Anthrax albums!

36 My Woman - Angel Olsen
37 The Astonishing - Dream Theater

The first Dream Theater album to reach number one on the US Billboard Rock Chart.

I Can't believe the horrible Kanye West is above this flawless beauty. - Metalmaniakkk

Should be in the Top 10.

How the heck is this so low? It's their first album to reach number one on Billboard.

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38 Aa - Baauer

I feel this should be in the top 20. Baauer is one of the best things to happen to trap music in a while - ProPanda

39 DC4 - Meek Mill
40 Rheia - Oathbreaker
41 Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande

This is an amazing album, should be higher up on the list

This album is best slbum of the 2016

42 Cleopatra - The Lumineers

yes - thatguy32

43 Case/Lang/Veirs - Case/Lang/Veirs
44 Pillars of Ash - Black Tusk
45 Imperial - Denzel Curry

What is this anyway? Hiphop is a bad genre with no real talent and thsi just confrims it. All Denzelk does is rap about being cool over dumb trap beats. There aren't any real instruments! God, I wish I could go back to the 70s, when music had real talent. Pink Floyd are way better than this trash. - musickid84

46 Swish - Kanye West

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

47 Atgclvlsscap - Ulver
48 Cloud Nine - Kygo
49 Blood Bitch - Jenny Hval
50 Honor Killed the Samurai - Ka Honor Killed the Samurai - Ka
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