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!

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

Best Album of all time

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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

Album of the decade

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

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

5 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

6 Blonde - Frank Ocean


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


Best Songs: Sandcastles, Don't Hurt Yourself, Daddy Lessons

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9 Hardwired... to Self-Destruct - Metallica

Nice blend of 80s Metallica and the Load era.

This album just tops number 1 for me. - Mumbizz01

This deserves the 2nd spot just after Bowie's Blackstar.


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10 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

The Newcomers

? There is No Right Time - Youandewan
? Bala Comp, Vol. 1 - Various Artists

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 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

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

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13 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!

14 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

15 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. - AnimeDrawer

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

Definitely top 10. Everyone though Green Day was done for, but they came back full throttle and released one of the greatest albums of the 2010s. Great songs reflecting on modern times, and it really makes you think. - naFrovivuS

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16 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.

17 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

18 Run the Jewels 3 - Run the Jewels
19 This is Acting - Sia

awful - Jiorl

20 Guardians - Saor
21 3001: A Laced Odyssey - Flatbush Zombies
22 Dystopia - Megadeth

Megadeth's best album since United Abominations

Not as good as Endgame, but heavy, the 3 first songs are amazing.

Why is this at 16? this should be higher - ExcaliberDG11

Loved it!

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23 Southern Family - Various Artists

This should be #2, right below Blackstar. - WonkeyDude98

24 Wildflower - The Avalanches

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

25 Beyond the Fleeting Gales - Crying
26 Terminal Redux - Vektor

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

27 Coloring Book - Chance the Rapper

2016 was Chance's year. Hands Down.

28 My Woman - Angel Olsen
29 Starboy - The Weeknd

Amazing Album

It was good


its greate

30 The Stage - Avenged Sevenfold


31 Plays the Music of Twin Peaks - Xiu Xiu
32 Live at the Greek Theatre - Joe Bonamassa
33 Evol - Future
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 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

36 Blood Bitch - Jenny Hval
37 Blues of Desperation - Joe Bonamassa
38 Vanquish - Two Steps from Hell
39 Atgclvlsscap - Ulver
40 Awaken, My Love! - Childish Gambino

He was a great rapper, but you can really tell that after he had a child his music really changed. - Gruunge

This is a great album in my opinion. Yes, he is not rapping anymore, which disappointed me at first. Yes, his new music is a bit different than what it used to be, which was hard to get used to. Despite this, he made what is one of the best R&B style albums of the year, which in my mind shows how his new style deserves some serious extra credit. Props to my man Gambino.

41 Breakfast - Lawrence
42 Big Day in a Small Town - Brandy Clark
43 You Will Never Be One of Us - Nails
44 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

45 Holy Ghost - Modern Baseball

From the guitars at the end of Holy Ghost/beginning of Wedding Singer to the hard hitting lyrics at the end of Just Another Face, this album has it all. The combination of catchy choruses and lyrics that make you really think about life make this album a must-hear. Plus, the message that the band is trying to send about mental health through both personal experiences and the songs of this album is incredible.

Recommended songs:
Wedding Singer
Note to Self
Apple Cider, I Don't Mind
Just Another Face - Kythol

46 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.

47 The Impossible Kid - Aesop Rock
48 Hydra 3D - Dat Adam

An astonishing debut by a very unique German group.

Mixing hip hop with experimental electronica sounds (it's NOT cloud rap as some critics call it), Taddl, Ardy and Marley aka that Adam deliver serious sociocritical content in a sometimes very artful and bizarre way that is even more experimental than Kanye West. But the album is, even with all its serious social comments, never something that will put you down. It has several humorous elements and is ultimately a celebration of life, they just try to give this world some great values back they think it lost over the years. It also has several references for all anime fans out there.

The entire album is designed to sound futuristic, it makes heavy use of Autotune, but it's one of thd few times where it actually sounds artistic and perfectly fits the mood. You never get the feeling they use it because it's cool at the moment, but because it adds to the cyberpunk-ish feeling of the music. They also use distortion in a ...more - Martin_Canine

49 More Than Ever - Sims
50 Let Me Get By - Tedeschi Trucks Band
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