End Of Year Lists · Features · List Central

TOP 100 ALBUMS OF 2016 – PART ONE: 100-51

It’s that time of the year again… Here are the first fifty records that made 2016 a beautiful, sad, profound and memorable year for us, with two of the year’s most important, devastatingly beautiful records coming from great tragedy and loss.

This year we’ve compiled a bumper list, ranking the 100 best records of the year. Stay tuned for Part Two – and the reveal of our number one record of 2016 – over the next couple of days.

If you make time to check out new music, keep an open mind and allow yourself to drop your defences, every year is a great year for music. 2016 was no exception.

  1. RJD2 – Dame Fortune


  1. Field Music – Commontime


  1. HAELOSFull Circle


  1. Night BeatsWho Sold My Generation


  1. DMA’s – Hills End


  1. TOYClear Shot


  1. Sewage Farm – Cloudy


  1. Desert Mountain TribeEither That Or The Moon


  1. The ParrotsLos Ninos Sin Miedo


  1. OscarCut and Paste


  1. PinkshinyultrablastGrandfeathered


  1. American WrestlersGoodbye Terrible Youth


  1. TrickySkilled Mechanics


  1. Billie MartenWriting of Blues and Yellows


  1. Milk TeethVile Child


  1. Zen MantraZen Mantra


  1. LapsleyLong Way Home


  1. TortoiseThe Catastrophist


  1. MachinedrumHuman Energy


  1. Lisa HanniganAt Swim


  1. De La Soul…and the Anonymous Nobody


  1. Tove LoLady Wood


  1. BibioA Mineral Love


  1. FEWSMeans


  1. Kiran LeonardGrapefruit


  1. Jagwar MaEvery Now & Then


  1. Wolf PeopleRuins


  1. KAYTRANADA99.9%


  1. DeftonesGore


  1. EagullsUllages


  1. TelegramOperator


  1. YakAlas Salvation


  1. QuiltPlaza


  1. BanksThe Altar


  1. HoneybloodBabes Never Die


  1. Ultimate PaintingDusk




  1. MetronomySummer 08


  1. The WytchesAll Your Happy Life


  1. JusticeWoman


  1. Christine and the QueensChaleur Humaine


  1. Esperanza SpaldingEmily’s D+Evolution


  1. Isaiah RashadThe Sun’s Tirade


  1. Katie DeyFlood Network


  1. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo


  1. The InvisiblePatience


  1. Cymbals Eat GuitarsPretty Years


  1. SamarisBlack Lights


  1. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker


  1. NAOFor All We Know

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