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TOP 100 ALBUMS OF 2016 – PART TWO: 50-1

On Christmas Day we counted down the first half of our bumper end of year albums list, and now it’s time for the top 50. Feel free to let us know how very wrong we are…

  1. SeratonesGet Gone


  1. Chance The RapperColoring Book


  1. Sunflower BeanHuman Ceremony


  1. DIIVIs The Is Are?


  1. Charles BradleyChanges


  1. Margaret GlaspyEmotions & Math


  1. Emma Ruth RundleMarked For Death


  1. SkeptaKonnichiwa


  1. Anna MeredithVarmints


  1. Thomas CohenBloom Forever


  1. Barney ArtistPainting Sounds


  1. Gold PandaGood Luck and Do Your Best


  1. Bon Iver 22, A Million


  1. CommonBlack America Again


  1. Frank Ocean Blonde


  1. Childish Gambino“Awaken, My Love!”


  1. The AvalanchesWildflower


  1. Anderson .Paak Malibu


  1. Japanese BreakfastPsychopomp


  1. Sad13Slugger


  1. PalaceSo Long Forever


  1. Mitski Puberty 2


  1. PJ HarveyThe Hope Six Demolition Project


  1. Soft HairSoft Hair


  1. Glass AnimalsHow To Be a Human Being


  1. Kate TempestLet Them Eat Chaos


  1. C DuncanThe Midnight Sun


  1. Kendrick Lamaruntitled. unmastered.


  1. Parquet CourtsHuman Performance


  1. Anohni Hopelessness


  1. Laura MvulaThe Dreaming Room


  1. Bat For LashesThe Bride


  1. HindsLeave Me Alone


  1. Wild BeastsBoy King


  1. James BlakeThe Colour In Anything


  1. PreoccupationsPreoccupations


  1. WarpaintHeads Up


  1. Jenny HvalBlood Bitch


  1. Angel OlsenMy Woman


  1. Koi ChildKoi Child


  1. David Bowie Blackstar


  1. Let’s Eat Grandma – I, Gemini


  1. Blood OrangeFreetown Sound


  1. Michael KiwanukaLove & Hate


  1. SolangeA Seat At The Table


  1. Mourn Ha, Ha, He.


  1. SavagesAdore Life


  1. Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree


  1. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool


  1. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial


So there we have it – Car Seat Headrest’s brilliant Teens of Denial takes our 2016 gong. It’s without doubt the best indie-rock record for several years, with an irresistibly retro fuzz combining everything that’s ever been good about the genre to create a conglomerate of brilliant guitar music.

The stunning A Moon Shaped Pool sees Radiohead in their standard place near the very top of an end of year list, whist Nick Cave’s heartbreaking Skeleton Tree completes the winner’s podium.

Norfolk teens Let’s Eat Grandma scored the highest entry for a debut album, coming in at number nine, whilst Australian nu-jazz/hip-hop ensemble Koi Child weren’t far behind in eleventh place.

As I said on Christmas Day – make time to check out new music wherever possible, keep an open mind and allow yourself to drop your defences, and every year is a great year for music.


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