Top 15 Albums of 2016

Top 15 Albums of 2016

2016 was a terrible, terrible year – but there was still some great music:

15 Dinosaur Jr
Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

No reunited act has been this consistently great.
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Dinosaur Jr : Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
14 Car Seat Headrest
Teens of Denial
Taking you on a tense and exciting journey.
Car Seat Headrest : Teens of Denial
13 Dawes
We’re All Gonna Die

Alt-country for life.
Dawes : We're All Gonna Die
12 A Tribe Called Quest
We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
The inspiration for so much of today’s hip-hop greatness returns to deliver in full one more time.
A Tribe Called Quest : We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
11 James
Girl At the End of the World

Manchester’s finest keep pumping out sing-a-longs for every era.
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James : Girl At the End of the World
10 Iggy Pop
Post-Pop Depression

This collaboration with Josh Homme marks the end of Iggy’s touring, if not recording, days – in style.
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Iggy Pop : Post Pop Depression
9 Leonard Cohen
You Want It Darker

Of course Leonard Cohen would say goodbye with elegance, wit, and emotion.
Leonard Cohen : You Want It Darker
8 Frank Ocean
Blonde

A major star lets us fully into his own private world.
Frank Ocean : Blonde
7 Bon Iver
22, A Million

This is a record of Justin Vernon baring who he is, even after all of his success.
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Bon Iver : 22, A Million
6 Pixies
Head Carrier

Raising the bar in their second life.
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Pixies : Head Carrier
5 Whitney
Light Upon the Lake

An amazing – and fully realized – debut.
Whitney : Light Upon the Lake
4 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Skeleton Tree

A uniquely powerful & powerfully unique expression of grief.
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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds : Skeleton Tree
3 Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Getaway

Mature yet catchy pop goodness full of life reflections with an LA twist.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers : The Getaway
2 David Bowie
Blackstar

A wonderful tale of how the artist known as Bowie, Ziggy, and many other names closes a life chapter.
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David Bowie : Blackstar
1 Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool

Strings join in on the experimentally diverse odes to lost love and world events.
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Radiohead : A Moon Shaped Pool

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