Top 50 Albums of 2016

2016 is coming to an end, and so begins the onslaught of year-end lists that give insight as to what numerical placement everyone’s favorite albums average into.

While 2016 has debatably been the worst year in a long time, it is by no means a terrible time for music.  Artists such as Chance the Rapper, Danny Brown, Frank Ocean, and Parquet Courts released some of their best work to date, and some stars like Sturgill Simpson, Solange, and the up-and-coming Car Seat Headrest took everyone by surprise and even ranked higher than the more seasoned veterans in the industry.

Not to mention, J. Cole came in at the last moment with a follow-up to 2014 Forest Hills Drive that showcases the tremendous upgrade in his talent and ability.

Without further ado, here are my top albums of 2016.

p.s. this list was compiled through Rate Your Music (RYM).  If you have an account, feel free to follow me here.

Painting With

50.Animal Collective

Painting With (2016)
Lil Boat the Mixtape

49.Lil Yachty

Lil Boat the Mixtape (2016) [Mixtape]


Skin (2016)

47.Young Thug

JEFFERY (2016) [Mixtape]
How to Be a Human Being

46.Glass Animals

How to Be a Human Being (2016)
Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

45.Travi$ Scott

Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (2016)

44.Domo Genesis

Genesis (2016)
Freetown Sound

43.Blood Orange

Freetown Sound (2016)
Next Thing

42.Frankie Cosmos

Next Thing (2016)


Pool (2016)
The Impossible Kid

40.Aesop Rock

The Impossible Kid (2016)
The Colour in Anything

39.James Blake

The Colour in Anything (2016)

38.Anderson .Paak

Malibu (2016)
22, a Million

37.Bon Iver

22, a Million (2016)
We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service

36.A Tribe Called Quest

We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (2016)
Bonito Generation

35.Kero Kero Bonito

Bonito Generation (2016)
Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

34.Ryley Walker

Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (2016)
Nonagon Infinity

33.King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Nonagon Infinity (2016)
Down in Heaven

32.Twin Peaks

Down in Heaven (2016)
Shut Up Kiss Me

31.Angel Olsen

Shut Up Kiss Me (2016) [Single]
Blank Face LP

30.ScHoolboy Q

Blank Face LP (2016)
Body War

29.Show Me the Body

Body War (2016)
Crime Cutz

28.Holy Ghost!

Crime Cutz (2016) [Single]
The Life of Pablo

27.Kanye West

The Life of Pablo (2016)

26.Conor Oberst

Ruminations (2016)
Westworld: Season 1 (Selections from the HBO® Series)

25.Ramin Djawadi

Westworld: Season 1 (Selections from the HBO® Series)(2016) [EP]


99.9% (2016)
Stage Four

23.Touché Amoré

Stage Four (2016)


Telefone (2016) [Mixtape]
Bottomless Pit

21.Death Grips

Bottomless Pit (2016)
Live from Trona

20.Toro y Moi

Live from Trona (2016)

19.Nicolas Jaar

Sirens (2016)


Lemonade (2016)

17.Jeff Rosenstock

Worry (2016)
Jessica Rabbit

16.Sleigh Bells

Jessica Rabbit (2016)
A Weird Exits

15.Thee Oh Sees

A Weird Exits (2016)
Stranger Things, Volume One

14.Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

Stranger Things, Volume One (2016)
Coloring Book

13.Chance the Rapper

Coloring Book (2016) [Mixtape]
The Glowing Man


The Glowing Man (2016)
★ [Blackstar]

11.David Bowie

★ [Blackstar] (2016)
untitled unmastered.

10.Kendrick Lamar

untitled unmastered. (2016)
Atrocity Exhibition

9.Danny Brown

Atrocity Exhibition (2016)
You Want It Darker

8.Leonard Cohen

You Want It Darker (2016)
A Sailor's Guide to Earth

7.Sturgill Simpson

A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (2016)
Teens of Denial

6.Car Seat Headrest

Teens of Denial (2016)
A Moon Shaped Pool


A Moon Shaped Pool (2016)
4 Your Eyez Only

4.J. Cole

4 Your Eyez Only (2016)
A Seat at the Table


A Seat at the Table (2016)
Human Performance

2.Parquet Courts

Human Performance (2016)

1.Frank Ocean

Blonde (2016)

Author: rednpinkfish

Kaelan Deese is a junior at the University of Oklahoma. He is currently attempting a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a minor in Spanish. Kaelan is a pretty cool cat so feel free to scratch him behind the ears.

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