Best of 2016

BEST ALBUMS

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  1. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got it From Here … Thanks 4 Your Service (Epic) (19)
  2. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book (self-released) (14)
  3. Beyonce – Lemonade (Columbia) (12)
  4. Rihanna – Anti (Deluxe Edition) (Roc Nation) (11)
  5. Drive-By Truckers – American Band (ATO) (10)
  6. Swet Shop Boys – Cashmere (Customs) (9)
  7. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – A Man Alive (Ribbon) (8)
  8. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial (Matador) (6)
  9. Parquet Courts – Human Performance (Rough Trade) (6)
  10. Tegan and Sara – Love You to Death (Warner Bros.) (5)
  11. M.I.A. – AIM (Interscope/Polydor)
  12. Wussy – Forever Sounds (Shake-It)
  13. Solange – A Seat at the Table (Saint/Columbia)
  14. Elza Soares – The Woman at the End of the World (Mais Um Discos)
  15. Leonard Cohen – You Want it Darker (Columbia)
  16. Brandy Clark – Big Day in a Small Town (Warner Bros.)
  17. Anderson .Paak – Malibu (OBEY)
  18. Bonnie Raitt – Dig in Deep (Redwing)
  19. Leland Sundries – Music for Outcasts (L’Echiquier)
  20. Miranda Lambert – The Weight of These Wings (RCA Nashville)
  21. The Julie Ruin – Hit Reset (Hardly Art)
  22. Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman – Lice (Rhymesayer, 2015)
  23. Lori McKenna – The Gun & The Rifle (CN/Thirty Tigers)
  24. Weezer – Weezer (Crash)
  25. Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone (Motown, 2015)
  26. David Bowie – Blackstar (Columbia)
  27. Young Thug – JEFFERY (Atlantic)
  28. Tacocat – Lost Time (Hardly Art)
  29. Teddybears – Rock On (Lateral)
  30. Childbirth – Women’s Rights (Suicide Squeeze, 2015)
  31. Kevin Gates – Islah (Atlantic)
  32. Azealia Banks – Slay-Z (self-released)
  33. The Internet – Ego Death (Columbia)
  34. Vic Mensa – There’s A Lot Going On (Roc Nation)
  35. Robbie Fulks – Upland Stories (Bloodshot)
  36. John Prine – For Better, Or Worse (Oh Boy)
  37. Regina Spektor – Remember Us to Life (Sire)
  38. Pussy Riot – xxx (New Life)
  39. PJ Harvey – Hope Six Demolition Project (Vagrant/Island)
  40. The Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome (Polydor)
  41. Kyle – Smyle (Indie-Pop, 2015)
  42. BJ the Chicago Kid – In My Mind (Motown)
  43. Homeboy Sandman – Kindness for Weakness (Stones Throw)
  44. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo (G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam)
  45. Buddy Miller – Cayamo Sessions at Sea (New West)
  46. Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered. (Topy Dawg/Interscope)
  47. The Paranoid Style – Rolling Disclosure (Bar/None)
  48. Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood (EMI Nashville, 2015)
  49. Alicia Keys – Here (RCA)
  50. Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife 2 (Interscope)
  51. Viuex Kanté – The Young Man’s Harp (Sterns)
  52. The Waco Brothers – Going Down in History (Bloodshot)
  53. Willie Nelson – Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (Legacy)
  54. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (Atlantic)
  55. Youssou N’Dour – Africa Rekk (Sony Music)
  56. Maren Morris – HERO (Columbia)
  57. Plus Sized Dan – Plus Sized Dan with Marshall Ruffin (Plus Sized Dan)
  58. Pat Thomas – Coming Home (Strut)
  59. Loretta Lynn – Full Circle (Sony Legacy)
  60. Various Artists – The Rough Guide to South African Jazz (World Music Network)
  61. Mitski – Puberty 2 (Dead Oceans)
  62. Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (Third Man)
  63. Vince Staples – Prima Donna (Def Jam)
  64. Gwen Stefani – This is What the Truth Feels Like (Interscope)
  65. Joey Purp – iiiDrops (self-released)
  66. The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend (Suicide Squeeze)
  67. Britney Spears – Glory (RCA)
  68. Young Thug – I’m Up (Atlantic)
  69. Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid (Rhymesayers)
  70. Mick Jenkins – The Healing Component (Cinematic)
  71. Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me (Total Treble Music)
  72. Konono No. 1 – Konono No. 1 meets Batida (Crammed Discs)
  73. Lady Gaga – Joanne (Streamline/Interscope)
  74. Bombino – Azel (Partisan)
  75. Paul Simon – Stranger to Stranger (Warner Bros.)
  76. Fifth Harmony – 7/27 (Epic)
  77. 75 Dollar Bill – Wood / Metal / Plasticv  / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock (Thin Wrist)
  78. Future – Purple Reign (Free Bandz)

BEST SINGLES

  1. “Celebrate” – Anderson .Paak
  2. “Finish Line / Drown” – Chance the Rapper
  3. “What It Means” – Drive-By Truckers
  4. “My Church” – Maren Morris
  5. “Your Best American Girl” – Mitski
  6. “Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw
  7. “Borders” – M.I.A.
  8. “BWU” – Tegan and Sara
  9. “We the People…” – A Tribe Called Quest
  10. “Sorry” – Beyonce
  11. “Fill in the Blank” – Car Seat Headrest
  12. “Blended Family” – Alicia Keys
  13. “Lazarus” – David Bowie
  14. “Black Beatles” – Rae Sremmurd
  15. “We Should Be Friends” – Miranda Lambert
  16. “Make Me Like You” – Gwen Stefani
  17. “Girls @” – Joey Purp
  18. “Human Performance” – Parquet Courts
  19. “Astonished Man” – Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
  20. “Don’t Touch My Hair” – Solange
  21. “Record Year” – Eric Church
  22. “(Girl We Got a) Good Thing” – Weezer
  23. “Keep it Between the Lines” – Sturgill Simpson
  24. “16 Shots” – Vic Mensa
  25. “The Wheel” – PJ Harvey