Year-End Lists

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Q: Top 50 Albums Of 2016

21 December 2016

Q Magazine: Top 50 Albums Of 2016

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. David BowieBlackstar
  2. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  3. PJ HarveyThe Hope Six Demolition Project
  4. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  5. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  6. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  7. Cass McCombsMangy Love
  8. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  9. The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  10. Christine and the QueensChaleur Humaine
  11. SkeptaKonnichiwa
  12. GoatRequiem
  13. BeyoncéLemonade
  14. Michael KiwanukaLove & Hate
  15. DexysLet the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul
  16. Cate Le BonCrab Day
  17. Frank OceanBlond
  18. The AvalanchesWildflower
  19. Parquet CourtsHuman Performance
  20. ANOHNIHopelessness
  21. Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
  22. Steve MasonMeet the Humans
  23. Pet Shop BoysSuper
  24. Julia JacklinDon’t Let the Kids Win
  25. Wild BeastsBoy King
  26. The Lemon TwigsDo Hollywood
  27. UnderworldBarbara Barbara, we face a shining future
  28. Anna MeredithVarmints
  29. Let’s Eat GrandmaI, Gemini
  30. Jamie TTrick
  31. Kate TempestLet Them Eat Chaos
  32. Bat for LashesThe Bride
  33. Kendrick LamarUntitled Unmastered
  34. Lady GagaJoanne
  35. SavagesAdore Life
  36. Biffy ClyroEllipsis
  37. Brian EnoThe Ship
  38. The Fat White FamilySongs for Our Mothers
  39. Thee Oh SeesA Weird Exits
  40. BastilleWild World
  41. Kevin MorbySinging Saw
  42. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  43. The CoralDistance Inbetween
  44. The Last Shadow PuppetsEverything You’ve Come To Expect
  45. Kanye WestThe Life of Pablo
  46. Peter DohertyHamburg Demonstrations
  47. BlossomsBlossoms
  48. DrakeViews
  49. Richard AshcroftThese People
  50. Primal ScreamChaosmosis