Year-End Lists

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Uncut: 75 Best Albums of 2016

11 December 2016

Uncut Magazine: 75 Best Albums of 2016

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. David BowieBlackstar
  2. RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  3. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
  4. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  5. Ryley WalkerGolden Sings That Have Been Sung
  6. PJ HarveyThe Hope Six Demolition Project
  7. Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  8. ANOHNIHopelessness
  9. Teenage FanclubHere
  10. BeyoncéLemonade
  11. Thee Oh SeesA Weird Exits
  12. Brian EnoThe Ship
  13. Drive-By TruckersAmerican Band
  14. Bon Iver22, A Million
  15. WilcoSchmilco
  16. Hiss Golden MessengerHeart Like a Levee
  17. Cavern of Anti-MatterVoid Beats / Invocation Trex
  18. SolangeA Seat at the Table
  19. LambchopFLOTUS
  20. Angel OlsenMy Woman
  21. William TylerModern Country
  22. The AvalanchesWildflower
  23. Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter
  24. Paul SimonStranger to Stranger
  25. Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
  26. Cate Le BonCrab Day
  27. Shirley CollinsLodestar
  28. case/lang/veirscase/lang/veirs
  29. Kendrick LamarUntitled Unmastered
  30. Frank OceanBlond
  31. Cass McCombsMangy Love
  32. 75 Dollar BillWood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock
  33. King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardNonagon Infinity
  34. Lucinda WilliamsThe Ghosts of Highway 20
  35. Eleanor FriedbergerNew View
  36. Jenny HvalBlood Bitch
  37. Tim HeckerLove Streams
  38. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel BandThe Rarity of Experience
  39. Shovels and RopeLittle Seeds
  40. Let’s Eat GrandmaI, Gemini
  41. Anna MeredithVarmints
  42. Brigid Mae PowerBrigid Mae Power
  43. Róisín MurphyTake Her Up to Monto
  44. Okkervil RiverAway
  45. KINGWe Are King
  46. SwansThe Glowing Man
  47. The Handsome FamilyUnseen
  48. SkeptaKonnichiwa
  49. Christine and the QueensChaleur Humaine
  50. Kevin MorbySinging Saw
  51. UnderworldBarbara Barbara, we face a shining future
  52. Various Artists — Day of the Dead
  53. HindsLeave Me Alone
  54. Robbie FulksUpland Stories
  55. Soundwalk Collective / Patti Smith / Jesse Paris SmithKiller Road
  56. Danny BrownAtrocity Exhibition
  57. MaxwellblackSUMMERS’night
  58. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithEARS
  59. Billy Bragg & Joe HenryShine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad
  60. Ty SegallEmotional Mugger
  61. John CaleMusic for a New Society/M:FANS
  62. Ian William CraigCentres
  63. Richmond FontaineYou Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing to Go Back To
  64. Gruff RhysSet Fire to the Stars
  65. Emma PollockIn Search of Harperfield
  66. Charles BradleyChanges
  67. Steve GunnEyes on the Lines
  68. The CoralDistance Inbetween
  69. Allen ToussaintAmerican Tunes
  70. Kiran LeonardGrapefruit
  71. The Comet Is ComingChannel the Spirits
  72. Oren AmbarchiHubris
  73. Heron OblivionHeron Oblivion
  74. Melt Yourself DownLast Evenings on Earth
  75. Innercity EnsembleIII