Best Albums of 2016

Listed below are the best albums of 2016 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 47,000 greatest album charts.

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2016 year summaryThe best artists of 2016 were Radiohead, Frank Ocean, David Bowie, Car Seat Headrest, Danny Brown, Bon Iver, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Kanye West, Beyoncé and A Tribe Called Quest.
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Total albums: 992. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of 2016 composition

Country Albums %


United States 465 47%
United Kingdom 178 18%
Canada 52 5%
Mixed Nationality 40 4%
Australia 37 4%
Germany 30 3%
Sweden 26 3%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 18 2%
Live? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 18 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
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