Best Albums of 2016

Listed below are the best albums of 2016 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 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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19,327
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Best Albums of 2016 composition

Country Albums %


United States 461 46%
United Kingdom 184 18%
Canada 55 6%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Germany 32 3%
Sweden 22 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 984 98%
Yes 16 2%
Live? Albums %
No 989 99%
Yes 11 1%
Recognised  Year Charts (2019)
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8. Best Albums of 2019 by Northern Transmissions (2019)
9. The Best Albums of 2019 by The Ringer (2019)
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14. NME Albums Of The Year 2019 by New Music Express (2019)
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