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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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 991 99%
Yes 9 1%
Best Albums of the 1980s
1. Doolittle by Pixies
2. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
3. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
4. The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses
5. Disintegration by The Cure
6. The Joshua Tree by U2
7. Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
8. Closer by Joy Division
9. Hounds Of Love by Kate Bush
10. Thriller by Michael Jackson
11. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
12. Surfer Rosa by Pixies
13. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
14. Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
15. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
16. Graceland by Paul Simon
17. Back In Black by AC/DC
18. Murmur by R.E.M.
19. Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk
20. Moving Pictures by Rush
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