Best Albums of 2016

Listed below are the best albums of 2016 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 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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18,427
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Best Albums of 2016 composition

Country Albums %


United States 466 47%
United Kingdom 179 18%
Canada 54 5%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Australia 37 4%
Germany 30 3%
Sweden 25 3%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 984 98%
Yes 16 2%
Live? Albums %
No 986 99%
Yes 14 1%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 994 99%
Yes 6 1%
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