The Monkees, Elton John & Mudcrutch Join Regulars Radiohead and Paul Simon on Rolling Stones' Best Albums of 2016 (So Far)

by VVN Music

If Rolling Stone's mid-year list of the best albums of 2016 (so far) is any indication, this could be a very good year for veteran artists.

Of the 45 albums on the magazine's list, 17 are from veteran artists including end-of-year favorite staples Radiohead, David Bowie, Paul Simon and Bob Mould along with a few genuine surprises such as Elton John's Wonderful Crazy Night, 2 by Tom Petty's Mudcrutch and the Monkees' Good Times.

Missing are a couple that we fully expected to see, Eric Clapton's I Still Do and Santana's Santana IV with the original lineup.

How this list translates to the end-of-year tallies is unknown. There is always a glut of new albums hitting the market for the holidays that could displace many of these. We should see those "Best of 2016" lists starting in about three weeks (OK, that was sarcasm...more like four or five weeks).

The veteran artist albums on Rolling Stones Best of 2016 (so far):
  • A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • Blackstar - David Bowie
  • Wonderful Crazy Night - Elton John
  • Livin' on a High Note - Mavis Staples
  • Stranger to Stranger - Paul Simon
  • Full Circle - Loretta Lynn
  • Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop
  • The Ghosts Highway 20 -  Lucinda Williams
  • 2 - Mudcrutch
  • Patch the Sky - Bob Mould
  • A Cure For Lonliness - Peter Wolf
  • Good Times! - Monkees
  • Dig in Deep - Bonnie Raitt
  • The Ship - Brian Eno
  • The Hope Six Demolition Project - P.J. Harvey
  • Gore - Deftones
  • The Westerner - John Doe

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