Best of 2016: Paste and Time

by VVN Music

Two more Best of lists for 2016 are out today from Paste and Time.

Paste continues the trend that has been running through the vast majority of lists, so far, with David Bowie's Blackstar at the top.

The rest contains pretty standard fare for 2016 with only Andrew Bird's Are You Serious appearing for the first time.

The top five plus all other positions with veteran artists.

Paste Magazine Top 50 Albums of 2016
  • 01. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 02. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 03. Teens of Denial - Car Seat Headrest
  • 04. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 05. Puberty 2 - Mitski
  • 06. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 17. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  • 23. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • 24. Are You Serious - Andrew Bird
  • 26. Schmilco - Wilco
  • 32, case/lang/veirs - Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs
  • 39. Stranger to Stranger - Paul Simon
  • 48. American Band - Drive-By Truckers
Then there is Time Magazine who wants you to think its much younger than its current age of 93. 

While they have a short list of only ten albums, they only found one to put in the top ten and, for the first time this end-of-year season, Bowie is not on the list. Radiohead is now the only artist to make every year-end list that we have covered, so far. 

  • 01. Blonde - Frank Ocean
  • 02. A Seat at the Table - Solange
  • 03. Puberty 2 - Mitski
  • 04. My Woman - Angel Olsen
  • 05. Potential - The Range
  • 06. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead

VVN Music Top Albums of 2016 by Veteran Artists (After 8 Lists)

VVN Music uses a reverse numbering system on each of the year-end lists to determine the best album by a veteran artist for the year.

To date, we have results from six sources, Rough Trade, Mojo, Uncut, Rolling Stone, NME, Consequences of Sound, Paste, Time.

The top ten with number of year-end lists on which the album appeared:
  1. Blackstar - David Bowie (7)
  2. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead (8)
  3. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (7)
  4. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen (5)
  5. Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop (6)
  6. Schmilco - Wilco (5)
  7. Stranger to Stranger - Paul Simon (4)
  8. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest (3)
  9. FLOTUS - Lambchop (4)
  10. Here - Teenage Fanclub (3)


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