Here We Go! The First Best Albums of 2016 Lists Are In

by VVN Music

It's that time of year again. No, not when the stores start putting out their Valentines and Easter displays. It's the time when a host of publications pick the best albums of the year.

Every year, VVN Music looks at many of the year end picks from those publications, searching for the veteran artists who have scored highest. As not every publication is created equal, some value older artists equally with modern acts (Rolling Stone) while others up their "hip quotient" by mainly naming smaller, up and coming acts, ignoring those that are recording albums just as good but came from decades before.

As in past years, we will be compiling the positions of all the veteran artists listed on each of the lists and, using a point system, will keep a running list of the best albums by artists who have been recording for twenty years or more for 2016.  Not included in this survey will be the publications that concentrate on just one genre of music like today's Decibel or some of the country sites.

Rough Trade Top 100

London's Rough Trade Records is almost always the first out of the gate with their picks for the best of the year. This year, they named their top ten and followed it with a list of ninety more worthy albums.

The top ten:
  • 01. Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop
  • 02. Malibu - Anderson .Paak
  • 03. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter - Margo Price
  • 04. Under the Sun - Mark Pritchard
  • 05. Changes - Charles Bradley
  • 06. HOPELESSNESS - ANOHNI
  • 07. A Weird Exits - Thee Oh Sees
  • 08. My Woman - Angel Olsen
  • 09. Sport - Powell
  • 10. Teens of Denial - Car Seat Headrest
Others making the cut:
  • Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • The Waiting Room - Tindersticks
  • Blackstar - David Bowie
  • Eusa - Yann Tiersen
  • Until the Hunter - Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions
  • The Ship - Brian Eno
  • F L O T U S - Lambchop
  • The Glowing Man - Swans
  • American Band - Drive By Truckers
  • Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future - Underworld
  • Visions of Us on the Land - Damien Jurado
  • Here - Teenage Fanclub
  • Fires Within Fires - Neurosis

Decibel Magazine concentrates specifically on Metal and its various subgenres. Even though their top four are all modern aritsts, a full quarter of thier year-end list is made up of veteran acts. 
  • 01. Hunted - Khemmis
  • 02. You Will Never Be One of Us - Nails
  • 03. Starspawn - Blood Incantation
  • 04. Värähtelijä - Oranssi Pazuzu
  • 05. Abbath - Abbath
  • 06. Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die - Gehenna
  • 09. Pleiades Dust - Gorguts
  • 12. Incoming Death - Asphex
  • 15. The Serpent Only Lies - Crowbar
  • 16. Wildfire - Deströyer 666
  • 17. The Violent Sleep of Reason - Meshuggah
  • 18. Diamond Head - Diamond Head
  • 24. Fires Within Fires - Neurosis
  • 27. Brotherhood of the Snake - Testament

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