Best of 2016: A.V. Club, Spin, DigitalSpy, Pop Matters, Cosmopolitan, Dazed, Pretty Much Amazing, Uproxx & Dummy

by VVN Music

Here are ten more year-end surveys from around the internet and magazine world.

The top albums of the years are so firm right now that we can increase the number of surveys included from 25 to 34, yet the top nine have stayed the same. Only P.J. Harvey is new to the top ten, knocking out Wilco.

As always, we've listed the top five on each survey along with all other mentions of albums by veteran artists.

A.V. Club's Top 20 Albums of 2016
  • 01. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 02. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 03. My Woman - Angel Olsen
  • 04. Cardinal - Pinegrove
  • 05. Goodness - The Hotelier
  • 11. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  • 12. Eric Bachmann - Eric Bachmann
  • 01. A Seat at the Table - Solange
  • 02. Blonde - Frank Ocean
  • 03. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 04. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 05. I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It - The 1975
  • 08. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 15. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  • 27. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • 38. blackSUMMERS'night - Maxwell
  • 44. A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke - Vijay Iyer / Wadada Leo Smith
  • 01. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 02. Mind of Mine - Zayn
  • 03. I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It - The 1975
  • 04. Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande
  • 05. Starboy - The Weeknd
  • 10. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 16. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 01. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 02. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 03. Atrocity Exhibition - Danny Brown
  • 04. Blonde - Frank Ocean
  • 05. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 10. Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future - Underworld
  • 11. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  • 16. Black America Again - Common
  • 18. American Band - Drive By Truckers
  • 20. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 23. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • 24. The Ghost of Highway 20 - Lucinda Williams
  • 31. Elseq 1-5 - Autechre
  • 45. And the Anonymous Nobody... - De La Soul
  • 46. Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop
  • 01. Lemoade - Beyonce
  • 02. My Woman - Angel Olsen
  • 03. A Seat at the Table - Solange
  • 04. The Weight of These Wings - Miranda Lambert
  • 05. Coloring Book - Chance the Rapper
  • 08. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 01. Blonde - Frank Ocean
  • 02. A Seat at the Table - Solange
  • 03. Telefone - No Name
  • 04. 32 Levels - Clams Casino
  • 05. The Life of Pablo - Kanye West
  • 12. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 01. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 02. The Life of Pablo - Kanye West
  • 03. Blonde - Frank Ocean
  • 04. Coloring Book - Chance the Rapper
  • 05. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 06. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 28. The Glowing Man - Swans
  • 29. Cheetah - Aphex Twin
  • 32. And the Anonymous Nobody... - De La Soul
  • 37. Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future - Underworld
  • 38. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 41. The Hope Six Demolition Project - P.J. Harvey
  • 44. Skeleton Key - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • 47. Stranger to Stranger - Paul Simon
  • 56. Gore - Deftones
  • 01. Blonde - Frank Ocean
  • 02. Puberty 2 - Mitski
  • 03. 22, A Million - Bon Iver
  • 04. A Seat at the Table - Solange
  • 05. Teens in Denial - Car Seat Headrest
  • 06. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 11. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 15. A Moon Shape Pool - Radiohead
  • 18. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • 01. The Life of Pablo - Kanye West
  • 02. Konnichiwa - Skepta
  • 03. A Seat at the Table - Solange
  • 04. Blonde - Frank Ocean
  • 05. Views - Drake
  • 20. Blackstar - David Bowie

VVN Music Top Albums of 2016 by Veteran Artists (After 34 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 sixteen sources, Rough Trade, Mojo, Uncut, Rolling Stone, NME, Consequences of Sound, Paste, Time, Stereogum, Albumism, American Songwriter, Crack, Digital Trends, Red Bull, NPR, Complex, The Quietus, For the Win, Esquire, Fuse, Vulture, Noisey, Slant, Entertainment Weekly, Faster Louder, A.V. Club, Spin, DigitalSpy, Pop Matters, Cosmopolitan, Dazed, Pretty Much Amazing, Uproxx and Dummy.

The top ten with number of year-end lists on which the album appeared:
  1. Blackstar - David Bowie (31)
  2. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead (29)
  3. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest (24)
  4. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen (18)
  5. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (17)
  6. American Band - Drive-By Truckers (9)
  7. Stranger to Stranger - Paul Simon (7)
  8. Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop (8)
  9. FLOTUS - Lambchop (7)
  10. The Hope Demolition Project PJ Harvey (6)
  11. Schmilco - Wilco (6)
  12. case/lang/veirs - Neko Case, k.d. lang, Laura Veirs (5)
  13. Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future (7)
  14. Here - Teenage Fanclub (4)
  15. The Ghost of Highway 20 - Lucinda Williams (4)
  16. The Ship - Brian Eno (3)
  17. Black America Again - Common (4)
  18. Lodestar - Shirley Collins (2)
  19. blackSUMMERS'night - Maxwell (6)
  20. And the Anonymous Nobody - De La Soul (4)

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