Best of 2016: David Bowie Has Best Album by a Veteran Artist According to Sixty Best-Of Lists

by VVN Music

92 different albums by veteran artists who have been recording for twenty years or more were mentioned on the year-end "Best of" lists put out by sixty magazines and/or sites and, when all was tallied, David Bowie was far-and-away mentioned on the most.

Bowie's Blackstar was included on 55 of the 60 lists, outpacing Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool which was included on 48 and A Tribe Called Quest's We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service which was on 45.  Also on at least half of the lists were Leonard Cohen's You Want It Darker (35 lists) and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' Skeleton Tree (31). After that there was a major drop-off with no album being on more than 16 surveys.

To determine the "best" album by a veteran artist for 2016, we took the rankings on the sixty lists and used a reverse point system (50 points for number 1, 1 point for number 50), which was adjusted for lists with less than 25 albums, and ranked the albums based on points.

The following is our list of the "Best of 2016":
  • 01. Blackstar - David Bowie (2019 points / 55 surveys)
  • 02. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead (1585 / 48)
  • 03. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest (1419.5 / 45)
  • 04. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen (1026 / 35)
  • 05. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (987 / 31)
  • 06. Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop (374 / 16)
  • 07. American Band - Drive-By Truckers (324.5 / 12)
  • 08. FLOTUS - Lambchop (270.5 / 12)
  • 09. Schmilco - Wilco (268.5 / 12)
  • 10. The Hope Six Demolition Project - P.J. Harvey (244.5 / 10)
  • 11. Stranger to Stranger - Paul Simon (247 / 9)
  • 12. Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future - Underworld (230.5 / 10)
  • 13. case/lang/veirs - Neko Case, k.d. lang, Laura Veirs (202.5 / 8)
  • 14. Black America Again - Common (130 / 6)
  • 15. The Ghosts of Highway 20 - Lucinda Williams (121 / 5)
  • 16. blackSUMMERS'night - Maxwell (120 / 9)
  • 17. Here - Teenage Fanclub (114 / 4)
  • 18. Night Thoughts - Suede (102.5 / 5)
  • 19. and the Anonymous Nobody - De La Soul (101.5 / 5)
  • 20. The Ship - Brian Eno (99.5 / 4)
  • 21. Gore - Deftones (70 / 5)
  • 21. Lodestar - Shirley Collins (70 / 2)
  • 21. 2 - Mudcrutch (70 / 2) 
  • 24. The Glowing Man - Swans (68.5 / 5)
  • 25. Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica (64 / 3)
  • 26. Revolution Radio - Green Day (63 / 3)
  • 27. Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not - Diosaur Jr. (54.5 / 2)
  • 28. Dig in Deep - Bonnie Raitt (52 / 3)
  • 29. Blue & Lonesome - Rolling Stones (51 / 2)
  • 30. Fires Within Fires - Neurosis (49.5 / 2)
  • 31. This is Where I Live - William Bell (48 / 2)
  • 31. Under the Sun - Mark Pritchard (48 / 2)
  • 33. In Drum Play - Pangaea (42 / 1)
  • 34. Luck or Magic - Britta Phillips (39.5 / 2)
  • 35. Same Language, Different Worlds - Tim Burgess & Peter Gordon (37 / 1)
  • 36. Blind Spot EP - Lush (36 / 1)
  • 36. Epic Jammers & Fortunate Little Ditties - Bonnie "Prince" Billie and Bitchin' Bajas (36 / 1)
  • 36. Hidden City - The Cult (36 / 1)
  • 36. Let the Record Show: Dexy's Do Irish and Country Soul - Dexy's (36 / 1)
  • 36. Made in Manner - Kano (36 / 1)
  • 41. Sunergy - Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith + Suzanne Ciani (34 / 4)
  • 42. Fallen Angel - Bob Dylan (31 / 1)
  • 43. Good Times! - Monkees (28 / 2)
  • 43. Super - Pet Shop Boys (28 / 1)
  • 45. Are You Serious - Andrew Bird (27 / 1)
  • 46. Patch the Sky - Bob Mould (26.5 / 1)
  • 47. Ft. - Hifi Sean (25 / 1)
  • 48. Bases Loaded - Melvins (24 / 1)
  • 49. Anything But Words - Banks & Steelz (22 / 1)
  • 49. Cheetah - Aphex Twin (22 / 1)
  • 51. Eusa - Yann Tiersen (20.5 / 1)
  • 51. The Waiting Room - Tindersticks (20.5 / 1)
  • 51. Until the Hunter - Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions (20.5 / 1)
  • 51. Visions of Us on the Land - Damien Jurado (20.5 / 1)
  • 55. Elseq 1-5 - Autechre (20 / 1)
  • 56. Strange Little Birds - Garbage (19.5 / 2)
  • 56. Take Her Up to Monto - Roisin Murphy (19.5 / 2)
  • 56. Eric Bachmann - Eric Bachmann (19.5 / 1)
  • 59. A Mulher do Fim do Mundo (The Woman at the End of the World) - Elza Soares (19 / 1)
  • 60. A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke - Vijay Iyer / Wadada Leo Smith (18 / 2)
  • 60. 57th & 9th - Sting (18 / 1)
  • 60. Rainbow Ends - Emitt Rhodes (18 / 1)
  • 63. Upland Stories - Robbie Fulks (17 / 2)
  • 63. Hypercaffium Spazzinate - Descendents (17 / 1)
  • 63. Lighthouse - David Crosby (17 / 1)
  • 63. Please Be Honest - GBV / Starting Point of the Royal Cyclopean - ESP Ohio / Of Course You Are - Robert Pollard (17 / 1)
  • 63. The Deaner Album - The Dean Ween Group (17 / 1)
  • 68. American Tunes - Allen Toussaint (16.5 / 1)
  • 68. You Know Who You Are - Nada Surf (16.5 / 1)
  • 70. Transport - Juan Atkins + Moritz Von Oswald Present Borderland (15 / 2)
  • 71. This is What the Truth Feels Like - Gwen Stefani (14.5 / 1)
  • 72. Chaosmosis - Primal Scream (12 / 2)
  • 72. Wonderful Crazy Night - Elton John (12 / 1)
  • 74. Full Circle - Loretta Lynn (9 / 1)
  • 75. Rouse: Symphonic Works - New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert (7 / 1)
  • 76. Spacedust and Ocean Views - Anders Osborne (5 / 1)
  • 77. Keep Me Singing - Van Morrison (4 / 1)
  • 77. Unseen - The Handsome Family (4 / 1)
  • 79. MFans - John Cale (2 / 2)
  • 79. These People - Richard Ashcroft (2 / 1)
  • 81. Arctic Thunder - Darkthrone (1 / 1)
  • 81. Con-Struct - Conrad Schnitzler / Schneider TM (1 / 1)
  • 81. Forever Land - Divine Comedy (1 / 1)
  • 81. From Farthest Known Objects - Surgeon (1 / 1)
  • 81. Harlem On My Mind - Catherine Russell (1 / 1)
  • 81. In Search of Dangerfield - Emma Pollock (1 / 1)
  • 81. Killer Road - Soundwalk Collective W/Jessi Paris Smith & Patti Smith (1 / 1)
  • 81. Noctournal Koreans - Wire (1 / 1)
  • 81. Set Fire to the Stars - Gruff Rhys (1 / 1)
  • 81. Shine a Light - Billy Bragg & Joe Henry (1 / 1)
  • 81. Thankful Villages, Vol. 1 - Darren Hayman (1 / 1)
  • 81. You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To - Richmond Fontaine (1 / 1)

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