Best of 2016: NPR and Complex

by VVN Music

Two new year-end lists were published on Monday from NPR and Complex Magazine.

For those that have been following, with Complex' omission of Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool, there is now no album that has been named on all sixteen year-end lists released to-date. Radiohead's album and David Bowie's Blackstar have been placed on fifteen of sixteen while three albums (Leonard Cohen's You Want It Darker, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' Skeleton Tree and A Tribe Called Quests' We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service) are on ten.

The only major change to the top ten for the year is the Drive By Truckers American Band moving up two spots from 8 to 6 with their high placing on the NPR list.

NPR Top 50 Albums of 2016
  • 01. A Seat at the Table - Solange
  • 02. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 03. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 04. Blonde - Frank Ocean
  • 05. 22, A Million - Bon Iver
  • 14. American Band - Drive By Truckers
  • 15. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 17. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 44. Rouse: Symphonic Works - New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert
  • 50. Harlem On My Mind - Catherine Russell
  • 01. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 02. Colouring Book - Chance the Rapper
  • 03. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 04. The Life of Pablo - Kanye West
  • 05. Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight - Travis Scott
  • 34. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 44. blackSUMMERS'night - Maxwell

VVN Music Top Albums of 2016 by Veteran Artists (After 16 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 and Complex.

The top ten with number of year-end lists on which the album appeared:
  1. Blackstar - David Bowie (15)
  2. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead (15)
  3. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen (10)
  4. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (10)
  5. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest (10)
  6. American Band - Drive-By Truckers (6)
  7. Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop (6)
  8. Stranger to Stranger - Paul Simon (5)
  9. case/lang/veirs - Neko Case, k.d. lang, Laura Veirs (5)
  10. FLOTUS - Lambchop (5)

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