Best of 2016: The Quietus, For the Win, Esquire, Fuse, Vulture, Noisey, Slant, EW and Faster Louder

by VVN Music

The last few days have seen nine more year-end album rankings released from such sites as The Quietus, Vulture, Slant and Entertainment Weekly.

There is a real consistency this year, one that we haven't had in years past, with David Bowie showing up on 24 of the 25 lists examined so far and Radiohead on 23.

Then there is the album that has been coming on the strongest in the second half of the surveys, A Tribe Called Quest's We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service. Released on November 11, it may have been too late in the year to be recognized on the earliest lists but it is consistently on almost every one in the last two weeks.

Each list shows the top five albums followed by every ranking veteran artist.

THE QUIETUS' TOP 100 ALBUMS OF 2016
  • 01. The Gospel - Arabrot
  • 02. A Seat at the Table - Solange
  • 03. III - Innercity Ensemble
  • 04. Oh No No No - Jessy Lanza
  • 05. Lodestar - Shirley Collins
  • 07. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 22. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • 25. The Ship - Brian Eno
  • 33. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 35. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 36. Night Thoughts - Suede
  • 45, Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future - Underworld
  • 46. Sunergy - Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani 
  • 57. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  • 64. Thankful Villages, Vol. 1 - Darren Hayman
  • 87. Glowing Man - Swans
  • 92. M:Fans - John Cale
  • 94. Nocturnal Koreans - Wire
  • 01. Worry - Jeff Rosenstock
  • 02. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 03. Blonde - Frank Ocean
  • 04. Cardinal - Pinegrove
  • 05. Teens of Denial - Car Seat Headrest
  • 06. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 11. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 21. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 33. American Band - Drive-By Truckers
  • 37. FLOTUS - Lambchop
  • 46. Spacedust and Ocean Views - Anders Osborne
ESQUIRE'S TOP 30 ALBUMS OF 2016
  • 01. Blonde - Frank Ocean
  • 02. Coloring Book - Chance the Rapper
  • 03. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 04. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 05. The Life of Pablo - Kanye West
  • 07. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 10. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 01. Anti - Rihanna
  • 02. A Seat at the Table - Solange
  • 03. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 04. Coloring Book - Chance the Rapper
  • 05. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 01. Blonde - Frank Ocean
  • 02. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 03. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 04. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 05. The Life of Pablo - Kanye West
  • 06. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 01. Blonde - Frank Ocean
  • 02. A Seat at the Table - Solange
  • 03. Coloring Book - Chance the Rapper
  • 04. Anti - Rihanna
  • 05. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 13. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 15. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 49. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 56. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  • 82. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • 94. Strange Little Birds - Garbage
  • 01. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 02. The Life of Pablo - Kanye West
  • 03. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 04. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 05. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 07. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • 09. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  • 11. FLOTUS - Lambchop
  • 12. The Ghosts of Highway 20 - Lucinda Williams
  • 14. Strange Little Birds - Garbage
  • 19. American Band - Drive By Truckers
  • 20. American Tunes - Allen Toussaint
  • 22. This is What the Truth Feels Like - Gwen Stefani
  • 01. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 02. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 03. Anti - Rihanna
  • 04. 99.9% - Kaytranada
  • 05. A Sailor's Guide to Earth - Sturgill Simpson
  • 10. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 17. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  • 20. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 23. Stranger to Stranger - Paul Simon
  • 32. Schmilco - Wilco
  • 38. Black America Again - Common
  • 42. Full Circle - Loretta Lynn
  • 01. Camp Cope - Camp Cope
  • 02. A Seat at the Table - Solange
  • 03. Nonagon Infinity - King Grizzard and the Lizard Wizard
  • 04. Reclaim Australia - A.B. Original
  • 05. Blonde - Frank Ocean
  • 08. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 09. Gore - Deftones
  • 12. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 15. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 41. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  • 45. The Hope Six Demolition Project - PJ Harvey
  • 47. Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop

VVN Music Top Albums of 2016 by Veteran Artists (After 25 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 and Faster Louder.

The top ten with number of year-end lists on which the album appeared:
  1. Blackstar - David Bowie (24)
  2. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead (23)
  3. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest (18)
  4. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen (15)
  5. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (13)
  6. American Band - Drive-By Truckers (8)
  7. Stranger to Stranger - Paul Simon (6)
  8. Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop (7)
  9. FLOTUS - Lambchop (7)
  10. Schmilco - Wilco (6)

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